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Jesus, the apostle of our faith, used the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit to grab people’s attention. In the 4th chapter of John’s Gospel we see Jesus using a Word of Knowledge to witness to the woman at the well. As a result of this “sign and wonder” she goes back into the village and tells everyone about Him. He then has an opportunity to speak to the whole village about the Kingdom of God (John 4:5-42). The gifts of the Holy Spirit can still help open people’s hearts today.
In the New Testament it talks about the “signs of an apostle” and thus the signs that will follow apostolic people who obey the command to “go into all the world and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). Although apostles were known as “miracles workers,” Paul made it clear that those involved in apostolic ministry should expect to see evidence of the power of God. “The signs of the true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance by signs and wonders and miracles.” (2 Corinthians 12:12 NASB). Supernatural manifestations (the gifts of the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12:4-11) are not the only signs of an apostle, but Paul clearly considered them to be very valuable. So should we today.