“Digging Deeper” is an opportunity for you to continue your study of God’s Word throughout the week.
“It’s a Miracle”
And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.
A miracle is a special act of God that interrupts the natural course of events. A true biblical miracle is always immediate. It is always successful. It always lasts. It always glorifies God by confirming His nature and His Word.
QUESTION: Are miracles important to Christianity?
Norman Geilser writes: “Indeed, since the credibility of Christianity rests on the resurrection of Christ (1 Cor. 15:12–19), the whole of the orthodox Christian faith crumbles if miracles do not occur. If historic biblical Christianity is to survive and make sense to the modern mind, it is necessary to provide a reasonable explanation of the supernatural. Apart from the credibility of the biblical account of miracles, we can bid farewell to orthodox Christianity. Such is the challenge before us.”
Miracles in the Bible fit into three clusters:
• Mosaic (Moses)
• Prophetic (Elijah/Elisha)
• Apostolic (Christ/Apostles)
Each period is characterized by:
• Transition (God is doing something new)
• New Revelation (God is saying something new)
• Confirmation (God is confirming someone new)
Jesus Himself said of some, “They will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead” (Luke 16:31). So in this sense the result (not the purpose) of disbelieving in miracles is condemnation of the unbeliever (John 12:31, 37).