Are you waiting to see a miracle today in order to believe God? By a miracle, I am referring to the biblical definition and examples of miracles. Like the raising of the dead, Jesus walking on water, God speaking things into existence, the parting of the Red Sea and Jordan River, and much more. I am not referring to having a newborn child, which is a great thing in life but not a miracle. Or an amazing football touchdown which commentators usually would call a miracle. Or any other event that is common that people refer to as miracles today. If you are waiting to see a miracle like those in the Bible, my friend such things do not occur today as some people falsely claim. Because the purpose of the miracles in the Bible was for the confirmation of the message. They served as proof that the message was indeed from God.
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?” (Hebrews 2:1–4 KJV)
Notice that the focus is on the spoken word (the message) which according to the Bible was confirmed by the miraculous powers that the apostles received at Pentecost as recorded in Acts:
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 KJV)
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1–4 KJV)
The same powers or miraculous gifts were passed to other disciples only by the laying on of hands of the apostles (Acts 8:18) with the exception of Cornelius (Acts 10). Notice the explanation of the purpose of the miracles as Jesus gave the great commission:
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:15–20 KJV)
The purpose of the miracle was not to save anyone but to confirm the word. Notice the emphasis is on the preaching of the word. Jesus commanded them to go and preach, and the message was then confirmed with the signs.
The first century Christians did not have the written word as we have it today. The word of God was in earthen vessels (the apostles and the disciples) in that time (2 Cor. 4:7). They had all the truth but not written down as we have it today (John 16:13). Paul wrote concerning the passing of the miraculous or the coming of the time when the miraculous gifts will no longer be needed:
“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8–10 KJV)
Consider the context and attach these thoughts to his discussion in Chapter 12 concerning the misuse of the miraculous gifts by the Corinthians. Paul is saying that when that which is perfect (the written and complete word of God) is come, the need for miraculous confirmation is no more.
If you are waiting for a miracle then you have emphasized the wrong thing. Because Christ and the inspired writers all put the emphasis on the message. The power of God to save mankind is the message of the gospel of Christ as Paul wrote:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16–17 KJV)
Another passage that comes to mind is the account of the Rich Man and Lazarus as recorded in Luke 16:19-31. The rich man was in torment after he died, and he desired a miracle that will cause his family to believe in Christ. That miracle being Lazarus raised from the dead in order to warn his family about torment:
“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.” (Luke 16:27–28 KJV)
However, notice the response by Abraham and the emphasis he puts on the message:
“Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.” (Luke 16:29 KJV)
At that time there was the written law of Moses and the message of the prophets available for reading and studying and by which the people were made wise unto salvation (2 Tim. 3:15). But the rich man was not satisfied with the answer, he wanted a miracle. Think for a minute, are you wanting a miracle for yourself and others like the rich man in scripture? Are you not satisfied with the message of the Bible? Notice the rich man’s response after being told there is the written message of Moses and the Prophets available to His family:
“And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.” (Luke 16:30 KJV)
It was too late for him to change his life because he had died (Heb. 9:27). And all he wished for was for his family to be warned about the place of torment in fire. He believes that if there was a miracle, his family will repent and believe in Jesus. My friend pay attention to the answer of Abraham as he again puts the emphasis on the written message:
“And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:31 KJV)
Notice that not even the miracle will convince anyone. Because the power of God to save is in His Word.
Friend you have been lied to or misguided if you are waiting for a miracle in order to have faith in Christ. Just as the word was available at the time of the rich man and Lazarus, the same word including the New Testament is available to us today through many avenues. Therefore the wait for a miracle is vain. There will not be one that will cause anyone to be saved today because it is not God’s intention.
Wait no longer and pick up the Bible and read it. God uses the same power to save man today. God uses his word which is the seed that must be planted “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11). In order for anyone to have faith in God and be saved today one must:
- Hear the Word – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 KJV)
- Believe in Christ – “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24 KJV)
- Repent of Sins – “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:” (Acts 17:30 KJV)
- Confess Jesus is Lord – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9–10 KJV)
- Be Baptized for the Remission of Sins- “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16 KJV)
My friend do not wait for a miracle that will never occur. God has already given to us His Word. To wait for a miracle is really saying to God that His word is not powerful enough to save. His Word contains all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). His Word is enough to make you a perfect (complete) servant of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Remember that we will be judged by the same words, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48 KJV) The lack of a miracle today is not an excuse for judgment day. One cannot say to God “Lord I did not know”. Through His Word, we can know and have assurance.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 KJV)