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This is a familiar phrase often heard or seen, in response to what you or I have said or written. We experienced this as children. We experience this still today, as adults. But this post, this piece is not to prove that God exists, but rather to prove to ourselves, His proofs, the proofs of God.
Numerous times in the Bible, God says to prove him. The following is one example of many.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
Malachi 3:10 King James Version (KJV)
“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:”
I Corinthian 1:22 (KJV)
All people whether Jew or Greek (Gentiles), seek after signs or wisdom which is the application of knowledge. It is how we are wired. It is how we are made and formed. We all are, looking for proof.
The Jews require [seek, ask Gr. aiteó] after a sign [Gr. semeion], and the Greeks [Gentiles] seek [seek, ask Gr. aiteó] after wisdom:
aiteo = to ask for something to be given. Commonly used of an inferior addressing a superior.
semeion = a sign. This word has regard to the significance of the work wrought, whether in itself, or in the reason, object, design, and teaching intended to be conveyed by it.
The applied knowledge (wisdom), is seen throughout life in science, mathematics, formulas, equations and etc.. These are “proofs.” They employ logic and reason. There really is no difference between the Jews seeking a sign and the Greeks (Gentiles), seeking wisdom, both seek “proof!” The Jew would seek the proof from outside their individual seeking and the Greek (the Gentile), seeks the proof in that which they can discover and apply, prove, for themselves.
Adam and Eve, the first man and first woman, according to the scriptures in Genesis, were made, formed and created. Their bodies were formed from the same elements found in soil or dirt. Their souls, their in-breathing, their breathing, their individual selves, were made of something which already existed when God first created air-breathing mammals. Their spirit was created upon a condition. Adam and Eve could learn and discover life through their bodies and souls, but they could also, learn from God by the spirit of God upon them. All was paradise in paradise until, the day they decided to walk according to ONLY their five senses (body and soul), and the spirit of God upon them, died. After that time, God could only communicate with humankind through some form of His coming into concretion in the senses world or at specific times through men and women with whom, He placed the spirit upon them, again, on a condition. As long as they walked according to the word and will of God, the spirit of God upon them, remained. All that have ever had the spirit of God upon them, died. Even Jesus Christ died, physically and spiritually, but God raised him from the dead.
If you think about and ask, why were men and women of the Bible able to do the great things they did? Now, if you think about that, all the signs and wonders and miracles in the Old Testament and including, those done by Jesus Christ (who came to fulfill the law), were because, they had the spirit of God upon them. Proof of these things was the works that they did.
- Men and women at times gave words of prophecy. They forth-told or declared the Word forth. It was not the kind of prophecy that foretold the future, but they forth-told. Moses was called a prophet and he forth-told, but he never foretold the future.
- Men and women were able to discern spirits. The knew by the spirit of God upon them, whether others had the spirit of God, if an angel were present or if, some other spirit was present.
- They received word of knowledge. This knowledge was above, over and beyond the senses realm. This knowledge was from God’s perspective, the big picture.
- They received word of wisdom, which is, what to do about the spiritual knowledge received.
- They operated the manifestation of believing (i.e. raised the dead and etc.).
- They instantly (instantaneously), were able to perform miracles.
- They healed people.
These seven manifestations or evidences were the proof (proofs), that they had the spirit of God upon them. These were the proofs of God.
These were all very much like another thing familiar to us as children, ‘show and tell.! To be more accurate, Tell & Show’!
God would communicate (tell and show), in the language and understanding of the individual, what He wanted spoken, what He wanted done and HOW to do it, but the individual was responsible, to tell & show and show & tell, by their own free will and beliving.
There are many examples of these manifestations, evidences, operations, ‘showing and telling’, these proofs of God, in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ, in the four Gospels, did these as did his 12 disciples (all 12, including Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed him). As a matter a fact, Jesus said the following to his 12 disciples, including Judas:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He [or she] that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he [or she] do also; and greater works than these shall he [or she] do; because I go unto my Father.”
John 14:12 King James Version (KJV)
Verily, verily (truly, truly), the thing is said twice and it is established. He or she (whosoever), that believes (a verb which connotes action), on Jesus Christ, shall (absolute tense, not will, but absolutely), do, the same works as Jesus Christ did! Not only that, but the verse also says that they would be able to do (absolute tense again, absolutely do), even “greater works!” WOW, even greater works than Jesus Christ? Yes! That’s what the Word says and that what the Word means! Why would this be possible? It was possible, it was made available because, he (Jesus Christ), went unto his Father.
When Jesus Christ was crucified, resurrected and ascended up and into and through the heavens, he sat down on the right hand of God. On the day of Pentecost, around 1 A.D., something happened that had never occurred before that day. Men and women could have a new spirit created not upon them or upon a condition, but something NEW, something more. This new spirit was and still is, created in a man or a woman, the moment they confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe that God has (past tense), raised him (Jesus Christ), from the dead. This new spirit was unconditional. At that moment, men and women were not as Israel, adopted as the Father’s children, but they became the true sons and daughters of God by birth. This is, the new birth, being born again. Being born again with this new birth, this new creation, men and women were able to do, “the greater works,” that Jesus Christ told his 12 disciples they would absolutely be able to do in John 14:12. These greater works would include, not only the seven manifestations, evidences, proofs of God, as seen in the Old Testament and the four Gospels, but three brand new, “greater works!” Why were these even “greater works” that even Jesus Christ could not do? These “greater works,” were not available until, the day of Pentecost and Jesus Christ was already, seated on the right hand of God.
