TEXT: 1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Apostle Paul gives himself as an illustration about the “perfect” and “in part.” Children’s understanding is very incomplete and partial. They speak, think, and reason as a child; they do not have the same capacity as an adult in this regard.
Adulthood has a much clearer and more complete perspective on reality. The Greek word for “put away” is the same word used for prophecy and knowledge in verse eight and “done away” in verse 10. The word does not mean to come to an absolute cessation but to render inoperative; that is, these gifts are still functional but not fully functional. The gifts of prophecy and knowledge had the function of revelation in a partial sense.
The gifts of knowledge and prophecy are child’s play in comparison to the full-grown revelation of God’s Word. All Christians can mature in the final revelation of God. They will love with a mature love. Love is the highest virtue. As we apply principles of Scripture to experience, we grow into relative maturity in love.