“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”
Ephesians 4:11 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”
The ministry of the prophet has not been done away with in the New Testament. Prophets still have a place in the New Testament ministry. Today’s opening Scripture tells us that when Jesus ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto people, and He gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists and some pastors and teachers. Note that the Word makes mention of prophets as a part of the five-fold ministry gifts, which means they do have a vital part to play and a ministry to fulfill in the New Testament Church. What then is their part in the New Testament Church? They are to confirm what the Spirit had already witnessed within the believer or child of God. Whatever a prophet is saying to the believer in Christ must bear witness to what the Spirit of God had told him. Whatever is said or spoken by a prophet to the believer in Christ, of which the Spirit within him has not
borne witness, must not be taken with seriousness.
In Acts 21:10-11, Agabus gave the apostle Paul a prophetic word as to what will befall him in Jerusalem; however Paul had already known by the Spirit of God within him what Agabus prophesied to him. The brethren tried to persuade him to not go up to Jerusalem, but he refused. He had purposed in the Spirit to go to Jerusalem because the Lord had revealed His will to him as to going to Jerusalem. There is no room for prophetic manipulation in the
New Testament. We are not permitted under God to come under any form of control by prophets, no! Not at all! We are to receive prophets as gifts from the Lord to us, confirming what the Lord had told us earlier.
Hallelujah!Nonetheless, prophets under the New Testament are primarily preachers. They are anointed to announce and proclaim the Word under a strong preaching anointing. Secondly, they are gifted with revelational gifts in their office to see into the realm of the Spirit for the benefit of the Church. New Testament prophets don’t prophesy to destroy people’s homes and marriages; they build them up. 1 Corinthians 12:7 tells us that the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal, not to tear families apart. Don’t let any prophet make a mess of your life and destiny through unscriptural and unbiblical prophesies, and make sure you are not seeking prophesies that will become traps or snares to your life and destiny.
My Solid Front (Confession): Thank You Lord Jesus, for the ministry of the Prophet that you have given to the Church. As a member of the Church, I declare that I receive the ministry of the Prophet in my life unto my profiting according to Your plan in the New Testament. Amen.