Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:  because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: 

and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

- 1 John 4:1-3 KJV


 The True Order of the Gifts of Prophecy and Revelation 


January 12, 2024


Reverend Danny Rhoades

Good day Brothers and Sisters. Starting today I'm going to start going into more details with my devotionals, in hopes of giving you a better understanding and comprehension of the Scriptures of the Bible.

In today’s devotional, we will explore how the Holy Spirit grants believers the profound spiritual gifts of prophecy and revelation. These gifts play a vital role in the functioning and edification of the church, as they allow individuals to receive and communicate divine messages and insights. In 1 Corinthians 14:29 the Apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of order in the exercise of these gifts within the congregational 


setting. However, there has been ongoing debate regarding the true order of these gifts. This devotional aims to delve into the subject, providing a comprehensive analysis of the gifts of prophecy and revelation, exploring the traditional order, and ultimately reevaluating the true order based on biblical evidence. By gaining a deeper understanding of the true order of these gifts, we can better equip ourselves to effectively utilize them in our spiritual lives and within the church community.

Spiritual gifts are unique abilities or talents given by God to believers in order to serve and build up the church. These gifts are not natural abilities, but they are supernaturally empowered by the Holy Spirit. They are meant to be used for the benefit of others and to bring glory to God.

Two of the spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible are prophecy and revelation. The gift of prophecy involves speaking forth messages from God, either in foretelling future events or in speaking God's truth for a specific situation. On the other hand, the gift of revelation involves receiving divine insight and understanding of God's will and purposes. Both gifts play a vital role in the life of the church and can bring clarity, encouragement, and guidance to believers.

The Corinthian church was a vibrant community of believers in the first century. However, they were facing various issues and struggles that needed to be addressed. One of these issues was the misuse and misunderstanding of spiritual gifts, leading to chaos and confusion in their worship gatherings.

In his letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul sought to provide guidance and correction regarding the use of spiritual gifts. He wanted to bring order and edification to their gatherings, emphasizing the importance of love, unity, and the building up of the church.

The gift of prophecy is not about predicting the future like a psychic hotline. Instead, it involves speaking forth God's words and truths in a timely and relevant manner. Prophecy can bring encouragement, exhortation, and comfort to individuals or the entire church. It is a gift that requires discernment and alignment with Scripture to ensure its accuracy and edifying nature.

The gift of revelation involves receiving insights or understanding directly from God. It goes beyond human knowledge or understanding, as the Holy Spirit reveals hidden truths or divine wisdom. This gift can bring clarity and guidance to individuals or the church as they seek to align their lives with God's will and purposes.

Traditionally, the gifts of prophecy and revelation have been understood to follow a specific order. It is believed that prophecy comes before revelation, indicating that the gift of prophecy is more common and accessible to believers, while the gift of revelation is considered rarer and of higher importance.

Support for this traditional order can be found in 1 Corinthians 14:29 where Paul states, "Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said." This suggests that the gift of prophecy is more prevalent in the church setting. Additionally, in Ephesians 4:11, Paul mentions that God gave some to be prophets before mentioning those with the gift of revelation, further reinforcing the perceived order of these gifts.

So remember, while prophecy and revelation are both valuable gifts, understanding their context, purpose, and order can help us navigate their use and ensure that they are used in a way that brings glory to God and edifies the church.

Are we putting the gifts of prophecy and revelation in their rightful place? Let's dive into a biblical analysis and challenge the traditional order.

Sometimes we need to shake things up a bit and question the status quo. Are there other ways to interpret the order of the gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 14:29? Let's explore some fresh perspectives and see if they shed new light on the matter.

The Bible is full of surprises, and it's no different when it comes to the order of gifts. We'll examine key passages that challenge the traditional hierarchy and examine how they could potentially rearrange our understanding of these spiritual gifts.

Understanding the true order of the gifts of prophecy and revelation can have a profound impact on both the church and individual believers. Let's delve into the significance and implications of this reevaluated order.

Church dynamics can greatly benefit from a proper understanding of the true order. We'll explore how rearranging these gifts can enhance the functioning and unity within the body of believers.

Discovering the true order isn't just an intellectual exercise—it has practical implications for each individual believer. We'll discuss how understanding this order can empower and activate individuals in their spiritual journeys.

Now that we've established the true order of these gifts, how can we put this knowledge into action in our modern context? Let's explore how the true order can shape our spiritual practices and enhance our connection with God.

From personal prayer to corporate worship, the true order of these gifts can inform and transform our spiritual practices. We'll delve into practical ways to incorporate this understanding into our daily lives.

Understanding the true order also means recognizing the importance of balance. We'll discuss strategies for nurturing and cultivating these gifts in a way that honors the true order and prevents any one gift from overpowering the others.

Brothers and Sister, now let us review what I just talked about.

First, why is understanding the order of the gifts of prophecy and revelation important?

Understanding the order of these gifts is important because it helps establish a framework for their proper exercise within the church. It promotes clarity, avoids confusion, and ensures that these spiritual gifts are used in a way that brings edification and order to the congregation.

Second, how does reevaluating the traditional order impact our understanding of these gifts?

Reevaluating the traditional order challenges preconceived notions and encourages a deeper examination of biblical evidence. It can broaden our understanding of the gifts of prophecy and revelation and provide a fresh perspective on their application in modern times. This reevaluation allows us to align our practices more closely with scriptural teachings.

Third, can individuals possess both the gift of prophecy and revelation?

Yes, individuals can possess both the gift of prophecy and revelation. While they are distinct gifts, they can exist harmoniously within an individual. The gift of prophecy involves speaking forth God's message, while the gift of revelation involves receiving divine insight or knowledge. Both gifts can operate simultaneously or at different times, depending on the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Fourth, how can we cultivate and develop these gifts in our own lives?

Cultivating and developing the gifts of prophecy and revelation requires a deepening relationship with God through prayer, studying His Word, and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is essential to cultivate humility and a teachable spirit, being open to correction and accountability within the context of a supportive Christian community. Additionally, actively participating in spiritual disciplines and ministries can provide opportunities for growth and the exercise of these gifts in a responsible and loving manner.  

Brothers and Sister in conclusion, understanding the true order of the gifts of prophecy and revelation is crucial for believers seeking to walk in alignment with God's will and contribute to the edification of the church. Through a careful examination of biblical passages and a reevaluation of the traditional order, we have discovered insights that challenge our previous understanding. By embracing this true order, we can foster a balanced and harmonious expression of these gifts, allowing for the proper functioning of the body of Christ.

Friends, let us continually seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and apply these insights in our spiritual lives, cultivating an atmosphere where the gifts of prophecy and revelation can operate effectively for the glory of God.



Dear God, help us to resist the things that would deplete our soul or minimize our strenth. Fill us instead with Your hope, peace, and joy so much so that they overflow from us to others. I praise You for who You are and thank You that as I do, Your Holy Spirt pours new life into us. Fill us afresh with Your Spirt today and take all hopelessness away. This I pray, in the name of our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ. Amen


Beyond a wholesome discipline, 

be gentle with yourself.

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