The Miracle Of Grace Falls

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Miracles are a staple to Christianity; thus, if Jesus Christ is not God in the flesh, and if Jesus’ resurrection did not really happen, then the Christian Faith is a complete lie (Douglas & Tenney, 2010, p. 958). Furthermore, if the miracle of grace falls short of being verifiable in the transformed life of a believer, then the Christian gospel is also a fraud (Douglas & Tenney, 2010). Without miracles, Christianity ceases to exist. Miracles, recorded in the Bible, began with creation itself and ended with the apostles. Although it is commonly believed that the supernatural miracles found in the Bible, ended with apostles, miracles are still possible today since God is immutable, and never changes (Psalm 33:11). Thus, a miracle can be characterized as an extraordinary, supernatural event that is orchestrated by God in nature, or in human affairs (Douglas & Tenney, 2010). Ultimately, miracles were specifically designed by God to convey a message to the unbelieving nation of Israel; hence, in the Old Testament, God used miracles to authenticate Moses as a messenger and to convince Pharaoh that God was the true God (Pentecost, 1981, p. 118). In the New Testament, God primarily used miracles, not only to convince the nation of Israel of Jesus’ Kingship but also, for the purposes of revelation and edification (Douglas & Tenney, 2010). Considering Jesus’ ministry, miracles were Jesus’ credentials as the Son of God; thus, miracles authenticated Jesus’ Kingship, and ministry, to the nation of Israel (Pentecost, 1981). Furthermore, miracles also signified that God was working through the Son (John 10:38) for the purposes of revealing the glory of both the Father and Son working together as one (Pentecost, 1981). Hence, the use of... ... middle of paper ... ...inistry and Kingship (Pentecost, 1981). Jesus’ miracles also authenticated the gospel message and demonstrated authority over the realms of nature, demons, sickness, disease, and death (Pentecost, 1981). Although Jesus used miracles for the purposes of authentication and revelation, Jesus was also hesitant to use miracles, and often ordered recipients of miracles to remain silent (Yancey, 1997). Thus, the primary reason for Jesus’ hesitancy in using miracles, and orders of silence, were to avoid drawing attention and to avoid the production of a superficial faith in the recipients of miracles. Ultimately, Jesus miracles do not solve the problems of the world; hence, miracles are a sign of how the world ought to be, and someday will be (Yancey, 1997, bullet point 8). Without miracles, there is simply no Christianity, and the story of Bible really is a fairytale.
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