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Why the need for tongues and prophecies?

Submitted: 10/15/2009
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Question: In light of the fact that we, I assume, all agree that we have the full and closed canon of Scripture, why, then, is there the need for further revelation from God? Has He not given us everything, already, to live out our lives in godliness and biblical perfection (2 Peter 1:3)? If this is true - and it is! - then why the need to utter further revelation? Did not Jesus Himself say that it's not until the end of the age - when He creates all things new again - that neither jot nor tittle will pass away? If 1) we believe in the final authority of Scripture and the closed canon of Scripture and 2) we believe in the sufficiency of Christ and His closed canon and 3) nothing will change until we have no need of it anymore - AKA - when we are face to face with THE WORD - again - why the need for further prophetic revelation?

Answer: Paul answered your question in 1 Corinthians 14:1-4,
'Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.'