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A Gift for Today

Prophecy is a gift for today and the prophet is a ministry gift for today.

Paul's letter to the Corinthians is sometimes used to show that the gift of prophecy has passed away. The argument goes the imperfect (prophecy) disappears when the perfect (the canon of scripture) comes.

1 Corinthians 13:9 -12 - For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

However, the thought "then we shall see face to face" is expressed in the sense of two people meeting face to face, the church and Christ.

The prophet and the other ministry gifts as seen in Ephesians 4 are there to achieve something.

Ephesians 4:11 - 13 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Surely the key word here is 'until'. Until we have all:

  1. Reached unity in the faith
  2. Reached unity the knowledge of Jesus
  3. Become mature
  4. Attained the whole measure of the fullness of Christ

I think it is safe to say that we do not see these things in the church worldwide. Therefore, the idea that prophets or prophecy has already passed away is scripturally suspect.

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