God Speaks Through His People - February 4, 2018
There are many prophets in the Old Testament – both men and women – who were used by God to deliver His messages. They were also known as the mouthpiece or messenger of God. Notable among them is Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel, considered major prophets.
First, they functioned as preachers who expounded and interpreted the Mosaic law to the nation of Israel. Second, they functioned as forth-tellers and foretellers of current conditions and things to come. Finally, they were watchmen over the people of Israel. A great example of this was the Prophet Ezekiel, who trumpeted warnings against religious rebellion.
There are also notable prophets with less notoriety who were used in powerful ways by God like Nathan, who God sent to King David to confront him about the sin he committed against Uriah the Hittite. God has and will always [until Jesus comes] use people to further His purpose.
The Bible tells us that as Jesus ascended, He gave gifts to men. In Ephesians 4, the gifts are identified as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers who are given for the equipping of God’s people. They are today’s version of God’s mouthpiece. So, it is God’s pleasure to use people as they are called into His kingdom to deliver His message(s).
But not all people who claim to be messengers of God truly are. Both the Old and New Testaments convey warnings about false prophets: Deuteronomy 13 and 18; Matthew 7; 2 Corinthians 11; 1 John 4 and more. From Matthew 7, we learn that satan masquerades as an angel of light. So, we are warned in 1 John 4 that we must “test” or “try” (or prove) the spirits to see if they proceed from God. Discernment is part of this process.
Please understand this: testing or trying the spirits is the first step, but not the only step. For while someone may profess to know Jesus Christ, their gospel may not be Biblically sound [Gal 1:9]. Therefore, we must be sure to examine the fruit of their lives as well [Matthew 7:15-23]. God’s Word tells us that we will know them, whether they be Godly or not, by what they produce (their fruit).