The meaning of “miracles” as used in the Bible is “works of a supernatural origin and character, such as could not be produced by natural agents and means.” This is the definition of the Greek “Dunamis” which means also “power”. Another word in the Greek sometimes rendered “miracles” is “Semeion” which “is used of miracles and wonders as signs of Divine authority.” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary, Vol. 3, p. 75). Miracles as revealed in the Bible were done by using the things of nature in a supernatural way such as the flood in the days of Noah (Gen. 6-7). Miracles were sometimes above the laws of nature as in the case of the sun standing still in the days of Joshua (Josh. 10:12, 13). Also miracles were sometimes contrary to the laws of nature such as turning the sundial backwards 10 degrees in the days of Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:11). 1. The purpose of miracles in the old testament days was proving the One True Living God. In I Kings 18:38 after Elijah prayed, “Fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.” In This way Jehovah proved himself to be God. The miracles showed Israel that they needed to keep the words of Jehovah. He through Moses reminded them of the Miracles and signs done upon the Egyptians and in the wilderness and then exhorted “Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.” (Deut. 29:2-9). 2. The purpose of miracles done by Jesus Christ was to prove him to be God’s Son and our Savior. John’s disciples came with a message from John, who was in prison, asking “art thou he that should come? Jesus performed many miraculous cures in their presence and said, “Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard….And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Lk. 7:19-23). John says, “Many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book; But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (John 20:30,31). The thing that proved beyond a shadow of doubt that he is the Son of God with power is his resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:3,4). 3. Miracles done by the apostles and prophets proved the authenticity and completeness of the gospel message as revealed in the New Testament. (I Cor. 2:8-14; 14:37). We are told they would only last until perfected will of Christ was revealed (I Cor. 13:8-10; Eph. 4:7-16). This was completed about A. D. 96. 4. In the May 1, 2000 issue of Newsweek on pages 56-61 a discussion of miracles today is given. It is claimed that 84% of the people today believe that miracles are still being performed. People indeed are being blessed in wonderful ways today but when we consider the things surrounding the claim of miracles today we cannot find a reason for them being done by God. The very nature of it is suspect. For instance a Catholic lady said she prayed to a dead priest, (Francis Xavier Seelos), and was cured of cancer. That took God right out of this one because she prayed to a man. Then in an Assembly of God church in Springfield, Missouri a teenage boy was prayed for and claimed healing of his crippled knees but the same article states that he still only runs slowly so he wasn’t completely healed. Why would God heal anyone in this religion when they teach so many things contrary to the will of God and are nothing but a human denomination instead of being the New Testament church that Jesus established? Also the article continues stating that a Jewish lady claimed healing from cancer by praying to a dead Rabbi of the Jewish religion. This again took God right out of it. Would God bless those who reject Jesus Christ? Jesus said, “If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24). Then the Muslims claim many miracles through Muhammed but he also rejected Christ. Christ is the way, the truth and life and no man cometh to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Also the Hindus believe in miracles but they don’t even worship the One True and Living God but have 300,000 idol gods. We are warned of a falling away from the faith and of the man of sin being described as “even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders” (2 Thes. 2:9). We see him working in the various erroneous religions of the world to deceive people. Do not be deceived beloved friend.
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