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Prophecy and the Church

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The inspiration of the prophet by the Holy Spirit takes place when the man who has the divine Spirit appears in the congregation of righteous men who have faith in the divine Spirit. In the case of the prophet, the endowment with the divine Spirit means that he is under the constant guidance and influence of the Spirit: the same is true of the other members of the church. The presence of the divine Spirit makes the prophet fit to speak as a prophet, and makes the congregation fit to pray for the Holy Spirit to come down and fill the prophet. The presence of the Spirit was thus an all-pervading experience in the primitive church, and remained so for a long time. The Holy Spirit is the origin and the source of the corporate life of the church.

Keywords: church; divine Spirit; Holy Spirit; prophet

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