2 Cor.12:12 – The distinguishing marks of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs, wonders, and miracles.

I recently found one of Dick Mills small notebook pages with a prophetic word about three generations of signs and wonders. Today’s verse was one of those scriptures on the page. In this scripture verse, Paul is talking about the validation of his ministry by the distinguishing signs, wonders, and miracles that characterized his preaching. Paul called them the distinguishing marks of an apostle. Paul’s ministry was being scandalized in Corinth, haters were attacking Paul and the flaws they saw in him. When this happened to Jesus, He pointed His enemies to the signs and wonders. Paul was doing the same thing when he spoke of the signs and wonders that validated His work. This is how it is described in the New American Commentary.

“Paul asserts that certain signs were accomplished that verified that the power of God was at work in a community and that authenticated his ministry as Christ’s apostle. He reminds the Thessalonians that “our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction”. To the Romans he sums up his ministry from Jerusalem to Illyricum by saying “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done–by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit”.”

Things haven’t changed much today. It seems like whenever there is a fresh outpouring in the church the haters start hating. In the outpouring of 1994, I had all sorts of blowback. Not many criticized the signs and wonders in our services; they found something else to attack. The presence of God, accompanied by signs and wonders, exposes secular lifestyles and makes casual Christians uncomfortable. I have to say the Lord has put an unusual mantle on my life. I call it the coat my Father gave me. Just like Joseph’s brothers hated the coat (it was a picture of the prophetic mantle on His life), casual Christians hate the anointing. The anointing which brings signs and wonders exposes compromise and it validates God’s ministers. There has been a trend in church in the past generation to play down the supernatural nature of our faith. The result of that has been a lifestyle that is not much different from the unsaved in many ‘Christian’ circles. We are moving into a time of God’s outpouring; conflict is inevitable.

1 thought on “SIGNS OF AN APOSTLE”

  1. Bring on more light Lord, expose all the darkness, all shades of grey. Your standard are not up for debate, we say yes and amen.

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