Fake Miracles

Jesus was a hard sell, even for those who wanted to believe in him. From prison, John the Immerser sent his disciples to find out if Jesus was the real thing. Jesus told them to return and tell John what they saw: 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 11:5). The implication is that the miraculous events were evidence enough to prove the deity of Jesus; and John was faithful, so stated by Jesus after John’s death (Luke 7:28).

Several years later, John the Apostle would write by inspiration of the Holy Spirit: And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31). The purpose of miracles was to verify the message of the Messenger’s messengers (Hebrews 2:2-4). They were essential to the validity of the Divine Revelation, which was not completed until the last inspired writing was penned.

We now have the complete revelation of God to guide us since “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3), “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). If Peter and Jude are to be believed, there is no longer any purpose for miraculous verification; we have the mind of God recorded in our Bible, a so-called “book, chapter and verse,” as the last word on a religion that is pleasing to God.

Today’s fraudulent “miracle workers” have missed the point of the New Testament record of miracles. We don’t need 1st Century signs anymore, and those pining for modern-day miracles implicitly deny the Bible’s all-sufficiency (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Don’t put your faith in fantasy; believe the Book.

JDS