Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy
Revelation 19:10b, NKJV
In every generation you will find those who take various Biblical truths out of context and distort them for personal gain. The early apostles dealt with this, and even today we see the same as true. Throughout Scripture we see truths to help us understand spiritual gifts. As a Spirit-filled, Pentecostal believer, I desire to know the fullness of the truth of God’s Word relating to the gifts He has freely given, and I want to experience the fullness of those truths. Here are some realities from the Word regarding prophecy. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but some bulleted points to provide guardrails along the journey of using this wonderful God-given expression of Himself.
Prophecy reveals & glorifies Christ
Revelation 19:10 clearly defines the spirit of prophecy and the testimony of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit always reveals the truth of God as revealed in Jesus. Further, Jesus is the Incarnate Word of God, and truths revealed will not contradict the Word.
John 16:13-15; John 1:14
Prophecy originates with and is an expression of God.
2 Peter 1:21
Prophetic ministry builds the church through edification, exhortation, and comfort.
1 Corinthians 14:3
We are encouraged to seek God, not men, for the use of and receiving of this spiritual gift
1 Corinthians 14:12
Prophecy is not a replacement for speaking in tongues (or any other gift), but each gift has a purpose in supernatural ministry
1 Corinthians 14:18-20; Romans 12:6-8
The best stewardship of a prophetic gift is continual use of Scripture, not ambiguities and misrepresentations.
The Holy Spirit reveals the love of God, and thus the motivation behind prophecy is founded and grounded in God’s love.
Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 13:1-2
Prophecy is not an indicator for spiritual maturity: Gifts are given, character is developed.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7; Galatians 5:16-26
The believer operating in spiritual gifts must continually develop their stewardship of the gifts given. It takes a moment to receive a gift, but a lifetime to steward a gift.
2 Timothy 1:6-7