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Understanding the New Testament purpose for signs, wonders and miracles will lift your faith and expectation of what God can do through you. It will also help you to have the right motivation for seeking or reporting miraculous signs.

5 New Testament Reasons for Signs and Miracles

1. Signs Reveal Jesus’ Glory

John wrote of Jesus’ miracle at Cana: ‘What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.’ (John 2:11) John went on to shares significant works and miracles that took place throughout Jesus’ ministry.

The Greek word for glory, doxa, refers to Jesus Divinity—His majesty and magnificence. [1]

The writer to the Hebrews noted, ‘The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.’ (Heb 1:3a)

Just as the clouds part to reveal the brightness of the sun, miraculous signs from God reveal the Divine amidst the human.

The revealing of Jesus’ Divinity through signs and wonders did not just apply to His ministry in the Gospels. Jesus’ glory as the Resurrected Christ continues to be revealed as we represent Him and do the ‘greater works’ using His Name. (John 14:12)

Jesus said, ‘…whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.’ (John 14:13)

Today, God wants to reveal the glory of His Son in and through us. (John 17:22) And one of the ways He does this is through signs—He is manifesting His glory in His Church. (Is 60:1-3)

2. Signs Show us what the Father is like—and Express His love for People

When Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, Jesus responded, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father…it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:9-11)

The signs that Jesus performs speak of the Father’s mercy and love for people, as well as His dominion and power. They speak of His grace and generosity and His purposes.

Jesus attributed His miraculous works to the Father. In John 5:19 He said, ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’ (also John 10:37-38)

3. Signs Confirm God’s Word

‘So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.’ (Acts 14:3)

Evangelism and signs go hand in hand in the New Testament. God confirms and testifies the Gospel through signs and miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Heb 2:3-4, Mark 16:20) [2]

Signs and miracles point to the cross—to the complete work that Jesus has accomplished to provide salvation, healing and freedom through His death and resurrection.

A blank signpost is useless for its purpose—it is incomplete without a description, stating the destination to which it is pointing. In the same way, signs from God are not to be the focus; they tell us something about God and His Word.

4. Signs are the Manifestation of God’s Kingdom among us

‘He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (Luke 9:2)

Signs are the evidence of the message and establishment of Kingdom of God. Jesus said, ‘…if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.’ (Luke 11:20)

As citizens of God’s Kingdom, we can expect to see signs and miracles taking place as we take our place as royal sons and daughters in God’s Kingdom.

5. Result in People Believing in Jesus

‘Jesus performed many other signs… But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.’ (John 20:30-31)

John records many instances in his Gospel of people believing in Jesus after He performed a sign or miracle. (John 2:11, 2:23; 4:39, 4:53)

In Acts, peoples believed after signs and miracles were performed. (Acts 9:42)

According to John, the ultimate purpose both of the signs and the recording of them is to result in people believing in Jesus as Messiah. [3, 4]

The highest value of signs and miracles is when, as a result, people believe and receive Jesus as Saviour and are born again into God’s family.
And this is the greatest miracle of all.


[1] Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. 1996.  Ref 1391, doxa, glory

[2] Signs can get attention, they can draw a following and a crowd (John 6:2), but it is the work of the Holy Spirit on the hearts of individuals that brings conversion that leads to true discipleship. (John 16:7-10, Titus 3:5) Many who saw the signs Jesus performed did not believe (John 12:37)

In spite of this limitation, signs were clearly part of God’s plan in Jesus’ ministry and are in the Church today.

[3] It is God’s generous purpose to help people believe in Jesus through the performing of signs—however, Jesus condemned the Pharisees’ demand for signs as a proof in order to believe in Him. (Matt 12:39)

[4] I wish to thank David McCracken Ministries team member Clayton Coombs for insights I have included here.

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7 thoughts on “5 Purposes For Signs And Miracles”

  1. I love this one Helen. That…is so encouraging & empowering!!!
    2013…the year to see more signs & wonders!!!

  2. Dear Helen, I absolutely love the signpost on this Teaching with the very Precious, Beautiful and Powerful Name of our Lord and Saviour “JESUS”, this speaks volumes to me. I have been listening to your Podcast message on, “The Father’s House”, this message I heard is Absolutely Overflowing with the Love of GOD. I felt such an encounter with the Heart of GOD while listening to this very Beautiful and Powerful message. I love that JESUS came to Reveal GOD the FATHER to us, that is just so life transforming. Your message inspired me to write this poem about “The Father’s House”.

    An Invitation
    Sent to ALL of Creation
    It’s a Celebration
    Pointing the Way, to Salvation

    JESUS is HIS Name
    Salvation is HIS Fame

    JESUS is Standing at the Door
    Open Your Heart
    Open the Gate
    Open the Door and Celebrate

    JESUS Longs to Embrace every Heart
    With Hope, Love, Joy and Peace to Impart

    A New Sound of Heaven is Resounding in my Heart
    Preparing the way to Impart
    Purpose and Passion, Power and Prayer
    The Sound of Salvation and Healing is in the Air
    The Sound of Heaven is Everywhere

    Celebrating HIS Amazing LOVE, Mercy and Grace
    Feeling the warmth of GOD’S Sweet Embrace
    Seeing GOD Face to Face
    HIS Beautiful Sweet Smiling Face
    HIS Outstretched Arms Longing to Embrace
    Every Nation and Every Race

    Yes, JESUS is Standing at the Door
    Open Your Heart
    Open the Gate
    Open the Door and Celebrate

    The FATHER’S House, a Place to Belong
    A time to Sing a New Song
    A time to Rejoice, with Joy unspeakable and FULL of Glory
    A time to change the chapter of my Life Story
    Every Page be Filled with HIS Presence and HIS Glory

    Poem by Irene Kyriacou

    1. Hi there Irene,
      Thank you for your wonderful poem!
      I love it that you have been listening to my ‘Party at the Father’s House’ message. It is one that is very much on my heart – thank you! Perhaps I will get the opportunity to share your poem sometime, too!
      Hope to see you at the DMM Breakthrough Night next month 🙂

  3. Bryan Naidoo

    It is a pity that no many people really understand the purpose of miracles.
    It is my understanding , only when folks understand “who the God of the bibkle is”..will than understand the purpose of Miracles

    The purpose of miracles from the beginning was to convince the children of God, who he was, to trust him and follow him only. As we know as time went on all the miracles they saw and received
    Did not make his people follow him dilegently….rather each mad did what was right in their own eyes
    The Christ was sent and to acknowledge who he was he performed miracles so that the people might believe he was “sent” from above. That was the sole reason,

    Shame to many pastors and teachers that preach healing and miracles. The only way man would be saved is through the “written word”…..
    Miracles and healing would save no one…..only the word of God

  4. This is absolutely great and powerful message ! Thank you ! Jesus is His Name and Salvation is His name Hallelujah!

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