What God Does Through Men

miracles-of-jesus1The Scripture says that Yeshua was fully man.  “For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.” (Heb. 2: 17).  Before we place limits on this scripture and deny that to be “made like us, human in every way” means just what it says, for discussion purposes, let’s say it is true.

Consider also what Yeshua said regarding the works He did during His ministry on earth.  “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.  Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.  For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.” (John 5: 19-21).  Yeshua did the miracles that God accomplished through Him.  He said He did only what He saw his Father doing.  This is why He said his followers would also do such works.  “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14: 12-13).

So, Yeshua, being fully human was able to release God’s power through obedience and surrender to Father God.  Yeshua’s disciples did much the same.  In the third world there are many more accounts of the miraculous working of God today.  Perhaps by greater faith or from greater need, but the scripture seems clear and puts no limits on God’s work through men.

Why then, do we not see miracles today?  Yeshua went to His home town and those who knew Him doubted because He had grown up around them and they were offended that He should be honored.  “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” (Matt. 13: 58).  If you have no faith in God or His word you will get nothing.  “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Heb. 11: 6).  Do you believe God is the same today as He was in the first century.  God does not change.

Miracles are not the point; it is faith and believing the word of God that is critical, but if you deny that God is a miracle working God, where will your denials stop?  If you conclude, contrary to scripture, that God no longer delivers His people; that He is powerless to heal all diseases; that He no longer raises the dead, or that His miracle working power is no longer available to believers through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, where will your doubts and unbelief lead you?  They will lead you to a false religion, “…having a form of godliness but denying its power.  Have nothing to do with such people.” (2 Tim. 3: 5).  The same lack of faith and doubt is true regarding the work and manifestation of the Holy Spirit, as clearly described in scripture.  “So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?” (Gal. 3: 5).

I’m praying for my friend’s daughter who is a prodigal.  My own son was once a prodigal, but through God’s great mercy and power, he was delivered, restored to us, and is a believer.  Yeshua told the parable of the prodigal son, so that we would know Father God’s heart for the lost and that we would have faith for the prodigal’s return.  Read the Bible and believe it; then when you stand before Him to give account you will be on the right side.  It will be much easier to explain that you believed what you read literally, rather than saying you didn’t think He actually meant what He said.  Christianity is supernatural in its origin and history.  We should repudiate every theory of religion which denies the supernatural elements in our faith.

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