In this, the final in a series of teachings, Dr. Don G. Pickney deals with the nature of personal prophecy in the New Testament Church today. He suggests that it is possible to be using "right tools" in a "wrong manner," and thereby do an injustice to a good thing God has given the body of Christ.
Again this teaching draws the distinctions between Old Testament and New Testament prophecy or “prophesying.” The apostle Paul made the similar distinction as Peter did in our opening text in his writing to Timothy:
2Timothy 3:16-17 KJV “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (The Amplified Bible reads: “Every Scripture is God-breathed…”)
The words “inspiration of God” is in the Greek, “θεόπνευστος theópneustos”—and is taken from two root words, “Θεός Theós,” meaning “divine,” and πνέω pnéō, meaning breath. Paul is telling us that all scripture is “God-breathed!” Paul is confirming what Peter concluded following his words in our opening text. He followed out text with these words:
2Pe 1:21 AMP “ For no prophecy of scripture ever originated because some man willed it [to do so--it never came by human impulse], but men spoke from God who were borne along (moved and impelled) by the Holy Spirit.” (The KJV reads, “…holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”) It the Greek, the word “moved” means to “be driven,” therefore the Amplified Bible uses the term, “oved and impelled.”
Pastor Don contrasts that with the New Testament use of “prophecy,” showing the distinction that in the Church, Paul teaches that the weight of the “divine” in prophesying is less than it was in the Old Testament prophets.
1Corinthians 14:3, 32 KJV “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort… (32) And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.”
So in the Old Testament the Prophet was subject (in submission) to the Spirit of God (moving on and driving him), whereas in the New Testament gift of “prophecy” the Spirit of God is using the agency of the “spirit of the prophet,” rather than God’s “hand coming upon” him/her, driving the prophetic word. Paul insists that in NT prophesying, the “spirit of the prophet” is in submission to the man or woman prophesying.
Therefore, New Testament prophecy is not the same as Old Testament prophecies. It is now a different “tool” altogether, and instead of being foundational, it has become an instrument of “edification, exhortation and comfort.”
Pastor Don also calls attention to the fact that in some cases people mistaken prophecy for “a word of knowledge” or a “word of wisdom (both also being gifts of the Holy Spirit). These gifts of the Spirit hold a greater sense of “direction” than does prophesying (prophecy being “forth-telling” rather than “fore-telling.” A believer might have the manifestation of “the word of knowledge,” similar to that of the Prophet, Agabus in Acts 21:10-11, in which he spoke to Paul “fore-telling” an event that Paul would experience if he, in fact, went to Jerusalem as he had intended.
Acts 21:11-12 KJV “And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. (12) And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.”
All of this was the Holy Spirit’s last attempt to persuade Paul not to go to Jerusalem, as God was attempting to spare Paul from a trap being set for him there. Just prior to Agabus’ prophecy the Holy Spirit had given a “word of wisdom” to several believers who spoke to Paul by the Spirit:
Acts 21:4 KJV “And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.”
These two illustrations are good examples of the manifestation of the gift of “word of knowledge” and “word of wisdom.” The first example warning Paul of what was to come if he went to Jerusalem, the second the manifestation of the gift of “word of wisdom,” the Holy Spirit urging him cancel his plans to go to Jerusalem at the time of the feast. These manifestations of the spirit are found in Paul’s writings:
1Corinthians 12:7-8 KJV “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. (8) For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit.”
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