We recognize the miracles recorded in the Bible as being genuine supernatural happenings.  These include the virgin birth of Jesus the Christ, raising the dead, instantaneous healing of the sick, speaking in foreign languages fluently in which they had not studied before speaking it, and there are many other miracles recorded in the Bible that are too numerous to list here.  A miracle is an effect in the physical world brought about by a supernatural act by the will of God.  It is when the natural physical laws are superceded by a supernatural act.  Not all wonders and unknown events can correctly be called a miracle.  Many times when a person is critically ill, they suddenly begin to improve and soon recover to a fairly normal state of health.  There are those who are prone to say, “That’s a miracle!”  But, the truth of the matter is, that no natural law was superceded.  Instead, several things in the natural realm may have combined in causing the person’s health to improve.  These could include medication and medical care, their natural immune system, their psychic (which included a strong will to live), and the providence of God in answer to prayers for the individual’s physical wellbeing.  [We will discuss the providence of God in a separate article.]

The marvel of a human baby coming into existence is often referred to as a miracle.  The virgin birth of Jesus was indeed a miracle because no human male was involved in the begettal.  “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:  When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 1:18).  All births since Biblical times are brought about by the natural laws of procreation.   

The primary purposes of miracles have been fulfilled.  These purposes were two-fold, they are:  (1) to provided the complete revelation of God (John 14:26; 16:13); and (2) to provide the inspired men credentials (their proof) as being messengers of God (Hebrews 2:1-4).  The healing of the sick, raising the dead, etc. were by-products of the miracles rather than the primary purpose of them.  Since we have the full revelation of the Heavenly Father, the era of miracles has already past (1 Cur. 13:8-10; Eph. 4:11-15; Jude 3).  The inspired writers of the New Testament forewarned that there will be false apostles and prophets (1 John 4:1; 2 Cur. 11:13-15; Rev. 2:2).

 --Dub Mowery


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