Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Signs

Twelve important scriptural points concerning signs:

1) Signs are manifestations (such as miracles and wonders, Acts 2:22; Heb. 2:4) that are given to confirm what God has said (Mk. 16:20).

2) Satan can counterfeit signs (2 Thess. 2:9; Deut. 13:1-5), therefore the word of God is far more important than signs (2 Pet. 1:16-21).

3) God uses signs in His dealings with Israel (Ps. 74:9; Jn. 4:48; 1 Cor. 1:22); the nation of Israel began with signs (Ex. 4:1-9, 17).

4) Christ worked signs in fulfillment of prophecy and in accordance with His message (Matt. 11:1-6), not merely to prove He was the Son of God.

5) The signs pointed to the promised kingdom that was at hand; the gospel of the kingdom is accompanied by signs of the kingdom (Matt. 4:17, 23-24; Lk. 8:1).

6) Signs continued in the Acts period even after Israel fell because God was using Paul’s ministry to get a remnant out of Israel (Rom. 11:5) as they were being diminished throughout the transition period. Paul had the signs of an apostle (2 Cor. 12:12), but did not preach the gospel of the kingdom.

7) God gave Gentile believers sign gifts to provoke the Jews (1 Cor. 12:1-11).

8) The carnal Corinthians misused the sign gifts (1 Cor. 12-14). For example, they exalted the gift of tongues above the gift of prophecy. Tongues (supernatural ability to speak in other languages) was a sign to the unbelieving Jews (1 Cor. 14:21-22). Nobody today who imagines they have the gift of tongues follows the rules for tongues speaking (1 Cor. 14:27-40), which proves they are not led of the Spirit.

9) During the Acts period, Paul said that the signs would cease (1 Cor. 13:8-13).

10) The signs ceased when Israel was officially set aside in judicial blindness (Acts 28:25-28) and the apostle Paul fulfilled the word of God (Col. 1:25). Paul no longer had the gift of healing after the Acts period (2 Tim. 4:20). Nobody has the sign gifts today. 

11) The complete word of God is all-sufficient for the ministry (2 Tim. 3:16-17). To desire signs over the scripture is foolishness. To look for signs in this age will lead to deception.

12) God will use signs in the tribulation period (Mk. 16:15-18) when He resumes His dealings with Israel.

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