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Lesson 26

The Age Of Miracles Ended

1. Peter preached to the Jews, "... Jesus of Nazareth, a man ___________ of God among you by ____________ and ___________ and _________, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know" (Acts 2:22). Thus, Jesus' Divinity was confirmed to the Jews by His miraculous works (John 10:36-38).

2. "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are _____ ____________ in this book: But these are ____________, that ye might ____________ that Jesus is the ___________, the ________ of _________ ... " (John 20-30-31). The design of recorded miracles is to help the readers produce faith.

3. "And they (the apostles) were all filled with the ________ _________, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them ______________" (Acts 2:4). This miraculous deed was to guide the apostles to speak God's revelation, as Jesus had promised them that the Holy Spirit would "guide them into all truth" (John 14:25-26; 16:12-13).

4. God imparted miraculous gifts to the 1st century Christians through the laying on hands of the apostles (Acts 8:14-18), in order to confirm His New Testament to the world (Heb. 2:3-4). "And they (the apostles and the early Christians) went forth, and ____________ every where, the Lord _____________ with them, and ________________ the word with _________ following. Amen" (Mark 16:20).

5. Though the apostles had power to perform miracles (Acts 9:32-35), they did not do it only for the relief of physical suffering (2 Tim. 4:20); but they solely did it for the confirmation of God's revelation (Heb. 2:3-4; Mark 16:18-20). Accordingly, the apostle Paul could not heal Trophimus at Miletum. "... but Trophimus have I (Paul) left at Miletum ________" (2 Tim. 4:20).

6. "And when Paul (an apostle) had ________ his ________ upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them, and they _________ with tongues, and prophesied" (Acts 19:6). Spiritual gifts were given ONLY through the laying on hands of the apostles (Acts 8:14-18). But since all the apostles have died, the age of miracles ended.

Conclusion: "But when that which is perfect (entire revelation of God) is come, then that which is in part (spiritual gifts of prophesying) shall be DONE AWAY" (1 Cor. 10:13). The age of miraculous gifts ended when the New Testament was completely revealed in about 95 A.D. Since nothing can be added to it (Rev.22:18-19), there is no need for the ministry of miracles TODAY (James 1:25)!



Author: Howard Cheung

Updated July 1, 1999