We do not have any doubts at all about the miracles, signs, and wonders recorded in the Bible. It is noteworthy that they are mainly clustered about the beginnings of great things:
The beginning of the world
The beginning of the Mosaic age
And the beginnings of the church or kingdom.
And all the miracles of series of miracles had a purpose. The purpose was attached to the Eternal Will of God, not to momentary or temporary relief. For example, the healing of the sick or the raising of the dead was never widely practiced over an extensive period of time. Jesus healed, and later the Apostles healed, but in both cases, it was for a short period of time and for the specific purpose of certifying their ministries.
See Acts 2:22 “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know”.
The miracles, wonders, and signs were to show God’s approval so that the masses of the people would listen to his message of salvation and grace. We believe Acts 2:22 is a neglected scripture, one which many have not studied. For it surely follows that if the miracles were to show that Jesus Christ was approved of God, whose miracles do not have to continue throughout the Christian era. They accomplished their purpose at the proper time – when Jesus was alive and ministering.
Christians, throughout the centuries since, have declared the great truths concerning who Jesus was and is, according to the record of the inspired scriptures (a gift also of the Holy Spirit). We do not need any more signs and wonders for the same reason we do not need any more Scriptures!!!
Certainly, if a new Christ arises, let him be certified and approved of God as authentic – but if we attach ourselves to the old Christ who is the only begotten of the Father, then the evidence of his Sonship and Lordship is quite sufficient. “These things are written that ye might believe, and believing ye might have life through his name.” John 20:31.
Let us look at another neglected scripture – Hebrews 2:3,4. Here we read that the message of salvation was “confirmed” by those that heard Christ, “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will”. In the paragraph above we used the words “approved of God” and “Certified” to show the purpose of the miracles of Christ; here we find similar language but different terms: “Confirmed unto us” and “God… bearing them witness” to show the purpose of the miracles and signs performed by the Apostles.
We must carefully reflect on these important scriptures. If the special gifts, signs, and wonders certified, confirmed, approved, and bore witness to the message preached by Jesus Christ and the early Christian leaders; then it follows that such signs and wonders bear like testimony to the messages of those who produce the signs today – provided, of course, those signs and wonders of today are authentic!! This is precisely what we question. The signs and wonders produced by the present day advocates of the “gifts” are not authentic. Furthermore, the same so-called “signs” so highly touted by the “Spirit-filled folk of today” were produced by Joseph Smith and other early Mormon leaders, by the prophets of Munster in Germany in the late Middle Ages, and by the followers of Montanus in earlier times.
Accordingly, we must assume the devilish doctrines of Mormonism the wild and fantastic dreams of the Munster prophets, and the ungodly practices of the Montanists of North Africa carry with them the approval of God and the certification of truth – for it cannot be denied that all of them produced “signs”, “wonders,”, and ”gifts” just like the modern charismatics do.