Are Jesus’ miracles true?

Christ healing the sick by Gustav Dore, 19th c...
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It seems that this question has most to do with how one interprets the Bible. Scripture is inspired by God and paints a picture of God’s character, God’s action and God’s people.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17, TNIV.

Scripture is the written Word of God that reveals the personal Word of God, Jesus Christ. The good news and truth of scripture can be a source of faith. As such, scripture becomes authoritative and normative for the Christian life.

So what does this mean when it comes to Jesus’ miracles? I believe that Jesus miracles are true and historical fact. They point to the reality that Jesus is God in the flesh and that He has control over all creation. However, my faith does not rest on the historicity of Jesus’ miracles.

WWJBlog? (3 of 3)

I think that Jesus would blog stories of healing.

Maybe Jesus would tell others to blog about stories of healing or maybe tell them not to blog about it. Although a healing story is definitely blogalicious, Jesus did not always encourage others to share about them. A blog is a great medium for telling stories and stories of healing, like parables, would be a great fit.

I invite you to join me in writing a post or a series of posts answering the question – What Would Jesus Blog?

  1. Write a post with “WWJBlog” in the subject line, answering the question – What Would Jesus Blog?
  2. Invite readers of your blog to write similar posts
  3. Link back to this post and join the conversation.

Healing in the Name of Jesus

Why couldn’t / didn’t Peter heal in the name of the Holy Spirit? Acts 1:8 – Christ promises “power when the Holy Spirit comes upon [them]” Acts 3:6 – Peter heals in the name of Jesus.

I tried to find a reference about Jesus giving direction or instruction about healing in his name. The only reference that I could find was in Mark:

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly be rewarded. Mark 9:38-41, TNIV

In John 10:25, Jesus refers to his healing “in my Father’s name.” But I could not find a reference of any one healing in the name of the Holy Spirit. (By the way, when I say that I could not find it – I most often use the keyword search at http://www.tniv.info/bible/index.php which I have found to be quite usable and useful.)

My sense is that the power of healing is rooted in the power of the resurrection – Jesus’ conquering of death. In Acts 1:8 Jesus says that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them, not necessarily that the power is of the Holy Spirit.

This the best response that I can formulate at this time, but I am a bit unsatisfied with it. What would you add?

This question came out of a young adult small group taster last Sunday morning in which I taught about the question “What is the Trinity?”