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Estudio de las Escrituras: Profetas y Apóstoles

Dios le dijo al profeta Amós en el Antiguo Testamento que Él siempre llamaba profetas como sus voceros.

Amos 3:7:

  • Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

La historia de Moisés y la revelación de los Diez Mandamientos es un ejemplo dramático que ilustra el papel de un verdadero profeta. Primero Dios dio los Diez Mandamientos a Su profeta, Moisés. Moisés transmitió los mandamientos al pueblo de Dios, Israel.

Exodus 20:3-22:

  • And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
  • And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
  • And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
  • And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
  • And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

Cristo dio Su Evangelio a los profetas y apóstoles, enseñándoles entre otras cosas que el bautismo era necesario para la salvación. Estos se les dio la responsabilidad de transmitir las enseñanzas de Cristo a todos los hijos de Dios, un ejemplo perfecto de la función de los profetas y apóstoles: recibir la palabra de Dios y luego actuar como sus voceros..

Mark 16:15-20:

  • And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
  • He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
  • And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
  • They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
  • So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
  • And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

El apóstol Pablo hizo hincapié en la importancia de los profetas y apóstoles, llamándoles la fundación de la Iglesia cristiana bajo la dirección de Cristo.

Ephesians 2:19-20:

  • Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
  • And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Pablo también explica en otro lugar que los profetas y apóstoles, entre otros, son esenciales. Reciben doctrina directamente de Dios para que los miembros de la Iglesia no tienen por qué ser “llevados por doquiera de todo viento de doctrina” que las filosofías humanas pueden producir.

Ephesians 4:11-16:

  • And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
  • For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
  • Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
  • That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
  • But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
  • From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

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