MINISTRY VALIDATION – SIGNS, WONDERS, AND MIRACLES

Heb.2:3,4 – The Lord himself was the first to announce these things, and those who heard him firsthand confirmed their accuracy. Then God added his witness to theirs. He validated their ministry with signs, astonishing wonders, all kinds of powerful miracles, and by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which he distributed as he desired.

This passage gives us a glimpse into the belief of the early church. They considered signs, wonders, and miracles as essential or evidence of the validity of their ministry. They were following in the tradition of the Lord Himself. For example He said, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works (miracles), that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” The miracles were the proof of the power of the gospel. In today’s verse the word distribution is used referencing the miracles. The word distribution is often used in regard to inheritance. Miracles, signs, and wonders are the inheritance of the Christian. This is how the Life in the Spirit Commentary describes it.

“The same signs, wonders, and miracles that occurred during Jesus’ earthly ministry continued to happen in the early church from Pentecost onward, as Acts and the New Testament letters testify. Not just apostles but also deacons like Stephen and Philip had signs, wonders, and miracles accompany their witness of Christ and proclamation of the gospel. Paul declares that when he preached the gospel at Thessalonica, he did so “not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction”. That this was an expected standard in the early church is evident throughout the New Testament. The charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit were especially prevalent in the early church as an important aspect of the continuing activity of the Spirit in the body of Christ.”

Our secular, skeptical, world is in great need of the outpouring of the Spirit. Isaiah prophesied about this day when he said, “Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me!

We are for signs and wonders in Israel

From the LORD of hosts,

Who dwells in Mount Zion.”

He was describing the fruit of the ministry of Jesus. We are His children; we are His signs and wonders. It is time for His power to be put on display.

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