Woe to you Bethsaida! Woe to you Capernaum!
Jn The masses only followed Him for the temporary benefits they received through His miracles. He is the King of Israel; let Him come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him! Jam God provided manna every day for Israel, but she simply tired of His miracle of provision… the children of Israel kept on exhibiting unbelief in spite of the persuasive signs and wonders God had done before their eyes. The question is this, Have we learned from their mistakes?
Many Christians are asking the same question today. Why were there so many supernatural interventions at the beginning of the apostolic era, and a near absence of them at its close? Not until Acts chapter 10 did a Gentile respond to the Gospel, and then only one man and his family. Why is this so? It is because of poor preaching that many in the church today are frustrated with their spiritual experience.
The Bible warns us to beware of anyone who professes to practice these signs cf. Who do you think Jesus is referring to? Authentic Christian ministry no longer needs wonders and miracles to prove it is of God — it simply needs to proclaim the message of Scripture because there are no new revelations! Furthermore, though some advocates believe tongues are proper in private devotional use, no such use exists in the New Testament.
The phenomenon that occurred on the Day of Pentecost nearly 2, years ago, when the Holy Spirit enabled the apostles to speak in the dialects of the diverse speaking audience who heard them Acts , was not some form of ecstatic utterance. 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.
In First Corinthians 14, the apostle seeks to move them to the legitimate gift of tongues given by the Holy Spirit 1 Cor , while limiting their unintelligible and self-induced ecstatic utterances — furthermore, the latter was practiced without interpretation , and did not include the use of the mind … and those who practiced it rebelled against proper order , and gave undue importance to this gift in the church , When Paul listed the various gifts cf. For a description of the gift of tongues read 1 Corinthians Because of his straightforwardness, integrity, and earnest position on Christian mores, Chrysostom has enjoyed greater esteem than any of the other Church fathers.
Tongues are a sign specifically to the unbelieving Jewish community cf. Is and 1 Cor 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.
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Such action is not at all heretical — that is precisely what happened in the early church. Should some individual or some particular church be unwilling to subject themselves to these kinds of tests, then the integrity of their claim obviously comes into question. The entire world would be mesmerized! We could invite news commentators and reporters from all over the world to attest to the genuineness of these healings, in much the same way as happened 2, years ago. Jn ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , ; , ; ; , 42 ; they simply argued that He was not performing His miracles in accord with their understanding of the Law!
God can call a person forth from the grave after he is but dust! Every believer ought to be anxious to demonstrate the integrity of their claims, rather than hide behind some potential false pretense. Acts ; 1 Cor ; 1 Th ; 1 Jn When we simply use one verse to arrive at a theological position, it is extremely easy to make an incorrect assumption. Mt ; ; Acts Jn ; The Holy Spirit did not come to glorify Himself or make Himself the center of attention as He is in some churches — when the Holy Spirit becomes our focus in life rather than Christ, we have a problem.
Christ is the object of our worship! Mt ; ; , 17; Jn ; Heb Christ is the One who chose us! Heb Christ is the One through whom we received grace and truth Jn Christ is our inspiration for living a life of holiness! Jn ; 1 Pet Christ is the One we serve! Mt Christ is the living Word! Jn ; 1 Jn Matthew But when the multitudes saw it , they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
Matthew But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. New International Version "Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. God proved he sent Jesus to you by having him work miracles, wonders, and signs. All of you know this. Good News Translation "Listen to these words, fellow Israelites! Jesus of Nazareth was a man whose divine authority was clearly proven to you by all the miracles and wonders which God performed through him. You yourselves know this, for it happened here among you.
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Holman Christian Standard Bible Men of Israel, listen to these words: This Jesus the Nazarene was a man pointed out to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through Him, just as you yourselves know. International Standard Version "Fellow Israelis, listen to these words: Jesus from Nazareth was a man authenticated to you by God through miracles, wonders, and signs that God performed through him among you, as you yourselves know.
