In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

As we seek to further define miracles, we note that there are three prominent scripture revelations. Prominent revelations are noted in the miracles, parables and discourses. Parables contain divine illustrations of truth. The Discourses reveal the continuous development of truth.

However, miracles provide us with a special exhibition of supernatural power. Also, within the realm of miracles is found healing. Therefore from a Biblical point of view miracles are used to describe the outstanding acts related to Jewish and Christian revelation, especially at critical moments.

Meanwhile the scientific purists question the existence and occurrences of miracles However Bible miracles often note and reveal the reversal of nature's course. But the scientific school argues that the laws of nature are self-existent and there can be no deviation from them. But if the laws of nature were designed by a Supreme Power, this power has the authority to introduce other factors into society.

Thus in the case of Bible miracles, the original or existing laws are not suspended or changed in any way. However, a supernatural power outside of nature intercedes with a new effect. Thus God as He performs miracles does not violate the laws of nature, but introduces a new event. Therefore, God the Creator is not confined to nature and any of His laws. He can create what He wants whenever He wants.

When did miracles cease to be performed? As the Prophets left and the Apostles passed on the delegation of miraculous power was withdrawn. In the Old Testament miracles established the supremacy of God over all the dead gods of idolatry. The miracles of Christ noted a great significance as it established His claims to deity and Messiah ship. The miracles of the Apostles established the church as a divine institution. Thus once the church was established, it was left to ordinary providence.

Many theologians note that miracles were necessary to establish the church. However, as the church became established the need to express the awesome power of God passed away. (See 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 verses 10, "But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away)."

Therefore the scriptures note clearly that in this age of grace, the perpetual miracle is contrary to God's order. Hence the false healers that rob innocent people that clutch at any straw for healing need to be exposed. However, the best way to refute their claims to be healers is through the Biblical record.

The Bible miracles surpass our human comprehension. But God is real and so are the miracles of God. The power of God is vividly seen in Job 9:19. God also transcends nature (See Psalms 90:2, 102:25-27). Nature depends upon God for its existence. God dwells in the universe that He created and continues to exercise His power with efficiency. He is immanent in nature (See Ephesians 1:11 and 9-11).

God's self revelation to man and God's nature as a medium is revealed in Romans 1:19-20. God has infinite power, yet there are some things He cannot do. God cannot do anything that will tarnish the Triune. He cannot deny Himself. He cannot contradict any of His glorious attributes.

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