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Miraculous signs, wonders, and healings by Spirit-power

 

 

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Because of the miraculous healing by Frank Kemberling of Freedom Fellowship in Tucson of my right-side and back after a long trip of driving to Washington and Oregon in May 2009 that caused my spine to become misaligned and pinch nerves, I started studying how this miracle could have happened to me and why I hadn’t seen more of this.   Since then I’ve been healed in 30 seconds from a horrible migraine, healed of a horribly strained back I got from too much yard work, of a knee injury I had for a month after falling off a ladder after 20 minutes of proseuche conversational-prayer I did while claiming the blood of Jesus during the Lord’s Supper on Easter, and many other physical ailments over the years by taking authority over the demonic forces that manifest in illness and injury in the name/authority of Jesus – see Salvation.

 

The grace-gifts and signs & wonders of the Holy Spirit is God’s way of “working together with us” to confirm the preaching of the logos gospel message of The Truth of trusting-relying-faith in Christ (a).  If we don’t preach the gospel, or we don’t seek the Spirit’s baptism, or we don’t “routinely aiteo ask for, seek or earnestly desire” the supernatural grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit (b), including proseuchomai conversationally-praying and singing in tongues (c), but especially prophesying (d), or we quench the Spirit (e) by forbidding or despising any of these grace-gifts but especially tongues and prophecy (f), then we simply can NOT expect the same profound results that the early Church had until around 200 AD.  This was about the time the Catholic Church started persecuting the Montanist churches that held to “New Prophecy” given by modern prophets and extensive writings of Tertullian, the premiere documenter and theologian of the Holy Spirit.  However, the history of revival confirms the absolute truth of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit through grace-gifts and signs & wonders over and over – see Spirit-Baptism – BT2 and – BT3, and Cure of All Ills by Dr. Mary Stewart Relfe. <Notes> a) Mark 16:17-20, b) Luke 11:13; 1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1, c) 1 Corinthians 14:5, 14-15, 18, d) 1 Corinthians 14:31, 39, e) 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20 – see The Great Wall, f) 1 Corinthians 14:39.

 

Jesus promises in Mark 16:17-20, “And these signs shall actually accompany those who are having trusting-relying-faith:  In My name/authority they shall actually cast out demons; they shall actually speak in new tongues; . . . they shall actually lay their hands on the sick to recover.” And Mark further records, “And they went out and preached (a) everywhere, while the Lord routinely worked together with (f) them and confirmed the logos message by accompanying signs.”  Hebrews 2:4 also says, “God also bore witness/testified by signs and wonders and various miracles and by grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed down-from/according-to His will.” All throughout the history of the Church, “grace-gifts, signs, wonders, and miracles as manifestations of the Spirit” (b) were being done as a result of “The Promise” of the Holy Spirit and follow-up practice of Spirit-baptism that began on the Day of Pentecost (c) and the supernatural results should always be the same: “the Lord [Jesus] added to their number daily those who were being saved” (d) – that is, if the Church still has the same mission, the same logos gospel message, still preaches it, and doesn’t quench the Holy Spirit by forbidding or despising tongues, prophecy, or any other of the Spirit’s grace-gifts (e). <Notes> a) v. 15: the logos gospel message, b) 1 Corinthians 14:12, c) Acts 2:43, 4:30, 5:12, 6:8, 8:6, 13, 14:3, 15:12, 19:11; 2 Corinthians 12:12, d) Acts 2:47, 5:14, 9:42, 11:24, 13:12, 16:34, e) 1 Corinthians 14:5, 39; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20, f) sunergeo: co-working, partnering.

 

Paul’s ministry was “by the means of logos gospel message and deed, by the means of the enabling-power of signs & wonders by the means of the enabling-power of the Spirit so that … I have pleroo fully/completely preached the gospel of Christ” (a).  This implies that many of today’s preachers that don’t allow the supernatural aspects of the Holy Spirit are ‘incompletely preaching the gospel,’ but the Pentecostal and Charismatic churches are still preaching a ‘full gospel!’  This is especially true, since Paul qualified this preaching further:  “my speech and logos message were absolutely NOT in fact by the means of peithos plausible/persuasive/enticing/skillful words of sophia wisdom, but by the means of apodeixis demonstrating-proof of the Spirit and/coupled of enabling-power” (b), and furthermore “our gospel came to you absolutely NOT in fact only by the means of logos message, but also by the means of enabling-power and/specifically, by the means of [singular] Holy Spirit” (c).  Clearly today many churches are NOT preaching a ‘full gospel!’ <Notes> a) Romans 15:18-19, b) 1 Corinthians 2:4, c) 1 Thessalonians 1:5.

