Gifts of the Holy Spirit



12. Have miracles and healings ceased?




As far as I know, the miracles and the healings wrought by God have not ceased because as far as I know God has not changed after the death of the apostles. God says that He doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6) and I believe Him. Therefore, if He does not change, that means that He is ready to do now what He did through Jesus and the apostles, that is, He is ready to perform miracles and healings.

Let us suppose that God has ceased to perform miracles and healings as some say. Do you know what it would mean? It would mean that He has decided not to confirm any longer the Gospel as He did in the days of old, because miracles and healings were nothing but signs by which God confirmed the Word of His grace, as it is written that the apostles (after Jesus was taken up into heaven) “went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them, and confirmed His Word by the signs that accompanied it” (Mark 16:20 – NIV), and that the apostles Barnabas and Paul spent considerable time at Iconium “speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders” (Acts 14:3 – NIV): Whereas the devil, who is God’s enemy and our enemy as well, has not ceased confirming his lies by counterfeit signs and wonders. Yes, because a true believer does not question the fact that the devil does counterfeit signs and wonders to deceive people into believing all kinds of strange doctrines, as he did in ancient times. In other words, it would be like saying that God after the death of the apostles decided to watch the work of seduction performed by the devil without performing miracles and healings to confirm the Gospel and to persuade people to accept it.

Furthermore, if God had ceased doing miracles and healings, He would have ceased to show men His power. How could such a thing be true?

In addition to this, He would have ceased to be a God full of compassion. Is it not true that Jesus often healed the sick and worked miracles because He was filled with compassion in seeing the sick suffer? Therefore if the Son was filled with compassion toward the sick that means that the Father also was filled with compassion toward the sick! No, His compassions toward the sick never fail. He is faithful.

Let no one deceive you with vain words.