Christ’s Promises of Miracles to Believers
1. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, I will do it” – Jn. 14:12-14. 2. “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; …” – Mk. 16:17-18
Steps Towards Miraculous Works
(1) Faith:- Faith gives evidence that the unseen heart-desire or request can be received, through God’s power and therefore is received as a matter of fact! – Hebr. 11:1 and Mk 11:22-24
Faith, being a spiritual gift, is the spiritual eye, that is able to see the unseen, and hear the unheard through understanding. In the wisdom of the Invisible God, faith is one of His higher ways and thoughts than the way and thoughts of fallen man – Isai. 55:9
Definitely, the Almighty God is the advanced Creator, and so all His Teachings above all understand. Faith as its definition denotes is above all understanding. For, it’s above the understanding of carnal, undeveloped people who are used to the physical life only rather than the spiritual. Faith is therefore one of the things of the Spirit that do not make sense to carnal men, because they are spiritually discerned – 1 Cor. 2:14.
Though faith per se is the agency of divine miracles and wonders for the ideal life in Christ, this enviable gift of faith with power is abandoned, on the grounds of misunderstanding. With faith, He did many mighty deeds to prove beyond all doubts that living by faith in this physical world is possible. Faith is the heavenly method of living above the impossible problems of the unspiritual society:
“We walk by faith, but not by sight” – 2 Cor. 5:7
Those who live by sight are always terrified by the angry waves of the stormy sea like Peter who was overcome by sight, having mustered courage and faith to walk on the stormy sea like Christ. Those who walk by sight fear problems such as sicknesses, poverty, persecutions, and dangers in life. Even if Satan, who is the root cause of dangers against mankind, can be resisted and overcome in the faith, all the temptations and calamities he has created for it can equally be overcome – 1 Pet. 5:8-9. A careful study of the 11 th chapter of faith in the letter to the Hebrews shows that, all God’s ancient saints walked by faith. Hence St. Paul’s statement on faith:
‘We walk by faith, but not by sight”,
All the testimonies in the 11 th chapter of faith in the letter to the Hebrews indicate that faith in the power of God for one’s request is the springboard of divine miracles. Yes, it’s the fertile soil for the production of marvelous results. Beloved, faith in God is the higher power, capable of operating far beyond man’s understanding with miraculous good results.
(2) Anointing Power for Miracles
Believers who have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit for anointing are the people that have put on Christ’s image and likeness. When the miracle -image of Christ of put on, by way of the true baptism of His Spirit, the anointed believers become Christ-like or God. At this high level of development, believers, with efficiency, are well-able to perform the might works of Christ, according to His promise – Jn. 14:12.
(3) Keeping The Flames Of The Holy Ghost And Fire Burning
“Quench not the Spirit” is the command to all Christians who bear the image of God – 1 Thess. 5:19. The light of the Spirit of Christ in the anointed children of God should be tended or kept burning by means of the continuous supply of oil, symbolic of the power of the Holy Ghost. The supply of power from Christ, the Fountain of the waters of life, depends upon the application of the Lord’s sound doctrine on fasting and prayers and true holiness.
(4) Putting On The New Man Or Christ
Putting on the new man, who is made according to the image and likeness of Christ is the same as putting on Christ Jesus-Eph. 4:24; Rom. 13:14. The sole aim of the heavenly call is to be transformed into the same spiritual image and likeness of the Son of the Blessed God! – Rom. 8:29-30. When this divine nature is put on with its attendant spiritual gifts of grace and the fruit of the Spirit, the efficiency of Christ’s miraculous deeds is achieved, without problem 1 Cor. 12:8-11 and Gal. 5:22-23. For, at this summit of development, it’s no more the believers that perform the miraculous deeds, but the indwelling power of Christ – Eph. 3:20.