B. To prove Christ’s claim to be the Son of God (John 10:36-38).
C. To confirm the Word (Mark 16:17-20).
D. To attract people to the sound of the Gospel (Matt 4:23, 25).
E. To bring glory to God (Mark 2:12; Luke 13:13; 18:43; John 9:2, 3).
Like all other gilts, the Gifts of Healings not only have to be given, but also must be received. Just as there is a principle of faith in regard to how to minister these gifts, there is also a principle that deals with how to receive them.
Hezekiah had difficulty receiving the gift of healing which God sent him. His faith had to be built up in a special way by the miracle recorded in 2 Kings 20:8-11.
Healing often requires a double act of faith: faith to receive and faith to administer the gift of healing.
God’s desire to heal is very abundant. Nevertheless, every sick person does not get healed immediately when they are prayed for; and sometimes a person doesn’t get healed at all in this lifetime.
Sometimes God communicates gifts of healings through the normal healing channels; at other times through extraordinary means, according to His will (e.g., Peter’s shadow, Acts 5:15, 16).
WORKING OF MIRACLES (l Cor 12:10)
The gift of the Working of Miracles comes when God endues us with power by the Holy Spirit to do something completely outside of the range of human ability. He gives it to us at a specific time for a special purpose.
All the gifts of the Spirit are miraculous, but the use of the word “miracle” in this instance refers to acts of power.
MIRACLES GIVE UNDENIABLE PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION
If Jesus were not alive, His name would have no power to heal the sick and work miracles (Acts 4:33). Peter convinced the unbelieving Jews of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and their need of repentance on the strength of the fact that Jesus’ name still had power to heal the sick and work miracles.
The Working of Miracles:
A. Gave boldness to the believers to preach Christ (Acts 4:29, 30).
B. Made believers hungry to have more of God (Acts 4:31, 32).
C. Convinced and convicted men of the undeniable power of God (Acts 4:13-16; 5:28-33).
D. Five thousand were converted in one day through observing a miracle of healing and hearing the preaching of God’s Word (Acts 4:4; see also 5:12-14). ·
E. All the people glorified God for what was done (Acts 4:21).
F. It caused the Gospel to spread quickly (Acts 5:14-16).
Before Jesus started to work miracles, no crowds gathered to Him. He must have preached of ten in the synagogue, for Luke 4 says it was His custom.
But when the miracles in Luke 4:33-37 took place, “the report about Him went out into every place in tile surrounding region“. From then on, the multitudes pressed in upon Him to hear His words and to see His miracles. “A great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased” (John 6:2).