On the way home, I knocked 5 garbage cans over, I was so filled with the spirit. The only ones that said they were drunk were the mockers.
Are you gonna take the words of the mockers? Peter stood up and rebuked the mockers and said they were wrong. So this idea that the more you are filled with the spirit, the more silly you act, the more drunk you are, is not found in the bible. It is vastly different! When, this speaking in tongues was noised abroad, the multitude came together and said, "What means this? How hear everyone of us speak in our own language wherein we were born? Gal He therefore that ministereth to you the spirit,. Some people have the ability to lay their hands upon people, for the people to receive the Holy Spirit.
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Simon wanted to buy that gift. He saw Peter do it and he said, "Give me this gift that whosoever I lay hands upon them may receive the spirit. The word and the spirit are not to be divorced, they are to be together. Jesus said, "The words that I speak unto you are spirit and they are life. Jesus said, "The spirit of the Lord was upon me for he anointed me to preach. What people are doing, they are separating the spirit and the word by saying "All you need is the word of God, and you just go by what the word says," but that is not right because the word says different things to different people.
A classic example of this is Proverbs , which says "Answer not a fool according to his folly" and the following v5 says, "Answer a fool according to his folly. This is true in all the things of the bible. Some people think that if a nation is sinful she will be judged of God. Not necessarily so! She might be blessed of God.
We might have the greatest depression or we might have greatest prosperity to continue on. I pray that we are nation that he can continue to bless. Do you know anybody who would like to stand in line and collect soup? See, some people think prosperity has the danger of getting proud. That is true, but God still wants to prosper us. God put you into the test to show you your character. The glory of all nations is a land flowing with milk and honey. Thank God for that! And one of the great things of prosperity is the will of God for your life, being in that place of contentment and satisfaction.
And so Gal says here, "He therefore that ministereth to you the spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Do you know what we need to do?
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Say "God sharpen my spiritual ears. God, get the sin of the world out of my ears that I might have better spiritual hearing, because if miracles take place by the hearing of faith, give me the faith that hears. We need to hear from God. See, some people go into Gods presence and they tell God their shopping list and what they want to do and sign off and say "See you tomorrow. I want to take you to some scriptures to show you how much God put on signs, wonders, and miracles in the evangelism of the bible. Rom For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the gentiles obedient, by word and deed, Through mighty signs, and wonders, by the power of the spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Now Paul constantly says, "My gospel was not in word only," and he tells us about this deed in v19, "Through mighty signs and wonders by the power of the spirit of God so that from to Jerusalem and around about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. He says, "I fully preached the gospel of Christ. We want the power of God. We want God to be working with us. Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:.
God put a stamp of approval on him by the signs, wonders and miracles. Should we have that today? Jesus said, "Greater works shall ye do because I go unto my father. I want it; I admit the need. I admit that I need more of the anointing of the spirit, I need more of God working with me. I believe the church of Jesus Christ today needs to go back to the pattern of the church of the book of Acts.
And I believe if we do, we will see more of the miraculous, more of the manifest presence of God, more conviction of sin, and more things that cause people to fear God. God backed him. They were amazed that even the spirits obeyed his voice, and so it was the miraculous again. This thing is spread through the bible to show us the importance of it. Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
When Paul was preaching to the Corinthian church, he said these signs, wonders and mighty deeds are truly the marks of an apostle, that which a person must have to be an Apostle.
The mark was the miraculous must be there. God bears witness. The bible says, if you have received the witness of men, the witness of God is greater. Heb God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
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God bearing them; the them is the Apostles that heard Jesus in v3. Now, on the word "both", the Greek word is "Te", and "Te" is a special conjunction that says that the thing that it is connecting "with", and the thing it is connected to has an internal connection. No way, it is inwardly connected. What it is saying here is, "God bearing them witness", has an inward connection with signs and wonders.
When God wants to bear witness, it is inwardly connected that his witness is signs, wonders and miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost.