What is a prophet? Christ set in the Church five distinct ascension gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. All of them are quite different, distinct and carry different graces needed to equip the born-again believer for effectiveness in life and ministry.
Scripture declares, “And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors, and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11). All five ministry gifts are equally important. We need the apostle. He is a spiritual father, architect, and builder. We need the soul-winning evangelist that reminds us of reaching the lost. We need the pastor who counsels, nurtures and comforts, and the teacher to instruct, tutor, and explain God’s Word and ways. And we need the prophet, God’s voice of edification, exhortation, and comfort. All five ascension gifts have specific graces on their lives that add something important to the born again believer.
LOGOS TO RHEMA
First, "What is a prophet?" Prophets are gifted with living (rhema) word to the Church. Your Bible is full of words known as logos, the written Word. Have you ever read your bible and suddenly the words sprang to life and you received a revelation of what you just read? That is an example of the word (logos), changing into word (rhema), or life-giving word. That’s what we call spiritual revelation. That revelation is available for you.
Prophets flow in revelation or rhema.
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” (Revelation 2:29)
We need to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church, not just what the Spirit hath said. We need the freshness of prophetic revelation, that life-giving rhema, that comes through the prophet’s gift. Without that refreshing, we die a boring religious death and are not spiritually relatable to our generation. We all need the prophetic voice to come into the earth that we might have a “living word” imparted into our lives. Without the life provided by the prophetic voice, the Church would be like the dry bones in Ezekiel’s vision.
God wants to raise a prophetic people who are able to hear His voice clearly. Not just lone prophets, but a prophetic people. It is important the world hears the Word of the Lord with power and refreshing that comes from the prophetic anointing. We need a prophetic people who have been delivered from the “fear of men” and who are not “men pleasers.”
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