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. 
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) 
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.
 Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. 1996. Ref 1391, doxa, glory
 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.
 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)
 I wish to thank David McCracken Ministries team member Clayton Coombs for insights I have included here.
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