I have already shared in my article about Pentecostal churches I attended that I experienced supernatural phenomenon that I interpreted as miracles of God. I have also explained that these experiences were not accompanied by correct teaching from the Word of God. I received no teaching about repentance,  prior to my baptism as a baby, in the church I grew up in. Similarly I received no teaching on repentance prior to my immersion in water at the Pentecostal church I attended in London in 1990. Attendance at church was expected and I was told that there were miraculous appearances of Mary in various places in the world like Lourdes in France. 

In both the Old and New Testament we see the Scriptures clearly teach that God’s miracles had very specific purpose.

Moses was commanded to perform fascinating miracles specifically to confirm the message he was given by God for Pharaoh.

LET MY PEOPLE GO! (Ex 5:1)

Exodus 4:2-5 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”

1 Kings 17:22-24 The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!” Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”

The widow of Zarephath was not overawed by the miracles themselves but saw them as a confirmation of his message regarding the sin of Israel and her own sin (v18).

In the New Testament too the miracles of the Apostles had the very same purpose some 1200 years later.

Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

This same purpose is seen throughout the Early Church.

Acts 14:3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders.

Later in the first century the Hebrew writer speaks in the past tense, about the first generation of disciples who saw Jesus physically,  as having confirmed the message (Heb 2:2) that they heard (Heb 2:1)

Hebrews 2b:3-4 This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

The message of the Apostles was confirmed by the miracles AND the gifts. This is spoken of in the past tense and I have dealt with this in my articles about the miraculous gifts.

The miracles of the first century disciples were evidence to confirm the Word. As I showed in my article about modern technology and the technology of the first century church we now have the finished Inscripturation of the Word of God that we call the Bible. This was completed in the first century. The messengers (Apostles) brought us the bible. No-one after this time needed to confirm the message. The Bible now speaks for God. Most of the miracles and miracle workers in the world do not confirm the bible but (as I have shown) contradict it in many ways deceiving millions of people. I believed in these false miracles at one time. It can be hard to shrug off that belief. The truth can set you free!

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