Why miracles aren’t happening today
by Sparta Live | 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).