 

The key signs of the Holy Spirit coming upon Christians was tongues and prophesy (a) that are often related (b), even urging “routine proseuche conversational-prayer by the means of the Spirit” (c), likely in tongues (d) to build yourself up in your most holy trusting-relying-faith” that is directly related to “keeping yourself in The unconditional-Love of God” (e).  <Notes> a) Acts 2:4, 10:44-46, 19:6, b) 1 Corinthians 14:6, c) Ephesians 6:18, d) 1 Corinthians 14:14-15, e) Jude 1:20-21.

 

I read in Acts 4:29-31 that the Apostles and over 5000 new Christians were gathered together and proseuchomai conversationally-prayed, “Now, Lord, look on their threats (a), and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your logos gospel message, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name/authority of Your holy Servant Jesus (b). And when they had proseuchomai conversationally-prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the logos gospel message of God with boldness.”  It could be that the reason so many churches I’ve been to haven’t seen a miracle is that they are NOT preaching the logos gospel message, or they erroneously think that the entire NT is the logos gospel message, or worse they think the OT is part of the NT’s logos gospel message!  Maybe it’s because I’ve never heard one group beg God to given them boldness to go out and preach the logos gospel message.  And I’ve rarely heard any ask for God to work in their street evangelism, to perform miraculous signs and wonders, to even heal people in the name/authority of Jesus.  It seems that many believe that their bible and inward motivation is all they need.  Could it be that’s why we don’t see more miracles?  We just don’t have a clear purpose, a clear logos gospel message nor trusting-relying-faith to ask God to show up with Spirit-power! <Notes> a) Jewish rulers that were trying to prevent preaching and healing that was in the name/authority of Jesus Christ, b) refers to the Messianic passages of Isaiah that speak of ‘the Servant of God’.

 

I also found that the book of Acts is filled with one miracle of God after another to confirm the preaching of the logos gospel message about Jesus as Messiah, and as a result, multitudes of people were saved.  Maybe that’s the reason we don’t see many people saved in churches anymore:  they stopped preaching the logos gospel message, so there’s no need for God to confirm their preaching!

 

In the “Great Commission” Mark 16:15-20 account, given by Christ to the apostles before He ascended into heaven, “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who has trusting-relying-faith and/coupled is water-baptized will be saved; but the one who does not has trusting-relying-faith will be condemned (a). And these signs shall actually follow those who actually have trusting-relying-faith:  In My name/authority they will cast out demons (b); they will speak with new tongues (f); they will take up serpents (c); and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them (d); they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover (e). . . And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the logos gospel message by accompanying signs.”  <Notes> a) by phrase parallelism: those ‘not having trusting-relying-faith will be condemned’ is equated to not having the ‘trusting-relying-faith and/coupled water-baptized‘, b) Acts 16:18, showing victory over Satan, c) Acts 28:1-6, d) I’ve heard about this from many missionaries, where God protected them from water that had poisoned others, e) Acts 28:8 – this is evidently still going on because it happened to me, f) beginning at Pentecost: Acts 2:4-11.

 

I know a lot of churches that somehow get around the connection between saving trusting-relying-faith and water-baptism.  I was saved in the Church of Christ that got that part right but then didn’t accept the miraculous work of God, given to “those who have trusting-relying-faith.”  It didn’t happen for the Church of Christ because they had absolutely no trusting-relying-faith, but all kinds of doubt, in the Holy Spirit’s supernaturally enabling-power for today – in many ways they were like the Jewish towns that wouldn’t believe Christ had the Spirit-power to heal, and so Christ didn’t bother doing miracles there.  How sad that so many churches don’t see any need for the “Lord to work with them” or to “confirm the logos gospel message by accompanying signs.”  How absolutely sad!  They would rather “go it alone!”

 

In the “Great Commission” Matthew 28:18-20 account, it doesn’t mention miracles, but Jesus says “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go and make disciples of all the nations, water-baptizing them in the name/authority of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe (a) all (b) things that I have commanded (c) you; and lo, I am with you always to the end of the Age. Amen.”  <Notes> a) carefully keep an eye on in order to do, b) pas:  a rare time this likely means “the whole of,” c) entole: officially decreed: trusting-relying-faith in Christ and unconditionally-love one another – see Only 2 Commandments.

 

In the “Great Commission” account of Luke 24:47-49, again it doesn’t mention miracles, but Jesus says: “that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in My name/authority to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold I send ‘The Promise’ of my Father upon you (a); but wait in Jerusalem until you are endued with enabling-power from on high.” The Holy Spirit came with great signs, wonders, and healings at Pentecost to be with the Church until His second coming at the end of the Age (see Acts 2:4-11).  <Notes> a) this isn’t the ‘receiving of the Holy Spirit‘ that Jesus immediately breathed on them in John 20:22 but what He now says to ‘wait for’ here and in Acts 1:4.

