What are miracles? Miracles are God’s doing.
It has two meanings:
(1) natural phenomena in the universe and
(2) supernatural things beyond human ability. The Almighty God can do all things; “no plan of His can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2) He works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will (Eph 1:11).
Are all natural phenomena miracles?
All things in the universe are God’s work.
“Natural” does not mean by itself but is made by God (Rom 8:20).
Since the people of the world do not know God, they do not understand the origin of nature. Therefore, they call it the “great nature” or “natural laws,” which, if pushed to the extreme, are in God’s hand (Job 12:7-10). We believers in God regard all things in the universe as miracles.
Besides God, there is no answer to the question of the origin of the universe. A scientist said, “Scientific research has strengthened my belief in God, for such a complicated and interesting world cannot have organized itself. It could not have come about by accident.
The world revealed through modern physics must have been created by a God of wisdom.”
Are miracles relevant to the church today?
Miracles are a demonstration of God’s power. Science maintains that every result has its cause. Otherwise, “natural laws” are destroyed and beyond all the perplexity of causes, there is the original cause, the God in whom we believe. There is no one like God (Jer 10:7; Isa 40:18). None is His equal (Isa 40:25). Therefore, God’s power is the cause of miracles.
Why are there miracles?
1. To reveal God’s glory
God is Almighty whose glory is revealed through miracles. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Christ’s first miracle of turning water into wine revealed God’s glory (Jn 2:11). The first miracle performed by the disciples was making the lame walk. For this miracle, all gave glory to God (Acts 4:21). When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He said to Martha, “If you believe, you would see the glory of God.” (Jn 11:40)
2. To reveal God’s work
God’s hand is apparent in all that is created. Even the minutest thing reveals His doings. But the people of the world take it all for granted – they regard nature as a natural occurrence. Atheists hold such a biased view.
To further reveal Himself to the world, God uses supernatural miracles (Acts 2:22). He opened the eyes of a man born blind (Jn 9:3); Nicodemus had to believe in Jesus. When the rebellious people saw what God’s prophet Elijah did, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord – He is God! The Lord – He is God!” (1 Kgs 18:39)
3. To reveal God’s virtue
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” (2 Pet 1:3) We know the Lord because He has called us by His glory and goodness which He reveals through miracles.
For example, Jesus turned water into wine, rebuked the wind and calmed the sea, walked on water, transfigured at the top of the mountain, cursed the fig tree , etc. All these revealed God’s glory and authority. He drove demons and healed the sick, cleansed the leprous, raised the dead to life, made the blind see, and fed five thousand people. All these revealed God’s virtues. He performed such miracles out of mercy to relieve people from their sufferings.
Miracles are not to satisfy human curiosity (Mk 8:11-12). They are demonstrations of God’s virtues which cause men to believe and accept Him as the only saviour.
What purpose do miracles serve?
Miracles play an important part in God’s ministry. They:
1. Confirm what is preached (Mk 16:20; Acts 14:3)
2. Confirm salvation (Heb 2:3-4)
3. Confirm the identity of disciples (Jn 3:2; 5:36; 10:37-38; Mt 14:33; 2 Cor 12:12)
4. Reveal God’s glory, work, and virtue (Jn 9:1-3; 11:4; Mk 2:12; Acts 10:38)
5. Glorify God’s name (Jer 32:20; Is 63:12; 1 Chron 17:21; Acts 19:17; Mk 1:27-28)
6. Lead people to believe in the Lord (Jn 4:48; 12:11; Acts 5:12, 14; Ex 4:30-31; Acts 9:42; 13:12)
7. Dispel doubt (Mt 11:2-5)
8. Proof of forgiveness of sins (Mk 2:9-12)
9. Lead people away from wickedness (Acts 19:19)
10. Leave no excuse for opponents (Acts 4:14)
11. Judge the unrepentant (Mt 11:20-24)
12. Frustrate sorcery (Ex 7:8-12; Acts 8:9-13; 13:8-11; 16:16-18)
The most important purpose of miracles is to bring people to Christ. Unfortunately, not everyone will respond in a positive way, as Jesus Himself discovered when He performed mighty miracles in certain cities (Mt 11:20-24). However, anyone who fails to repent despite witnessing the power of God faces judgment, because there is no longer any excuse for their unbelief.
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