4. The Holy Ghost And Jesus’ Ability To Do Miracles
The Holy Ghost and Jesus’ Ability To Do Miracles
It is the Holy Ghost (the same source of power from God) that enabled Jesus the ability to do all of the miracles he performed; (turning water to wine, healing the sick, casting out devils, and even power to raise Lazarus from the dead).
Note: Keep in mind that Jesus did not inherently have these supernatural abilities on his own, rather they were given to him by God.
(Matthew 1:18) “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”
(Luke 4:1) “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness………….”
(Luke 4:14) “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.”
(Acts 10:38) “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
(Matthew 4:23-24) “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.”
(Matthew 12:28) “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.”
(John 11:43-44) “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.”
(John 10:17,18) “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
In the book of Matthew, Jesus also gave his disciples power (authority), however, there are no recorded incidents of the disciples ever displaying any supernatural power prior to receiving the Holy Ghost as mentioned in (John 20:22) and (Acts 2:1-4).
(Matthew 10:1) “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”
(Matthew 10:5, 7-9) “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles……And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,”
(Luke 10:19) “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
(Acts 1:2) “Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:”
(John 20:22) “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:”
Keep in mind that the Bible said we “shall” receive “power” AFTER, “the Holy Ghost is come upon you” That was the promise given (Acts 1:8, Luke 24:49), not necessarily immediately. The power of the Holy Ghost was not made manifest in his disciples until after Jesus ascended back up into Heaven (Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4).
The disciples had to wait until after the Holy Ghost became manifest on the day of Pentecost before Peter’s supernatural abilities became manifest.
(John 14:12-13) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
(Acts 9:33-34) “And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.”
(Acts 9:37, 40-41) “And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber……. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.”
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