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shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but also the heaven?; <421149>Luke 11:49 ? ?Therefore said the wisdom of (God, I will send unto them prophets and apostles?; cf. <402334>Matthew 23:34 ? ?behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: some of them shall ye kill and crucify? ? which shows that Jesus was referring to his own teachings, as well as to those of the earlier prophets.

(b) The earthly ministry of Christ incarnate. In his earthly ministry, Christ showed himself the prophet par excellence. While he submitted, like the Old Testament prophets to the direction of the Holy Spirit and unlike them, he found the sources of all knowledge and power within himself. The word of God did not come to him, he was himself the Word.

<420619> Luke 6:19 ? ?And all the multitude sought to touch him; for power came forth from him, and healed them all?; <430211>John 2:11 ? ?This beginning of his signs did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory? ; 8:38, 58 ? ?I speak the things which I have seen with my Father...Before Abraham was born, I am?; cf. <240201>Jeremiah 2:1 ? ?the word of Jehovah came to me?; <430101>John 1:1 ? ?In the beginning was the Word.? <402653>Matthew 26:53 ? ?twelve legions of angels?; <431018>John 10:18 ? of his life: ?I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again?; 34 ? ?Is it not written in your law. I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came say ye of him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am the Son of God?? Martensen, Dogmatics, 295-301 says of Jesus? teaching that ?its source was not inspiration, but incarnation.? Jesus was not inspired; he was the Inspirer. Therefore he is the true Master of those who know.? His disciples act in his name; he acts in his own name.

(c) The guidance and teaching of his church on earth, since his ascension ? Christ?s prophetic activity is continued through the preaching of his apostles and ministers, and by the enlightening influences of his Holy Spirit ( <431612>John 16:12-14; <440101>Acts 1:1). The apostles unfolded the germs of doctrine put into their hands by Christ. The church is, in a derivative sense, a prophetic institution, established to teach the world by its preaching and its ordinances. But Christians are prophets, only as being proclaimers of Christ?s teaching ( <041129>Numbers 11:29; <290228>Joel 2:28).

<431612> John 16:12-14 ? ?I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot hear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is coming, he

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