The Spirit of Prophecy:" For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelation 19:10)"That is, the spirit of prophecy from beginning to end is all toward that - the testimony of Jesus. The spirit of prophecy has always had Him in view from its first utterance - "the seed of the woman" - to "Behold, the Lord came" (and how beginning and end are brought together so early on!). All the way through it was always with the Lord Jesus in view, and a full Christ. "He gave prophets... till we all attain unto... the fullness of Christ." That is the end, and God can never be satisfied with anything less than the fullness of His Son as represented by the Church. The Church is to be the fullness of Him; a full-grown Man - that is the Church. The prophetic ministry is unto that - the fullness of Christ, the finality of Christ, the all-inclusiveness of Christ. It is to be Christ, centre and circumference; Christ, first and last; Christ in general and Christ in every detail. And to see Christ by revelation means that you can never accept anything less or other. You have seen, and that has settled it. The way to reach God's end, then, is seeing by the Holy Spirit, and that seeing is the basis of this prophetic ministry." (T. Austin Sparks)
Thank you, that was very good.
I have begun to read some of Austin sparks works he was a favorite of David Wilkerson!,, indeed worth the readBlessings for this postFlaglady
Very true, the Job of a Prophet raised by God in a Church is not to predict the future, but to warn the Church against the attack of Satan that causes the Church to lose the testimony Of Jesus. In short a Prophet through his prophesy preserves the testimony of Jesus in the Church in which he is placed. What a great calling in bringing God's word to Church and encourage them to abide in Jesus. But today in the name of Prophesy we see in Television men predict that one of the listener via of their show is going to have a baby, will get job etc. Is this prophecy in any way related to Testimony of Jesus? We need discernment in identifying the new covenant prophesy.
"In short a Prophet through his prophesy preserves the testimony of Jesus in the Church in which he is placed. What a great calling in bringing God's word to Church and encourage them to abide in Jesus."Amen! The Holy Spirit has come to reveal Christ to us, and if He is speaking through us in prophesy, then that will be our testimony also. Mike