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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Proof of Miracles?

“Here's a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I'm proof — Public Sinner Number One — of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now He shows me off — evidence of His endless patience — to those who are right on the edge of trusting Him forever.”
From Paul’s letter to Timothy - 1 Timothy 1:15-16

Paul says that apart from God’s mercy, apart from God’s calling (John 6:44) he would have never turned from his evil and violent ways.

On the one hand I don’t believe that there are miracles being done, or taking place like those that Jesus did (complete, instant, forever) to prove His divinity - not anywhere in the world. All “healing” miracles are either done by bogus shysters like Benny Hinn or they’re psychosomatic complaints temporarily disappearing. On the other hand, the fact is, each and every born-again Christian is proof of God’s existence and power. No one turns from rebellion against God or even against the idea of God’s existence unless God calls that person from h/her slavery to sin, self-worship and rebellion against h/her Creator.

Why one type of miracle and not the other? Because being physically well isn’t nearly as important as being spiritually well in a healed and forgiven relationship with Jesus. When you think of the consequence, really, nothing else counts in comparison.

In exactly the same manner that Jesus called Lazarus from the grave, God calls us to come out of death and enter into eternal life.
. There was nothing about Lazarus that enabled him to bring himself from death to life.
. There was nothing about Lazarus that enabled him to respond to Jesus’ call.
. There was nothing about Lazarus that enabled him to come out of the grave.

God, all God and only God brought about a new life in Lazarus.
God, all God and only God brings every born again soul into being.

It is a miracle on the level of bringing a universe into existence.

Bringing a universe out of nothing, and bringing a believer out of spiritual death is bringing into existence, new creations.

Neither would have happened absent the miraculous work of Creator God.

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