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”1,2,3,4,5,14,15,16) has some real bearing on other commonly held beliefs and doctrines today, not the least of which is how the Holy Spirit works today.
HowScriptureanswers "What was the purpose for miracles?"
The purpose for miracles is consistent throughout Scripture1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16. Jesus performed them to confirm that He was the Son of God1,4,5,7,8,10,12 with the authority to forgive sins8. It was the evidence by which people believed3,10,12,14,15 (e.g. established their faith). Not only was this the case with Jesus1,5,7,8,10,12,14, but the purpose for miracles was the same for those that came before Him9,11,13 (God doesn’t change) as well as for those that came after Him2,3,4,6,15,16. These ‘miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit‘14 performed in the first century confirmed their God-given authority to speak His word2,6,15,16.
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