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?
Whenever God wants to do something for a nation or a people, He sends them a man, and gives Him the necessary credentials for ministry. When he wanted to bless the whole world, He sent Abraham. He could have said, “Now I want to bless everybody and I am coming down to do it”; but He didn’t do that. In Genesis 22:18 God said to Abraham, “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed….”
To bring the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt, He sent Moses and gave him the necessary credentials for the task. To take them into the Promised Land, He sent Joshua with proofs. To save the world, He sent His Son Jesus in the form of a man. God always sends men to men. You might ask, “Can a man know that God has sent him?” Emphatically yes!
When John the Baptist wanted to know if Jesus was the Christ, he sent two of his disciples to go find out about Jesus. The Master’s response was simply remarkable; He outlined His credentials: “Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matthew 11:4-5).
Miracles like these don’t happen by themselves. When they happen, you know it’s the presence of God, because no man can perform them except God be with him. I always like to tell sceptics who say they don’t believe in miracles that they’ll believe when they need one. They’ll realize that man’s ability is limited, and will turn to God who has more power than human beings could ever fathom.
Thank God, He’s made His limitless power and awesome presence available to us through the Holy Spirit and the Word! Thus, we can function in the same grace and power for the miraculous as Jesus and the apostles, and have the same results. Blessed be God!
I function in your grace and power today, as I yield myself to be taught, inspired and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, through the Word,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Mark 16:20; Acts 10:38
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: Galatians 6; Amos 1-4
2 Year Bible reading plan: 1Timothy 5:19-25; Jeremiah 41