Why Is It that We Don't Experience the Miracles the Apostles Did?

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Why don't we experience the miracles that the apostles were capable of?

Well, some people do.
The assumption is, "Why don't we see it"-I guess-"regularly, as often as we'd like, or as often as they did?" And that's true, I think. I think that's true globally.

But the reason I say, "Boy, I don't want to go there right away," is that I would guess that, around the world, in God's total working-especially in cutting-edge mission settings-more amazing, supernatural things are happening than we realize. That's my first qualification.

I think the more biblical-theological answer is that, when Jesus Christ came into the world, he was the Son of God and he was able to do things that were supposed to distinctively point to his deity.

So there was an amazing power in Jesus, who never failed. He spoke and it happened. He didn't fumble around with long prayers. He just said, "Get up," and they got up. Nobody ever refused to get up when he said, "Get up." When he spoke to the dead, "Rise," they rose.

So Jesus was unique. And then around him was a cluster of apostles and the 70, and then a few more. And this intense breaking-in of the kingdom and showing itself with these stunning, infallible miracles was shared by these men. But they didn't have it, I don't think, in quite the same way he did.

And then, as you move out from there, I think it lessens. And I don't think we should be faulted entirely for this. Like, since we don't see people healed when they walk through our shadow on the street, we should feel like failures. Or like, if I really had faith, people could touch my handkerchief or walk through my shadow and they would be healed.


Source: Christian Post | John Piper
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