Chicago, Ill. : Moody Press, 1997, c1989, S. 276, who articulates this view. Its nature consisted not so much in the prediction of future events, although that was not excluded, as in energetic, soul-captivating, and intelligent expression of what was directly communicated by the Holy Ghost to the speaker for the edification and moral elevation of the church. Henry, Matthew: Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible : Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Ray Stedman has an excellent summary writing that Paul's command says in essence... Do not ignore the Scripture's wisdom: Do not despise prophesying. 5. They were not to undervalue it in comparison with other things. The prophetic influence was thus distinguished from the mystical ecstasy, the ecstasy of Paul when rapt into the third heaven, which affected the subject alone and was incommunicable (2Cor. Then in Acts Jesus told them that when they received the Holy Spirit, they would be His witnesses (Acts 1:8 – the term witnesses here is the root of the same word for “testimony” in the passage in Revelation). The King James Bible (1611) and Strong's Concordance (1890) with Hebrew and Greek dictionaries are sourced from the BibleForgeDB database ( within the BibleForge project ( In addition, we can also talk about future events insofar as it is necessary for us to know about them. 30 : The Catholic Epistles (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald & H. T. Lehmann, Ed.). Jesus made this clear: “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me” (John 15:26). 14. Without it ye cannot preserve the Christian life, nor go on to perfection. Hence his exhortation here. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB). (Paul is saying that during the time of trial in connection with my physical disability, the Galatians showed no disdain.). In Luke, the Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth (Luke 1:41); Zacharias (Luke 1:67); and Simeon (Luke 2:25) and they all spoke forth words about Jesus Christ and salvation. Use the buttons below to get details on the Greek word and view related Bible verses that use the same root word. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1996, c1991, s.v. It is the declaration of that which cannot be known by natural means, Matthew 26:68, it is the forth telling of the will of God, whether with reference to the past, the present, or the future, see Genesis 20:7; Deuteronomy 18:18; Revelation 10:11; 11:3. 13. This means that implications are binding on believers.14 An invalid implication would bind people in ways God has not bound them. Do not despise prophecies. Do not suppose that ye are already wise enough; you are no more wise enough than you are holy enough. 1:7; Jer. What does 1 Thessalonians 5:20 “Do not scoff at prophecies,but test everythiing that is said” mean? 1 Thessalonians 5:21(NASB) Verse Thoughts In his final greeting to the Church at Thessalonica, Paul gives various warnings and exhortations to the body of Christ on how to live a godly life, that is worthy of our position in Christ. (Westminster Press), NLT: Do not scoff at prophecies, (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: and never despise what is spoken in the name of the Lord. Paul, in Ephesians, uses the term “revelation” in a way that will help us understand how this relates to prophecy. This is not the case. Paul used the term “revelation” in 1Corinthians 14 as the content of prophecies of believers. 1 Thessalonians 5:21, NASB: "But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;" When we do, Paul describes a possible outcome: “But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all; the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you” (1Corinthians 14:24, 25). What does 1 Thessalonians 5:20 mean? 1 Corinthians 6:4 If then you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church? In 1Corinthians 12:10, “discerning of spirits” follows “prophecy.” Comparing that passage to 1John 4:1, we have further evidence that prophecy is to be judged by objective standards. 1 Thess. NIV God's Justice: The Holy Bible, hardcover. 3. . Conclusion - Paul warned, “Do not despise prophetic utterances.” What constitutes despising prophecy? Let me illustrate. But if you neglect God's offer of salvation through the finished work of Christ, you will face God's wrath in eternity and there will be no escape.” – I have truly prophesied in a most powerful and true way. This page was last modified on September 15, 2017, at 7:02 AM. 44: Luther's works, vol. Do not quench the Spirit But the office of addressing mankind on the great duties of religion, and of publishing salvation, is to be God's great ordinance for converting the world. The restoration of prophecy for every believer was important to both Luther and Calvin. To get what 1 Thessalonians 5:20 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context  and relative popularity. This would be abusive and constitute falsely speaking for God. We must not despise preaching, though it be plain, and not with enticing words of men's wisdom, and though we be told no more than what we knew before. This is the essence of “binding and loosing”; see CIC issues 1 and 2 HTTP://CICMINISTRY.ORG/COMMENTARY/ISSUE1.HTM. 14:31]. This passage connects being made completely holy (oloklēron) with the coming parousia of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Since prophecy, according to the interpretation I am proposing, is to bring out valid implications and applications of God's revealed truth, it is essential that prophecy be judged. So God's own Son, Jesus Christ, came into human history through the virgin birth, lived a sinless life, and shed His blood on the cross to avert God's wrath against sin, and was bodily raised from the dead and appeared to many witnesses. The prophetic revelation might at times concern the future (Acts 11:28) but not necessarily so. This is why they “may all prophesy” as Paul wrote. 