In addition to those called into the office of a prophet, we have prophecy as one of the manifestations or gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11. Further, prophecy is also listed as one of the gifts of grace distributed among believers (Romans 12:6-8), also referred to as the ministry of prophesying.
[box color=”grey-mute” type=”square” icon=”medal”]Therefore we can identify at least three distinguishable operations of the prophetic in the Church today: the office of the prophet, the gift of prophecy and the prophesying believer.[/box]
The operation of the prophetic anointing can be expressed through a prophet, through a believer by the gift of prophecy or through the grace gift prophecy. While all the three are the operations and manifestations of the same Holy Spirit, who is the prophetic anointing, they are distinguishable in terms of authorization, realms of influence, measure of anointing etc. Only some are called and authorized by the Lord to operate in the office of a prophet.
However the manifestation of the Holy Spirit as expressed through the gift of prophecy is available for all believers and must be earnestly desired (1 Corinthians 14:1,5,39). Through the operation of the Spirit’s gift of prophecy or the ministry of prophesying is given to some members in a local body. These prophesying believers will be used by the Spirit of God often to bring forth prophecy to the body.
In general, the gift of prophecy and the prophesying believer operate within a local community of believers. One operating in the office of a prophet will serve a local body and may also have a wider realm of influence (that is, a wider ministry) to other believers if the Lord so desires.
Typically, the gift of prophecy and the grace gift of prophecy is used to bring forth words of edification, exhortation and comfort. The prophetic office has greater authorization to bring forth words of direction, correction, instruction, motivation and is often accompanied by an impartation of anointing and gifts.
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