Friday, May 30, 2008

Signs and Wonders for today??

In studying Hebrews 2:1-4 I read this from W. Wiersbe, Be Confident his study of Hebrews.

Wiersbe writes -

I have often told the story about the pastor who preached a series of sermons on “the sins of the saints.” He was severely reprimanded by one of the members of the church. ”After all,” said the member, “sin in the life of a Christian is different from sin in the lives of other people.”

“Yes,” replied the pastor “it’s worse!”

We have the idea that believers today “under grace” can escape the chastening hand of God that was so evident “under Law.” But to whom much is given, much shall be required. Not only have we received the Word from the Son of God, but that Word has been confirmed by apostolic miracles (2:4). The phrase “signs and wonders” is found 11 times in the NT. Here it refers to the miracles that witnessed to the Word and gave confirmation that it was true. These miracles were performed by the apostles. (see Mark 16:17-20; Acts 2:43). Today we have the completed Word of God; so there is no need for these apostolic miracles. God now bears witness through His Spirit using the Word (Rom. 8:16; 1 John 5:1-13). The Spirit also gifts to God’s people so that they may minister in the church (Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12)

Signs and wonders for today? NO.

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