What is a Miracle?
- An event that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature and is regarded as an act of God
- Amazing event: an event or action that is amazing, extraordinary, or unexpected
- Something admired as a marvelous creation or example of a particular type of science or skill
wonder, phenomenon, marvel, sensation, vision, dream
(Miracle, from the Latin miraculum, means something that evokes wonder.) A miracle is an observed event that triggers awareness of God’s presence and power. Striking providences and coincidences, and awesome events such as childbirth, no less than works of new creative power, are properly called miracles since they communicate this awareness.
While the terms are often synonymous (the first three occur together in Romans 15:19-20; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Hebrews 2:4), they designate different aspects of miracles. “Signs” point to the theological meaning of miracle as a revelation of God; “power,” to the force behind the act; “work,” to the person behind it; and “wonder,” to its awesome effect on the observer.
Who is the author of miracles?
Act of God. Supernatural acts of God involving the power that created the world from nothing. John 3:2b for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
How deos God perform miracles?
By breaking the law of nature
The Man the miracle
While the miracles are harbingers of God’s kingdom, their purpose is to force an encounter with Jesus’ true. The miracles are not proofs but powers. God does not authenticate himself through them but shows himself to those with eyes to see.
2 Cor 12:12, Rom 15:18-19 – “sign-gifts,” which authenticated the divine authority of the “true apostle.”
He listed healing and miracles as specific “gifts of the Spirit” in 1 Cor 12:9-10.
Gal 3:5 he considered them evidence for the presence of the Spirit.
Heb 2:4 said “God bore witness” to the true message of salvation by way of miracles. Therefore, in the age of the apostles the miracles performed by God’s servants were seen as authenticating signs of God’s presence and power in his messengers.
What qualifies a Man to be used for miracles?
The working of miracles is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Hence, he who must work miracles must approach God in the power of the Holy Spirit and the name of Jesus. 1, Born again 2, must have Faith 3, Baptised in the Holy Ghost
They authenticate the miracle workers themselves as God’s representatives and messengers (Exod. 4:1-9; 1 Kings 17:24; John 10:38; 14:11; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:3-4)
Benefit of being used for miracles
MIRACLES VALIDATED THE MINISTRY OF THE EARLY CHURCH.
What did these miraculous healings do for the early church? (1) They attracted new believers. (2) They confirmed the truth of the apostles’ teaching. (3) They demonstrated that the power of the Messiah who had been crucified and risen was now with his followers.
HOW DOES GOD USE MIRACLES?
2 Kings 17:36 . . . Worship only the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt with such mighty miracles and power. You must worship him and bow before him; offer sacrifices to him alone.
Daniel 6:27 . . . He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.
Micah 7:15 . . . “Yes,” says the Lord, “I will do mighty miracles for you, like those I did when I rescued you from slavery in Egypt.”God uses miracles to rescue us.
Exodus 10:1 . . . Then the Lord said to Moses, “Return to Pharaoh and again make your demands. I have made him and his officials stubborn so I can continue to display my power by performing miraculous signs among them.”
God uses miracles to show his power.
Matthew 8:3 . . . Jesus touched him. “I want to,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
God uses miracles to show his love for us.
Matthew 14:14 . . . A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. God uses miracles to show his compassion for us.
When do you want to start?
It is opportunity for Jesus, Glorify God in it
Use it, Create it, Acknowledge it, Announce it Act 3:12, Enjoy it