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Don Stewart :: What Is the Gift of Miracles?

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Don Stewart

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The working of miracles is one of the gifts of the Spirit:

And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing (1 Corinthians 12:28).

Supernatural Ability

The gift of miracles is a supernatural, God-given ability to perform special signs that testify of God. It consists of more than the gift of healing. The Apostle Paul exercised this gift against a sorcerer who was attempting to turn away the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, from the faith.

And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time. And immediately a dark mist fell upon him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord (Acts 13:11).

This is a clear example of the purpose of exercising the gift of miracles. It demonstrated the power of God, through Jesus Christ, over the power of sorcery and was used to convert someone who was seeking the truth. Another example of the gift of miracles was Peters liberation from Herods prison (Acts 12:6-18).

Unusual Miracles

The Bible also records the Apostle Paul performing miracles.

Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them (Acts 19:11,12).

A miracle of this sort, according to the Bible, was not the norm. Why are miracles so scarce today? Any such act performed in a measurable degree would be known to the public. The fact that they are not common is due to the will of God more than the unbelief of man. It is commonly held that these types of miracles are more prevalent on the mission field, where the gospel is still penetrating societies that have no knowledge of Jesus Christ. We must be careful, however, not to limit the use of miracles to the mission field. God can work miracles whenever and wherever He pleases.

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