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Concerning 1 Cor 13 v10, what is your opinion of what exactly is this perfect they are referring to hear?

Hello gawynne,
Thank you for you question. We have to consider ICor. 13:10 in the light of two things: 1. Context 2.The core meaning of 'to teleion'.
Considered in that light, to teleion of I Cor. 13:10 probably does not refer to Christ, the Second Coming of Christ, or Heaven.
     *In I Cor. 13:10 the teleion is in theNeuter gender, not in the masculine. So, it can't properly be understood as referring to 'the teleion' person, but to the
       Teleion thing!

To help you understand this you can examine these scriptures ( to teleion = thing).
 John 4:34. John 5:36. Col. 4:12. James 1:4

Most translations render 'to teleion' as "the perfect".  However, honoring the 'context' the NRSV correctly translates 13:10 "... But when the 'complete' comes..."   The complete ( to teleion' is clearly contrasted with 'EKG metro us", literally, 'out of pieces or parts.'  " That which was " in part.." The knowledge, of truth imparted through the gift of knowledge, the revelations of God's will imparted to believers through the gift of tongues... Was to pass away and cease WHEN
'The teleion' ( complete) comes.

To teleion  is usually translated "the perfect" , but more properly translated "  When the COMPELETE!

I hope this brings some light to your understanding, my friend.

God bless,

Rev. Ramona Stonecipher

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