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Prophesy, Comfort, and Edification: Needed in these Perilous Times

Prophesy, Comfort, and Edification

Even as I John is the bottom line of progressive revelation on “ultimate truth”, I Corinthians 14 with “he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men”  (I Cor 14:3) is the bottom line in the progressive revelations of the Bible on the nature and content of Prophesy.  This bottom line has more meaning to you as you consider:  (1) the comforting promise of Jeremiah that prophesy would become more widespread and democratic among God’s people; (2) it was fulfilled with the Coming of the Holy Spirit on the first day of Pentecost after the Ascension of Christ as young men and old men, males and females would democratic prophesy with visions and dreams; (3) the Ascended Christ gave gifts to men that included “prophets” as well as pastors, teachers, evangelists, and apostles, and while there was some few holdovers of prophets, like those who predicted the imprisonment of Paul {you will recall the daughters of the evangelists Philip} of an exclusive nature, by and large the prophets were ordinary members of the churches; and (4) finally in the bottom line and biblical description of the nature and content of prophesy in I Corinthians 14, you see how prophesy was when any church member, pastor or otherwise, spoke in a local church, and the prophets became by accepted practice--just like predicted in Jeremiah--as average members of the church through whom the “rivers of living water” were flowing.

NOTE:  Granted, even latter also in first century context and beyond, prophesy became very perverted as almost as many false prophets and savage wolves who would scatter the flock also arose in the land, in the churches, and from without; and remember that Jesus predicted with prophesy in Matthew 24 that one outstanding characteristic of the last days of the Falling Away would be that many false prophets would arise and deceive many.

11-1:  Comforts and Edifications of Jeremiah.

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2009-06-23 10:09:47 GMT
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