1 Corinthians 12:10b
To another prophecy…
The Gift of Prophecy can be defined as supernatural utterance for the purpose of edification, exhortation and comfort (1 Cor. 14:3). It is one of three Vocal Gifts, so named because they all say something. The other two Vocal Gifts are speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues.
Beloved, prophecy is not always about predicting the future. As the text above states, this gift serves to edify, exhort and comfort believers. Now the word edification means to be built up in a biblical and spiritual sense. When someone delivers a prophetic message in speech, song or counsel, hearers are built up in their walk and relationship with Christ. They are strengthened in the inner man.
Furthermore, the Gift of Prophecy is about exhortation. To exhort is to urge, encourage or prompt someone. We all need this from time to time, beloved. When we run out of steam, an inspired prophetic word can get us back on our feet. The Gift of Prophecy can motivate us to do the things we know we should do but struggle with. It can prompt us to worship, give, pray and live right as we should.
Thirdly, the Gift of Prophecy also serves to comfort the saints. When the chips are down, when trials, hardships, tribulations, crises and temptations afflict us, how precious an inspired word in season can be! Often just an inspired reminder that God is in control, is on the throne and loves us dearly can bring untold comfort to a troubled heart. Given the threefold benefits of this gift, no other is vitally needed in our churches and families as much. Let us therefore pursue the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy (1 Cor. 14:1).