17 Pray without ceasing. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: These are among the closing verses of this letter. 15. The plural noun without the article denotes the individual cases as the Spirit spoke through the prophets for the instruction and edification of the church. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 11. That is the wisdom of God. What you need to do is get out and get busy.” Well, what is needed is to get busy studying the Word of God, and after you do that you will see how to get busy and really be effective. What faculties! 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. In the well respected theological journal Bibliotheca Sacra, the late Dr John Walvoord makes the following statements... Divine revelation, of course, received a tremendous addition when Jesus Christ came in the flesh. What theologians! Yes, we still have to make a volitional choice to obey (examine everything), but we can only do so successively as we rely on His supernatural power, not our frail ("fallen") natural power. We can squelch the public movement of the Holy Spirit. Acts 4:11 "He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the very corner stone. It will save you countless headaches and heartaches if you observe it. But God is also loving and merciful. 1 Thessalonians 5:21, KJV: "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 12:1, 2, 3, 4). Matthew 5:48: Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. NIV The Journey Bible: Revealing God and How You Fit into His Plan, Softcover. Of course, we always test prophecies (following the command to test all things), but we do not despise prophecies. With the completion of the divine revelation in the New Testament canon such direct communication of new spiritual revelation has ceased. J Vernon McGee applies this passage writing that believers today are not to... look down upon Bible study as something that is beneath you. The office of setting forth the truth of God is to be the permanent office in the church; that of speaking foreign languages by miraculous endowment, was to be temporary. x. If you repent of living for self, trusting self, and spurning God's Word and put your faith in Jesus Christ, you will be saved. Earlier Paul warned the Corinthians to not go beyond what is written (1Corinthians 4:6). Answer: We do not know the exact context of the interesting command from Paul to the Thessalonians. For Paul, in the passage which I have quoted, assigns to prophets teaching for edification, exhortation, and consolation, and enumerates, as it were, these departments. (Matthew Poole's Commentary on the New Testament). Further evidence that prophecy is judged by objective standards is found in Romans 12:6 – “And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith.” There are interpretive issues with this verse, depending upon how the Greek is understood and translated. Despising prophecy is the refusal to allow the Lord's flock to bring the authority of Scripture to bear on one another and church leaders. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV: "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." Another issue is whether “faith” is objective (the faith) or subjective (one's level of faith). 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 Questions. They must not disparage the true manifestations of the Spirit but be alert to detect the false, which leads into the next section. DO NOT DESPISE PROPHETIC UTTERANCES: propheteias me exoutheneite; (2PPMM): Hiebert - "Do not treat prophecies with contempt" names a specific action whereby the Spirit may be quenched." You haven't come humbly seeking forgiveness, knowing you don't deserve it.”15, Martin Luther also prophesied: "What schools! Binding and loosing means “forbidding or permitting” on scriptural basis. Or, could anyone claim to have achieved perfect obedience to the two great commandments, to love God with your total being and to love others as muc… Amen." Furthermore, we understand all Scripture. Acceptance of these divine regulations is evidence of spirituality, 1Co 14:37, 38. 2. The verse contains a definite article in the Greek, so the phrase reads “according to the analogy of the faith” or “in accordance with the faith.”11 Charles Hodge commented on this, “[A]ccording to the proportion signifies, agreeably to the rule or standard; and the apostle's direction to the prophets is, that in all their communications they are to conform to the rule of faith, and not contradict those doctrines which had been delivered by men whose inspiration had been established by indubitable evidence.”12, Likewise, in the passage previously cited in 1Thessalonians 5, prophecy is to be judged. Why? We are not to be judged by this church lest we imperil our own salvation and be found to deny Christ.3. Despise (1848)(exoutheneo from ek = an intensifies + outhenéo = bring to naught) is a strong verb which means to despise someone or something on basis it is worthless or of no value. This happens, for example, when a church member hears false teaching coming from the pulpit, does Biblical research to bring out valid implications, goes to the pastor and proves that the pastor has promoted what is false and the pastor refuses to defend his own teaching or listen to the evidence of the church member. He places prophets next after apostles in the list of those whom God has set in the Church (1Co 12:28). Some, who hold this view, believe that these utterances have ceased. 