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For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1.22-24).They maintain that evidence of these gifts confirms the presence of the Holy Spirit and that if a person does not manifest or exercise these gifts he is not a Christian or not a good one.During this time God performed no miracles to the Jews. It may explain why the Sadducees did not believe in the miraculous and supernatural.Then, after 400 years, God restarted signs and miracles.The birth of John the Baptist, Jesus’ half-cousin, was miraculous.John’s birth was similar to the birth of Isaac for both the parents of Isaac and John were past the child-bearing years (Luke 1.5-25, 39-45 cf. The Lord’s birth was both miraculous and unique: He was born of a virgin (Luke 1.26-38). After John the Baptist found himself in Herod’s prison after proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God (Matthew 3.1-3), he began to doubt his message and wondered if Jesus truly was the promised Messiah.
And none of these reports could ever be printed without the courage of the victims.
But God, true to His promise, performed a miraculous sign to Abraham and Sara with the birth of their son, Isaac.
Isaac, therefore, was the child of promise (Genesis 17.1-22, 21.1-7).
This study will examine sign gifts to determine their history, purpose, and what biblical foundation exists for their presence today.
The Beginning of Signs and Miracles The history of signs and miracles began with God’s dealings with the Jews. C., God called Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees and promised He would make Abraham a great nation (Genesis 12.1-3).