bible study on miracles, signs and wonders

(Heb 7:25). It should be noted, at least 85% of all people who come down with an illness will get well anyway; the 15% who do not get well are frequently told by these diviners that “they simply don’t have enough faith.”  Because this aspect of the study is so negative, I would rather not expand upon it or spend time denigrating those popular individuals that dominate so much of Christian radio and television in our world today. Why do Matthew, Mark, and Luke speak of miracles (dynameis), while John speaks of signs (erga, thaumasia, dynameis, and semeia)?)? "God also testified to it [the message of salvation] by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will." There is another passage that needs to be discussed that is frequently misinterpreted — in Acts 19 when Paul came upon a group of twelve disciples in the city of Ephesus on the Aegean Sea (across from Athens), he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  And they said to him, “No, we have not even heard whether there is (emphatic!) The Old Testament and the nation of Israel is the “context” (the foundation) that underlies all of the gospels; so without a basic understanding of God’s work in the world from creation to the birth of Christ, you will seriously limit your understanding and appreciation of much of what Jesus taught in His earthly ministry. Acts 17:11; 1 Cor 14:29; 1 Th 5:21; 1 Jn 4:1). and 3) What does the passage “mean”? “Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received their sight, and they followed him.” This “validation” lasted for a short time as they attempted to take His life repeatedly afterwards. This course will help grow your faith to be used in signs, wonders, healings, and miracles by God. This is not a matter of being unduly harsh… this is a matter of advocating that one sub-stantiate any such claims (as the apostles themselves demand). He required it in the Old Testament, and God does not change, so we should be doing it today. Study the Scriptures and learn how God’s love always trumps His being vengeful and angry toward us, and how incredibly deserving He is of our trust, love, worship & service (cf. As the Apostle Paul states, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).”. ), handling accurately   the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15). 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. For the first clue we need to remember apostolic preaching was first and foremost to the “Jew;” as a matter of fact,   the first eight years of post-resurrection ministry was exclusively to the Jewish people; that’s    the context that the student of Scripture must keep in mind. There were occasional occurrences, but this was not the norm. their level of spirituality might be far greater than mine (spirituality is not just a matter of having correct doctrine – cf. Throughout the course of history numerous people have claimed to be the “Messiah”… but only Jesus Christ demonstrated that He truly was the Messiah, by performing wonders and miracles that only One from God could perform (Jn 10:37-38). The “GENTILE WORLD” would not become an integral part    of God’s work until at least twelve years after the ascension of Jesus into heaven. God gives gifts of healing, it does not mean that you can heal at will or that everyone you pray for will be healed. (Mt 25:40). To put the issue of “divine healing” in a proper light is to “let God be GOD” and understand    that our ways are not His ways (Is 55:8-9)… that He rains on the just and the unjust (Mt 5:44-45)…  that He heals both believers and unbelievers alike… that He does as pleases Him (Is 14:24; 46:10;     Prv 19:21)… that He does all things after the counsel of His will (Is 48:10-11; 55:11; Eph 1:11)… that He reigns supreme in the universe (1 Tim 6:15;  Ps 99:1-3; Is 40:17; Rev 5:12) — that He alone is GOD! The Bible is “God’s inspired Word to mankind” (2 Tim 3:16) — it is the story of human history and God’s plan of redemption. By definition, a miracle is an action that runs counter to the commonly observed processes of nature. 5 Key Questions About Tithing 10%. By the time the New Testament was reaching its final stages of completion, the “sign gifts”      had significantly lessened, and the remarkable visible ministry of God’s angels had ceased. Christ is the One through whom we pray! Believing in GOD and believing you are a SINNER are two completely different things! Perhaps you can think of a better way to illustrate this truth than the one I have given. Choose a Title Below... ➤ Miracles of Jesus — Jesus of Nazareth wrought many miracles, each one showing him to be the true Son of God from Heaven. Do you put your arms around him and hug him and comfort him? The word occurs frequently in the Gospel of John, pointing to the deeper, symbolic meaning of the miracles performed by Jesus. while God also bore witness to it with various signs, wonders and miracles, and with gifts of the Ruach HaKodesh which he distributed as he chose. A Biblical View of Signs, Wonders, & Miracles, Justin Peters (M.Div, Th.M, SWBTS) is a faithful preacher and teacher of God’s word, and widely recognized as an evangelist who isn’t afraid to speak hard truths with a heart of love. The Christian life is one of “grace” from beginning to end — because of our unredeemed humanness (flesh) that is a very difficult spiritual truth for all of us as Christians to learn. The miracles of the Old and New Testament served to validate the initiation of a “new revela-tion” from God; yet the people of God (Israel) would not listen. There is an entire swath of professing Christianity that would answer that question with a resounding and enthusiastic, “Yes.” The Word-Faith and New Apostolic Reformation movements (WF/NAR) are twin movements that, though there be a bit of distinction between them, have far more in common with one another and, in fact, they are today essentially melding into one. The miracles of the New Testament authenticated Jesus as the Messiah and the Apostles as His spokesmen. Christ is the One who died on the cross for us! -- Filipe Barreto (Recife, Brazil) Actually, these words appear in all the gospels. Conversely, signs and wonders were repeatedly given to Israel’s enemy Egypt, but it never changed Pharaoh’s mind. 1 Cor 1:22). Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Signs, Wonders and Miracles In the Last Days... Signs, Wonders and Miracles In the Last Days... About Us. Printable pdf Version of this StudyBelief in miracles lies at the heart of the Christian faith. When Jesus was on the cross, the chief priests, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself (emphatic!). Even those giants of the faith, men like Spurgeon who experienced some phenomenal things, did not believe in the continuation of signs and wonders as they are seen in the NT. It was only after the resurrection that Jesus commanded His disciples to take the Good News of salvation to the rest of the world (Mt 28:19-20). The most significant miracle in the OT is God’s parting of the Red Sea in delivering the children of Israel out of Egypt. It has a great impact on those who believe the Word. Though God may still be performing miraculous works at various times and places in the world today (obviously one cannot restrict God or put Him in a box, because He can do as He pleases), such “supernatural, evidential works, that authenticate apostleship are no longer normative.”   So the “sign gifts” are no longer needed. The late Ray Stedman of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California, defined a spiritual gift as — “a capacity for service which is given to every true Christian without exception and which was something each did not possess before he became a Christian” (Body Life, Regal Books, 1972, p. 39). Though you may be inclined to take such action from time to time, that is not how God responds to us when we spiritually poop in our pants. [11]See Hebrews 7:27, 10:1-18; 1 Peter 3:18. The miracles demonstrate that Jesus is God and that He cares deeply about our pain, our needs, and the struggles we all face in this fallen world. To date, more than 43,000,000 Christians have been martyred for their faith since the first century church —  Why didn’t the angels intervene? None of us have a “great faith!”  (that is not to be our focus); we simply have faith in a “great God!”  Get your eyes off of you and your faith, and put them on Christ and His incredible love for you! Acts 13:5; 13:14ff; 13:43; 14:1; 15:21; 17:1, 17; 18:4, 19, 26; 19:8; 22:19; 26:11). I have a question, I know you said you believe in the spiritual gifts and so forth. The great reformers stated over and over again that “context,” far and away, was the most important principle that needed to faithfully be adhered to when interpreting Scripture. [10]This biblical truth is referred to as the “immutability” of God. In other words, even though every event recorded in the Bible happened, not everything recorded in the Bible is to be considered normative. [7]Acts 1:22, 10:38-41; 1 Corinthians 9:1, 15:7-9. You might recall the Acts 15 “Council at Jerusalem” — this council was held to determine whether or not Gentiles needed to “first be circumcised” (become Jews) in order to be saved; i.e., they must first put them-selves under the law of Moses and  be circumcised. With that said, we now have millions of people in the Christian world today who claim to “speak in unknown tongues” (ecstatic utterances) — again, no such languages exist (cf. He walked on water (Matthew 14:22-33). The apostles were men commissioned for a unique role in a particular time period for the Church; they never preached signs and wonders to attract the multitudes, nor did they ever announce a signs and wonders meeting or a healing crusade, and they never allowed signs and wonders to be amplified above their message. Revelations 11:1-14. Signs point primarily to the powerful, saving activity of God as experienced through the ministry of Jesus and the apostles. Christ is the One through whom we received grace and truth (Jn 1:17). This perfectly accords with what Paul reasons in his first letter to the Corinthians (14:21-23), where he clearly ties these “two tongues” together. That’s what Gideon wanted to know. (Jn 1:4; 8:12). (Jn 14:3). This emphasis on miracles as the “redemptive activity of God” is continued in the NT, where they are an integral part of the proclamation of the good news that God has acted on man’s behalf, and has entered into human history in the person of Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 13:2). One of the great theologians of our day, J. I. Packer, calls the Holy Spirit “a change agent” —   He changes us internally first by opening our eyes to reality (the reality of God, of Christ, of our sin and need of forgiveness, of the spiritual realm), and then through uniting us to Christ He changes us at the center of our being, so that the desires and attitudes of Christ that He displayed on this earth are reproduced in us. Your email address will not be published. Is God still in the miracle business? Im confused because the bible does say that there are gifts of healing and working of miracles. The reality is, “Bible-style miracles” have ceased because they are no longer a necessary “authenticating reality”… there is no longer any need for God to “authenticate” a particular messenger… His Word is now complete, and when it is spoken or read the Holy Spirit will do His work in the souls of those who humbly listen to it. Historically, these signs and wonders as seen in the early church just simply ceased. Christ is the One who continually intercedes on our behalf! Or are you going to let God be GOD in your life? The gift that we see today is never used in the same way in which it was used in Acts chapter two (2:1-11) — it is almost always “ecstatic utterances” of which Scripture knows nothing. Study great examples of thanksgiving from the Psalms and how praising God in tough times can transform us. Consider Acts 2:43, “Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place among the Apostles.” Notice that the signs and wonders were being done by the Apostles. (or would they?). In Acts chapter ten, the Lord actually had to deal with Peter himself regarding this issue (Acts 10:9ff); thus the Lord had to reveal to him in a vision that Gentiles were now no longer unclean or unholy (Acts 10:28) — that in every nation (including Gentiles) the man who fears God and does what is right, is welcome to Him (Acts 10:35). Throughout certain stages of human history, God chose to “miraculously intervene” and communicate new revelation to the world, that man might turn from his sin (repent) and turn to Him and live a life of righteousness and faith. 