shall guile you into all the truth...He shall glorify me: for he shall take of mine and shall declare it unto you?; <440101>Acts 1:1 ? ?The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and to teach? = Christ?s prophetic work was only begun, during his earthly ministry it is continued since his ascension. The inspiration of the apostles, the illumination of all preachers and Christians to understand and to unfold the meaning of the word they wrote, the conviction of sinners, and the sanctification of believers, all these are parts of Christ?s prophetic work, performed through the Holy Spirit.
By virtue of their union with Christ and participation in Christ?s Spirit, all Christians are made in a secondary sense prophets, as well as priests and kings. <041129>Numbers 11:29 ? ?Would that all Jehovah?s people were prophets, that Jehovah would put his Spirit upon them? <290223>Joel 2:23 ? ?I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.? All modern prophecy that is true, however, is but the republication of Christ?s message ? the proclamation and expounding of truth already revealed in Scripture. ?All so called new prophecy, from Montanus to Swedenborg proves its own falsity by its lack of attesting miracles.?
A. Hodge, Popular Lectures, 242 ? ?Every human prophet presupposes an infinite eternal divine Prophet from whom his knowledge is received, just as every stream presupposes a fountain from which it flows. As the telescope of highest power takes into its field the narrowest segment of the sky, so Christ, the prophet, sometimes gives the most intense insight into the glowing center of the heavenly world to those whom this world regards as unlearned and foolish. and The church recognizes these as only babes in Christ.?
(d) Christ?s final revelation of the Father to his saints in glory ( <431625>John 16:25; 17:24, 26; cf. <236404>Isaiah 64:4; <461312>1 Corinthians 13:12). ? Thus Christ?s prophetic work will be an endless one, as the Father whom ho reveals is infinite.
<431625> John 16:25 ? ?the hour cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in dark sayings, but shall tell you plainly of the Father?; 17:24 ? ?I desire that where I am, they also may be with me; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me?; 26 ? ?I made known unto them thy name, and will make it known.? The revelations of his own glory will be the revelation of the Father, in the Son. <236404>Isaiah 64:4 ? ?For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen a God besides thee, who worketh for him that waiteth for him? <461302>1
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