There are those in the Pentecostal movement who promote the idea that miracles (signs and wonders) are for today, produce faith, and are the work of the Holy Spirit.
Not for this age of grace
Miracles are not for this present age and time, as the word of God demands that the just shall live by faith. That is impossible if there are signs and wonders, for the believer in this age of grace is justified by faith alone.
"SEEING IS NOT BELIEVING"
Seeing is not believing, and neither does it produce faith in the object of the Christian faith which is the Lord Jesus Christ, the person who is the Son of God. Neither is it a matter of what the Lord does or can do, but what He has DONE.
Romans 10:17 tells us that "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing the word of God." Not by seeing.
The same people, amongst whom the Lord Jesus performed the miracles crucified Him. The people of Chorazin, Bethsaida, Tyre, and Capernaum did not become believers regardless of miracles. Matt.11:20-24. They rejected His words and works. Saul of Tarsus witnessed the miracles and the ministry of the Lord Jesus but became the most persistent persecutor of the early followers of Christ. According to his own confession it was not miracles that made him a believer but he said: "I obtained mercy - it pleased God, who called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me." 1Tim. 1:13. Gal.1:15,16. Salvation - equal saving faith in Christ is not in the physical realm (miracles, signs and wonders). Matthew 16:17 "Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee...........". See also John 1:12,13. Wake up! Consider the divine record. John the Baptist - filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb. Luke 1:15 also called the prophet of the Highest Luke 1:76, among those that are born of women there is no greater prophet than John the Baptist, the Lord said, yet he never did a miracle nor spoke in tongues, but two of John the Baptist’s disciples heard John speak and they followed Jesus - John 1:37. Then Andrew found his brother Simon. and said unto him, "We have found the Messiah". Again in verse 45 "We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Verse 49 is Nathanael’s confession, "Thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel". Notice these became disciples before the Lord Jesus ever did a miracle for we read that at the wedding in Cana (John 2:11) the "water to wine" was the beginning of miracles.
The common belief that the Lord Jesus worked miracles for people to believe in Him is false. Let us not forget that all this still happened whilst in the dispensation under law, yet faith in the Lord Jesus was blessed. "Thy sins are forgiven thee" - was the more important, than for the lame to walk. In contrast to this we read in Matthew 13:58 "And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. In fact, when unbelief demanded a sign His answer was: "that there will be no sign given except the sign of Jonah". In other words, a sign (miracle) in keeping with the Old Testament prophesy which was already revealed in the Scriptures in reference to Him and not for general application.
With the Pharisees, the Sanhedrin, Herod, Pilate, Festus, Agrippa or even Nero, there was no miracle, for if they believe not Moses and the Prophets - neither will they believe if someone rose from the dead. (Paraphrase - see a miracle).
Of course you will ask why then did the Lord Jesus do any miracles at all. First of all, it should be recognized that the miracles that the Lord Jesus did were all in accordance with the Old Testament to what was promised to Israel. Luke 4:18 (study it) and notice the Lord did not make chariot wheels or billiard tables for Herod. The Miracles were in line to what the godly Jew was to expect, Matthew 4:23, 24. The healing of all manner of sickness and all manner of diseases among the people coincided with the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom. You will read the same in Matthew 9:35 and the clue why He healed them is in verse 36 because "He had compassion". Combined with Matthew 8:16,17 it was the fulfilment of which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet. I am the Lord that healeth Thee (Israel) was the promise in Exodus 15:26. The godly Jew recognized Him as such. But a similitude may explain this - when everything is black - the object painted with iridescent colours will light up with brilliance when lit up with a torch, and so likewise the Lord Jesus who was The Light in the world of darkness, illuminated those who were painted with iridescent colour eg had faith in Him.
None of his disciples ever claimed that the witnessing of a miracle produced faith in Christ - because Satan also is able to perform miracles and the Pharisees in Matthew 12:24 said that the Lord Jesus was doing those miracles by the power of Satan (Beelzebub, the prince of devils). The Lord did not refute that Satan had such power.
Just consider the "miracle disciple for a moment. In John 2:23, 24 we read: "many believed in His name, when they saw the miracles which He did - but Jesus did not commit Himself to them, (Why) because He knew what was in man.
In John 6:26 "Ye seek Me" the Lord Jesus said: "not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled." Do I need to explain further? Read verses 64 and 66 in the same chapter and the truth will become obvious. Those miracle disciples followed Him for the wrong reason.
Pente 3. F.J.R. 15.11.97