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John MacArthur on Signs and Wonders

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | Comments (2)

In the following audio clip, John MacArthur explains the significance of the signs and wonders of Jesus and the apostles.

There is an obvious difference between, say, a tourist attraction and a road sign directing you there. The sign merely points to what is ahead—it’s not the destination itself. In much the same way, the miraculous signs performed by Jesus and the apostles were never ends in themselves but pointed to the authority of what they proclaimed (Hebrews 2:1–4; Acts 2:22). Throughout Christ’s and the apostles’ ministries, people often fixated on their miracles and missed their messages. In Matthew 16:4 Jesus said, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign.” His point is clear: Seeking after signs means missing—or worse—ignoring what those signs point to.

The signs and wonders performed by the Lord and His apostles were not intended to be the focus—they served to validate the teaching they accompanied. Even Peter—who heard the audible voice of the Father, saw the revealed glory of Christ, and performed countless miracles himself—did not put his confidence in those experiences but in the “more sure” Word of God (2 Peter 1:17­­–19).

In absolute contrast to phony sideshow miracles, the greatest wonder on display today is the perfectly preserved, fully sufficient, and totally inerrant Word of God.

That truth is the driving force behind the Strange Fire conference. For more information, please visit our conference website.

GTY Staff


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#3  Posted by Debby Longenecker  |  Tuesday, September 24, 2013at 12:18 PM

So thankful for the Strange Fire Conference. I had to call in today to say, that I would not be able to attend. Long after I reserved my spot for the conference our youngest daughter, who lives out of state told us she was having a baby. This is her first baby and he is due the first of October. I will be going to help her out after the birth of her little one....which will probably happen around the same dates as the conference.

Sadly, I have many family members caught up in this movement and they idolize the Copelands and others like him. Praying I can get them to listen to some of the conference. I want to buy the new book for each of them. Praying that God will use this conference mightly!!!

#4  Posted by Danelle Munoz  |  Thursday, September 26, 2013at 9:21 PM

I would encourage you to search A Call to Discernment by Justin Peters. He is gonna be one of the speakers. He has a dvd which is currently viewable on youtube, and has copies at his site. I'd encourage you give them a copy of his material. It's a good 5 hrs or so.