Acts 27-28 (The Daily Walk Bible).

From The ESV Study Bible

Once again we see God authenticating Paul’s ministry with miracles. Why don’t we see more of that today? Why do the ones who promote this kind of ministry turn out to be charlatans?

In truth, when we look at history through the lens of miracles, we discover that this flurry of miraculous activity seems to be the exception, rather than the rule. We see it during the time of the Exodus, the time of Elijah and Elisha, and the time of Jesus and the apostles. That isn’t to say that God doesn’t perform miracles, just that the intensity of them during these times was exceptional!

We may get another clue when Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:12, “The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.” There are some things that seem to be a part of the ministry of an apostle, and were unique.

Could we still have apostles today? Once again we turn to Paul. 1 Corinthians 9:1 he says, “Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?” If it is truly necessary to “see the Lord” to be an apostle then the ministry of the apostles seems to be over. God still does miracles, but he doesn’t seems to grant that particular gift to an individual.

Our ministry today is more like Paul’s in Rome. We share the gospel with any and all, and allow the Spirit to work!

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