Jesus! The very Name has within it miracle-working power even to this day, though nearly two thousand years have rolled away since He walked with men.
Jesus, the Galilean, was a miracle-worker. His life was a miracle. His wisdom and teachings were miraculous. He lived and walked in the realm of the miraculous. He made miracles common. His death was a miracle. His appearances were miraculous. His ascension was a staggering miracle.
But perhaps the most outstanding miracle of all those wonder days was the event of Pentecost.
From the Upper Room, men and women went forth boldly to testify of Jesus’ Name. Just fifty days before they shrank in fear from the very names of the High Priest and his associates.
Peter, the trembling, fearful Peter , is now clothed with a power and fearlessness that is inexplicable; he goes out and faces the Sanhedrin, Senate, and High Priesthood with a courage that amazes us.
A stream of miracles flowed from the hands of the apostles that upset Judaism and shook the Roman government to its foundation.
They made a discovery: the Name of the Man Whom they had loved, Whom they had seen nailed to that cross in nakedness, now has power equal to the power that He, Himself exercised when He was among them.
The sick were healed, the dead were raised, demons were cast out, simply by breathing that Name over the afflicted ones.
What a stream of miraculous love, life, hope, and joy showered from the ministry of those humble Galileans.
Those first thirty-three years if early history as seen in Acts were sample years of the acts of the Church until the return of her Lord and Master.
Man is the offspring of the miracle worker. The miracle-working desire is embedded deep in the consciousness of man. Christianity is based on a series of miracles culminating in Pentecost.
Christianity began in miracles; it is propagated by miracles.
Every new birth is a miracle; every answer to prayer is a miracle; every victory over temptation is a miracle.
When Reason takes the place of the miraculous, Christianity loses its virility, fascination, and fruitfulness.
Christianity is not a religion. It is the life of God in man.
Christianity is the unveiling of the heart and nature of the Great Father-God in the Man Christ Jesus.
Man craves a miracle-working God today. Whenever there arises a man or woman whose prayers are heard and answered, the multitudes flock to them.
Man wants a living God.
Men are easily deceived by pseudo miracle workers because of this hunger after the supernatural.
God created man in His own image and likeness, and through Jesus Christ allows him to become a partaker of His own nature.
This lifts man into the realm of God, and, in that realm, the Father-God can unveil Himself to His child.
The answer to the universal craving of man for the supernatural is found in the New Birth, and the Indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and the Name of Jesus.
Prayer in Jesus’ Name becomes a miracle working force in the world.
This is important. The love of the miraculous is not a mark of ignorance or superstition but an outreaching after the unseen God. Education does not eliminate the desire for the miraculous in man. That desire is intensified, as education unveils man’s impotence in the presence of the laws of nature and shows him his utter dependence upon the unseen.
It is not a mark of great scholarship, piety, or mental acumen to deny the miraculous.
The Bible is a record of miracles and divine interventions. It is history of the outbreakings of the supernatural realm into the natural.
Beginning with Abraham, all of the major characters of Old Testament history were miracle workers, or better, God wrought miracles through them.
The thing that lifted Joseph from the prison to the office of premier of Egypt was a miracle.
Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage was by a series of miracles that shook Egypt to its very foundation.
The crossing of the Red Sea and the forty years in the wilderness were a series of miracles unparalleled in human history.
the purpose of these miracles was to separate Israel from the dead gods of Egypt and bind them to the worship of the Living God of Abraham.
When miracles ended, Israel lapsed into heathenism, and only came back into fellowship with their God after a series of staggering miracles.
The conquest of Canaan was a series of miracles.
The period of the Kings was dotted with miracles.
Four great miracles recorded in Daniel sent Israel back from captivity into their own land, free of idolatry, establishing a precedent of a nation of slaves set free again, and sent to their own country with permission, yes, with funds to rebuild their city, their temple, and establish its worship. It has no parallel in human history.
When Jesus began His public ministry, it was a ministry of miracles.
When the church began her ministry, it was a ministry of miracles.
Every revival since Pentecost that has honored the humble Galilean has been a revival of miracles
The church has never been rescued from her backslidings by great philosophical teachers, but by humble laymen who have had a new vision of the Christ, of Him Who is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
An outpouring of the Spirit is a challenge to a community any time.
Man yearns to perform miracles and live in the atmosphere of the supernatural. This miracle element in man has made him an inventor, discover, investigator. It has caused him to experiment until he has conquered chemicals, electricity and the air.
This element has given us the aeroplane, the submarine, radio, wireless, and all the other devices, inventions and discoveries that make up our modern civilization.
The miracle realm is man’s natural realm – he is by creation the companion of the miracle-working Father-God.
Sin dethroned man from the miracle realm, but through grace he is coming into his own.
It has been a hard struggle for us to grasp the principles of this strange life of faith.
Sin has made us workers; grace would make us trusters.
In the beginning, man’s spirit was the dominant force in the world; when he sinned, his mind became dominant, sin dethroned the spirit and crowned the intellect. But grace is restoring the spirit to its place of dominion and when man comes to recognize the dominance of the spirit, he will live in the realm of the supernatural without effort.
No longer will faith be a struggle and fight but an unconscious living in the realm of God.