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The Gift Of Modern Day Prophecy

This week on the Straight Truth Podcast, we ask are talking about The Gift Of Modern Day Prophecy.

Has biblical prophecy ceased? Can believers today have the gift of biblical prophecy? Is modern day prophecy different than what's in the Old and New Testaments?

This season on the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell and host Dr. Josh Philpot have three special guests joining them: Pastor Mike Fabarez of Compass Bible Church in Orange County, CA; Dr. Tom Schreiner, the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at SBTS in Louisville, KY; and Dr. Bruce Ware, the T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology at SBTS in Louisville, KY.

This week our panel discusses prophecy, a subject that often stirs great disagreement among Christians. The question that sparks the discussion is: Can or does a Christian today have the spiritual gift of prophecy? So our panel takes us to scripture to look at this controversial subject from a biblically based perspective, rather than one based on feelings, opinions, or experience.

Spiritual Gifts.

Dr. Schreiner, who has recently written a book on spiritual gifts, begins the discussion. He reminds us that in Ephesians 2:20 the Apostle Paul tells us that the church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets”. In Hebrews 1:2 we are told that in these last days God has spoken to us in His Son.  Jude 3 tells us we are “to contend for the faith that was delivered to the saints once for all”, by and through the apostles and prophets. Dr. Schreiner concludes that since the foundation has been laid and the canon of scripture is complete, God has given us all that we need to know for salvation and sanctification.  Given this information, the gift of prophecy then, in terms of "new revelation" from God, is not necessary, God has revealed and given all that we need until Jesus returns, there is no longer a need for prophets.

Our panel continues the discussion and gives us clarity on the role of a prophet called by God. The prophet whom God called was to speak for God, to do and declare all that He revealed to them.  Prophecy consists of infallible, inerrant verbal communication from God to the prophet. Therefore the prophet speaking for God whether forthtelling or foretelling is infallible and inerrant.  This is true for both Old and New Testament prophets. Prophecy in the New Testament is the same as in the Old, it does not have a different standard. Deuteronomy 18:15-22 speaks clearly to identifying prophets and their prophecies.  We are to judge prophets by their prophecies, not just their prophecies.

The Spirit Uses the Word of God to Guide Us.

As believers in Christ, we’ve been given the Holy Spirit. The Spirit uses the Word of God to guide us, fill us, and accomplish God's will for our lives. He does not work apart, in the life of a believer, from the Word of God. His work in our lives is for sanctification, and He uses us in the lives of others for this same purpose. The Spirit convicts us, prompts us to share the gospel, impresses us to pray for and encourage others, etc. But when these things happen we cannot claim infallible prophetic status. We may often have feelings and impressions about things we think we should do or say, but we must use caution not to confuse "feelings and impressions" as prophetic. Our panel informs us there needs to be a distinction and we need to be clear about what prophecy is and what it is not. The active work of the Spirit in our lives and our carrying out of these “feelings and impressions” does not rise to the level of infallibility. Yet it appears that some in the church have elevated these “feelings and impressions” to a status equal to that of NT and OT prophecy. 

Our panel reminds us that the foundation has been laid, the cannon is closed, we must use the Word of God as our foundation for all our Christian action. We must allow the Bible in its fullness, through the work of the Spirit to direct our thinking and our doing, remembering that the Holy Spirit will never contradict God's revealed word. Scripture must take priority over feelings, impressions, and experience. Scripture alone is the final authoritative word and we ought to carefully consider the admonition of adding or taking away from the Word of God.

Related Messages

To learn more about the biblical gift of prophecy you can listen to the following sermons by Pastor Richard Caldwell:

The Biblical Gift of Prophecy – Part 1

The Biblical Gift of Prophecy – Part 2

The Gift of Prophecy – Part 3

Regulating Prophecy

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