torsdag 9. juni 2016

Signs and wonders

In a reflection on the effects of the Holy Spirit, signs and wonder are an obvious ingredient:
The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people.
Acts 5:12
There are many powerful stories of signs and wonders in Acts. This verse is just a short "summary" – we find several similar summaries in the Gospels relating to the ministry of Jesus. The arena is still Jerusalem, but now the rumors have spread an sick people also come from the neighboring towns. Miracles happened even when the shadow of Peter fell on the sick. However, it is important that this is an effect or result, and not and end in itself. It is a consequence of following Christ:
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well”
Mark 16:17-18
It was Jesus who prophesied this. And when the Holy Spirit came - the believers were reminded of what Jesus had taught.

'Manna' for today:
Signs and wonders are a 'natural' consequence or effect of a life in the Holy Spirit 

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