The spiritual gift of prophecy is an extraordinary and unique gift. Paul says to “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1 This gift is a blessing to the church and should not be quenched or despised. 1 Thessalonians 5:20 Those who have the gift of prophecy differ from the Old Testament Prophets who spoke the authoritative Word of God directly. Their words were recorded as Scripture as they proclaimed, “Thus says The Lord,” whereas, the messages from those with the spiritual gift of prophecy must be tested. 1 Corinthians 14:29-33; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; 1 John 4:1-3
The Holy Spirit gives the gift of prophecy to some believers to make God’s heart known and to edify the church. This gift is for the benefit of both believers and unbelievers and is a sign that God is truly among His church. 1 Corinthians 14:22-25 Those with this gift are sensitive to both the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the needs of the church body. They should be humble and continually study the Scriptures in order to test these revelations before speaking them. When they do speak, they should allow and even expect others to weigh what is said against the Scriptures and interpret the message accordingly. In this way the church may be continually built up together in unity. 1 Corinthians 14:4, 26 See also Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-5, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11.
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