THE DUTIES AND MARKS OF TRUE PROPHETS
MEMORY VERSE: “But he that prophesieth speakth unto men to
edification, and exhortation, and comfort”.
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 14:22-23
In our last lesson, the ministry gift of the Prophet was considered. We
shall look in to greater details this week about the purpose and duties
of prophets and the mark of true prophets.
1. DUTIES OF TRUE PROPHETS
2. THE MARKS OF TRUE PROPHETS AND TRUE PROPHESIES
DUTIES FO TRUE PROPHETS
Those who are called to be prophet in the church have special duties to
perform. It is not everyone who prophesies that can perform all these
rules but those who are called to be prophets do. They confirm God’s
guidance (Acts 13:1-4). They declare openly by inspiration, words from
God without fear of position (Acts 21:8-11). They exhort, edify and
comfort (1 Corinthians 14:1-3). They convict unbelievers and turn them
to Christ (1 Corinthians 14:24-25; 2 Kings 17:13).
THE MARKS OF TRUE PROPHETS AND TRUE PROPHESIES
False prophesying comes from deceived hearts or those who spoke a
borrowed message (Jeremiah 14:13-14) or people who made
themselves prophets for materials gains (Micah 3:5). True prophecies
do not contradict the scriptures. They agree with sound doctrines (1
Peter 1:25). True prophets confess Christ (1 John 4:1-3). False prophets
teach sexual immorality and they try to lead people away from
obedience to God’s word (2 Peter 2:1-3). They also deceive with
miraculous signs (Matthew 7:15-16). Some claim divinity and their
prophecies do not come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).
Prophecies must be judged according to God’s word. The revealed
word of god is the yardstick to determine the validity of prophecy. The
believer is not expected to be looking for prophets because we all have
the Holy Spirit who will teach us all we ought to know – 1 Peter 1:25;
Romans 8:14. You too can have the spiritual gift of prophecy.
1. Mention some important purposes of prophecy in the Church?
2. How can one recognize false prophets?