Jerusalem Christian sought miracles with faith and proper motives. They were not seeking money (Acts 8:18), a demonstration of human power (Acts 14:11-15), or a hypocritical ritual (Acts 19:13-16). Miracles happened as believers tapped into the mind of the Lord, walked in it, and acted in faith — not presumption.
In fact, 1 Samuel 15:23 warns against the sin of presumption.
“For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and the sin of presumption is like the evil of idolatry.”
The Purpose of Miracles:
The purpose of miracles are as follows:
1> The deliverance and preservation of God’s people based on His love and compassion for them.
Ten times the Gospels say Jesus was moved with compassion (pity). Miracles testify to God’s love and caring relationship with His people
Mark 1:41 “Moved with pity (compassion), he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, ‘I will; be clean.’”
2> The encouragement of real faith, in believers and unbelievers.
The manifested power of God always causes people to stand in awe and have a healthy fear of God. Faith is sometimes built upon this kind of experimental knowledge, people literally experiencing the power of God in real life.
Acts 5:11 “And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.”
3> Miracles validated Jesus’s message and His identity.
John 14:11 “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.”
4> Miracles accompany evangelism and the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Miracles are part of the Great Commission.
Mark 16:17-20 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover. So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.”
Romans 15:18-19 “For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ…”
Dunamis (power) is given to dynamite people in the Kingdom of God. Those who are not passive. When men believe the message of the Gospel of the Kingdom and see miracles, the Father is glorified in and through the Son.
Signs and wonders have not ceased or disappeared from the Church. The Word still needs confirming. Society still needs to know that the Kingdom of God has come, and the members of the Church have an ongoing need to see the demonstration of God’s power. Signs and wonders are basic elements of Church life.