The Centrality of Signs & Wonders in Christian Salvation
What Is a Christian?Someone Saved by Faith in Jesus. Heaven awaits but what about on earth? What are the earthly benefits to salvation?
Faith for Signs & Wonders Salvations benefits come only to those with faith. Jesus could do no miracles in His hometown due to their lack of faith (Mark 6:5-6) How do we get faith? By seeing miracles in others By understanding what Jesus came to do By understanding who we are in Christ
What is Salvation? The healing of the whole person Spiritual life Physical wellness Emotional health and strength Relational godliness and joy Greek Bible and Jesus ministry confirm this
Greek For SalvationIn NT, “save,” “saved,” and “salvation” havetheir root in the Greek #4982 “sozo” whichmeans to save, to rescue, to deliver, to protect. “Sozo” is also translated in the New Testamentwith the words to heal, preserve, save, do well,and to make whole.The Greek #4991 “soteria” (which has it’s originin “sozo”) is the main word translated“salvation.” “Soteria” is also translated todeliver, health, salvation, save and saving.
Wholistic Salvation Rom 1:16:“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God of salvation (“soteria”) to everyone that believes.” In Acts 16:30, the Philippian jailer asked, “...Sirs, what must I do to be saved (sozo)? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (sozo), and your house.”
Wholistic SalvationWhen the woman with the issue of blood washealed, Jesus turned to her and said in Mark5:34, “...Daughter, your faith hath made youwhole (sozo); go in peace and be healed ofyour affliction.”Her healing or physical wholeness is part of thesalvation that God provides through JesusChrist.
Holistic SalvationWhen Blind Bartimaeus was healed, in Mark10:52 Jesus said to him, “...Go thy way; thyfaith hath made thee whole (sozo). Andimmediately he received his sight...”The same faith that we use to procureforgiveness for our sins can be used to heal ourbody.
Holistic SalvationThe crippled man was healed in Acts 14:9,10when Paul, “...perceiving that he had faith to behealed (sozo), said with a loud voice, Standupright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.”The same faith (and word) that brings salvationcan also bring healing to our physical bodies.
Holistic SalvationJames 5:15 says, “And the prayer of faith shallsave (sozo) the sick, and the Lord shall raisehim up; and if he have committed sins, theyshall be forgiven him.”Salvation is for the whole man. Spirit, Soul, andBody
The Mission of Jesus To seek and save sinners To bring the Kingdom of heaven to earth To glorify the Father and allow people to be adopted by the Father as His children To be the Messiah of Israel
Jesus Defines His Mission To John the Baptists question in Matt 11:4-5, “Are you the one? “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.” To the 12 & 72: “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. (Matt. 10:7-8)
Church Continues His Mission Peter and Paul heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead. Deacons Phillip & Stephen and Ananias of Damascus all heal the sick. St. Augustine first claimed that the miracles of Jesus had ceased by 390 AD. By 427, he changed his mind after 70 miracles happened in his diocese. (Retractions) Miracles and all the spiritual gifts have never ceased in the global Church history.
The Medium is the Message Miracles prove the message and miracles are part of the message Jesus came to preach the Kingdom of God The Kingdom of God is wherever God is honored and served in Jesus Name. When the Kingdom comes, His power comes Luke 11:20: “But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.”
Centrality of Signs & Wonders Jesus and Apostles would never just preach words to get people saved. Miracles are the Kingdom in action. Every Christian has access to that power To fulfill our prayer, “Let Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven...” we must do our part 2 Tim 3:5: “..holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.”