We are looking at the biblical signs of a true, authentic apostle – a man who is truly called and commissioned by the Lord and send as the gift of apostle to His Church. The sign I want to look at this time is that “apostles proclaim and demonstrate the Word of God with miracles, healings, signs, and wonders.
“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
The Word and the work of the Holy Spirit’s power go together. The Spirit confirms the preaching of God’s Word to declare that the message is true and that Jesus is alive and reigning as Lord and Savior. Wherever an apostle shares the true Gospel of the Kingdom of God, the Word is confirmed with miracles, healings, prophecy, the expulsion of demons, the raising of the dead and more.
The powerful manifestation of the Spirit and of the power of God is evident in the life and ministry of an apostle. The reason is that without the demonstration of God’s power, people’s faith would only be based on human knowledge and wisdom. This is not what God wants nor does it align with the mission to edify because without signs, the apostle cannot build the Kingdom in God’s people.
Without miracles, signs and wonders the Gospel is only partially proclaimed – the job is only half done. Paul states in 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…I have fully proclaimed the Gospel.”
So, as those called to be apostles move out as pioneers to plant the Gospel and to enable a proper foundation to be laid for a local expression of the Church in places where the Gospel of the Kingdom has never been heard, they do so with the Word and with miracles, signs and wonders confirming that Word and confirming their apostolic ministry as authentic and true.