Friday, November 26, 2010

What is the Gift of Prophecy? (2)

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Rev 19:10 For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (ESV)

What is prophecy? For Christians it is nothing less than Jesus' words breathed on us by the Holy Spirit for our encouragement and consolation. Fulfilling his promise that he will not leave us as orphans (John 14:18).

Prophecy is not something we summon up like mystics at a seance, or through our own pious efforts, but it is a gift from the Word made flesh who reminds us (because we need the reminder) of his testimony which gives eternal life to those who hear and believe.

Prophecy is not something outside of God's Word, because it is through Spirit-inspired Scripture that we first hear Jesus' words, which alone are sufficient for us. But away from the pages of the Bible we are prone to forget the Gospel. So our Lord comes to us by his Spirit to bear witness in our hearts to his goodness, with words that are truth and life, so we might proclaim his marvellous works among all the peoples (Psalm 96:3).

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