Miscellaneous Teaching on Prophecy
· it is different than revelation, knowledge and words of instruction (1Cor 14:6).
· The prophets of old were persecuted and the disciples of the new covenant will have the same kind of treatment (Mat 5:12).
· The woman with the 5 husbands declares Jesus to be a prophet based upon his ability to know details of her life which she hadn’t revealed to him (John 4:19). The blind man healed declares him a prophet based upon the miracle he performed (John 9:17).
· Our experience is to be in conformity to the already revealed word of God. James confirmed the incorporation of the gentiles into the church based on the already revealed prophetic word of Amos, therefore any other prophetic experience we have must also conform to what the prophets have already said in ages past (Acts 15:15-18).
· The era of Pentecost is a time when prophecy, visions and dreams will again exist according to Peter and his quotation of Joel (Act 2:16-18).
· The prophets foretold the gospel message (Rom 1:2).
· Praying and prophesying seem to be related (1Cor 11:4-5).
· Prophecies are not to be treated with contempt but are to be tested and the good kept. Are we to keep the good prophecies or the good part of the prophecies? (1Th 5:20-21)
· Prophecy is the Word of God mediated by the Spirit through the man (2Pet 1:20-21) therefore it is authoritative. Peter seems to be reflecting on OT prophets at this point (Also Heb 1:1) and equating them to the NT teachers who are true or false, introducing heresy or holding ot the truth. If this is so, then prophecy must be carefully tested.
The gospel writers quote the prophets in order to show that the ‘signs’ predicted have indeed come to fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Indeed, Luke declares that all the prophets foretold the days of Christ and his reign (Acts 3:24). Matthew quotes from Isaiah (Mat 1:22), Micah (Mat 2:6), Hosea (Mat 2:15), Jeremiah (Mat 2:18, 27:9), Malachi (Mat 11:10), Jonah (Mat 12:39), Zechariah (Mat 21:5), Daniel (Mat 24:15). Mark quotes from Isaiah and Malachi (Mark 1:2-3), as well as Jeremiah (Mar 11:17), Zechariah (Mar 14:27) the Pentateuch (Mark 12:26, 30-31) and the Psalms (Mark 12:11, 36). Luke quotes from Isaiah (Luk 3:4-6), Malachi (Luke 7:27). John quotes from Isaiah (John 6:45), Zechariah (John 19:37), Exodus (John 6:31).
All prophecy is about loving God and others (Mat 22:40).
Jesus considers himself a ‘prophet without honor’ (Mark 6:4)