Monday, April 11, 2016

What is the Purpose of Miracles?

1.  Proof-Positive          
Miracles prove the reality of God’s existence. Mentally, I questioned the existence of God, until I began seeing miracles. The problem with this is that once you have proof, you no longer need faith.

2. To bring people to Jesus 
Saint Augustine, one of the great Christian thinkers said, “I should not be a Christian but for the miracles.” Marilyn Hickey told me “Miracles are like the dinner bell which calls people to the banqueting table.” Miracles are God’s advertisement system.

3. To lift up the name of Jesus.
One of the Hebrew words for miracles is also used for a banner on top of a tall pole. Because it is up so high in the air, it enables the banner to be seen from a long distance. God performs mighty signs so people who are not close to Him can see a manifestation of His presence. 

4. That you may believe.
John wrote, “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30‑31 - emphasis added). 

5. To authenticate Jesus
When a school applies for accreditation, it must prove it is a good school. Peter preached, “Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him” (Acts 2:22). God used miracles to prove Jesus was authentic.

6. To confirm our salvation.
The writer of Hebrews said, “Salvation... was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will” (Hebrews 2:3-4).

7. To bring people to repentance.
Jesus denounced the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. He said, “Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes” (Matthew 11:21). 

8. To demonstrate God’s compassion
Many times, our Father does miracles simply because He cares for His children (Matt. 9:36).