June 14, 2008

5 Burning Questions on Miracles Every once in awhile, I’m going to attempt to tackle a tough topic and provide Biblically-based answers to “Five Burning Questions” on that issue. Keep in mind that even though I will do my best to use the whole canon of Scripture, these answers still reflect my interpretation, and to a lesser degree, my opinion. So, let’s talk about miracles. Are Miracles for Today? Miracles are found throughout the Bible, often as signs of God’s favor and deliverance. The vast majority of miracles occur in the events related to Israel’s deliverance from the Egyptians, their survival in the desert, and their entrance into the Promise Land. Once they get into the Promise Land, miracles greatly diminish. They make a brief but dramatic reappearance in the ministries of Elijah and Elisha, but after that, miracles are few and far between. Until Jesus shows up. From turning water into wine to opening deaf ears and blind eyes, raising the dead, making the lame walk, multiplying loaves and fish, walking on water, and casting out demons, Jesus’ ministry is laced with the miraculous. The disciples continue this trend with more of the same (healing the cripple), but also some “new” miracles: miraculous teleportation, speaking in languages they had never learned, and opening prison cells. There is no indication that miracles were only for an age. Some make a case from Paul’s words about the imperfect passing when the perfect arrives to say that since the written Word of God is here, miracles are unnecessary. The problem is that the “Word” in Paul’s day was the Old Testament, which had already come, and was largely memorized by almost every good Jewish boy. Furthermore, it’s unlikely that Paul was referencing the New Testament, 2/3rds of which he wrote. Imagine referring to his writings as the...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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