2 Th 2: 9-10). A miracle is “an observable phenomenon effected by the direct operation of God’s power, an arresting deviation from the ordinary sequence of nature, a deviation calculated to beget faith-begetting awe, a divine in-breaking which authenticates a revelational agent.”[2]In other words, a miracle is an act performed by God that is an indisputable change in natural law that validates one of His revelatory messengers. Essentially, the duration of a spiritual gift is determined by its “purpose or function” — i.e., a spiritual gift will only continue to exist until it fulfills its God-intended purpose or function (cf. 356. Did God change? It’s message is profoundly clear and is titled, “Somebody Else.”  If the shoe fits, wear it! Post comment Yet many divine healers claim the atonement of Christ includes not only all of our sins but all of our illnesses (in this life) as well; yet such a position fails to coincide with what Scripture teaches. Therefore Jesus and all of the apostles “demonstrated their authenticity” by performing extraordinary miracles (2 Cor 12:12) — thus “substantiating their message.”  Though God continues to hear and answer prayer, and oftentimes responds super-naturally (be it healing or some form of deliverance), there is no need to “authenticate” some particular individual in this age with “supernatural gifts” — God’s revelation to us (i.e., the New Testament) is now complete, and it this body of work that the Holy Spirit confirms in our hearts and minds (as previously stated). No one. be the Prophet who coming into the world.”, John 6:30 – “What do You do for a sign, that we may see and believe in You?”, John 7:31 – The multitude believed in Jesus and said, “When the Christ shall come, He will not perform more signs than those which this man has, will He?”, John 9:16 – “How can a man who is a sinner, as the Pharisees claim, and perform such signs?”, John 12:37 – “Though Jesus had performed many signs before them, they did not believe in Him.”, John 20:30 – “Many other signs (emphatic!) Back to the subject matter of tongues:  if the tongues that were spoken on the Day of Pentecost were as Luke writes (Acts 2:1-11) — he lists sixteen distinct people groups of the Mediterranean world who were present that day (Acts 2: 8-11), and goes on to say that “they all heard the message    in their mother tongue”… “if all spiritual gifts are still indeed vogue today” (as some claim they are), then why aren’t there missionaries in the world who have been given this extraordinary gift? 1 thought on “ Wonders, Miracles, and Sign ” Every believer ought to be anxious to demonstrate the integrity of their claims, rather than hide behind some potential false pretense. Have a pity party? Prior to the crucifixion when Jesus was ministering with His disciples, He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of heaven to the Jewish people — He specifically told them, “Do not go into the cities of the Gentiles, or enter into the cities of the Samarians (a mixed race of half-breeds, half-Jews and half-Gentile, who were detested by the Jews), rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Mt 10:5-7). On the other hand, the phenomenon in Corinth appears to be a mixed bag — the immature Corinthian Christians had come from paganism with its standard emphasis on frenzied worship and ecstatic utterances; it should be noted, healings and ecstatic utterances are common in many religions today. Your entire argument collapses if you actually read the Bible, and not try to take certain parts out of context in order to rationalize some of these man-made opinions. For example, “the name it and claim it doctrine” could easily come from a verse like one found in Matthew:  “Ask and it shall be given to you” (Mt 7:7)… or one   found in John: “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do” (Jn 14:13). Jam 2:19). If you’d like a review copy, I’d be happy to provide it. He is doing this through the ordinary believers not through the apostles. The primary concern would be for the healing of the sick and the secondary concern would be the validation of the healer. I believe that this is only part truth. and recognize that He loves you with an everlasting love, and that your circumstances simply have an eternal purpose that are beyond your understanding… that He sympathizes greatly with your weaknesses (which we all have)… and that He is not “throwing you under the bus” because of your weak and disappointing faith — contrary to the opinion of some, none of us have a gargantuan faith! Neither do I seek to be argumentative or injure someone simply because we are not in agreement on this subject… my hope and prayer is that this issue would   not continue to be “divisive” in the Christian world (as it is in many quarters)…  and that we would all prayerfully seek to honor the Lord and one another as fellow believers in Christ… after all we are brothers and sisters in Christ, and will be spending eternity together. Berean Study Bible and was affirmed by God through signs, wonders, various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will. _________________________________________________________________________________________, [1]For more information on the cultic origins of these movements and documentation on their doctrinal heresies, see my DVD entitled Clouds Without Water available at www.justinpeters.org. 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