1 Cor. 13:8 (ESV) Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
I have really had to dive into this one verse. On the surface it looks as if it is talking about prophecies, tongues, and knowledge in the same way. But it doesn't prophecies and knowledge will pass away. Tongues will cease. The word for pass away here could possibly be better translated as will be superceded, or brought to nothing. That is on the last day, the prophecies we have, and the knowledge we now have will no longer be needed, they will be completed. But tongues, they will cease. This will also be true on the last day, when all languages will be subsumed into one. Tongues they will cease. Paul is saying they won't always be around in the Church. They had a purpose in the early church. It was a limited purpose. They are no longer needed today. They have ceased. We don't have to communicate with God, and angels in this manner anymore. We have his word. We don't need special revelation. We have the prophecies of the Old and New Testament recorded for us. These will come to pass on the last day. in the meantime we do not need any more special revelations. Our condition has not changed, God has not changed. Christ has come, He has died for us, he was raised, all has been set to prepare us for his second coming. We don't need ecstatic tongues, we don't need prophets in the sense of the Old Testament, or even those that served until the complete word of God had been recorded. We have Christ and His word in the Bible, the one thing needful. And His love for us will never cease.