1Thessalonians 5:20. The basic function of the prophet was to "speak forth" the counsel of God. There are 6 uses in the Septuagint = 1 Sam. 1 Corinthians 16:11 Let no one therefore despise him. 2:20). Romans 14:3 (note) Let not him who eats regard with contempt him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Thessalonians 5:24, NIV: "The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it." In summary in issuing this negative command, Paul is saying that some in the Thessalonian church had a low opinion of prophesying and/or viewed this activity with contempt. This interpretation is false on two fronts. See Gordon Fee, “The First Epistle to the Corinthians” in The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987) 693, 694. In the following discussion of 2Peter 1:19, Luther cites 1Corinthians 14:31 in his discussion of prophecy in the church: But why does he say: “We have a sure prophetic Word”? For example: “And let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment” (1Corinthians 14:29). Paul also speaks about this in 1 Cor. In my research I noticed that the view that prophecy has ceased did not become a prevalent view until the 20th century. Retail: $39.99. They were the human channels through whom the Spirit made known His will and purpose for His people. In other words, he was a Christian preacher, endued with wisdom, fervor, and tenderness; and his spiritual addresses were among the Lord’s best gifts to the Church. Did. Romans 14:10 (note) But you, why do you judge your brother? Since every believer has the Holy Spirit, every believer has the “keys of the kingdom” and can authoritatively declare the terms of entrance into the kingdom. This passage is often misunderstood to mean that certain official or authoritative prophets could prophesy and other official prophets could judge them. 20 Despise not prophesyings. Quotes available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Follow either of the two large buttons below to see these verses in their broader context of the King James Bible or a Bible concordance. For we can all state what pertains to salvation, God's glory, and a Christian life. The gift of tongues carried the subject out of the prophetic condition in which spirit, understanding, and speech operated in concert, and into a condition in which the understanding was overpowered by the communication to the spirit, so that the spirit could not find its natural expression in rational speech, or speech begotten of the understanding, and found supernatural expression in a tongue created by the Spirit. In all of history, no one except Jesus has ever come close to keeping that command! We can treat the Bible as nothing. John MacArthur prophesies in this manner in his book Hard to Believe: "The Lord says, “If you don't know Me on My terms, I don't know you at all. • First Epistle to the Thessalonians Wikipedia Article . There are 11 uses of exoutheneo in the NT... Luke 18:9 And He also told this parable to certain ones who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: Luke 23:11 And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. It is possible that in Thessalonica, as appears to have been the case subsequently in Corinth, (cp. 1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV: "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 14:1, 2, 3, 4, 5), and urges his readers to desire the gift (1Co 14:1, 39). See also, Paul P. Enns, in : The Moody Handbook of Theology. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” (1Thessalonians 5:19-22). (Phillips: Touchstone), Wuest: Stop counting as nothing divine revelations given in the local assembly by the one who receives them, (Eerdmans), Young's Literal: prophesyings despise not. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers. The alternative was that only the teaching magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church had the authority to prophesy. 14:31: “For you can all prophesy one by one.”4. Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 (Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22) We are to rejoice in creature-comforts, as if we rejoiced not, and must not expect to live many years, and rejoice in them all; but if we do rejoice in God, we may do that evermore. Martin Luther, (1999, c1966). To make something of no account (disregard, reject with contempt, despise). Paul is really saying, “If a man has anything to say, don’t stop him saying it.” (1 Thessalonians 5 Commentary), BDAG writes that exoutheneo means "(1) to show by one’s attitude or manner of treatment that an entity has no merit or worth (disdain)....(2) to have no use for something as being beneath one’s consideration (reject disdainfully)... (3) to regard another as of no significance and therefore worthy of maltreatment, treat with contempt. There is nothing else that has so much power over mankind as the preaching of the gospel.7. How much more ought we not then confidently judge the church of Rome in its insincerity and feigned authority. There is little doubt that Paul's instructions regarding prophetic utterances followed by the command to examine everything carefully relates in some way to what occurred in the church at Thessalonica between the first and second epistles. But during the worship service, the Word is expounded by someone called and equipped in public proclamation to a bigger audience. But prophesying was not that. Walter J. Chantry, Signs of the Apostles, (Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 1973; 1993 ed) 50, 51 espouses the view that gifts such as prophecy have ceased upon the completion of the New Testament. