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Christian prophets as teachers or instructors in tre Church

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This chapter seeks to explore the function of Christian prophets as teachers or instructors of the community. This is of course not the only role the prophet played in the early Church, but it may be more important than has hitherto been suggested: nor is it a function exercised only by prophets; every leader of the primitive Church was, to some extent, a teacher. Paul, in common with other New Testament writers, notably Luke and the author of Revelation, is aware that the gift of prophecy belongs in some sense to the whole Church, since the Holy Spirit was given to all, and that therefore any Christian might on occasion prophesy. As in the Old Testament, so in the New, a word spoken with the immediacy of the Spirit's inspiration was regarded as prophetic only when heard and discerned as such by the community of faith.

Keywords: christian prophets; church; instructors; New Testament; Old Testament; teachers



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