v 19 We have greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets.
v 20 Prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
How often have you thought ‘Wouldn’t it be great to know what the future holds.’? We have that vague feeling a prophet can do just that. But that is not what is meant by the word ‘Prophet’ in the Bible. A prophet is understood to be the mouthpiece of God; sometimes that does mean seeing and proclaiming God’s purposes for the years ahead, and yet at other times it is more about warning people about the consequences of their bad actions or speaking God’s wisdom into their current circumstances. Paul understood that there were prophets in his day as he writes 1 Corinthians 12:28
Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers. Paul however, at this point, was probably looking back to the Old Testament prophets that appear in the Bible – men like Isaiah, Jeremiah and many others. They were men
specially inspired by the Holy Spirit to deliver God’s message for their own and later generations. It was the prophet Nathan who was close to King David and challenged him over his adultery with Bathsheba. The prophet was inspired to be God’s messenger in society. Peter was in fact encouraging these young Christians to look back into the Old Testament and discover what God had to say to them about the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. They could have confidence about the message they proclaimed as Peter and the Apostles saw it being fulfilled in their own day.