5. Malachi Was the Last Old Testament Prophet
"If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command. But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored." 1 Corinthians 14:37-38
Malachi is the last prophet in the Old Testament. To our modern era, this solidifies the fact that Scripture is final, complete, reliable, and intact. The New Testament confirms the Old Testament prophecies, and the New Testament prophecies will be completed by Christ Jesus' return. We can rely on the promises of God because He has kept every single one thus far. Prophecies written and expressed by human beings are imperfect. The world so often erupts into chaotic seasons, and when that happens, there are typically droves of people who claim to know why and what will happen next. "Whatever prophecies are given today do not add to Scripture," John Piper explains, "They are tested by Scripture. Scripture is closed and final; it is a foundation, not a building process."
The widely anonymous life of the prophet Malachi proves God can and will use anyone from any walk of life to complete His will on earth. God's love for us is unchanging. He is just and will come to judge those who have turned their backs to Him. Through Christ Jesus, we can come freely to God and be cleansed of our sins. His laws for our lives and the set-apart life He desires us to live is not to be a killjoy, but to allow us to unlock the full life Jesus has died for us to live. The living Word of God is able to take an ancient message from a prophet like Malachi, and relate it to our everyday lives.
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