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Part 3:† Are Prophets Preachers?
Peace be unto you. The world has become crowded with those that often proclaim astonishing and life ending declarations from God. Who listens? The Truth rings from the Bible. Look to God and not man.
Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 31 March 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
As we continue with the definitive qualities of the Preacher we would be remiss if we did not bring the Prophet up for review.
The Prophet is a person who acts as the organ of divine communication with man, especially with regard to the future. The Prophet differs from the Priest in presenting the divine side of mediation while the Priest acts from the human side.
So if the Preacher has not taken over the role of the Priest does he only report the human side?† However do some Preachers claim that God has revealed things to them that are in the future and they have been given this information?
Meanwhile the Prophet literally means one who speaks for another one in anotherís name (God). So a Prophet is one who has knowledge of secret things whether past (John 4: 19) present (II Kings 5:26) or to come (Luke 1: 7: 76-79).
For the record wives of Prophets and women who had the gift of prophecy were known as Prophetesses. The Bible notes that Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Noadiah and Anna were Prophetesses. Do we have any women Prophetesses today?
Meanwhile the minister through his ministry is to serve both the secular and religious community. The ministry of Jesus established the pattern for the development of Post Resurrection ministries in the churches.
Preaching and proclaiming (oral address) the word in the Old Testament and New Testament played a decisive role in shaping the moods and attitudes of the people of God.
Godís spokesman (preaching, proclaiming) challenged the people to acknowledge the divine will of God. We clearly see Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels proclaiming the kingdom (Mark 1: 14, 38-39, 45).
Paul as one of the greatest writers and Preachers among the Apostles also set precedents for the Preacher. A common topic in Paulís letters is his own recollection of his preaching ministry, which began in the missionary proclamation and continued in his work with the Church.
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