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8-11-2017 No Natural Sign

There is a difference between “natural” happenings and “miraculous” events. “Now the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD’” (Exodus 10:1-2 NKJV). God’s miracles stand out as “signs,” because there is nothing on earth like them! The ninth plague in Egypt was a “darkness which may even be felt” and lasted “for three days” (Exodus 10:21, 23 NKJV). A “solar eclipse” which is predictable and natural is not a “sign” or a “miracle!”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#miracles, #natural, #solar-eclipse

What does the Bible say about the miracles of Jesus

by Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31).

“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. “ (John 21:25).

John sent disciples to ask Jesus if He was the Messiah, and Jesus told them, “Tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Luke 7:22).

People marveled when they saw the miracles of Jesus saying, “even the winds and the sea obey Him” (Matthew 8:27). They were amazed and said, “We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:12). The Bible says, “they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!” (Luke 5:26).

What is usually referred to as miracles, are also called signs, wonders, and mighty works.

The Old Testament tells of miracles, as well as miracles performed by followers of Jesus, but more were done by Jesus than others. Jesus performed miracles to show that He was the Son of God. His disciples performed miracles to confirm their teachings, and that they were doing God’s will (Mark 16:20).

As noted in the verses above, Jesus did miracles to convince us to have obedient faith in Him that we might be saved from sin and have eternal life in heaven. As Jesus stated, “I have come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

#bible-study, #miracles

Believe: Matthew 9.28 VOTD

“When he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.'”

Matthew 9.28

Jesus did not always require faith before healing someone, but when he could develop it in those to be healed, he did, since that was his main interest.

So today why does Jesus always require faith before salvation?

#faith #miracles #VOTD

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4-15-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #5

Before Jerusalem was destroyed, Jesus warned, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5 NKJV).  Bible miracles, however, “are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31 NKJV).  After Jerusalem fell in A.D. 70, many have come establishing churches “in His name,” and also have deceived many.  But God said of false prophets of old: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:16 NKJV.  “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 17 NKJV).  Only the Bible speaks the truth.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#churches, #in-his-name, #miracles, #truth

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12-24-2015 One Miracle For One Prophet

God’s Prophet today is none other than Jesus Christ. After Jesus fed 5000 men (not counting women and children!) with 5 barley loaves of bread and 2 small fish, then gathered up 12 baskets full (more than He started with!), “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world’ (John 6:14 NKJV). God made it clear, with such an overwhelming miracle witnessed by thousands, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. “And many of the people believed in Him, and said, ‘When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?'” (John 7:31 NKJV). God has not given such miraculous demonstrations to endorse anyone else as His Prophet. Jesus’ miracles should lead us to Him and no other.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#gods-prophet, #miracles

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9-17-2015 Miracle or Mirage

When a paralyzed man was brought to Jesus, He forgave his sins and said, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins –He said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.’ Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!'” (Mark 2:9-12 NKJV). No music, no shouting, no hand-clapping, no lifting, no supporting, no propping up of this man was needed. Jesus did a miracle, but today, we only see cheap imitations.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#cheap-imitation, #forgive-sins, #healed, #miracles

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9-11-2015 Why Were Scriptures Written?

“Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed” (Luke 1:1-4 NKJV). (1) Luke’s “orderly account” would make certain what Theophilus had only heard (i.e. “oral traditions,” or “gossip”); (2) This written Scripture completes the “word delivered;” (3) This “orderly account” was to certify truth distinguished from “many” other narratives; (4) “Certainty” of faith came from sure, written “scripture” and not from any other source!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#certainty, #jesus-christ, #miracles, #oral-traditions, #son-of-god, #written-scriptures