MIRACLES

  Introduction

      A.  Sometimes the term miracle is misused.  Examples:

  I.  Miracle defined

      A.  A  miracle, as defined by Webster, is “An event or effect in the physical world
           deviating from the known laws of nature, or transcending our knowledge of
           these laws.”

      B.  Miracles, according to Unger’s Bible Dictionary, are “supernatural manifestations
            of divine power in the external world, in themselves special revelations of the
            presence and power of God…”

      C.  A miracle, then, is an act in which God works aside from His natural laws.

      D.  A miracle is a result of those powers of God other than those which have always
            been working.

II.  Miracles are called:

      A.  Wonders because they astonish the observer.  Mark 2:8-12; Acts 2:43; Acts 2:22-
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      B.  Signs because they indicate the near presence and working of God.  John 2:18-19
           

      C.  Powers , mighty works , mighty deeds and wonderful works because attention is   
            directed to the cause which produced the miracles. Acts 2:22; Acts 10:28;
            Matthew 7:22; Mark 6:14

      D.  Great terrors.  Deuteronomy 4:33-34.  Miracles are never called terrors in the                                                  
            New Testament because the miracles in the N.T. are of grace. 

      E.  The miracle of healing the paralytic.  Mark 2:1-12.  This miracle was a wonder,
            power and sign.