God also bore witness to those who came after Jesus—to Peter and James, to John and Andrew—as they spread the Good News of the gospel into further regions.
…both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles…
Signs and wonders confirmed the Word that was shared evangelistically. I believe this is the way it needs to be, the way it’s supposed to be, the way it still can be. “Why aren’t we seeing greater expression of signs and wonders?” people ask.
I believe the answer is found in Mark 16, where Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel, and these signs shall follow: In My Name you shall cast out demons, speak with new tongues, and heal the sick.” About whom is Jesus talking? Not those who get together in the back hills of Kentucky to handle snakes, those who pass around a cup of poison, or those who say, “It’s Miracle Monday. Let’s all see signs and wonders.”
Dealing with poisons, overcoming snakebites, casting out demons, healing sickness are all linked to people who are on the mission field, people who are involved in ministry, people who are risking their lives and taking a stand.
How do I know this is the correct application? Because when I read the Book of Acts, I see the apostles out on the front lines—not in meetings surrounded by Christians where it was safe. As they were out in the streets, the Lord would bless them with miracles, signs, and wonders to confirm His Word in their missionary endeavors.
So, too, if you put yourself in a place of vulnerability for ministry, you’ll see God work with you. Personally, I am a bit appalled by those who say, “Signs and wonders are going to happen at our Signs and Wonders Convention. Pay a hundred dollars. Come and get your notebook, hear our speakers, and then we’ll all start shaking.”
I don’t buy it because I don’t see that anywhere in the Word. God will work with you. He’ll be a protection to you, and great things will happen around you—but not necessarily in the safety of the sanctuary or in the confines of a convention.