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Thessalonians 5:21, NIV: "but test them all; hold on to what is good," 1 Thessalonians 5:21, ESV: "but test everything; hold fast what is good." Those who hold this latter view generally say that all prophecy has ceased.2. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. 5:20. What sense is there to this drunken prattle of the pope and his papists, though handed down over many generations: “We command, we earnestly direct, the Church of Rome is Mistress of the churches and the articles of faith”? So the convicted person is brought to see that their secret sins are exposed to God's just eyes and they face His certain judgment unless they obtain the imputed righteousness of Christ through faith. See 1 Thessalonians 5:20 with its adjacent verses in bold below. Another translation has them treating certain prophecies “with contempt.” In his second letter Paul wrote... Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming (parousia) of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together (episynagoge) to Him (referring to his previous letter where he had explained the Rapture - see 1Th 4:13, 14, 15, 16, 17-see notes 1Th 4:13; 14; 15; 16; 17), that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the Day of the Lord has come. What bilge! Do not despise that, says the apostle. The OT has a pointed example of despising or showing contempt for prophetic utterance in 2 Kings... Then he (Elijah) went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, "Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!" For example, if we fail to give thanks in everything (and instead grumble or complain or dispute), we certainly will quench the Spirit. This is a simplified translation of the original Greek word. Judging prophecy is by objective scripture, not subjective means.13. Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (184). (Amplified Bible - Lockman), Barclay: Don’t make light of manifestations of the gift of prophecy. 30: Luther's works, vol. Every believer who accurately announces the terms of the gospel to the lost is prophesying with the full authority of God. They have the authority of God not because I uttered them, but because they correctly describe the certainty of the consequences of either faith or unbelief. The pastor has despised the prophecy of the member and claimed the right to give false prophecy from the pulpit and then furthered the sin by refusing to allow his own prophecy to be judged. (Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature). To treat something or someone as of no account. 21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. © 2017 QuotesCosmos ● Home ● About ● Privacy ● Terms ● Principles ● Sitemap ● Contact. Let, therefore, prophecy in this passage be understood as meaning—interpretation made suitable to present use. We have a lot of folk who are in Christian service, but they are ignorant of the Bible and they look down on Bible study. What does this verse really mean? Prophetic utterances (4394) (propheteia from pró = before or forth + phemí = tell) has the literal meaning of speaking forth, with no connotation of prediction or other supernatural or mystical significance. Read Introduction to 1 Thessalonians “Do not quench the Spirit“ Paul transitions from individual responsibility to corporate worship with verse 19. 19 Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise prophetic [] utterances. As children of the day, who were anticipating the … For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. When they are applied to a given sinner, they constitute a valid and authoritative application. The prophet was a man whose rational and moral nature had been quickened by the Spirit of Christ, and who possessed in an uncommon degree the power of speaking edification, exhortation, and comfort. Barnes NT Commentary). 44, Page 276). Believers need to be on guard against any professed revelation from the Spirit today that goes beyond, or is inconsistent with, the revelation embodied in the Scriptures. How is this answered by those swelling enthusiasts, in whose idea the only true illumination consists, in carelessly laying aside, and bidding adieu to the Word of God, while, with no less confidence than folly, they fasten upon any dreaming notion which may have casually sprung up in their minds? The result, according to Paul in 1Thessalonians, is that good and evil are identified, the good to be embraced and the evil shunned. 9. Luther often cited 1Corinthians 14:31 as proof of Rome's error in this regard. Why did Paul not tell them the hour and day of the coming of Christ? For example, consider the 19th century scholar Albert Barnes' comments on 1Thessalonians 5:20: But the office of addressing mankind on the great duties of religion, and of publishing salvation, is to be God's great ordinance for converting the world. They authoritatively declare that those who repent and believe the gospel shall be saved and that those who reject the gospel will be damned. Answer: I believe indeed that henceforth we shall not have prophets like those the Jews had in times past in the Old Testament. 