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What Does the Bible Say About Prophets After Jesus?
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What Does the Bible Say About Prophets After Jesus?

Introduction

The role of prophets is a recurring theme throughout the Bible. From the Old Testament prophets like Elijah and Jeremiah to the New Testament gift of prophecy, prophets have played a crucial role in God’s plan for humanity.

However, with the coming of Jesus, the role of prophets in the church has changed. What does the Bible say about prophets after Jesus? In this blog post, we will explore the New Testament teachings on the gift of prophecy and the office of the prophet.

While Jesus is the final prophet, the gift of prophecy is still present in the New Testament church. The gift of prophecy is not for foretelling future events but for building up the church and encouraging believers.

The prophets in the New Testament do not add or reveal further scripture, but are called to edify, exhort, and comfort the church. They operate differently from the prophets in the Old Testament, and the gift of prophecy is primarily for the benefit of the local church.

The New Testament also speaks about the office of the prophet. In Ephesians 4:11, Paul mentions the five-fold ministry, which includes apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.

The role of the prophet in this context is to equip the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, and to help us grow in maturity (Ephesians 4:12-13). In this blog post, we will delve deeper into these concepts and examine what the Bible says about prophets after Jesus.

Prophets in the bible

Jesus Christ – The Ultimate Prophet

The book of Hebrews tells us that God has spoken to us through His Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2). In other words, Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God to humanity. He is the ultimate prophet, and we do not need any other prophet to tell us about God or His plans for us.

In Matthew 11:13, Jesus himself said, “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” Here, Jesus refers to John the Baptist as the last prophet before Himself. John’s message was to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah, which was fulfilled in Jesus.

The Gift of Prophecy

While Jesus is the final prophet, the New Testament does mention the gift of prophecy given to believers. In 1 Corinthians 12:10, Paul lists prophecy as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 14:1, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”

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The gift of prophecy in the New Testament is different from the Old Testament prophets. Old Testament prophets foretold future events, but the gift of prophecy in the New Testament is for edification, exhortation, and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3). It is to build up the church and encourage believers.

The gift of prophecy is the ability to hear from God and speak His heart to others. It is not simply a gift of teaching, but of hearing and speaking directly from God.

When we operate in the gift of prophecy, we are speaking forth what God has put on our hearts, and it is a message that brings life, encouragement, and comfort to others.

It is important to note that the gift of prophecy is not reserved for a select few, but is available to all believers. We are encouraged to desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.

When we operate in this gift, we are able to bring a word of encouragement or direction to others, and to help build up the body of Christ.

The Office of the Prophet

In addition to the gift of prophecy, the New Testament also speaks about the office of the prophet. In Ephesians 4:11, Paul mentions the five-fold ministry, which includes apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.

The role of the prophet in this context is to equip the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, and to help us grow in maturity (Ephesians 4:12-13).

It is important to note that the prophets in the New Testament do not add or reveal further scripture, unlike the prophets in the Old Testament.

The canon of Scripture is closed, and the Bible is the complete and final revelation of God to humanity. Instead, the New Testament prophets are called to edify, exhort, and comfort the church.

The prophet in this context is not a foreteller of future events but someone who speaks the word of God with authority and power.

Their primary focus is to help the church understand and apply God’s Word to their lives. They can also bring correction and direction to the church when necessary.

Furthermore, the New Testament prophets do not operate like the prophets in the Old Testament. The Old Testament prophets were often called to speak to an entire nation or people group, while the New Testament prophets are called to minister primarily within the local church.

The gift of prophecy is still for the benefit of the entire church, but it is not exclusively for national or international audiences.

It is important to note that not everyone who prophesies is necessarily called to the office of the prophet. The office of the prophet is a specific calling from God, and those who hold this office should be recognized and affirmed by the church.

False Prophets

Unfortunately, just as there were false prophets in the Old Testament, there are also false prophets in the New Testament. In Matthew 24:11, Jesus warned His disciples, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” These false prophets claim to speak on behalf of God, but their message is not from Him.

In 1 John 4:1, John exhorts believers to test the spirits to see if they are from God, “because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” We need to be discerning and test everything against the truth of God’s Word.

False prophets can be identified by their message, their fruit, and their character. Their message will contradict the truth of God’s Word, and they will often seek to draw attention to themselves rather than pointing people to Jesus. They may also have a history of moral failure or unethical behavior.

The Importance of Discernment

Given the presence of false prophets, it is important to exercise discernment when it comes to prophecy. This does not mean that we should be skeptical or cynical about prophetic gifts.

On the contrary, we should be open to the ways in which the Holy Spirit may speak to us through others.

However, we should always test what we hear against the truth of God’s Word. If a prophetic word contradicts the Bible or promotes ungodly behavior, it is not from God. We should also look at the fruit of the prophecy – does it bring life, encouragement, and edification, or does it cause confusion or division?

Ultimately, the gift of prophecy should always point us back to Jesus. It should lead us to a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace, and should encourage us to walk in greater obedience to His Word.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while Jesus is the final prophet, the gift of prophecy is still present in the New Testament church. However, the gift of prophecy is not for foretelling future events but for building up the church and encouraging believers.

The prophets in the New Testament do not add or reveal further scripture, but are called to edify, exhort, and comfort the church. They operate differently from the prophets in the Old Testament, and the gift of prophecy is primarily for the benefit of the local church.

As with the gift of prophecy, it is important to be discerning and test everything against the truth of God’s Word. Not everyone who prophesies is necessarily called to the office of the prophet, and those who hold this office should be recognized and affirmed by the church.

False prophets can be identified by their message, their fruit, and their character. We should always exercise discernment when it comes to prophecy, testing everything against the truth of God’s Word.

Ultimately, our focus should always be on Jesus Christ, the ultimate revelation of God to humanity. Whether we have the gift of prophecy or are called to the office of the prophet, our goal should be to glorify God and build up His church, always keeping our eyes fixed on Him who is the author and finisher of our faith.

Let us pray that God will continue to raise up prophets in the church today who will speak His Word with power and authority, bringing edification, exhortation, and comfort to His people.

May we all strive to walk in the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given us, always seeking to use them for the glory of God and the good of His people.

Furthermore, it is important to recognize that the gift of prophecy should not be used to manipulate or control others. We should always be guided by love and seek to use our gifts to serve and bless others.

The apostle Paul exhorts us in 1 Corinthians 14:1 to “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”

The gift of prophecy is a powerful tool for building up the church and bringing encouragement to others. It is a gift that should be eagerly desired and pursued. However, it is important to always remember that our focus should be on Jesus and His Word, and to test everything against the truth of God’s Word.

In conclusion, while Jesus is the final prophet, the gift of prophecy is still present in the New Testament church. The gift of prophecy is for edification, exhortation, and comfort, and should be used to build up the church and encourage believers.

The office of the prophet is a specific calling from God, and those who hold this office should be recognized and affirmed by the church. False prophets exist and should be discerned, and we should always test everything against the truth of God’s Word.

Ultimately, our focus should be on Jesus Christ, and we should strive to use our gifts to glorify Him and serve His people.

Pastor duke taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.