How important are “Signs and Wonders” to the Gospel Message?
Below is a sample word search on the text of “signs and wonders.”
After this list I hope to have discussion with others on this subject.
|Below are the exact phrase matches.|
|And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:|
|And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a name, as it is this day.|
|And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;|
|Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day;|
|I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.|
|He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.|
|For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.|
|For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.|
|Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.|
|By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.|
|And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.|
|Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.|
|Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.|
|Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.|
|God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?|
|Here are the remaining matches.|
|And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.|
|Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?|
|The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.|
|If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,|
|And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;|
|And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders:|
|And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.|
|In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,|
|How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan:|
|They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.|
|Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.|
|And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror;|
|How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.|
|And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:|
|Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:|
|And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.|
|He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.|
|Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.|
|Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,|
- Which book has the most references to signs and wonders?
- Which book do you believe represents the best model and example of what our spiritual life and Faith should be looking like today?
By my account the book of acts has 8 specific references to the topic of “signs and wonders.” The other book in the Bible that mostly talks about signs and wonders and is referenced in many other books of the Old Testament is the book of Exodus, referring to the signs and wonders and the 10 plagues that Yahweh sent upon the people of Egypt and in the beginning on the people of Egypt and Israel. As can be noted, God brought judgment on all the people who had disobeyed him, but he judged those who disobeyed him more, more strictly, and showed less mercy, because those people also chose not to show mercy to others. What we can learn from this is that, as we respond to God and we respond to others, so does God respond to us and how we treat others.
- Can you see a disparity, or a broad gap between the book of acts, which set the example for the early church, and what we see happening in the church today in our western church culture?
- Can you see what might be missing from our modern church fellowship?
Can you make an assessment, or pose the question as to why there is such a large gap?