Matthew 12: 38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
PASTOR JOSEPH PRINCE WROTE THAT:
People today run after two things: miraculous signs and wonders, and knowledge. It was no different in Bible times. The apostle Paul acknowledged that “Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom”. (1 Corinthians 1:22)
So when Paul preached Christ crucified as God’s solution to them, the message was “to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness”. (1 Corinthians 1:23) They didn’t understand how getting a revelation of Jesus and His death could give them the miracles they needed or the wisdom they wanted.
DOES THE BIBLE REALLY STATE THAT JEWS RAN AFTER MIRACLES SIGNS AND WONDERS? NO!
RATHER IT STATES THEY REQUESTED A SIGN NOT SIGNS?
AND IT’S NOT PAGANS WHO RUN AFTER miraculous signs and wonders BUT CHRISTIANS?
BUT PAGANS DO RUN AFTER KNOWLEDGE WHILE CHRISTIANS DO NOT!
IT BUGS ME WHEN CHRISTIANS DOWN PLAY THE IMPORTANCE OF GODLY MIRACLE SIGNS AND WONDERS AS SEEN IN THE MINISTRY OF JESUS PHILIP, PAUL AND BARNABAS
Acts 2:22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know —
Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
ACTS 8:4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.
6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
Acts 15:12 Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.
Acts 19:11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul,
THERE ARE TOO MANY PREACHERS IN AMERICA WHO ARE DEVOID OF MIRACLES, SIGNS AND WONDERS AND CANNOT SAY WHAT PAUL SAID:
1 Corinthians 2:
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Jesus was trying to point out that there are “legitimate signs” by which a person, like Nicodemus recognized when he watched Jesus and which brought him to Jesus’ door. He said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher sent from God; for no one can do the signs that you do, unless God is with him” (Jn. 3: 2). Jesus identifies the “legitimate signs” when He said, “These signs will follow (accompany) those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues (languages); they will pick up snakes and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover (Mk. 16: 17 – 18). He goes on to say, “And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message (word) by the signs that attended it. Amen.”
People still have a problem with the legitimate signs. Meanwhile, today’s scribes and Pharisees don’t want to accept the legitimate signs of proof which identify “legitimate proof of people of whom it can be said, as of Jesus, “for no one can do the signs that you do, unless God is with him (her).” They reject the legitimate signs and chase after the false and illegitimate signs. Our motto is, “No legitimate signs means a person is not sent from God”.
Yours in Jesus Christ, Gordon
REV. GORDON WILLIAMS VIDEO RESOURCES
Please click on the links below to watch Rev. Gordon Williams’ teaching videos. Please feel free to contact or email Gordon with any questions or comments.
WALTER KAMBULOW BLOGS
VICTORY MINISTRIES http://wp.me/P2M7AJ-r
GOT JESUS? http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-rW
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-3
THE BAPTISM OF THE SPIRIT http://wp.me/P2M7AJ-4v
YOUR BEST FRIEND http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-5Q
Perseverance And Prosperity From The God of Restoration http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-5W
KAREN WILLIAMS THE MOMENT EVERYTHING CHANGED http://wp.me/P2M7AJ-64
WHAT I LEARNED OUR RESPONSIBILITY http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-6i
FAMILIAR SPIRITS ARE REAL AND DANGEROUS http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-6x
Rebellious Kings and False prophets are dead men, rejected ones http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-6B