This is the  meaning  of Ephesians 3:4,5: “by which, when you read , you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets”.

However, SINCE THE BIBLE IS A FINISHED WORK, NOTHING MORE CAN BE ADDED TO IT OR TAKEN FROM IT. It is important to remember that the writers of the New Testament had first-hand experiences with Jesus when He was ministering on earth (see l John 1:1-4).  Paul was an exception to this first-hand experience, but he had a direct encounter with the Risen Lord (Acts 9) as He first established the Church
Even though God leads us by His Spirit in knowing how to live and continue building His Church in the day, the foundational principles as outlined in the New Testament are unchanging.

In 1 Corinthians 3:10, 11, Paul declares that through the grace of God he has laid the foundation and others will build on it. But they must do so carefully because that foundation” is Jesus Christ. A good foundation need be laid only once (Eph 2:20-22).

The Book of Revelation ends with a clear warning not to alter its contents (Rev 22:18, 19). It is God’s holy, inspired Word and is complete as it is. This same warning should be used in relation to all the books of the Bible as all of them are God-breathed (inspired) and complete.

There are still apostolic and prophetic ministry gifts functioning today. However, what is said or done in the proper Holy Spirit- directed functioning of those gifts will NEVER  conflict  with  or attempt to override the written Word of God (the Bible).

Anything  that  does  conflict with, or attempt to override or add to, the Bible is NOT from the Spirit of God and must be rejected.

      b) Special insight into people’s lives. Facts will be revealed which are hidden to others (Acts 5:1-11; l Cor 14:25). This revealing of the hidden thoughts, intents and motivations of a person’s heart is for the purpose of ministry to that person. This ministry may be gentle or it might be a rebuke. But it is NOT intended to give the prophet a reason for pride, nor should it allow the prophet to tell others what they should do.

     c) Special insight into future events (Acts 11:27-28; 21:10-14). Agabus prophesied to Paul in Acts 21 about what awaited Paul in Jerusalem. However, Paul did not change his plans as a result of that prophetic word.

Paul did not alter what he understood to be God’s will for his future. Agabus’ prophecy merely

confirmed what Paul already knew, that the Jews would cause him trouble in Jerusalem.

This teaches us that a prophet should not exercise control (governance) over leaders or churches. The words of a prophet should confirm what God has already spoken or placed in a person’s heart.

  1. A prophet’s ministry will involve exhortation.

To “exhort” means to urge, excite and motivate action. The Old Testament prophets Haggai and Zechariah exhorted the people to rebuild the broken place and restore the temple {Ezra 5:1, 2; 6:14). New Testament prophets need to exhort God’s people to build His Church (1Cor 14:3, 4; Eph 4:11, 12).

  1. A prophet’ s ministry will involve warning.

Often times God will reveal something to His prophets so they can warn His people of coming danger. The warning allows the people to wisely prepare themselves for the future event (Acts 11:27-30; 21:8-11).

  1. A prophet’s ministry will impart a vision to the people of God.

As God prepares to move upon and through His people, He will give direction through His prophets. The prophet informs and inspires the people of God about His will and way for them (Prov 29:18; Amos 3:7; Eph 3; 5).

  1. A prophet’s ministry plays a role in the forming of new churches.

The apostles and prophets both have a function in the founding of new fellowships (Eph 2:20; 3:5).