The Signs of Apostles
NCW 21, July 1995
Q. What signs accompany Elohim's (God's) apostles today? Should they be the same as the first apostles?
Paul identifies two signs of true apostolic ministry, and in the following order:
These two signs are quite different - the first stems from a sanctified personality, and the second is the dramatic result of the intervention of Elohim (God) in our dimension. In New Testament times the latter were usually physical miracles such as the healing of the sick, raising of the dead, and the casting out of demons. These are important when Elohim (God) requires them; more importantly is the miracle of a transformed life and the inner healing of the soul.
- (1) Patience; and
- (2) The working of signs and miracles and acts of power (2 Cor.12:12, RBV).
Whereas ill-health may well be Elohim's (God's) instrument of spiritual reformation or the means of Yahweh revealing His ahavah (love) and patience through the sufferer, spiritual ill-health is not. Healing the sick and raising the dead can be accomplished by pagans and even devils but no pagan or devil ever healed the human soul of sin.
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