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TOPIC: FOUR BASIC PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH EDIFICATION
TEXT: 1Cor 14: 1 – 6. Part 6
WHAT IS PROPHECY AND WHO IS A PROPHET?
“Now Brethren, if I come to you speaking in (unknown) tongues, how shall I make it to your advantage unless I speak to you either in revelations – disclosure of God’s will to man – in knowledge or in PROPHESY… ” (1Cor 14: 6 AMP)
“Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the (Holy) Spirit; Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the Prophets – do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning” 1Thes 5: 19 – 20 AMP.
“Do not scoff at those who PROPHESY” TLB.
Definition: PROPHESYING (1Cor 14: 6) PROPHETEIA –means Prophecy, Prediction (scriptural or other) prophecy, prophesying.
Prophecy (Acts 21: 9) PROPHETEUO – means to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office.
From the Amplified translation, we
can see that prophesying can contain prophetic revelations, inspired
instruction, exhortation or warning. These facts should be carefully noted. I
also want you to note the difference between the words “prophesying” and
“Prophecy” as indicated above. See how
the spirit puts it in Rev 19: 10b: “…For
the substance (essence) of the truth revealed by Jesus is the spirit of all
prophecy – the vital breath, the inspiration of all inspired preaching and interpretation of the divine will and
purpose ( including both mine and yours) AMP . “The purpose of all prophecy and of all I have shown you is to tell
about Jesus” TLB. Now, this is very important as a key that we need to hold
unto in building the body of Christ: It is that whether we preach, teach or
prophesy, it is meant not only to point to Jesus and His intended will for the
people receiving the prophecy, but also to point people to Jesus Himself. This
is why the angelic servant-spirit who revealed the book of Revelations, which
actually is the disclosure of Jesus the Christ and his activities especially to
the seven Churches in
DOES THE OPERATION OF THE GIFT OF PROPHECY MAKE ONE A PROPHET?
In 1Cor 12: 29, the word says “Are
all apostles? Are ALL PROPHETS?”
Certainly the answer will be No. In 1Cor
14: 5, Paul wished that all believers should prophesy. But that does not mean
that all believers must fulfill the Prophetic office of Eph 4: 11. When Paul
laid hands on the brethren in Ephesus, to receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost
instead of the Baptism of John, we are told when the Holy Ghost came upon them
“…they spake with tongues and prophesied” (Acts 19: 1 – 6 ). That is not to say
Paul made or commissioned all of them to become prophets. Even in Acts 21: 8 –
9, we read of “Philip the Evangelist who had four daughters, virgins, which did
prophesy”. They were not prophets but thy prophesied in fulfillment of the
scripture that says “… Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy” (Acts 2: 7)
when the Holy Ghost comes upon all flesh. But in Verse 10 of Acts 21, we read
of one that “… came down from
WHO WAS A SEER AND WHAT WAS THEIR PRIMARY DUTY TO THE CHURCH?
In 1 Sam 9, we have the story of
Saul the Son of Kish and his servant who went to see Samuel because of his
Father’s lost Ass. In Verse 9 we read: “Before in
WHAT WAS THE “SURE WORD OF PROPHECY” THAT PETER HEARD: - 2 Peter 1: 16 – 20?
In math 17: 1 – 5, we read of the experiences that the Apostles had at the time of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ wherein a voice came to them saying “this is my beloved son hear ye Him”. This is what Peter referred to while recounting this experience before his death as a “sure word of Prophecy”. So what was it? It was that “Christ is the son of God” to whom only they must hearken; no longer to Moses (realm of law) or Elijah (realm of the prophets) for they only pointed to the Son.
WHAT IS THE PROPHECY EXPECTED TO DO TO THOSE WHO HEARKEN TO IT?
“…We have also a more sure word of Prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed; as unto a light that shineth in a dark place until the Day dawn, and the Daystar arise in your hearts” (2 Pet 1: 20). It means that following diligently the prophetic word will lead to revelation and manifestation of the Christ, the Son of God, in our hearts. By implication, a strong prophetic utterance will lead to the implanting and manifestation of our sonship. Even as Paul would say to Timothy: “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by the presbytery (elders) 1 Tim 4: 14.
TO BE CONTINUED OGAGA O. DAVID