WHAT IS A SIGN?

At about 5.15 a.m. today, the Lord asked me “what is a sign?” It dawned on me that I had never thought about it. As I began to ponder the question and the Word, the Lord began to teach me about signs. I believe that the Lord wants us to consider this question since Paul told the Corinthians that “the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds” (1 Cor 12: 12).

There are SIGNS OF AN APOSTLE which are signs, wonders and mighty deeds.

In everyday language, the word “sign” refers to an indicator, mark, notice, road sign. Sēmeion is the Greek word used for signs of an apostle and it means

a)something by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known

b) a sign, prodigy, portent, i.e. an unusual occurrence, transcending the common course of nature. These include

1) signs portending remarkable events soon to happen

2) miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by him, or by which men prove that the cause they are pleading is God’s.

Therefore, an apostle would be distinguished by signs, miracles, wonders and mighty deeds.

SIGNS IN THE BIBLE

There aer numerous signs in the bible. These include the rainbow in the sky to indicate that the entire earth will never be destroyed by a flood; the angel that went before the children of Israel in the wilderness to show that God was guiding.

SIGNS WORKED BY MEN OF GOD

There are numerous in scriptures. Examples include the plagues/miracles that Moses did in Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea; Joshua parting the Jordan so that all the people crossed over into the Promised; Joshua causing the sun to stand still; walls of Jericho falling flat; Elijah calling fire from heaven.

SIGNS IN JESUS’ MINISTRY

The nature of His birth was a sign (by a virgin). He also fulfilled all of the prophecies spoken about Him by the prophets. These indicated that He was the son of God. However, He worked many signs and wonders too numerous to mention – turned water to wine; raised the dead; cast out demons with His word; multiplied food; healed the sick who touched His garments; opened the eyes of the blind; forgave sins; exercised authority over the elements; rose from the dead; ascended to heaven; gave the gift of the Holy Ghost.

SIGNS BY THE APOSTLES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH

They spoke in languages of other men so that those people heard the gospel and were saved. They were astonished because they were known to be ignorant Galileans. Great fear fell on the church when Ananias and his wife fell dead after Peter discerned their deception. Peter also resurrected Dorcas and the apostles also worked so many signs and wonders (Acts 5: 12) that the people:

Acts 5: 15 brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

Act 5:16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

God used Paul to work special miracles and it is recorded that people bring handkerchiefs and aprons which he would place on his body then take to the sick. The result was that they were healed of sicknesses and diseases also left (Acts 19: 11-12). This is a reproduction of the miracles that took place when people touched Jesus’ garments. These special kinds of miracles were so unusual that Sceva’s seven sons took upon themselves to cast out devils, but they were shown up by the devils as false apostles (Acts 19: 13-19).

CONCLUSION

Signs and wonders were not detailed in scripture because they were expected to be part of the ministry of the apostles. Those that were mentioned may have been the more unusual ones. How are our Apostles doing today? Some of you may be apostles “unknowingly”, working the works of the apostle with “signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.” Be blessed and keep the faith. Blessings!

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