“And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.” – Luke 5:19-25
Scripture is clear that faith is required for salvation. We must believe that God is God, that He loves us and wants to save us, and that He is able to save us, in order for Him to save us. Jesus is the miracle that validates the message of God’s love and desire to see us saved. While the healing of the sick and the raising of the dead are miracles sent to validate the message that He is powerful enough to save you.
“Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.” – Acts 8:5-6
The power to do miracles comes only by way of the Holy Spirit and scripture is clear that the Holy Spirit speaks not of it’s self but glorifies Jesus. Jesus Himself tells us in Acts chapter 1 verse 8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Therefor, we see the purpose and the function by which this power is received.
So how to we receive this power? First we must repent of our sins, believe on Jesus and be saved (Acts 2:38). Then we must ask Jesus to send us the Holy Spirit (John 4:10), Jesus then petitions God for us (John 14:16), God sends the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2), we then receive power for one purpose only, to be a witness of Jesus Christ. This is why the man with palsy was healed, as well those Philip preached Christ to.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” – John 16:13-14
“He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” – John 7:18
Though there are many counterfeits in the world seeking self glory, the Holy Spirit manifest to validate the deity and message of Christ alone, and to Glorify the love and saving power of Jesus only. Anything else will grieve the Holy Spirit and he will depart.
“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill (or hate), and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” – James 4:2-3
“Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” – Ephesians 4:30
The reason so few see the true power of the Holy Spirit is because: 1) they are not fully persuaded that God is able to do what He has promised to do even if He has to raise someone from the dead to do it, 2) the Holy Spirit only glorifies God and will not operate with power through those who’s heart’s desire to steal God’s glory for themselves, and 3) they are not preaching Christ, but an other Jesus.
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – Galatians 1:6-12
The Holy Spirit of God only performs miracles to validate the message, the message is Jesus, and Jesus is the Word made flesh. Therefore if you don’t believe the entirety of the Bible from Genesis to Revelations for exactly what it says, then you don’t believe Jesus, and if you’re not preaching it then you’re not preaching Jesus, which grieves the Holy Spirit. Stop trying to explain away the words of the bible and start preaching and believing them and God will move in miraculous ways to prove and validate them. Forget what you’ve been told, forget what you think you know, read what God says, and choose to believe.
“And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” – Romans 4:19-25