To properly study and understand scripture one must look at the Language, Context, and proper exegesis.
One must also have a open mind with out pre-bais at the start.
Then as you learn what is being taught
One must look for doctrinal conflicts to test what is being taught.
For me... There are too many doctrinal conflicts for THE COMPLETE to be any thing other than a reference to the completion of the doctrine of the church contained in New testament scripture.
The back ground.
Paul is dealing with a immature Childish in spirit Church who are getting carried away with the spiritual gifts of that day. They are fussing over what gift is best and having improper use of the gift with in the church.
Therefore Paul has to clean house.
The Doctrine to the church is not complete, there for much of what Paul writes is new revelation.
Paul is the Apostle to the Gentile Church, therefore his authority of these matters is absolute.
The Church being new uses Gifts to spread the doctrine, but soon that will be replaced with a scripture that is directed at this New dispensation of the Church, that scripture is to be the New Testament.
Therefore when Paul states..
1 cor 13
8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.( TEACHING EXAMPLES )
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
10 but when the Complete comes, the partial will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Paul states rather than focusing on Gifts we should focus on faith, hope, love for these would endure thru the mature age of the doctrine of the church...
A corrected translation with notes of 1 cor 13:10
But on the occasion ( the completion of the canon) when the completed ( perfected) is come ( a reference to the entire bible ), the fragmentary ( temporary gifts ) will become inoperative.
For on that occasion the doctrine of the church will be mature, and the doctrine will be as clear as face to face.
The Greek of TO TELEION is the nominative NEUTER singular from the noun TELEIOS which is best translated "the perfect" or "the completed"
We also have precedence for this to refer to scripture in the book of James..TELEIOS synonymous with scripture and was used as such by the Apostle James ("The Perfect Law of Liberty" ) Jam 1:25.. Paul used that same phraseology when he wrote 1 Cor 13:10.
Hence forth the Canon of scripture will serve the same purpose these spiritual gift has once performed. Which is to in a complete way provide a basis for the maturing believer to gauge his progress and examine his doctrine.,
The absolute authority of the word.
These gifts have been canceled, Apostleship, Prophecy, Knowledge, Tongues ,Healing, and other miracles.
For these gifts never had spiritual implications and rather was about establishing the authority of Pastors Apostles and evangelists.
Their abuse led to regulation of the gifts ( 1 cor 14) for as long as they was in use.
Today the Absolute authority is the Word, which certainty needs no authentication, replaced the Authority of these removed gifts.
The word should be our final and absolute authority.
The word is now complete thanks to the spiritual gifts of the spirit that helped to reveal it..