The Prophetic Office
Les D. Crause
What is Prophetic Office vs Prophetic Ministry?
There is a difference between the Prophetic Ministry and the Prophetic Office. The first is a function, whereas the second is a position. Let's look a few verses that speak of office to make this clear.
In each case you will see that the term office is used to refer to someone who has been permanently appointed to a position.
This is true also of the Prophetic Office. The ministry of a prophet may at times be displayed by those that are not called to be Prophets as a permanent position (In other words, to be in Prophetic Office. Paul clarifies this also when he discusses the functioning of ministries in a local church in 1 Corinthians 14:27-31
Here Paul refers to two kinds of prophetic ministry. The first is what is communicated by the vocal gifts. Anyone that brings a message from the Lord via tongues, interpretation or prophecy is prophesying. However there are those who hold the office of a prophet, and they are a separate group altogether. You may all prophesy in the sense of bringing a word from the Lord, but not all the members of the church have the Prophetic Office.
Another passage that clearly shows the distinction is Acts 21:9
9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied.
Philip had four daughters that exercised a prophetic ministry, but they were not classed as prophets. Agabus however, held the prophetic office and was referred to as a prophet.
Someone may be able to prophesy, but only when they have been permanently appointed to the prophetic office can they be called by such a title. The same applies to the apostolic ministry.Query has failed