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Summary: When our Lord performed miracles He usually had at least three purposes in mind: (1) to show His compassion and meet human needs; (2) to teach a spiritual truth; and (3) to present His credentials as the Messiah.

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This July 8, 2015

By: Tom Lowe

Title: God Confirming Paul's Message by Miracles (Acts 19:11-12)

Acts 19:11-12 (KJV)

11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

Introduction

What a victorious ministry! It appears that everyone knew what Paul was saying and doing. For example, the news of Paul’s encounter with the seven sons of Sceva quickly spread and became common knowledge: “And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified . . . So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed” (19:17, 20). Even Paul’s enemies had to admit that the Word was spreading and people were being saved: “Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands” (Acts 19:26). Two factors made this possible; the witness of the believers as they went from place to place, and the “special miracles” God enabled Paul to perform in Ephesus.

In Bible history you will find three special periods of miracles: (1) the time of Moses; (2) the time of Elijah and Elisha; and (3) the time of Jesus and His Apostles. Each period lasted less than 100 years. Depending on how some of these events are classified, the total number of miracles for all three periods is less than 100. Of course, not all the miracles were recorded: “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20: 30-31).

When our Lord performed miracles He usually had at least three purposes in mind: (1) to show His compassion and meet human needs; (2) to teach a spiritual truth; and (3) to present His credentials as the Messiah. The Apostles followed this same pattern in their miracles. In fact, the ability to do miracles was one of the truths of apostolic authority (Mark 16:20; Romans 15:18-19; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:1-4). Miracles of themselves do not save lost sinners (Luke 16:27-31; John 2:23-25). Miracles must be tied to the message of the Word of God.

Message

11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

Luke tells us very little about Paul’s years at Ephesus, but the little he does tell shows how great an impact Paul had on the city; at the same time, it portrays accurately the religious and moral atmosphere of the place. At Ephesus, Hellenistic culture and philosophies had made a disastrous union with oriental superstition. The result was a city preoccupied with magic. Paul must have deplored their superstitions, and yet the very interest of the Ephesians in magic gave the gospel an entry point. As elsewhere, Paul’s preaching in Ephesus was accompanied by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit (Romans 15:19; Acts 13:11; 14:3, 10; 16:18; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:4), only here the miracles may have been unusually frequent and appear to have been extraordinary in character. It was God, of course, who was doing them; Paul was simply the agent (literally, “BY THE HANDS OF PAUL,”). But the ordinary people were not concerned with these theological details. As far as they were concerned, it was Paul who worked the miracles, and so he became a center of attention.


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