Gift of the Spirit: Miracles (1 Corinthians #37)

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:10

Manifestation of divine power

  • Miracles are a manifestation of the Spirit of God’s power over physical elements
  • The Spirit of God has power over physical elements.  That’s the idea of a miracle.
  • John 2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
  • A miracle is defined literally as “a wonderful thing.”
  • It was the Spirit of God present at creation in Genesis 1.  Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
  • It is the unseen that brought about what is seen.
    • So walking by faith is important.
    • Walking by faith is much more powerful than walking according to the weak flesh.
  • 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

Miracles accompanied the office of Prophet

  • The word miracle or miracles only shows up 5 times in the Old Testament and every time it specifically deals with Israel’s redemption from Egypt under Moses’ ministry and the associated plagues.
  • Exodus 4:1-9 – Two signs that accompanied the office of Moses the Prophet
  • John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
    • In the New Testament, the miracles are first done by the Lord Jesus Christ.  John is the one that calls them miracles more times than any.  Remember it is John who is trying to get the reader to believe on the Son of God.
    • Jesus Christ – Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
  • Stephen – Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
  • Philip – Acts 8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
  • Acts 15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
  • Paul – Acts 19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
  • The Two Witnesses
    • Zechariah 4:3-6 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. 4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? 5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Magic is the counterfeit of this gift

  • Magicians are the imitation of this aspect of the Spirit of God.
  • It was the magicians in Egypt who imitated the first miracles and caused Pharaoh’s heart to be hardened.
  • 2 Timothy 3:8-9 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
    • Magicians were believed to be wise men because people associate supernatural power with supernatural understanding.
    • Pharaoh’s dream in Egypt Genesis 41
    • Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Babylon Daniel 2
  • Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
  • Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Miracles and God’s redemptive ministry today

  • The gift of miracles doesn’t show up anywhere after Paul’s ministry.
  • As a sign gift, the miracles served to prove the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, verify his Holy Spirit and
  • Galatians 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  Besides Corinthians, this is the only epistle of Paul’s that mentions the gift in use.