(From Cory Harrison over at Primitive Salvationism..great read!)
God is working on behalf of those who believe in His name. How is he at work? He sends supernatural signs and wonders.
Scriptural: Mark 16:19-20, “After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by signs that accompanied it.”
God is in the business of working on behalf of you and I that believe in his name. We DO HAVE the ability to dictate to God how he can validate our words. He is not, minus some exceptions, forcing his signs on us. What he does do, is give us in his own words, the most effective way of ministry. And that is through signs, wonders, and miracles. It is how he conducted ministry and it is how he expects you to conduct ministry. It is power evangelism that the early Salvationist walked in.
So here is what God, working on your behalf, looks like. Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
So much is in this verse…let’s break it down:
And these signs will accompany those who believe… The word for will accompany in Greek is ‘parakoloutheo’ it means to be always at his side, to attend one wherever he goes, and a standard or rule. So, this is it. These signs will accompany you. Stop complaining that you are too uncomfortable with them and embrace Holy Spirit who gives these gifts.
What signs? Jesus tells us.
Casting out demons: It is Salvational by Catherine Booth saying, “Give me someone able to cast out demons and I don’t care if they can read or write, or put a grammatical sentence together!”
Speaking in tongues and healing the sick by laying on of hands: They are Salvationial based on the following from the March 14, 1885 edition of the War Cry:
My Dear Comrades:
A good deal of attention is being given just now to what are known as the extraordinary gifts of the spirit; that is, the ability to do something which is beyond the power of man to do without the direct operation of God. Such gifts as these were, without doubt, possessed by the Apostles both before and after the death of our Lord. They had the gift of tongues; that is, they received suddenly the power to speak languages which they had never learned. They had the gift of healing; that is, they cured the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, unstopped the ordinary means. They wrought miracles; they caused to happen that were contrary to the usual course of nature. These were very remarkable gifts, proving that God was with them, because no man could do these things unless God was operating directly through him. These gifts were useful, inasmuch as they called attention to those who possessed them, declared that the mission of these Officers was Divine, and justified men everywhere in believing what they had to say. For this reason they were important to the world, and their possession today might be a great blessing to mankind. There is not a word in the Bible which proves that we might not have them at the present time…No man, therefore, can be condemned for desiring them…
My comrades, let us covet, let us seek earnestly –nay, let us never rest until we possess, in all its fullness this celestial passion.
Believe me, yours full of expectation for greater things, William Booth.”
Glory Hallelujah…more Lord, more Lord!
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