Christ Did Miracles For Kingdom Purposes
Throughout the nation, we see spiritual leadership striving to perform miracles for Kingdom purposes… Not. If the goal is to give God the glory, why not wait until God sanctions the miracle?
I know. The bible says that signs and wonders shall follow them that believe (Mark 16:15-20). But there is a problem. We seem to think that those signs and wonders are for the daily glorification of the local assembly. But can you not see that they are focused on supporting the Great Commission. Those who sit in weekly church services under spiritual leadership that continually strives to evoke Holy Spirit wonders are missing the point. The signs and wonders are not designed to assure believers that God is real and that the Holy Spirit is working within the local church body – They are designed not for fleshly purposes but rather signs represent miracles for Kingdom purposes.
Read the text in Matthew 28: 19, and understand the purpose for signs and wonders. Can you not grasp that these things are done so that sinners might come to God. Do you not discern that these things are present so that those who do not attend church may have faith unto salvation wherein they too become working members of the body of Christ? See the mission and understand the text:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,” (Matthew 28:19).
You sit in the safety of your local church assembly. And you are taught, to get them into the church so that they may be saved. But is that the Commission? Is that the purpose of church assemblies? Study the following words from John Chapter 9 wherein Jesus explains the purpose of miracles:
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world,’” (John 9:1-5).
If you follow the full context of this Scripture, you see the effects that this miracle had upon the local common people, the religious people, and the local spiritual leadership (Pharisees). Although Jesus did sometimes perform signs and wonders within the confines of the Sanctuary, more often than not his works were outside the confines of a house built for religious services. They were not miracles designed to excite the religious order, but rather they were miracles for Kingdom purposes, designed so that lost people might come to believe upon the Son of God and the Kingdom he possess.
Now the religious group resented such a show of wonder and heavenly power for it came not through their own hands, and it was not under their control. They could not comprehend the true purpose of miracles, healing, casting out of demons or even simple evangelism. They really believed that to be saved, men must be brought under their personal attention. Yea. I know. They searched high and low and traveled over land and sea to convert a single individual, but their understanding of the Word, the Kingdom, evangelism, and the purposes of miracles remained clouded by self-interest, pride and service to the god of religion (Matthew 23:15). They labored not for Kingdom purposes, but rather worked for the sake of winning the approval of the crowd.
True Holy Spirit Power Is Effectual
Jesus did only what the Father commanded, and in so doing his word never fell to the ground. How many times have you heard and then seen just the opposite from modern spiritual leaders. Their words stumble to the dirt and the failure is covered over by words such as:
- Claim it
- It comes in God’s timing
- You need more faith
- And on and on such that the word of God seems weak and unsuccessful.
Is it any wonder that the lost world rejects our religious leadership. We talk nonsense. Never once did Jesus perform a non-miracle. Why then, do we suppose that we should run about performing non-miracles? Rather than seizing a foolish tongue, modern church leadership continues blindly forward. They say God answers “Yes,” “No,” or “Wait.” I say they know not the Scripture. God says that if we know and live according to his purposes, the answer to our prayers is “Yes.” There may occasionally be a time of waiting, but even that should be brief and not too often the answer. In the voice of Jesus it is written that if we ask in faith, without doubting, we DO receive those things for which we ask (Matthew 21:18-22). When Jesus spoke, the Father responded. Failure to receive an immediate response to a right-minded prayer is not the normal; it is the rarity. After all: Is it not written, does it not say?
“Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight,” (1-John 3:21-22).
Christians. The local church assembly is not crafted as our clubhouse. We are not purposed to expect Kingdom miracles within the confines of the church or even as a daily response to our personal sufferings, trials and complication. Miracles are not purposed so that we exalt our pastors, teachers, other spiritual leadership, or self. The local church assembly is for:
- Group prayer
- Edification of the body
- Preparation of the Saints
- Discipleship training
- Education in spiritual matters and spiritual maturity
- Healing of broken people, though mostly in the sense of comfort rather than miracle healings
- And training Christians how to fulfill the Great Commission.
This does not mean that miracles do not occur within the local assembly during times of worship or praise or prayer of bible study. But if all you are getting is non-miracles, stop lying to yourself and to the world. When words continually fall dead upon the ground, don’t sweep them into a corner and then proclaim that the miracle is coming. God heals his people, meets their needs, but he also orders your path. Daily blessings for obedient living are far better that an endless seeking for miraculous delivery in words spoken by false prophets who have no effectual Holy Spirit communion.
Called For Service
You are called for Kingdom service. Sacrifice is expected. Although often present in the life of a functional Christian, miracles for Kingdom purposes are the backbone support for your outward ministry. We visit those among us who fall sick or suffer loss, but evangelical visitation is designed to reach unbelievers. It is not about inviting people to church. It is about spreading the gospel, leading someone to Christ, and then helping them find a local church for growth, edification, and more.
This does not mean that miracles cannot and do not occur within the confines of a church assembly. For even the Saints need an occasional breath of new faith. However, for the sake of peace in Christ, and for the sake of presenting a sense of reason to an unbelieving society, we need to stop letting our emotions make God into a failure. Refocus. Perform the right works. And you will witness the greatest miracle of all, the miracle of salvation as it occurs in the heart of someone who refuses to set foot inside your little church playhouse.
In John Chapter nine, the religious leaders declared Jesus a sinner. The words sprang forth from a jealous and envious heart. But had Jesus submitted himself to their authority, their methods of operating the Synagogue, and their faulty belief system, his working of miracles would have been perfectly acceptable. But to a man born blind, to a man designated from birth for a Kingdom purposed miracle, only one point mattered:
He answered and said,
“Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see,” (John 9:25).
My friend. If you seek to see examples of miracles for Kingdom purposes, step outside of the local church country club. Tell others of the change in your life. Understand that the miracles and healing that have occurred in your life were not done for your glory, the glory of your pastor or the glory of your local church assembly. They were accomplished in the Name of Jesus Christ for the glory of His Kingdom and that the lost may be saved.
God is real. Miracles for Kingdom purposes are real. Jesus Christ is alive. And the greatest display of that power is not church-bound; it is Kingdom-bound and outside the walls awaits the Holy Spirit with a host of ways for you to go about Kingdom work.