In Acts 2, Luke reports a profile of the early church. Peter’s sermon focused on the prophecy of Joel. He reports that in these last days, God would pour out His Spirit on every kind of people. Some will prophesy; people will have great visions and dreams. Whoever calls on the Lord will be saved.

In verse 22, Peter recounts the acts of Jesus: miracles and wonders and signs. In verse 43, the Scripture says that everyone was in awe because the apostles were doing wonders and signs. In verse 47, Luke reports that the number of those being saved increased daily.

If you fast-forward to the end of the Book of Acts, chapter 28, Paul is in prison—headed for Rome. But their ship was wrecked in a storm, and they landed on the island of Malta. The natives there were friendly and cared for the 276 soldiers, crew, and prisoners from the ship. Paul was bitten by a snake, and the natives were convinced he was a dead man. But he was just fine. A sign? A wonder? It got their attention! They concluded he must be a god.

People often do that, focusing on the messenger rather than the One the messenger represents—sometimes for good, sometimes for bad.

The leader of those natives on Malta was Publius. His father was sick. Paul went into his room, laid hands on him, and prayed. The man was healed. Word got around the island quickly. That’s what happens because of signs and wonders. Did they become believers in God, or in Paul? It doesn’t say! Knowing Paul, he likely pointed them to Christ.

What is your understanding of signs and wonders? Have they ceased, or have we ceased in believing in them? Sometimes you don’t get because you don’t ask. Sometimes you don’t ask because you don’t believe!

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