BCL Grow: Miracles and Belief — Matthew 12:38-39

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Matthew 12:38-39 (Gospel)

Bible Passage

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah”. — Matthew 12:38-39

Quote

“Any event which is claimed as a miracle is, in the last resort, an experience received from the senses; and the senses are not infallible. We can always say we have been the victims of an illusion; if we disbelieve in the supernatural this is what we always shall say.” — C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock, p. 8.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: Have you ever had someone tell you that they would believe in God if they saw a miracle? Even with all the existing film and photography footage of the Apollo space missions, there are some people today who believe in conspiracy theories that claim no human has walked on the moon.

2. Ponder: There were many people who personally witnessed the miracles of Jesus and still did not believe he was God come in the flesh. The Pharisees even blasphemously accused Jesus of casting out demons by “Beelzebul, the prince of demons” (Matt. 12:24). The Pharisees had selfish motivations to deny Jesus as they wanted to hold on to their power, wealth, and popularity instead of rightfully giving all honor, worship, and devotion to the one true God. Jesus clearly stated that no one can serve two masters (Luke 16:13).

3. Act: Don’t be falsely led to believe that “seeing in believing.” God has given us everything we need to know about him and salvation in Christ alone in general revelation (creation) and special revelation (Scripture). If you haven’t done so already, bow the knee and receive Jesus Christ as your Savior today, for lasting joy and peace with God is found in him alone. And be sure to share the good news of the gospel as God gives you the opportunity.

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