Signs & Wonders – following on!

Romans  15  v 18 – 20: For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation  (ESV)

Every time in Scripture – we see that where there are signs & wonders there is always the preaching of the Gospel – the good news of Christ…. always first & the signs & wonders CONFIRM it…

signs  are just that —  Signs-  they point the way…  they are not the “thing”  how silly would it be to accomplish a 25 mile walk to a designated spot – get to the first road sign that lists it – have your picture taken there & say  thats it we have made it just to turn around & return home…  missing out on the actual objective of reaching the destination- the objective  in favour of  something second best.. That is what I believe is going on in the river  movement .  People are being denied the chance to really come to know Jesus  in favour of a quick “power encounter”  –  we would be crazy to think that praying for someone on the street & seeing a miraculous healing of the body take place “is it” —  ( it is wonderful when people get healed Im not denying ) but  in effect we teach people to get & grab from God anything they desire but not  start the comittment of long journeying of processing -change through salvation in Jesus…  whats more – the message being promoted is (maybe inadvertantly) that this isnt even necessary..

but what good is  a healed body if the person isnt accepting of Christ- & will spend eternity without him…   we sell them short if we give one thing of God but deny them the chance of   the “real thing”  —  Jesus

on that final day – when many stand before the king of kings & explain that they had a “touch”  or a healing or an amazing encounter – will it be enough?   No the scriptures teach that it will not…

in the above passage – paul is teaching that any powerful Signs & wonders “complete” the ministry…  his first priority & ambition is to preach the Gospel…  he does not dare brag about his exploits in the spirit….   – he is careful about his words & his actions,

so signs & wonders here are definitely not the main objective..   signs & wonders without the mention of the Gospel confirm nothing except themselves… the focus then becomes on these powerful displays. In effect a Signs & wonders culture is created deviod of Christ…

We must come to realise though if we are not following through on NT priorities of getting Jesus known for what he has accomplished on the cross…  if that message can be successfully overlooked  by anything that seems amazing or showy – the devil can & does use this tactic to lead everyone in the mix of that astray….  full blown this will look like a signs & wonders cult

The cross, our Jesus the redeemer of our sins – the Gospel  is central to everything we believe as Christians..  if we keep that uppermost  in all of our ways, rooted & grounded in the words of truth…  we will get the balance right  before him…   once we decentralize Christ..  we make room for an imposter…

which is why 2 Thessalonians 2 v 9 -11 says:  The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false   (ESV)

where are we at???


One thought on “Signs & Wonders – following on!

  1. Those people are only interested in how they feel when ‘signs & miracles’ take place. They just want their ‘drug’, their quick fix.

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