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Miracles

Did miracles actually happen in the past and do they still happen today?

The Bible contains many accounts of miracles. Of course, you meet some intellectuals who contend--often in an inflated academic style and supercilious language--that the miracles recorded in the Bible either never happened or can be explained scientifically, or if they did happen, such miracles are impossible today. Well, those miracles did happen just like the Bible says they did, and in every case it only took two elements: the power of God and someone's faith. The power of God hasn't changed, of course, so whenever that power is met by the faith of some sincere believer, you can expect to see a miracle. It happens all the time!

Faith in the Bible creates faith in the miraculous. The Bible not only reveals the acts of the supernatural God, but it also imparts faith to anyone who reads it with an open heart (Romans 10:17). The Bible has a miraculous, transforming effect on our lives, and that gives us faith for other miracles. Faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ, faith in the Christ of the Bible, makes for faith in our everyday lives. That's because real faith believes in the changeless Christ, and His power brings the same results today as it did during His earthly ministry and through His original followers.

Shortly before His crucifixion Jesus promised, "He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father" (John 14:12). Then after His resurrection, when He appeared to His disciples, He said that signs (miracles) would follow those who believed in Him, and miracles did follow (Mark 16:17-18, 20). It wasn't long before others were saying of the first Christians, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too" (Acts 17:6). Those first followers and the ones who were to come had such confidence that the supernatural power of God was at their command that they dared to challenge the mighty Roman Empire and shook it to its very foundations.

If Jesus is "the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8), why is it so hard to believe that He, in answer to prayer, will do the same kinds of miracles today? Wherever you find real faith manifested, you will find miracles. God's faithfulness to His Word absolutely compels Him to perform miracles.

--Virginia Brandt Berg