Before we attempt to understand the purpose for miracles, we should probably be clear about what a miracle actually is…at least according to Scripture.  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 today and is not what is intended by this question.

Understanding the purpose for miracles (also “signs” or “wonders” as referred to in the Bible) has some real bearing on other commonly held beliefs and doctrines today.

how Scripture answers "What was the purpose for miracles?"

The purpose for miracles is consistent throughout Scripture1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12. Jesus performed them to confirm He was the Son of God1,4,5,7,8,10,12. Likewise, God-given authority was confirmed for the apostles2,3,4,6 as well as Old Testament figures9,11.

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