40, page 32). Some assume that prophesies were spontaneous, “ecstatic utterances” caused by the Holy Spirit. Under the New Covenant, every redeemed child of God has the Holy Spirit, and therefore may prophesy. This double action imparted a peculiarly elevated character to his speech. Charles Hodge, Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994 reprint, written in 1835) 390, 391 makes a strong argument for “the faith” being the objective content of the faith once for all delivered to the saints. It would not be unnatural that comparisons should be made between these two classes of endowments, much to the disadvantage of the latter; and hence may have arisen this solemn caution not to disregard or despise the ability to make known divine truth in intelligible language. Martin, D. M. (2001, c1995). Matthew Poole surmises that some of the Thessalonians "despise it (prophecy) because of the outward meanness of the persons which prophesy; some, through a proud conceit of their own knowledge; some, by a contempt of religion itself. . 7), the transition is natural. In a congregation the seemingly lowliest person can correct the teachings of a church authority if that authority teaches what is contrary to Scripture. ", Galatians 4:14 and that which was a trial to you in my bodily condition you did not despise or loathe, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus Himself. 1 Thessalonians 5:20-28 New International Version (NIV) 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil. Popularity rankings are based on search volume data from the Google AdWords Keyword Planner tool. 1 Thessalonians 5:20 Context. When Peter received the Holy Spirit, he powerfully testified about Jesus Christ and salvation (Acts 2). And we should rejoice more, if we prayed more. Prophecy testifies about the person and work of Jesus Christ—that is its great central theme. 1 Thessalonians 5:28 "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you. Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House. He assigns to prophecy the precedence among spiritual gifts (1 Cor. We ought not to lounge or fidget while the word of God is spoken, or to turn over the leaves of the Bible at random, or to look at the clock; we ought to hearken for that word which God has put into the preacher’s mouth for us; and it will be a very exceptional prophesying in which there is not a single thought that it would repay us to consider. The difference is that, whereas the message of the prophet was a direct revelation of the mind of God for the occasion, the message of the teacher is gathered from the completed revelation contained in the Scriptures. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. By this, doubtless, he intimates that the light of the Spirit is quenched the moment prophesying falls into contempt. To get what 1 Thessalonians 5:20 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. But some of the Bibles commands are not just difficult, but impossible. Others hold the same view, but believe that these ecstatic utterances are also for the church today. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1]. Those who teach this and also believe that prophecy contains special, new revelations subjectively revealed to prophets, thereby use the subjective to judge the subjective. God said that the soul that sins must die. And I will execute great vengeance upon them, love the Lord your God with all your heart, First Epistle to the Thessalonians Wikipedia Article, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas. This verse puts a qualification on the previous verse. First Thessalonians 5:12–22 gives the Thessalonian believers a series of exhortations. Why? 1 John 4:1-3, “Beloved, believe not every spirit; but try the spirits, whether they are of God.” “The good” represents a different word from that of 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (see note); it signifies what is good or fine in quality, as in 2 Thessalonians 3:13. 33: 1, 2 Thessalonians (electronic ed.). And remember that God's commandments always include His enablements, specifically the "Enabler!" The word “proportion” is analogia, from which our word “analogy” is derived. (NASB: Lockman), Greek: propheteias me exoutheneite; (2PPMM), Amplified: Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning]. I am referring to the indwelling Spirit Who Alone can enable us to obey these commands. It is found in this passage: “I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. 40 : Church and Ministry II (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald & H. T. Lehmann, Ed.). The gift of prophecy today is the most clearly illustrated by the gift of preaching, of proclaiming the Word of God. When the word of God is not proclaimed with authority and accuracy and when the word of God is not applied directly to the hearts and souls of people through valid prophecy, then the Spirit is quenched in the Christian assembly. (McGee, J V: Thru the Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson ). Paul prayed, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. As noted with the negative command in verse 19, the combination of a negative particle (me) with the present imperative suggests that the recipients are being told to stop doing something they have begun -- they were to stop despising prophetic utterances. His spirit received a spiritual truth in symbol: his understanding interpreted it in its application to actual events, and his speech uttered the interpretation. 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