“The angel said to me, ‘These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place’” (Rev. 22:6).
God, who inspires the prophets, tells us why:
“He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christians in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13 MSG).
“The one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort … [and] edifies the church” (1 Cor. 14:3-4).
God, who inspires the prophets, describes how prophecy should work when we gather:
“Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said. But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop. In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged. Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people” (1 Cor. 14:29-33 NLT).
Remember also the purpose: fully mature adults. Thus God, who inspires the prophets, teaches you to discern. It is his way.
“Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil” (1 Thess. 5:19-22 NLT).
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Again and again, the “God who …” phrases in Scripture reveal God’s works. As we respond to our Lord deep within, receiving what he communicates Spirit-to-spirit, those phrases also reveal his ways.
“God who” article – introducing the series