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"A MIRACL TO CONFIRM THE WORD"
Introduction- We are dealing with the birth of the church.
Ch. 1 Our Lord has ascended into heaven.
Ch. 2 He sent the Holy Spirit to equip the church to do the work He
had left for them to do.
The proper message/ proper manifestation/ proper might/ proper mission/ proper
motive/ proper men
"That which he both began to do and to teach."
Three thousand added to the 120. The whold city is touched and turned upside
The Holy Spirit gave gifts to the members of the church by which they could
build the body of the church. Grace gifts "Charismata" by which they could build
God also gave certain sign gifts which were not meant to build the body but were
meant to be signs to unbelievers to confirm the preaching of the gospel.
Jesus said, "Don't believe me for my words alone, but believe me for the works
that I do." The works that He did corroborated the words that he spoke.
ILL. Nicodemus 3:2, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has
come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you
are doing if God were not with him."
God did that same thing in the early church to the apostles, prophets that the
word they spoke might be confirmed by signs, wonders, mighty deeds.
In our time it is as if a man's works match the word of God. For the Bible is
God's final revelation.
2 Cor. 12:12: Read. Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought
among you in all patience, in signs, wonders, and mighty deeds.
Signs given to the apostles to confirm the word.
Heb. 2:3 (Read) One of those gifts was the gift of healing to verify that
they were divine miracles.
When they preached, often they healed as a verification that this was God's word
and God's work. God was speaking so that the message was believable.
Miracle of languages in Acts 2. 3,000 believed.
Miracle of lame man. Acts 4:4. 5,000 believing men plus ...
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