A Miracle Is a Sign That God Uses To Point to Himself.
Are you expecting or looking for a miracle in your life _ today?
Or, maybe you’re even in need of a SUPER incredible and extraordinary miracle. But let’s examine what a miracle is?
Think on this scenario: perhaps there was a time that when you might have made this comment or statement: “It was a miracle that I survived that car crash, “ or perhaps you’ve even heard it said, “it was a miracle Billy or Susie, survived that surgery; few people have.” I find it amazing how we (yes, even me) have come to take and use the expression ‘miracle’ so lightly. So, with that said, back to the question. What is a miracle? To find the answer, let’s explore the biblical definition. I think we should start there . . . especially we’re looking and expecting one in our lives today.
First and foremost, we should understand that according to the Bible, not everything difficult to believe can be quantified as a miracle. According to scripture, miracles are those acts that only God can perform; usually super-ceding natural laws. Baker's Dictionary of the Bible defines a miracle as "an event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God." Then, this is the part I especially like, It goes on to add that a miracle occurs to show that the power behind it is not limited to the laws of matter or mind as it interrupts fixed natural laws. So the term supernatural applies quite accurately.
So, we ask ourselves, does something have to break a natural law for it to be a miracle? Again, let’s look at scripture. My study revealed that when Jesus and the apostles performed miracles, the New Testament had not been written? Did you know that? If you’re like me, you knew it, but it hadn’t really sunk in. At that time men and women could learn the gospel only by hearing an inspired man speak by the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Note: the power of the spoken word is active today! Moving on, we may be wondering how the listener could distinguish a true prophet of God from impostors. If a man could perform works that were impossible by human power, people would have proof that he could also speak for God. That was the purpose of miracles (Acts 14:3; Mark 16:20).
Back to our question. But do we need miraculous signs to confirm God's word today?
†The apostles received all truth during their lifetime (John 16:13).
They wrote this truth in the New Testament, so it now provides us to
every good work (2 Tim. 3:16,17). John 20:30,31 say that the Scriptures
record the miracles of Jesus so we can believe in Him and have eternal life.
What more do we need?
Since the Scriptures have been completed, we now need neither spoken revelation nor miraculous confirmation. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 predicted that, when the process of revelation had completed its work, so that God's perfect will had been made available to man, miraculous powers would cease (see also James 1:25; Jude 3).
†Paul said, "Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you
with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds."
(2 Cor 12:12 NKJV)
Sooooo, "signs and wonders and mighty deeds" were the "signs of an apostle." The apostles are dead. Those on whom they laid their hands are dead, so miracles have ceased.
However, be encouraged just as I am encouraged that GOD ‘still’ sits on the throne and answers every prayer; and will not suffer to see His sheep endure trials and tribulation without a Mighty move from on high. Cry out to HIM and see HIS MIGHTY POWER at work.
Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts (BSTFPA)