 

The “Great Commission” account in John 20:21-23 also doesn’t mention miracles, but Jesus says “‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ And when He said this, He breathed on [them], and said to them, ‘receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’”  Here Jesus is delegating His authority to His apostles.  Oftentimes you see healing associated with forgiveness of sins – both require authority.

 

In the Acts 1:4 re-cap of the “Great Commission” we also doesn’t see miracles mentioned directly, but it says: “He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for ‘The Promise’ of the Father, ‘which you have heard from Me; for John – the Baptizer for repentance – truly baptized with water (water-baptism), but you shall [then] be baptized with the Holy Spirit (Spirit-baptism) not many days from now.’ . . . ‘ But you shall receive enabling-power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Clearly the “Holy Spirit that was breathed on them” and Christ’s “authority delegated to them” to “preach repentance and forgiveness” and the commission to “make disciples by water-baptizing and teaching to keep the only 2 commandments of trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love” and being “witnesses of the things” of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection were not enough for ministry.  Jesus told them they need the Holy Spirit’s enabling-power!  And we find that they did actually “wait for the promise” in devoted, patiently-waiting, watching, listening, worshipful, proseuche conversational-prayer.  Why do so many modern churches believe they can do without Spirit-baptism?

 

When “The Promise” of the Holy Spirit did come in Acts chapter 2, Peter explains to the 3000-plus people what just happened, turning to the prophet Joel (a): “And it shall come to pass in the last days (b), says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all  (c) flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall indeed prophesy, Your young men shall indeed see visions, Your old men shall indeed dream dreams. And upon My men-servants and on My maid-servants (d) I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall indeed prophesy (e). I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath … And it shall come to pass that whoever calls (f)  on the name/authority of the Lord shall be saved.'”  Peter goes on to say in Acts 2:32-33: “This Jesus God has raised up (from the dead) and exalted to God’s right hand of authority, of which we are all witnesses…(us) having received from the Father ’The Promise’ of the Holy SpiritHe poured out this which you now see and hear.”  The “promise” is the outpouring, not necessarily the invisible “breathing on of the Holy Spirit” they privately “received” in John 20:22.  There were physical manifestations – signs, wonders, and healings, tongues/languages, and prophecy<Notes> a) Joel 2:28-32, see also Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 11:19; Zechariah 12:10, b) which we are still in, c) pas: of a kind or group of, not the rarer “the whole of,” d) this is the ‘kind’ or ‘group’ that pas often refers to, e) the summation of prophecy, dreams, visions, f) a word used for deesis supplication in proseuche conversational-prayer.

 

Later in Acts 10:42, Peter recalls the “Great Commission” given: “‘And He (Jesus) commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name/authority, whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Him will receive forgiveness of sins.’  While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the logos gospel message.” It goes onto say that Peter and his Jewish companions were astonished because the “grace-gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles also, for they (the Jews) heard them (the Gentiles) speak with tongues and magnify God.”

 

Later in Acts 11:15, Peter is defending his preaching to and koinonia fellowship with the Gentiles, having had a vision from God to do so, “And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them as upon us at the beginning” – just like what happened in Acts 2 on Pentecost.  Evidently “tongues and prophecy” were the “sign or wonder” that the “grace-gift” or “promise” of the Holy Spirit was given.  It was self-evident, not a mysterious, secret entrance of an unseen Holy Spirit into the hearts of a person during conversion.  Supernatural Spirit-power was clearly manifest!

 

From Pentecost on, God’s Holy Spirit through the authority of the name of Jesus Christ has never stopped being poured out upon people in order to confirm the preaching of the name of Jesus.  The apostles never reached “the ends of the earth” and neither has the Church yet, though we are much closer to succeeding. Since the mission hasn’t been completed, the need for God to confirm His logos gospel message still remains, and since the authority of Jesus’ name hasn’t changed, I can see no reason why thesigns, wonders, and healings” of the early Church shouldn’t be happening wherever the gospel is preached and there is trusting-relying-faith. And in fact, it happens all the time, especially in the mission field where the Church isn’t so much for entertaining the believers (as it is in America) as it is to reach the lost and ‘equip’ the saints for service to reach the lost. These are the “front lines” where God is doing battle to win people’s souls!  Wouldn’t He be there doing His mighty works to give authority to His logos gospel message of The Truth of Jesus being preached?  Sure He would!

 

 

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