Part 4: Are Signs and Wonders for Today? (John Piper)

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(I want to acknowledge that part 4 of Are Signs and Wonder for today is taken directly from John Piper’s blog on Signs and wonders from the early 90’s. It’s hard to improve on great teaching!

N.B. It would appear from the reading of his later blogs that John is less certain of the role of Signs and wonders today. I whole-heartedly agree with what he said in this teaching.)

In the previous section I argued that “signs and wonders” in the New Testament were not the prerogative of apostles only. The “seventy” performed them (Luke 10:9,17), deacons performed them (Acts 6:8; 8:6), Galatian Christians performed them (Galatians 3:5), Corinthian Christians performed them (1 Corinthians 12:9-10). Since signs and wonders were not the prerogative of the apostles, there is no New Testament warrant for inferring that these miracles were to cease after the apostolic age.

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(I want to acknowledge that part 3 of Are Signs and Wonder for today is taken directly from John Piper’s blog on Signs and wonders from the early 90’s. It’s hard to improve on great teaching!

N.B. It would appear from the reading of his later blogs that John is less certain of the role of Signs and wonders today. I whole-heartedly agree with what he said in this teaching.)

In the previous section I argued that when the early Christians prayed for signs and wonders (Acts 4:29-30) they were not “evil and adulterous;” nor were they abandoning the centrality of the preaching of the cross. Signs and wonders witnessed to the word of grace (Acts 14:3); they did not replace it. They did not save; they helped open people to the gospel which is the power of God unto salvation.

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(I want to acknowledge that Part 2 of Are Signs and Wonder for today is taken directly from John Piper’s blog on Signs and wonders from the early 90’s. It’s hard to improve on great teaching!

N.B. It would appear from the reading of his later blogs that John is less certain of the role of Signs and wonders today. I whole-heartedly agree with what he said in this teaching.)

 

Signs and wonders are not the saving word of grace; they are God’s secondary testimony to the word of his grace. Signs and wonders do not save. They are not the power of God unto salvation.

They do not transform the heart–as we know 10 lepers were healed by Jesus but only one came back to worship and follow.

What transforms the heart and saves the soul is the self-authenticating glory of Christ seen in the message of the gospel (2 Corinthians 3:18-4:6) Continue reading Part 2: Are Signs and Wonders for today? (John Piper)

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Part 1: Are Signs and Wonders for today?

(I want to acknowledge that parts of this blog have been copied or influenced by John Piper’s blogs on Signs and wonders from the early 90’s. It would appear from the reading of his later blogs that John is less certain of the role of Signs and wonders today. But I am!)

I believe that “signs and wonders” and all the spiritual gifts referred to in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 are for today. I also believe and follow Paul’s instructions to the church in 1 Corinthians 14:1 when he said spiritual gifts (which include supernatural signs and wonders) should be “earnestly desired”.

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Because signs and wonders, miracles and spiritual gifts are for the building up of the church and they are also a part of the good news of the kingdom Jesus demonstrated under the power of the Holy Spirit which he poured on the church – that’s us. Continue reading Part 1: Are Signs and Wonders for today?

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