There were two new proofs of God added, to the original seven manifestations and today, right now, there are nine. And one more of these “greater works” was first available on the Day of Pentecost (see: the book of Acts, chapter 2). And this is, the ability to communicate to others, the words of truth (if believed), that will lead anyone freely desiring to believe, into this new birth, this eternal life spirit, this everlasting spirit, this being born again, as sons and daughters of God!
From God’s perspective, this new creation is eternal, for it had no beginning or end. It has always been in His foreknowledge, His heart, His desire, and even before the heavens and the earth, and all life was created in the beginning. From the individual’s perspective, it is everlasting, from the moment they become born again, as a child of God.
In the Old Testament, the spirit of God upon them could be lost. Even Jesus Christ “gave up the ghost (the spirit of God upon him), when he was crucified. But in the administration of grace, the Church administration, in which you and I live today, we cannot lose the spirit of God that is in us! If this were possible, it would not be “everlasting life!” It is!
So today, along with the NEW “greater works” of leading people to this NEW birth, there are two more, NEW manifestations, NEW evidences, NEW operations; NEW proofs of God. But one thing has not changed. This one thing is, changeless, ageless, timeless! It is an immutable law. It is an eternal truth.
Something must first come, before any sign, miracle or wonder. And this one eternal thing is, God’s Word. From God’s perspective, from his point of view, how does He see His Word? What value, does He place in His Word?
“…for thou [God] hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
Psalm 138.2b (KJV)
God almighty, the creator of the universe, has not merely set His Word above all his name, He magnified it! His name represents all His power, all His works and all His creation of the past, present, future and, for all eternity! This is an eternal, unchanging, timeless and immutable law of God that before any creation, any work of God, any “greater works,” any sign, miracle or wonder, first, there must be, the Word of God, His Word!
Before any creation, any work of God, any “greater works,” any sign, miracle or wonder, first, there must be, the Word of God, His Word!”
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
Genesis 1:3 (KJV)
Let us look at the definition of miracles.
Miracles are spoken of in the New Testament under three names:
1. dunamis = power. In the singular, power in the abstract; but in the plural it = mighty works, i.e. the manifestations of power. (See Ap. 172. 1.) The word occurs 38 times in three of the four Gospels: 13 times in Matthew, and is rendered “power”, or “powers” 5 times; “mighty works” 6 times; “wonderful works” once (7:22), and once “ability” (25:15). It occurs ten times in Mark; and is rendered “virtue” once (5:30); “mighty works” 3 times; “power, or “powers” 5 times; and “miracle” once (9:39). In Luke it occurs 15 times, and is rendered “power” or “powers”, 11 times; “virtue” twice; “mighty works” twice. In John it does not occur at all.
2. teras = a wonder. This word has regard to the effect produced on those who witnessed the mighty work. It is always translated “wonder”, The rendering “miracle” should be confined to this word, teras.
3. semeion = a sign. This word has regard to the significance of the work wrought, whether in itself, or in the reason, object, design, and teaching intended to be conveyed by it.
All three of the above words occur in one verse (Heb. 2:4) : “God also bearing [them] witness by signs (semeion), both with wonders (teras) and various mighty works (dumanis), and distributions of pneuma hagion [holy spirit] (See Ap. 101. II. 14), according to His own will”.
Excerpts from: E.W. Bulinger’s Companion Bible
Let us now, read, Hebrews 2:4
“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?”
Hebrews 2:4 (KJV)
First, I would like to point out that God did not argue or need to defend His word. Truth needs no defense. God bore witness that His word was the truth, by the works, the signs, miracles and wonders, the ‘proofs’ of His word. And God bore “them,” “witness” that in doing His Word (speaking , believing and doing), signs, miracles and wonders, the ‘proofs’ of His word, follow. We, his children, are not called to argue or defend His word, as truth needs no defense. We are called to be witnesses of the truth of His word and this witness is, the works, the signs, miracles and wonders, the ‘proofs’ of His word!
We are called to be witnesses of the truth of His word and this witness is, the works, the signs, miracles and wonders, the ‘proofs’ of His word!
The words, “according to his,” [plural pronoun = men/women], refer to the nearest noun as its antecedent (what comes before – a preceding circumstance, event, object, style, phenomenon, etc.), is, the pronoun, “them” This verse is not referring back to “God,” but to “them.” It is according to the free will of men and women that these signs, miracles and wonders, these manifestations, these evidences, these ‘proofs’ happen. But first, or before that, there must be, The Word of God! Today, this is still the only way to see, to manifest, to “witness” these signs, miracles and wonders, these ‘proofs of God.’ Someone has to speak the truth of God’s Word (TELL), have the spirit of God in them, and will to believe, to bring them to pass. And then, the signs, miracles and wonders follow (SHOW)!
