Thinking about miracles.

June 1, 2007 at 3:24 pm 2 comments

Here is a question I have been thinking quite a bit about lately.  Maybe you will find it interesting. 

When Jesus was on this earth did He perform miracles as deity or as a human being?  (Not my intent to defend the deity of Jesus here so my question presumes Jesus was fully God and fully man.) 

So when Jesus performed a miracle was he doing it from His fullness as God or His fullness as humanity? 

Acts 2:22 says God publicly endorsed Jesus of Nazareth by doing wonderful miracles, signs and wonders through Him… Seems to indicate that the Father was the One doing the miraculous through the humanity of Jesus, doesn’t it?  Then there is this from John 5:19 The Son can do nothing by Himself.  He does only what He sees the Father doing.  

What does nothing mean?  uhh, nothing, even in the Greek!  Apparently in His humanity Jesus had no supernatural abilities at all.  He was 100% God but He chose to live with the same limitations on His supernatural capacities that every other human being must live with. 

Jesus came to earth, lived as a human being in order for us to see what was possible for a person when fully submitted to the Father and committed to life in the fullness of the Spirit.  That being the case what would it tell us about the supernatural things Jesus did if He was doing them out of His deity?  If Jesus was doing the miraculous things He did out of His deity then they would be out of reach for us, wouldn’t they?

 The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2:6 Though He was God, He did not demand or cling to His rights as God… that is Jesus set aside His right to function out of His deity, so whatever He did was done by the Father through Him.  When Jesus did miracles, signs and wonders He did them as a human being submitted to the Father and committed to living in the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

So if Jesus did the supernatural out of His deity then that makes it out of reach for us, right?  But if He did them out of a fully submitted and dependent humanity, then if I am responsible to live as He lived these supernatural gifts are available to me, when I am in a submitted and dependent relationship with the Father.

This is why I have been thinking so much about this subject.  The implications on the follower of Jesus are staggering. 

Jesus was sinless so there was no separation at all from His Father and Jesus was fully dependent on the Holy Spirit to work through Him.  Those are the only two distinctions I can find that gave Jesus the power He had.

What is true for you and me if we are followers of Jesus? We have been cleansed by His blood and through His death He has taken care of the power and effect of sin on our lives.  So there is nothing to separate us from the Father.  In truth as redeemed children of the Father we are in the same relationship with Him as Jesus was during His time on earth living as a man. 

So what is the difference between our ability to move in the supernatural, and Jesus’ ability to do the supernatural? 

Only one thing I can think of:  the extent of our dependence on the Holy Spirit.

(I am indebted to the teaching of Pastor Bill Johnson for the ideas expressed in this post .)


Entry filed under: Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Miracles, Revelation, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Doug Wright  |  June 2, 2007 at 7:45 am

    Healings in todays world are met with a considerable amount of scepticism. I believe there are many reasons for it, however, one is the lack of faith. When I pray healing for someone and they are not healed then I have failed and therefore why take the chance? Or God saw fit to not heal and so I’ll be darned if ever I’ll attempt a prayer of healing in public! (I’d be embarassed if they were not healed)
    Problem is there are way to many I issues in the above statement.
    God must be the center of action with all Glory given to Him. We must learn to be the available son or daughter determined to hear and do the will of the Father.
    Greg, great thought provoking blog.

  • 2. sumijoti  |  June 1, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Great post. 🙂 You said it better than I ever could.

    I think the more dead to ourselves we really are, the more dependent we are on the Holy Spirit. When the Bride has come to that place where she is totally in love with Jesus and only desires His glory and not her own, we will see the greater works that Jesus promised.

    If you want to you can check out my latest entry. What I posted related to this a little. 🙂

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