Gift of Prophecy

“…in the primary sense of prophets, as vehicles of direct and fresh revelation, it seems we must say that this charisma is no longer given. There is no longer anyone in the church who may dare to say, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying…” or “Thus says the Lord.” It has been argued, however, that prophets may be used in other and lesser senses. Some think there may be men today like the prophet Agabus (Acts 11:28; 21-10-11) whose function is NOT TO ADD TO REVELATION but to foretell some future event. This is possible. But both church history and personal experience make me cautious…”

– John Stott, Baptism and Fullness.

It is right to be cautious as there are many charlatans out to make gain today by claiming to have this gift of prophecy in the lesser sense. But we are also told not to despise prophecy in these last days but to test everything. 1 Thess 5:20-21.

John 16:13

13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (Emphasis mine).

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