The miracles of the Apostles

Not only did Jesus perform miracles, but the Apostles and some other early Christians also performed miracles. For example, in Ephesus Paul produced a great many miracles:

"And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them."         (Acts 19:11,12)

Not only were these miracles significant acts, but the Apostles worked miracles wherever they went. In Acts 20:9,10 we read an account of Paul’s raising a man from the dead; earlier Peter had also raised the dead (Acts 9:36-­41). The miracles were widespread; the Apostles never attempted to heal people and failed, and sometimes many people were healed at once.

The miraculous powers that the Apostle received from God included the ability to speak in foreign languages, to heal all kinds of illness and even to raise the dead. And these abilities were apparently unlimited, both in terms of the numbers healed and the power of the healings.

However, we cannot do this kind of thing today. Occasionally people claim to have carried out miracles, but when these are investigated they are found to be either unimpressive in that they are either very minor or the claims are not supported by the evidence.

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