Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—
Those who know me will know I hold the Word of God in the highest regard and I believe the Ministry of the Word is the most important ministry in the Body of Christ. In fact, the Paul says in 1 Timothy 5:17 that the preachers and teachers of the Word deserve “double honor” (actually means double pay).
But a genuine and effective ministry of Christ is not just about the Word. It will be one that has both the preaching of the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we can see from Acts 2:22, Jesus’ earthly ministry was characterized by “miracles, wonders and signs“, and they are God’s way of proving Jesus is indeed the Messiah. Even Jesus Himself used them to prove His identity to John the Baptist.
When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and 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.
Maybe you might argue that it is Jesus, but the disciples and the apostles also had miracles, wonders and signs to confirm the Word they were preaching.
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.
Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
So rather than something that is good to have (“if God wills”… as some would say), miracles/wonders/signs is an inseparable and integral part of the Gospel. It is through them that you know the Word of God is true!
While some preachers constantly tell us to seek the Giver and not the gifts (of the Spirit), the truth is God wants us to seek the gifts. He does not want a Body of Christ that is all word but no power. He wants us to be full of the power of the Spirit and have the miracles to testify the truth of His Word!
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts
(1 Corinthians 14:1)