‘Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.’ (Acts 2:22)

Signs: What are they?

The New Testament Greek word for signs is semeion, meaning a ‘sign, mark or token.’ [1]

A God-given sign is an event that has the mark of God upon it. His Divine power and supernatural intervention is the only explanation for what is taking place.

A sign is like a flashing light proclaiming, ‘God is at work here!’

Many Different Signs from God

When you think of ‘signs’, what comes to mind? In the church today, we tend to use the term ‘sign’ to describe an unusual miracle or manifestation.

However in the New Testament the term is used for many different displays of God’s power, including: miracles (John 2:11), resurrection (John 11:43-47), deliverance (Mark 16:17), provision (John 6:12-14), healing (John 6:2), tongues and prophecy. (1 Cor 14:22-25) John in particular consistently refers to the miracles of Jesus as ‘signs.’ In his Gospel, John made a systematic report of signs that included turning water to wine, the feeding of the 5,000, and Lazarus’ resurrection. (John 2:11, 4:54)

‘…and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.’ (John 6:2)

In addition to healing and deliverance, remarkable miracles that Jesus performed included:

  • Turning water into wine (John 2:11)
  • An overflow catch of fish (Luke 5:6)
  • Fish with a coin in its mouth (Matt 17:27)
  • Calming the storm with a word of command (Luke 8:24)
  • Walking on water (John 6:19)
  • Transfiguration (Matt 17:1-8)
  • Multiplication of bread and fish (John 6:1-15)
  • Cursing the fig tree (Matt 21:18-21)

Many of these revealed Jesus’ supremacy over the laws of nature.

Signs also accompanied Jesus’ birth (Matt 2:2, Luke 2:12) and death. (Matt 27:45, 51)

No Limit to the Signs God can do

Signs in scripture are diverse, and many miraculous things God did were not repeated. [2] This tells us that there is no limit to the many ways God will reveal Himself to people.

Jesus said that those who believed in Him would perform more and even greater works after His resurrection. (John 14:12-14)

Who can Perform Signs and Miracles?

Signs, wonders and miracles are a special mark of Apostolic ministry in the New Testament (2 Cor 12:12), but are not confined to the Apostles.

Stephen and Philip, who are deacons-turned-evangelists, do great signs and wonders in Jesus’ Name as they preach the Gospel. (Acts 6:8, 8:6) And prophets such as Agabus bring supernatural insights from God. (Acts 11:28)

However, miraculous ministry is not confined to those in the five-fold ministry office. (Eph 4:11-13)

When Paul lists the gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed amongst individual believers (1 Cor 12:7), he includes:

  • Faith (1 Cor 12:9)
  • Healing (1 Cor 12:9)
  • Miraculous powers (1 Cor 12:10)
  • Prophecy (1 Cor 12:10)

Through spiritual gifts, miraculous signs are distributed throughout the body as a part of the regular ministry of the church.

In the New Testament, individual believers, carrying authority as sons and daughters of God also have the ability to pray and see God’s power released in Jesus’ Name (Matt 28:19-20).

Partnering with God

Observing the way that Jesus performed miracles shows us how a supernatural life is sourced in our intimate relationship with God. (John 5:19)

In the miracles of Jesus we see perfect unity between the Father, who ordained them, Jesus who acted in obedience to perform them and the Holy Spirit, whose power produced the miracle.

Peter observed this Divine unity when he stated:

‘…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.’ (Acts 10:38)

Signs can be Public or Personal

Many signs and miracles of Jesus were performed in front of crowds.

However, most of the crowd attending the wedding of Cana was unaware that Jesus was the source of a miracle. Only Mary, the servants and Jesus’ disciples were privy to the truth. (John 2:9-10)

Why did Jesus direct Peter to throw out a line and catch a single fish from the Sea of Galilee to provide the coin that would pay for His and Peter’s temple tax? (Matt 17:24-26)

Healing and deliverance impacted individuals and their families.

The coin in the mouth of a single fish may have been a very personal sign from the heart of God, speaking to Peter of His ongoing provision. For in the future, Peter would gain a living, not as a fisherman, but through serving as a leader in the church. (1 Cor 9:4-6)

In upcoming posts I will be considering the questions, ‘What is the purpose of miraculous signs?’ and ‘How can we tell a sign is really from God—and be protected from the ‘deceiving signs’ Jesus talked about?’


[1] Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. 1996.  Ref 4592, semeion, sign (also ‘miracle’)

[2] I have focused on the NT in the above study. Signs also have a prominence in the OT, for example signs of covenant, such as the rainbow (Gen 9) and circumcision, the miraculous signs God performed through Moses in Egypt, the miracles of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, and so on.

Related Posts:

6 Questions to ask About Supernatural Signs

Angelic Encounters And Supernatural Experiences

5 Purposes for Signs and Miracles

Awakening To The Dunamis Power Of God

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5 thoughts on “Miraculous Signs From God: What Can We Expect?”

  1. This was real good. very insightful and delivered well. You are always right on time with your teachings Mrs. Calder. Just this morning I was praying to God to give me the bold authority to speak his word, and he told me that it was deliverd unto me lightspeed… Mrs. Calder when I got up from my knees, I began to preach boldly in complete darkness (I’m usually afraid of the dark) to one auidence, and that auidence was God. My standing up and preaching was a sign that it was instantly delivered, and then I read your posting…. God is good.

    –A sign is like a flashing light proclaiming, ‘God is at work here!’–

    Thank you for the confirmation once again. God bless and I love ya:)

  2. Hi Amy, what an awesome testimony, God is doing great things in you and through you. 🙂
    That prayer for boldness is one God loves to answer.. the prayer of the believers in Acts 4. Go for it, Amy!

  3. Wow. What a great confirmation of Scripture about signs and wonders . Written with such simplicity. I have been searching out this topic to see what the Bibe has to say about it.
    I have come to realise there are many signs and wonders that the Bible does not directly list, but they can happen today.

  4. Hi Lorelle, thank you, that is such a great insight. Our God is so powerful and creative, there is no end to what He can and will do!

  5. Hi Helen, i have known from a young age that i have a special gift and that i was always a bit different but in a good way. I was born on the 22nd October 1978 at the time Pope John Paul ii was being inaugriated. Upon entering into the world church bells where ringing everywhere and my mum told me midwives, doctors present i was here for some higher purpose. I recall events from only a months old in clear detail my parents cant believe and have a photographic memory recalling insignificant events that shock family members and friends. At the age of 3 my mother grabbed my sister and i and fled my grandparents home when my dad become violent assaulting my mum. I remember running to a park/reserve where we sought refuge. I recall vividly a man walking behind us then moments later upon turning around my miracle occured. It was a apparition what i saw and understood even then to be Virgin Mary. I remember saying to my mum look above the tree and proceeded to explain what i was seeing it was translucent bright white but i was only able to see something that will stay with me forever. I have only told a hand full of people of this experience and each time i have tears well up in my eyes for some reason. I have days where i feel tuned in you could say knowing what will occur to me in coming minutes. I know it relates to my mood but cant and dont know how to allow it to occur it just does. Ive had dreams on numerous occasions seeing family members passing on and other events. I have told my mother of these dreams in detail and next thing hours days later exactly that occurs. In recent times due to family related stresses i seem to have something blocking these occurances. I have never really seeked answers thinking theyl all come to me but i think that time has come. One thing i know is that when these special events or things occur im usually in a good head space and happy as i get. I would like some guidance please. Thank you

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