Summary: Were there only 3 periods of miracles?
The Hope for the Church
Truth vs. Experience
Problem #1: There can be no valid Christian doctrine without experience
Problem #2: The Scriptures themselves validate personal encounters with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
* Phil. 3.10
Problem #3: Evangelical tradition and theories are often lifted higher than Scripture.
* Acts 1.8
* Mark 16.17-18
Were There Only Three Periods of Miracles?
(Pics of John Calvin, Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli)
Period One: Moses to Joshua
Period Two: Elijah & Elisha
Period Three: Jesus & the Apostles
Miracles in the Old Testament
* Miracle of creation (Gen. 1)
* Rapture of Enoch (Gen. 5.24)
* The Flood (Gen. 6-8)
* The Babel Experiences (Gen. 11)
* The call of Abram (Gen. 12.1-3)
* Abram’s trance, the smoking fire pot, and the blazing torch (Gen. 15)
* An angel appears to Hagar (Gen. 16.7)
* The destruction of Sodom (Gen. 19)
* Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt (Gen. 19)
* Miraculous birth of Isaac (Gen. 21)
* The angel preventing Abraham killing Isaac (Gen. 22)
Did Miracles Cease with the Apostles?
Those who believe this base their thinking on these points:
* Miracles happen purely to validate new doctrine.
* Miracles happen only at times when God is inspiring Scripture.
* Those who believe in supernatural power and gifts today are accused of elevating their experiences to a level equal with the inspired Scriptures.
Pic of B.B. Warfield
1 Cor. 2.14
The Bible Annihilates Cessationism
1 Cor. 1.4-8; 13.8-13
Acts 15.8-9, 12
2 Tim. 3.16
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