“It’s a miracle!” That’s an exclamation we hear often and have probably uttered ourselves. It might be used to describe passing a test you didn’t study for or to sum up a great, come-from-behind victory. For example, the great Olympic victory by the U.S. Men’s Hockey team is known as the “Miracle on Ice.“
Regardless of how society defines a miracle, we’ll need to define it before we attempt to answer if miracles still happen today. A good definition for Bible miracles would be, “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” This is actually the first definition from Websters. Incidentally, the second definition they list – “an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment” – is the more common use and is not what is intended by this question.
So do miracles (aka signs or wonders as they are often referred to in the Bible) still happen today?
How Scripture answers "Do miracles still happen today?"
Miracles (or “signs and wonders”) were directed by God1,4 and performed through the power of the Holy Spirit3,4 for the express purpose of confirming the gospel message1,2,3,4,5,6,10. Specifically, the miracles confirmed that Jesus was who he said he was (the Son of God)1,5,7,8,10 and that those carrying forward His gospel message were likewise speaking God’s word (“confirmed”)2,3,4,7 — in effect, they were prophets of God. Interestingly, we see the exact same reasons for God imparting Moses with the ability to perform miracles throughout the exodus story9 – which stands to reason since God doesn’t change.
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