Pray that the saints would be perfected to speak with the three constituting elements of prophesying, the third of which is a vision concerning God’s interest and economy, concerning the church as the Body of Christ, concerning the local churches, concerning the world, concerning the individual saints, and concerning ourselves—the view through the enlightening of the divine light (Eph. 1:17-18; 1 Cor. 2:11-12; Ezek. 1:1; Eph. 3:3a, 5b; Rev. 1:10, 12; 4:2; 17:3; 21:10).
Eph. 1:17-18—That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him, the eyes of your heart having been enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
1 Cor. 2:11-12—For who among men knows the things of man, except the spirit of man which is in him? In the same way, the things of God also no one has known except the Spirit of God. But we have received not the spirit of the world but the Spirit which is from God, that we may know the things which have been graciously given to us by God.
Ezek. 1:1—Now in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth of the month, while I was among the captives by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.
Eph. 3:3a, 5b—That by revelation the mystery was made known to me…as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in spirit.
Rev. 1:10, 12—I was in spirit on the Lord’s Day and heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet…And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands.
Rev. 4:2—Immediately I was in spirit; and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and upon the throne there was One sitting.
Rev. 17:3—And he carried me away in spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Rev. 21:10—And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
Third, we must have a vision concerning God’s interest, the churches’ condition, our condition, and others’ condition. We must have a vision concerning the world, concerning the sinners, concerning God’s people, concerning the church as the Body of Christ, and concerning ourselves. To prophesy we need to have a clear vision to see through all things in all situations. When our eyes are open and the sky above us is clear, we can speak what we see with the word of the Bible under the inspiration of the Spirit. This is what it means to prophesy. This divine speaking ministers Christ as life to others. When we speak in this way, we have the Word and the Spirit, and out of the Word and the Spirit, we have the authority and the power. To prophesy we need the human element of learning the Word and the divine element of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit plus a clear view…
God has only one ministry today on this earth. This is the unique New Testament ministry for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ. To do the work of the ministry, we need to practice prophesying. If we are going to prophesy, we must learn the Word day by day to get familiar with the holy Word. We must also fellowship with the Lord, remaining in His fellowship. This means that we are always in the current of the Spirit, so at any time we can have the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. If we are such persons, our eyes will be opened. The sky above us will be clear, and we will have a clear view of the entire universe. We will always see the real situation of the world, the real situation of the churches, the real situation of our fellow believers, and the real situation of ourselves. Thus, we will always have something to speak about. When we have these three elements—the human learning of the Word, the divine inspiration of the Spirit, and the clear view—we will be able to prophesy. (CWWL, 1988, vol. 4, “The Excelling Gift for the Building Up of the Church,” ch. 3, pp. 472, 474-475)
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