Insufficiency of Signs, Wonders and Miracles

“For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,
but we preach
Christ Crucified, a stumbling block
to Jews and folly to Gentiles”
1 Corinthians 1:22,23

“An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign,
but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the
prophet Jonah
Matthew 12:39

If you are asking for a sign or some speaking from God so that you will be assuaged of your doubts, you neither understand faith nor do you understand the sufficiency of faith’s object. Many people, including myself, at points in their lives have sought the Lord and asked him to speak in some sort of audible voice, to move in some emotional fashion in the heart, to give a dream, or give some sort of appearance even of an angel, to abate our doubts or fears. This whole mode of seeking the Lord, at its core, is apostasy and will ultimately lead one away from God.

The reason that this thinking is wrong is because it rejects the object of our trust, belief and faith. It says, at its core, “Christ is not a sufficient revelation.” It is as if you say in your same prayers to God, “God, the appearance of your Son on the face of this planet is not enough convincing for me to believe.” Unlike the Old Testament, who had not yet had such a revelation of God in human form, God at times spoke to elicit faith in his chosen ones. Hebrews 1:1-3 says “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” In similar fashion, John 1:1, 14 says “…the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The truth is that God has completely, fully, comprehensively and gloriously represented himself to mankind, in such a way that he need not ever to do so again in order to have sufficient evidence for faith. Because this is so, we now have the fullness of the object of God to rest in. There is no other revelation that could be provided to you that would be sufficient for you to have some sort of confidence to trust God other than Christ. The error that arises if God were to give you some sort of dream of your asking to show you a sufficient reason to trust him or evidence of his existence is that that dream, that voice, that sign would then become the object of your faith and would lead you away from the “radiance of his glory” who is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ has been seen, witnessed and recorded. Scripture is sufficient in itself to demonstrate that there is no need for some kind of sign from God outside of the Bible to be revealed to you for the sufficient reason to trust or evidence of his existence.

What is more, is that if you cannot receive Christ, who is God in flesh, as the all-sufficient evidence of salvation, then there is no dream, no voice, no sign, that would be sufficient for you for your salvation. Think for yourself about the Pharisees who interacted with Christ, more importantly, with God, on a daily basis yet continued in their utter rejection and rebellion against Christ. They saw everything that you demand: signs and wonders. Christ healed people, performed astounding miracles like changing water to wine, feeding 5,000 on multiple occasions with a meal that was only large enough for 3 people, walked on water, and even raised people from the dead on multiple occasions. You are convinced in your mind that if you saw those things then surely, with out a doubt, you would believe. But this is total and utter foolishness. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “for the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” The Pharisees and others witness daily the works, deeds, teachings, and miracles of God yet not only did they reject him, they crucified him. No wonder Jesus said to the Pharisees, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock.” (John 10:25,26). Those who are not part of Christ’s flock (John 10:27ff; John 17:6-10) will not believe no matter what evidence is presented to them, no matter what amazing signs, wonders and miracles are performed in front of them.

The object of your faith is Jesus Christ. He is all sufficient. He is the radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of his nature. If this is not sufficient evidence for you, then nothing will be.


2 thoughts on “Insufficiency of Signs, Wonders and Miracles

  1. This is a good word, Nate. It’s just like our conversation back in August. God can’t reveal himself any further than he already has in Jesus Christ. Keep preaching it, brother.

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