I’m neither a cessationist nor a continuationist. Rather, I’m a Christian who is open to the supernatural workings of God, in his world, for his own glory–which leads me to Do We Still Need Miracles Today To Believe? by Lisa Robinson’s post over at Parchment & Pen.
After taking something of a corrective approach to how miracles should be understood in the Bible, the book of Acts, and Jesus’ statement of “greater works” (John 14:12), Lisa Robinson returns to the meat of her post:
So that leads back to the question of needing miracles today. I say yes but not necessarily in the manner it occurred in the New Testament. The church of the New Testament did not have access to what we have today nor was the message so prolific as it is. If we insist on out of the ordinary occurrences to happen, then it implies what we have, what God has given us already is insufficient. Moreover, it sets believers up to always expect something out of the ordinary to happen and conditions them for excitement. It negates the quiet working of the Holy Spirit who moves on hardened hearts to motivate a response to the gospel and dismisses any lack of physical expressions as failure of the Holy Spirit’s work. An over-reliance on physical expressions will possibly make faith rest with the occurrences rather than the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of people both to accept the gospel and to live it out. And that was never the intention of the miraculous.
While I appreciate her tone and somewhat pastoral approach in this post, I wish Lisa would have addressed the use of miracles in Romans 1:11-12 and 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12-14, which I believe point to the use of miracles in the ongoing life of the church for mutual encouragement and edification, to echo Paul.