“He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied. After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with and and said, ‘The Holy Spirit says, In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” (Acts21:9–11)
The gift of prophecy can be bestowed as God wills upon any Christian (2:17; 19:6; 1st Corinthians 11:5). The community does not install anyone into this office. It simply recognizes that someone has the prophetic gift.
Both men and women may prophesy (1st Corinthians 11:4-5). The church is to listen to such proclamation of God’s will in an orderly fashion and weigh its meaning (1st Corinthians 14:29-33). the message of a prophet may be quite specific, as in the case her of Agabus.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have used people of all stations, both men and women, and those from different locations to come and prophesy to Your people. As previously said, You give gifts to all people, but not necessarily the same gifts. When we encounter a prophet, the message delivered should ring true through Your Word, for if it differs from the Word, the discrepancy will stand out. Let us always use the Word to determine all things, for it is the real truth that only comes from You. In Jesus’s name that we pray this. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The bridge you burn now may be the one you later have to cross.”
“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?” (1st Corinthians12:28-29)
The problems at Corinth called for local solutions to the particular difficulties in the church. At Corinth, eating and drinking took place in private, not at the church. At Corinth, women spoke at home, not while in church.
Prostitution, associated with pagan religion at Corinth, and other difficulties probably necessitated Paul’s words. In other contexts, women prayed, prophesied, and advanced the kingdom of God in the New Testament (1st Corinthians 11:5; Acts 16:14-15; 18:26). The church should solve fellowship problems quickly to avoid hindering the cause of Christ.
“Do not treat prophecies with contempt.” (1stThessalonians 5:20)
The Spirit, like fire, is not to be quenched or put out; specifically, His gifts of speech, either for prayer or for proclamation are to be accepted and used. They must not be neglected and silenced. The Spirit does not overwhelm the church with the gifts of speech. The church must cooperate if the gifts are to be fully used. He gives some the gift of prophecy. In the present text, Paul simply reminded the Thessalonian church to be open to the Spirit’s leadership in prayer and proclamation. How are we then to determine prophetic messages
The prophetic messages task is susceptible to misuse. False prophets may seek to lead the church astray. Nevertheless, it is not to be undervalued resented or certainly not ignored. So how are we to determine prophetic messages as coming from God or not? The Spirit is present with all Christians and with no one else. The Spirit is always working to build up the people of God, never to tear them apart, and He is always work into extend the gospel message, never to muzzle that message. We must not hamper the guidance of the Spirit in the community.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1st John4:1)
The spirit of error can indicate the church leadership. False prophets claim to possess revelation from God. John warns that not everyone who claims to speak under the guidance of the Spirit is to be believe.
Even though they may be inspiring speakers, they must be tested to avoid heresy and division. For Jesus, the test was moral (Matthew 7:16, 20 “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Thus by their fruit you will recognize them.”). Here the test concerns their belief about Christ (1st John 4:7-8 “Dear friends let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever doe not love does not know God, because God is love.”). This was the moral test, in detail.