We are looking at the awesome signs. wonders and miracles that the early Church experienced in book of Acts. Last time we saw that they experienced God’s power and presence in many ways including healing and deliverance. Let’s continue the discussion.
The Lord gave the early disciples and followers of Jesus supernatural messages and prophetic insights. These came to the early Church in many different ways,
Acts 13:2 “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’”
Acts 21:10-11 “While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, ‘Thus says the Holy Spirit, This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”
Acts 16:9 “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’”
You will find further references to the prophetic in Acts 18:9; 23:11; 27:23.
TRAVEL IN THE SPIRIT
Philip received supernatural transport from the Judean desert to the city of Azotus.
Acts 8:39-40 “And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.”
The Lord tailored miracles to meet particular circumstances in specific places. Customized miracles clearly demonstrated God’s power and authority as well as His love and care in unique situations and conditions
Acts 19:11-12 “And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.”
Supernatural judgments took place, resulting in an even greater fear of the Lord.
Acts 5:5 “When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it.”
Acts 13:11 “And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.
Acts 12:23-24 “Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last. But the word of God increased and multiplied.”
The Church was not passive about the miraculous. Believers prayed and interceded, asking the Lord to release signs and wonders in their midst.
Acts 4:29-30 “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue 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.”
The Church today understand very little about miracles. In fact, modernism denies the possibility of genuine miracles. In contrast, the Jerusalem church saw heaven’s constant involvement in the affairs of men through miracles, signs, and wonders. Because the first Christians were more aware of heaven’s involvement, they were more effectively involved as partners with heaven in carrying out their mission.
So, because miracles, signs and wonders were such a vital part of the life and expansion of the early church we should look further into this and come to understand “miracles” more fully.