1 Prophecy will cease

October 4, 2012 at 15:56 Leave a comment

What a shock! Prophecy will cease! Read 1 Corinthians 13. This means that all those who aspire to prophetic ministry must be humbled by the fact that one day there will be no such thing as prophetic ministry.

Instead Jesus will be the one and only prophet.

1Co 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

The one who is perfect is Jesus. When he comes again, tongues, prophecy etc will be done away with. This is because the climax of prophecy is the revelation of God living as man. Jesus. Perfect truth, perfect wisdom, infinite power. Infinite glory. Jesus Christ.

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Old testament prophets revealed the law of God because they were in a nation that had a covenant with God based on the law. Then Jesus came. Once he came prophecy based on the law was not necessary when speaking to believers, because we have the prophetic word of God [the Bible] and we have the one who is the ultimate prophet, the perfect prophet- Jesus. Jesus fulfills all the need of speaking to the children of God because it is through him that we

1. have perfect spirituality– complete forgiveness and perfect union with God. … but we have grow in this.

2. We have perfect righteousness. It is important to know that we are perfectly clean before God and Jesus gives us his righteousness because we are ‘In Christ’. However, there is much more. Jesus will deliver us from sin making us more and more righteous as we learn to practice his Word more and more and more.

3. We have perfect community. before the world began, there was the Trinity. The trinity is perfect community. perfect oneness. They are one. For his pleasure we are created. Just as a father will plan to have children and will gain repeated pleasure from his children, so God desired to have children that he can love, and see his image in, and enjoy perfect union with them [in heaven]. Heaven will be an extension of the Trinity with the church being one family obeying the father and having union with him perfectly.

Rev 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. 

Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 

Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us …….

4. We have excellence of work.

Mar 7:37  And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak. 

Heb 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. 4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

Jesus was perfectly faithful in carrying out every single command of God and every single word of God.

Joh 17:4  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 

We are to do all of our work to the glory of God. After doing somehting we will say to ourselves that  this work is going to bring glory to God.

1Co 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 

We do all work unto Jesus  whether we are supervised or not, whether our masters are good people or harsh. We do not do work for man but for Jesus. In doing work for Jesus we please our master.

Eph 6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

So the believer looks to Jesus and obeys him. By following Jesus and being changed by him we fulfill the law law. So prophets of today point to Jesus and convict believers by pointing to him and encouraging believers to conform to the image of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. We do not focus on the law but on Jesus.We do not follow the law but Jesus. We obey Jesus and fulfill the law.

However, at this time it is important to know that the law is not done away with. I will go into this further in more blog postings. It is sufficient to know that the unbeliever is under the law. Law of many kinds. Cultural laws, family laws, business laws, laws of his gods and spirits and ancestors … many many different kinds of law. He will be judged by these laws [where they are godly of course] because he agrees that these laws are good laws, yet he does not obey them.

So the unbeliever judges others through the law, yet he himself does not obey them, making himself justly accountable by God.

1Ti 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

Rom 2:12  For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 

Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Since Adam and Eve followed the law by eating of the knowledge of good and evil, [the law] every person has fallen under the law except those who believe in Jesus by faith and who no longer follow the law, but the law of Christ [the tree of life].

Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 

So for the believer, he follows Jesus and Christ is his life. Therefore Jesus is the prophet who speaks to him about his walk with God, his righteousness, his behavior to the community around him and about faithfulness [excellence] of work.

But we should not be shy about speaking to unbelievers through the law, convicting them of sin and making it clear that they will one day face a terrifying God who will judge them with exacting justice and horrific punishment. They are under the law and they will be judged by that law, the law they know, agree with, judge others and use it to guide their life. They need to be informed of their sin, educating their conscience and giving place to the Holy Spirit to warn them of impending judgment. You are well aware that they can never obey the law, but you will preach Jesus as the one who can not only save them from the consequences of sin, but who can deliver them from sin.

If you are discussing the nation, you can use the words of Old Testament prophets who reveal why nations sicken and why nations prosper. …. and how citizens play a part in the downfall of their nation. Then preach Jesus as the solution to sin. By obeying Jesus they will fulfill the law and be part of the solution to their sick nation.

Create a thirst in them by giving them the salt of the law. The law shows them they have behaved wickedly towards God, man, their families, their workmates, their government. God is just in giving them punishment. Jesus is Messiah, world ruler right now and he will judge his people.

Psa 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

When you have been faithful to people, showing them their sin by showing them the law,  give them the gospel. They then have a choice- obey Jesus and fulfill the law, or break the law knowing judgment is ahead, or try by themselves to obey the law- which they will fail to do.

When Jesus comes back, the wicked will be punished eternally and the righteous will be rewarded eternally. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit will be one with the church, fulfilling the pleasure of the father perfectly. So to the believer, Jesus is the only prophet. To the unbeliever  the prophetic word showing them their sin then pointing to Jesus.

The ministry of the prophet in the New Testament is the one who points to Christ and uses the Word of God to convict of sin and to encourage faith in Christ. It is good to use the to show man his sin, then to show Christ as the solution to sin.

Prophet Steve Blomefield


Entry filed under: prophecy, Prophetic, the Prophet Jesus.


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