Miracles Lead to Conversions

I firmly believe that “signs and wonders” and all the spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 are valid for today and should be “earnestly desired” for the edification of the Body and the preaching of the Gospel. It is perfectly clear that in the New Testament the Gospel was authenticated by signs, wonders and miracles of various kinds and descriptions.

 Was it only meant to be true of the early church?

 The Scriptures never indicate that these things were only temporary… never! There is no such statement anywhere. For example, the disciples prayed in Acts 4:30, “Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to Your servants power to speak Your word with all boldness, while You stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Here we have godly men and women praying for signs and wonders to happen in the name of Jesus. And Luke does not portray them as a “wicked and adulterous generation” for doing so. They are exemplary.

 Not only that, Luke himself labors in the book of Acts to show how valuable signs and wonders are in winning people to Christ.

 He doesn’t portray them as a threat to the Gospel, but as a witness to the Gospel. The reason the church prayed so passionately in Acts 4:30 for signs and wonders to happen is because God was using them to bring in the harvest.

 There are at least 17 seperate examples in the book of Acts where miracles lead to conversions.

 The clearest examples are in Acts 9:34-35 and 9:40,42. Peter heals Aeneas, “And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.” Peter raises Tabitha from the dead, and “It became known to all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.”

 There is no doubt that God used the working of miracles–signs and wonders to help bring people to Christ.

 This is what the Lord wanted us to see in the book of Acts and that’s why the Christians prayed for signs and wonders to happen! Its why we too shall pray for the increase of the supernatural… miracles truly do lead to conversions.

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