OTHER RESULTS OF MIRACLES
The fact that the main purpose of signs and mighty works was to confirm the word of faithful preachers did not preclude their accomplishing other ends.
Revealed the mind/will of God
God’s truth was taught by faithful men and women in the first century. Truth did not come forth from their own minds; it was revealed to them by means of inspiration, prophecy, etc. In 1 Corinthians 2:11-13 we read, “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
Inspired revelation came to man by way of the Holy Spirit, not man’s wisdom. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Prophets spoke from God, not from their own resources, 2 Peter 1:20-21. They spoke “as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
Protected the early church from false teachers Knowing the truth will keep us from being deceived by men who teach the doctrines of men. Until the truth was fully revealed, some were capable of “discerning… spirits,” and separating truth from error, 1 Corinthians 12:10. Early Christians were also able to “search the scriptures daily” and separate the true from the false, Acts 17:11.
Christians able to grow We read in 1 Peter 2:2: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” The Word of God is the nourishment by which all Christians grow “in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” 2 Peter 3:18. When we fail to grow we are susceptible to the doctrines of men, and being “carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness,” Ephesians 4:14. With these gifts men were able to teach God’s truth, and Christians were able to grow as they should. That same truth, found in the Bible today, is our source for growth. We need to use our gift, the scriptures, to take the Gospel to the lost!