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Romans 12:6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

NOTE: Some people define this gift of prophecy simply as the gift of preaching. But if we look at this gift biblically, we see it is a little more narrowly defined. The following sets out the requirements of a prophet.

Moses prepared the people before they entered the land of Canaan, because they would likely face many false prophets. He gave them the requirements to distinguish between a true and a false prophet.

Deuteronomy 18:15-22 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

A prophet must meet

THREE REQUIREMENTS

Firstly

He must be a Jew!

Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

Secondly

He must receive direct revelation from God Himself!

Deuteronomy 18:18-20 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even THAT PROPHET SHALL DIE.

Thirdly

He must be able to predict the future with 100% accuracy!

Deuteronomy 18:21-22 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

A biblical prophet was one who spoke under divine inspiration. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:20 that apostles and prophets are the foundation on which the church is built. Given these criteria, there are no prophets today who speak with the same divine inspiration. Prophets were needed in the early church, before the Canon of Scripture was complete, but now that we have a completed set of Scriptures they are no longer needed. This means that Joseph Smith was not a prophet; neither was Mary Baker Eddy.

However, it is possible that Paul is referring to a lesser prophetic gift that is subordinate to that of the biblical prophet. Paul exhorts the church in Corinth to test or judge the words of prophets in the church. If that is the reference, then the regulation that Paul places on the exercise of the prophetic gift is important: according to the proportion of his faith. There is a definite article before the word faith, thus it could be translated, according to the proportion of the faith, or in agreement with the faith. That is, the prophet is to make sure that his message does not in any way disagree or differ from the Christian faith.

Gary Vanderet



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