Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. Judges 6:36-38 NIV
Does God still use signs and wonders today?
I believe the answer is yes. I have experienced His power at various times. Let your faith arise as you read the character of God’s goodness on display throughout the entirety of God’s word.
God performed signs in wonders throughout the Old Testament with many people in various ways.
You brought your people Israel out of Egypt with signs and wonders, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror. Jeremiah 32:21
Notice not everyone believes in God because of a sign and wonder. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, Pharaoh will not listen to you. Exodus 7:3,4a
After Daniel was saved by the shutting of the lion’s mouth, King Darius declared, “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. 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.” Daniel 6:26-27
Jesus performed miracles and signs
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. Luke 4:18-19 NIV
In response to John the Baptist question, if Jesus was truly the messiah? Jesus said “So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” Luke 7:22 Notice that the good news is always proclaimed when signs and wonders are given. The sign points to the good news in which a relationship with God is available for those who believe.
His Disciples and other leaders performed signs and wonders after Jesus returned to heaven and the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost.
Notice that preaching the good news always accompanied signs and wonders for both Jesus and his disciples
And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:29-30.
Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. Acts 5:12 ESV
Stephen was not one of the original 12 apostles, he was chosen as a one of the first deacons. Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. Acts 6:8
Paul was a firm believer that the power of God demonstrated in signs, gave proof of his message about Jesus and his power to save us from our sins.
So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. Acts 14:3
Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them. They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum. Romans 15:18-19 I added bold “in this way”.
The writer of Hebrews states the pattern clearly.
- The gospel message of faith in God is presented clearly. First By Jesus, then by his followers.
- God validates the message by signs and wonders and miracles and gifts of the Spirit.
- Whenever God chooses.
So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? 4 And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose. Hebrews 2:3-4 NIV
Jesus great commission for his followers to preach in all of the world included authority and signs and wonders
Many people discredit the last portion of the book of Mark as a later addition to the original book. Though this may be true, I find that the admonition of signs and wonders is consistent with God’s ways throughout the entirety of the Bible revelation. Notice again preaching and people respond in believing, while God confirms through signs.
15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” 19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs. Mark 16:15-20
God’s plan to confirm the good news of salvation in Jesus is still the same for today. Preach the good news, God confirms the message whenever He chooses. It is consistent with God’s character throughout the entire revelation of the Bible to show His goodness to those in need through signs and wonders.
Next week we will discuss hindrances to seeing signs and wonders.