Why miracles aren’t happening today

By | July 30, 2018 9:13 am

By Derrick Coble- West Sparta church of Christ

At some point, most every person has desired to see a miracle. For instance, when someone is nearing death, we might desire a miraculous recovery. When someone has died, we might want to see them miraculously brought back to life. Or, in making difficult decisions or determinations, miraculous knowledge/wisdom would be extremely desirable. At one time, God’s people were endowed with miracles like this: they could speak God’s will without studying (Mat. 10:19), cast out demons (Acts 8:7), speak in languages they never studied (1 Cor. 14:2,18), survive venomous snake bites (Acts 28:3-6), and miraculously heal others (Acts 3:1-7). Nonetheless, these miracles are not happening today. The Bible tells us why:

There are no apostles to provide miraculous abilities. Miraculous abilities came from one being empowered by God. The apostles were baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4) and empowered to give miraculous “gifts” or abilities to others (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16-18). These gifts could only be given through an apostle laying his hands on someone (Acts 8:18). Since all of God’s apostles are now gone, there is no one available to provide miraculous abilities.

God said miracles would end. The thought of most people is that God is powerful enough to do whatever He wants and if He wants to give us a miracle, He will. It is true that God is powerful (Eph. 3:20); however, He will not violate His will. His will was for miracles to end when the Bible was finally completed (1 Cor. 8-10). Since the Bible was completed by the end of the 1st century and John was the last apostle to die (c. A.D. 100), we are not living in an age where miracles are present.

We do not need them. Miracles were designed to accomplish specific goals for a specific time. First, God used miracles to confirm His Word to those who were not Christians (Heb. 2:1-3). Since the Bible was not available yet for people to read, miracles could be seen in order to help produce faith in the Words of God (John 20:30,31). Second, God used miracles to establish Christians and edify the church Rom. 1:11; 1 Cor. 14:5,26). The miracles served to build up the church in its infancy. Today, we do not need them because we have God’s written revelation to build us up and give us an inheritance (Acts 20:32).

Even though God is not working through miracles today, He is still working behind the scenes in the realm of providence (Rom. 8:28). Above all, we know that He cares about His creation and always works for good in the lives of His people. Even though we may not see a miracle, perhaps the greatest miracle of all is His everlasting Word (given by miraculous inspiration) which we hold in our hands (1 Pet. 1:25).

 

comments » 3

  1. Comment by LINDA

    July 31, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Miracles ARE happening all over this Earth!

    Luke 18:27 Jesus replied, “what is impossible with man is possible with God”

    Mark 9:23 Jesus said, ” everything is possible for one who believes.”

    Job 5:9. God performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted”

    Matthew 17:20. Jesus said, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to there and it will MOVE. NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU”

    MATTHEW 21, ROMANS 15, EPHESIANS 3 AND NUMEROUS OTHER VERSES .

    I AM A MIRACLE AND MIRACLES ARE HAPPENING ALL OVER THIS WORLD TODAY!!!

  2. Comment by Nick Turner

    July 31, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Just because the Church of Christ doesn’t believe in miracles doesn’t mean it’s not so. 1 Cor.12 7-12 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

    8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

    9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

    10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

    11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

    12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
    Enough said

  3. Comment by Kathy Driver

    August 1, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I totally disagree…you may not be seeing miracles but I see them every time a child is born, I saw a family going to Erlanger to say their good byes recently to a mother that had been unresponsive for 4 days and when they got there she opened her eyes and recognized them … what is this if not miracles, no we may not be seeing the miracles like what took place in Jesus’s time but if you will just look around you and except things for what they are(and not try to explain the significance of them) you will see the beautiful miracles of today….


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