Mark 16:15 – 18 KJV – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Miracles, signs and wonders have always been associated with the preaching of the gospel. In this passage, Jesus connects it with the great commission as if it were an integral part; and indeed it is. We have been told by some that these were only for the apostles day but this clearly says that the signs will follow “those that believe.” The word follow “to always be present, to attend to one where ever one goes.”
We can see the results of this thinking in our lack of a massive harvest today. Look at what the book of Acts says how, not just the apostles, but also lay people, deacons, and just about anyone else who preached the gospel actually did it.
First of all, the word sign means, “That by which a person or thing is distinguished and known.” God uses signs and wonders along with preaching so that He is different from any other god out there.
Acts 4:13 – 14 KJV – Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
Here is the miracle of the man laying at the gate of the temple. This one miracle resulted in the salvation of 5000 men, and I am assuming there were also women and children. Peter and John were following the great commission exactly as Jesus laid it out: Go into town, perform a miracle, get the attention of everyone in town, let them know that it was JESUS who performed the miracle, and reap the massive harvest. We, on the other hand, have been depending on our great oratory and persuasiveness to try to win souls. We get a few, but nothing in comparison to the results of the apostles. What would happen if we did it the way Jesus laid it out?
Hebrews 2:4 – KJV – God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles,
God bears witness to the word with signs and wonders. If He is not bearing witness to your word like this, again, we need to fall on our faces and pray for His kingdom to come.
Acts 8:5 – 6 KJV – 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.
Here we see it: when miracles happen, a city wide revival breaks out.
Preaching Christ does not just mean talking, it means demonstrating:
1 Corinthians 2:4 – 5 KJV – And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
When we only talk, we take the risk that peoples’ faith will be in our wisdom and not the power of God. Always remember: The most powerful sermon you will ever preach is the one where the Holy Spirit demonstrates His power and no one can say anything against it. How do we attain this power? Again, by humbling ourselves and asking God to send an open heaven where miracles are seen in abundance and harvest of souls is massive.
So, is God confirming your words?
Mark 16:20 – KJV – And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.