In Part 1 we identified the meaning of miracles, signs and wonders and then looked at two of the four things demonstrated by them in regards to Jesus of Nazareth being Israel’s promised Messiah. Here we will look at the other two and the passing on of them to the Apostles.
Thirdly, since these signs and wonders demonstrated that He was the Messiah and God in the flesh, then what He had to say was true. “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’” (John 8:31,32)
Lastly, they were done to encourage faith in Him. “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30,31)
The signs, miracles, and wonders did not stop after Jesus ascended into heaven. These powers were passed on to His Apostles when the Holy Spirit came upon them on the day of Pentecost. This began when they spoke in tongues (known languages) as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures record that “many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.” (Acts 2:43) The purpose of these powers, which the apostles demonstrated, was evidence that the Lord was working with them and confirmed that the words, which they were speaking, came from God. (Mark 16:20; Heb 2:3,4) It was also a way for the people to identify a true apostle (II Cor 12:12) since there were those claiming to be apostles, but were not. (II Cor 11:13) Because an apostle was one who went in and out with Jesus from the beginning of His ministry and also witnessed His resurrection (Acts 1:20,21), it thus can be concluded that the signs, wonders, and miracles ceased with the death of the last apostle.
To be continued.