On signs and wonders.

I’ve heard it said that when hearing a sermon or having a discussion, it’s good that one leaves with more questions than answers. This is one of those things–I’m by no means writing about something I think that I have figured out, but rather something that continually baffles and confounds me.

I’ve been reading through the book of Acts over the past two weeks–a chapter or two every night before bed–and tweeting out the CliffNotes of what happened in that particular chapter. I keep reading about the apostles performing miracles, signs and wonders, and what follows. Sometimes they preached repentance, sometimes they were esteemed as gods (and they had to correct that thinking, reminding the people of who God really was.)

The thing that always gives me the heebie-jeebies (that’s in the Greek) about healing, both in the Bible as well as in modern days is the spectacle of it. I get chills up my spine when I see videos these days of people who are trying to extend a shortened leg (I’ve read something about that too, by the way, people naturally sit in a way that causes one leg to look shorter when they’re sitting down and extend their legs, and then usually are leaning to look) or healing a back or something and they try to sound either extra-spiritual or extra-casual (the beach bum healer thing really gets at me.) 

When I read that Peter saw it (the people being amazed at the healing that had just taken place, in Acts 3:1-12) I have two responses. One is that Peter was looking for that amazement, or two is that it was just such a strong reaction that he couldn’t help but notice. I like to think it’s the latter, but at the same time, when I see videos of people doing healing and they are like “isn’t that cool? That’s God, bro. That’s God.” the approach reeks to me of insincerity. 

There’s a lot of debate today about whether healing is for today or not. Here’s my stance:

God can do anything He wants. We read about healing in Acts. It happened after Jesus went back up to heaven. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12 that God has given some gifts of healing and the working of miracles. So, I have no reason to believe it’s NOT for today. I honestly believe that if we ask God to heal someone, He’ll do it. I don’t believe all the “you-don’t-believe-enough” stuff. God is a Father, and if His kids need help, He’ll help them. 


However, (and here’s the balance I need to figure out, and the internal battle I face) I don’t love this whole “healing ministry” thing. I’ve too often been made to feel like I’m not doing enough if I’m not regrowing someone’s limbs or sewing together their ACL with my faith. I don’t think everyone is called out to go out on the street and do this kind of ministry. I’m much more of the mind that we should get people together to talk systematic theology.

AH!

That’s the rub.

What I’m called to, not everyone else is called to. I’m called to be a teacher, and I believe God’s given me a gift of faith. Others are called to be healers, because God’s given them a gift of healing!

Fortunately, this blog has given me a chance to flesh some things out, and given me a different perspective on some things. I had to write in a shortened amount of time, so I probably left some stuff out. 

I probably left some things unclear, so I openly invite your thoughts and opinions on this sort of thing, I’d love to discuss it more!

4 thoughts on “On signs and wonders.

  1. Good post, Jeffster. I wrestle with this too, and sometimes I get mad because God doesn’t seem to show up and DO stuff when we ask Him to – but it’s at those times that I realize that my heart is asking for things with the wrong motivation. I want God to show up and do things because I want people to think I’m spiritual, not because I want to share with them the goodness of Jesus and His kingdom here on earth.

    I earnestly believe what He said that “you shall do greater things than these” and that He meant it when He said we have “all authority in heaven and on earth”. The more I read the word and listen to PT and PA, the more I’m convinced that everything comes from a place of sonship. Perhaps healing and signs and wonders aren’t as much about believing, rather intimacy and identity. The more we discover about who He is and who He has redeemed us to be, then the signs and wonders and healings are just a byproduct of stepping into and operating in who we are in Him. Perhaps we are to walk like Jesus did, only doing what He saw the Father doing..which begs the question – What do we see the Father doing?

  2. yep, I agree with you. I am also reminded that when Jesus healed a paralytic man in Matthew 9, and He says that it’s so that people know He has authority to forgive sin. That makes me think that healing is anecdotal of a bigger truth: that Jesus came to do away with the sin problem that ultimately created the sickness problem (not that people sinning makes them sick, but that sin introduced death, and in that, sickness.) So the physical side is less the issue than the sin problem!

    • I do believe you hit the nail on head right there Jeff, when you said “Jesus came to do away with the sin problem that ultimately created the sickness problem (not that people sinning makes them sick, but that sin introduced death, and in that, sickness.) So the physical side is less the issue than the sin problem!”
      We all have different gifts and callings according to 1 Corinthians ch.12. God made us ‘individuals’ not carbon copies of each other. I believe you’re on the right track with how you see healing is still for today. As for one leg being longer than the other, that’s a bunch of malarkey! The chiropractor told my husband we all have an arm & leg longer than the other one. I believe according to scripture, Jesus performed healings and miracles that changed a person’s life. What does adding an inch to a leg do for a person?

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