The Spirit of Prophecy
In Matthew chapter 10, Jesus gave his disciples power to cast out unclean spirits, to heal sickness, disease and even raise the dead. He commanded them to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel preaching the kingdom of God is at hand. Toward the end of the chapter he speaks of the reward for those that received them kindly saying in verse 41 “Whoever welcomes a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.”
In the previous verse, Jesus tells the twelve “anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” This tells us that to know the meaning of verse 41 we need to focus on Jesus. Ultimately Jesus is saying to the twelve men ” when anyone receives you as my disciple they are receiving me”.
In John chapter 1 we are told that Jesus is the word. Word is a translation of the Greek word logos which means to speak intelligently. This intelligence can only be discovered by way of revelation. In Matthew 10:27 Jesus tells the disciples “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight, what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” He was sending them out and would not be with them bodily but would still be leading them with revelation. This prompts me to believe that the reward associated with welcoming a prophet as a prophet concerns hearing God.
If I accept a prophet as a person able to hear God this allows me to receive a personal word from God by way of the prophet. The same may also be said of the reward for receiving a righteous person as a righteous person. To be righteous means one is in right standing with God. Hebrews 11:6 says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he is, and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Since the scriptures tell us that without faith we cannot please God we can deduce that righteousness must involve faith to some degree.
Romans 10:17 informs us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. This is indicative of a connection between hearing and receiving words from God either personally or through the ministry of another and being rewarded. In Genesis 15:1 God tells Abraham “I am your shield, your very great reward.”
In Revelation 19:10 John writes “…For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.” Jesus is the logos who was, is and forever will be speaking as an expression of the divine intellect. He tells his disciples in Matthew 10:26 “…there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed: and hid that shall not be known.” He is promising them that revelation will be a hallmark of their life and ministry.
When Jesus speaks to us through the Holy Spirit we know he lives. When we hear, him we know He is near and rejoice in His presence. To live a richly rewarded life we must as always, Pray, hear and obey.
Written by Wes Arnold, PMT ElderReturn to the Newsletter Archives