THE ORIGIN OF THE MINISTRYRead: Exodus 20:1-19 and Deuteronomy 18: 15-22
The Office of Prophets was instituted by God in response to the actions of the Children of Israel at the giving of the law. Because the children of Israel refused to hear the voice of the Lord but would only hear the words of men God raised up Prophets from among His people.
IN THE CHURCH OF THE NEW TESTAMENTRead: Joel 2:28-32
The gift was promised to the Church as an on going ministry in the New Testament.
Read: Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 1 Corinthians 14:1-5, and Ephesians 4:11
Prophets and Prophecy is the only gift to be mentioned in every list of gifts in the New Testament. Note that Paul also places an importance upon the gift's operation within the Church.
THE PURPOSE OF THE PROPHETThe enduring purpose of the Prophetic Ministry appears to be to act as God's Spokesman in all ages.
Note what Deuteronomy 18:18 says. "I will raise up from among them a Prophet and will put My words in his mouth and he shall speak to them all that I command him (says the Lord)".
THE FUNCTION IN THE CHURCHThe function of the Prophet within the Church appears to be:
CHECKS AND CONTROLS ON PROPHETS IN THE CHURCHThere are four basic controls over the operation of Prophet's Ministry within the Church as outlined in the Word.
LIMITATIONS ON THE OFFICE OF PROPHETThere seems to be three basic limitations on the operation of the gift and ministry of prophets.
Acts 11:27-28, Acts 13:1, Acts 15:32, Acts 21:10-11.
Some of the instances when it may be implied that a Word was brought
by the ministry of a Prophet and acted upon by some other ministry are:
The Prophet holds a very important part in the Body, and requires refining
to fully develop.
The office of Prophet requires a man who has been totally burned up
by the Holy Spirit, yet not consumed. He will be like the burning bush
seen by Moses in the wilderness.
The Prophet is using the same "Word of God" which created the
world in the beginning (Genesis Chapter 1). So the Lord can
create something new through the Word spoken by a Prophet.
The ultimate Prophet is Jesus who is the "Word of God, made flesh and dwelling among us" (John 1:14). The purpose of the Prophetic office is to express within the Body of Christ the "Divine Word in the flesh".
Created: 23 - Jan - 1997.