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April 06, 2011


In Old Testament times, only certain selected  "anointed ones" such as judges, kings, and prophets were filled or permanently indwelt with the Holy Spirit.   Moses was the mediator of the Old Covenant.  Moses truly stood between the people and God.  That is no longer the case under the New Covenant. "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world" (Heb. 1:1 ESV).  We no longer need prophets to stand between God and His people  to dispense truth to them.  That role is now filled by the Holy Spirit  in the life of each believer.

Therefore, the prophecy  is fulfilled that "It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;  and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions" ( Joel 2:28 NASB).  In 1 Chronicles 25:1-7, we learn that to "prophesy" includes singing praises, playing musical instruments, and giving thanks to God in  public.  In the truest sense, New Covenant believers are all priests and prophets.   Moreover, authentic Protestantism upholds  the priesthood of all believers.