The confusion continued what was the difference? Did not all people hear words, besides for the individual edification, concerning church leadership and direction of the same?
It was not until I went to Bible college that this difference was explained to me, after we did in class our spiritual gifting test. The difference between the prophetic gifting and the office (function) of a prophet. The lecturer took me aside and she explained what my role was and all of a sudden it became clear to me. This is what I am……….a prophet. Can I call myself a prophet? Is it not God who set aside/appoint prophets? Yes He does, think of OT Jeremiah “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 NASB) that was for Jeremiah and continues today. “The appointment to be a prophet”.
What do prophets do?
But firstly let’s look at the gifting of prophesy as described in 1 Cor. 12: 7-11 and again in 1 Cor. 14:3 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. Or as the Mirror translation says it: “all these various gifts are inspired by the same spirit who individually works in every person as the Holy Spirit desires”. 1 Cor. 14:3 “But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, encouragement, and comfort.” This is for all people, for all humanity, not only in the church, even though we often relate this to church life and church services. Agape (LOVE) is God’s only agenda. Be love driven in your pursuit of spiritual gifts; love awakens your earnest desire to speak with inspired revelation.
This, above mentioned, gifting is for all.