Jesus made the point in Luke 16:29-31 that the Scriptures (i.e., “the Law and the Prophets”) were substantive and sufficient testimony for critically important matters. As believers in Jesus’ day had “the Law and the Prophets” so we have “the Prophets and the Apostles” (i.e. the Old Testament and the New Testament).
What an unfathomable blessing to have the apostolic testimony added to the prophetic word! “Out of the mouths of two or three witnesses let every fact be established.” Hallelujah for these two witnesses: the prophets and the apostles!
Since we therefore have “the prophetic word made more sure” (2 Peter 1:19*), let us not disregard it in a vain hope that God will do something dramatic to impress us. Let us believe what we have been given. “The Prophets and the Apostles”are better than having someone raised from the dead in our midst.
*”a more sure word of prophecy” in 2 Peter 1:19 KJV and “the prophetic word more fully confirmed” in 2 Peter 1:19 ESV.
Although there was no collected set of writings called “the New Testament” at the time that the New Testament writings were being written, the following verses speak to the two testaments in seed form – at least to the categorization of tose spokesmen who came before Christ and those who came immediately after. I have marked references to the prophets in bold, and to the apostles in underline.
Luke 11:49-51 – “For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute, so that the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation.'”
Note: There were prophets in the New Testament (as referenced in Luke 11:49 above and elsewhere) but they did not fulfill the same role as prophets in the Old Testament – that of prophesying the Messiah who would one day come.
Ephesians 2:20 – “having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,”
2 Peter 3:2 – “that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.”
Revelation 18:20 – “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her.”