Miracles and Deliverance in Christian History
During the first century, Jesus and the apostles healed people. They modeled how to confront demon powers. They also gave their disciples authority to cast out unclean spirits. This was a big deal.
The Bible also describes a number of miracles, such as raising the dead and healing an epileptic boy. Scripture also describes the first church, which was founded after Christ’s resurrection.
In the twelfth century, the anointing of the sick with oil was renamed “extreme unction” and was restricted to those in danger of death. It was also used as a spiritual preparation for heaven.
During the Middle Ages, Christians expected healing to be rare. Many questioned the legitimacy of praying for the sick and the use of miraculous cures. However, many Christians were also aware of the miracle-like qualities of the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is the source of the miracles mentioned in Scripture. The gift of the Holy Ghost includes healings, signs, and miracles. It also brings blessings and freedom from pollution of sin.
In the Global South, Christians typically came to faith through healing. They also prayed for strangers in their homes or in the grocery store.
During the second century, the deliveryance ministry was common. The apostles recorded healing in the Bible. In fact, it is likely that Jesus performed the most miracles.
A new season is emerging in the miraculous church. The new season is characterized by humility, purity, and intimacy. And, while there are still false christs in the world, the gospel has the power to raise the dead.