1 Corin. 14
1 Corinthians 14: Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort
When we hear the word “prophecy” we usually relate the meaning to the “Prophets” of the Old Testament who explained the future history of Israel and even the coming of the Messiah.
In the New Testament Strong’s Concordance states that the word occurs 28 time and that, unlike our traditional understanding, in the original Greet the meaning the word means forthtelling which reveals the mind (message) of God in a particular situation. Indeed, this is why worship services and Bible studies are so important – a skilled teacher can help us understand the will of God.
Paul also highlights why the gift of prophecy is so important – “strengthening, encouraging and comforting.”