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Edification Through Prophecy

But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.  He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 1 Cor. 14:3 (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul, speaking to the church in Corinth wrote, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:4).   Paul then clearly states that prophecy is one of the gifts given by God (v. 10), and so the manifestation of prophecy is given for the profit of all.  

Prophecy simply means to speak forth, or to proclaim.  Sometimes prophecy has the character of foretelling the future (Acts 21:10-11; 27:21-26), but there is also a second way prophecy will be spoken, and it is through forth-telling. This is the divinely inspired speaking of God’s word, and it is much more than just preaching God’s word. 

Prophecy is the Lord’s way of speaking to us, His church, through His written word.  And this type of prophecy is used to edify and build us up as Christian men and women.  We see Paul speaking of this very thing, saying, “But he who prophesies speaks edification… to men” (1 Cor. 14:3).

So as we sit under the steady teaching of God’s word, we are actually being rooted, built up, and established in Him.  As this happens we are being prepared to weather the storms that will eventually come our way, and in due season we will bring forth abundant fruit. 

In addition to strengthening us for the trials in life, we are also being strengthened in truth so we will not be cheated through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men (Colossians 2:7-8).  A gift for all of us indeed.  Thank You Lord Jesus.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians 14:3-4, what can believers expect to receive from the gift of prophecy?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you experienced the power of the Holy Spirit come upon you as you spoke forth the word of God to others?

APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord to give us the gift of prophecy so we may be equipped to speak mightily when sharing His word with others.

LET’S PRAY: Father, we know that apart from You we can do nothing (John 15:5).  We need Your Spirit to empower us to share Jesus, and Your word with others.  We ask for every good gift needed to do what You have called us to do.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed Pastor Scott

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