Which miracles are from God and which are counterfeits?

John 3:2 – This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”

To believe the Bible is to believe in miracles. Yesterday, we looked at four potential views people may have on “sign” gifts like prophecy, miracles, and speaking in tongues. I have always held the continuationist view and could not fathom how to preach through books of the Bible with a cessationist or functional cessationist bias. 

I also see the Word-Faith perspective as abusive. It tells people that they can manipulate God with their faith, which is, by definition, witchcraft and putting a person instead of God as the authority over the supernatural realm. Furthermore, this view encourages people to chase signs and wonders, often more focused on miracles than sound Bible teaching and the true character of God. 

Jesus rebuked this very thing saying, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign…” (Matthew 12:39; cf 16:4; Luke 11:29). 

There is a healthy longing for God to show up in power. God can do anything, so we pray for the sick to be healed, revival to come, and God to send angels and dreams to reach lost people in countries closed to missionaries. 

However, an unhealthy view of miracles can leave people open to demonic counterfeits, “…the work of Satan…counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception…” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 NLT).

Look up the following times that even Jesus’ enemies testified to His supernatural miracles: John 3:2, 5:36, 10:25,32,37-38; Acts 2:22, 10:38.

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