Friday, March 29, 2013

Signs and Wonders and the New Birth

Being a continuist, one who believes that all the gifts of the Spirit are active today, I sometiems hear that if God did miracles there would be revival.  Yet Jesus was probably the greatest miracle worker and still many rejected him!  

Seeing signs and wonders, and being amazed at them, and giving the miracle-worker credit for them that he is from God, saves nobody. This is one of the great dangers of signs and wonders: You don’t need a new heart to be amazed at them. The old, fallen human nature is all that’s needed to be amazed at signs and wonders. And the old, fallen human nature is willing to say that the miracle-worker is from God. The devil himself knows that Jesus is the Son of God and works miracles (Mark 1:24). No, Nicodemus, seeing Jesus as a miracle-worker sent from God is not the key to the kingdom of God. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - John Piper, Finally Alive, p. 30.  

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