Someone has to speak the truth of God’s Word, have the spirit of God in them, and will to believe, to bring them to pass. And then, the signs miracles and wonders follow! Tell & (then) SHOW!
This is still the only way to bring to pass these signs, miracles and wonders, these ‘proofs of God!’ Know what the Word of God says! Get yourself born again! Know what you have! Know what these “greater works” are and how to operate them! Believe to operate them and operate them. You and I, yes, you and I! You do it! I must do it! We must do it! What we do is God’s business, but that we do it is ours, our responsibility!
So, beyond the “greater works” of leading men and women to the new birth, what are these other “greater works” that you and I need to do? What are these manifestations, theses operations, this exercising of the spirit of God in us? What are these ‘proofs of God’?
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation [singular – includes all 9 like we would say a bunch of grapes] of the Spirit is given to every man [plural noun = all inclusive – men and women], to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith [Greek pistis – beliving – here, the manifestation of believing] by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers [many] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
I Corinthians 12:1-10 King (KJV)
Note: The words above, “the manifestation…” (in the singular), “…of the spirit,” are equal to the words “the fruit…” (in the singular), “…of the spirit,” from Galatians 5:22, 23. Things equal to the same thing are, equal to each other. One gift has nine manifestations and produce from one gift (the manifestations operated), nine fruits. Every child of God has the potential ability to operate all nine of the manifestations and receive the nine fruits (benefits), of the spirit in operating, in exercising the spirit of God in them. Later, we will see that not only do we have this potential to do all nine and receive all nine benefits from doing so, this is the will of God, “the commandments of God!”
…not only do we have this potential to do all nine and receive all nine benefits from doing so, this is the will of God, “the commandments of God!”
“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he [or she] that prophesieth than he [or she] that speaketh with tongues, except he [or she] interpret, that the church may receive edifying. Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray [believe] that he [plural noun = he or she] may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. Brethren [brothers and sisters], be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men [men and women]. In the law it is written, With men [and women] of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. [These are the ‘proofs of God’] How is it then, brethren [brothers and sisters]? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man [or woman] speak inan unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one [the same one]interpret. But if there be no interpreter[they do not believe to interpret], let him [or her] keep silence in the church; and let him [or her] speak to himself [or herself], and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy [this is still referring to prophets] one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.[The same is true of anyone, operating the spirit of God, any born again believer, not just those operating the gift ministry of a prophet!] For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let your women keep silence in the churches: [the nearest noun of antecedent is the “prophets”, so this refers to the women (wives), of the prophets]for it is not permitted unto them [the wives of the prophets] to speak; but they [the wives of the prophets] are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they [the wives of the prophets] will learn any thing, let them [the wives of the prophets] ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women [the women of the prophets] to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you [the wives of the prophets]? or came it unto you [the wives of the prophets] only? If any man [or woman] think himself [or herself] to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him [or her] acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord [this refers to the prophets and all children of God by inclusion of the word “things” written and that we here, just read!]. But if any man [all inclusive plural noun = men and women] be ignorant, let him [or her] be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren [brothers and sisters], covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.”
I Corinthians 14: 1-40 (KJV)
So, there we have it. These are the manifestations of the spirit. They are 9 in number:
1. speaking in tongues
2. tongues with interpretation
3. prophesy (forth telling NOT foretelling)
4. word of knowledge
5. word of wisdom
6. discerning of spirits
7. the manifestation of believing (walking on water, parting the red sea, raising the dead and etc.)
8. miracles (bringing to pass the impossible at ones command, instantly
9. gifts of healing
Two of these (speaking in tongues and tongues with interpretation), were NOT available in the Old Testament. They were not available in the four Gospels and NOT even Jesus Christ could operate them! Why or Why Not? Because, they were not available until, the Day of Pentecost, in the book of Acts, chapter 2. Together with leading men and women to the new birth by the Word of God and now with these 2 manifestations + the other 7 = 9 are, the ‘proofs of God! These are, the “greater works,” of John 14:12!
Operating the 9 manifestations of the spirit and leading others to the new birth, so that they can do the same are, ‘The Proofs of God!’These are, the “greater works,'”of John 14:12!
In short, if one is not seeing signs, miracles and wonder on a daily basis, they are not promoting the right stuff. These ‘Proofs of God’ are, His marketing and advertising programs, if you will call it thus, that He is God, His Word means what it says and it says what it means, for He Magnified His Word, above all His Name!
Get busy proving God! Show and tell others that God lives and He is alive and well in you!
P.S. To all Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, All the ‘End Time’ folk and anyone else, there is a day coming on this earth, when three of these proofs of God, these “greater works” (leading one to the new birth, speaking in tongues and the interpretation of tongues), will NOT be available! But it is NOT this day, NOT today because, all three of these are still available, right NOW!!
Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…
Next time: Why Prove God?