About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Are The Miracle Workers?
It was 1971 when I
found myself involved in what was called "the Charismatic
traditional Pentecostal terminology this movement was an outpouring of the
Holy Spirit on people from all ethnicities and denominational persuasions.
It was not that I was unfamiliar with the Holy Spirit and the
miraculous that I saw in the movement because I was familiar with it.
At the age of six I was pulled from the doorstep of death.
After being in and out of a coma-like state, Jesus healed me of
Juvenile Diabetes, something the doctors at Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada, with no reluctance, confirmed to be a miracle.
I saw the miracles
and healings in the Charismatic Movement.
In 1973 my friend was given a few weeks to live.
She looked eight months pregnant; not with child but with cancer.
After much prayer she was raised to life and lives to this day.
While walking to
work one day in 1972 my nose began to bleed.
That was no time for a nose bleed. I
ask Jesus to stop the bleeding. Immediately
I felt the blood flowing back up my nose.
Movements of the
Holy Spirit are exciting to live through but history tells us that they
often die because of excessive human interference, which I observed at
times in the 1970's. I saw
exaggerated claims of healing that could not be verified, prophetic
predictions that never came true, legs being lengthened by manipulative
means, and people copying other people's gift of tongues.
definitely lots of excitement in the Charismatic Movement, some of which
should have been tempered by Biblical knowledge.
It was sometimes suggested that all Christians in the first
generation church performed the miraculous, and therefore, so should we.
Was that really the case? Acts
5:12 and 13 says this:
performed many signs and wonders among the people. And
all the believers used to meet together in Solomonís Colonnade. No
one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the
Acts 2:43 says
filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the
It seems to me from
the above verses that it was the apostles who performed the miracles and
healed the sick, not the general Christian public.
The Apostle Paul explained why this was so in 1 Corinthians 12:8
through 10. The text says:
"To one there
is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of
knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same
Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another
miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between
spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still
another the interpretation of tongues."
Notice the words
"to one is given" and "to another is given."
One person receives one gift of the Spirit while another person
receives another gift. No one
person possesses all the gifts and not all have the gifts of healing and
miracles. The Holy Spirit
determines who gets what gifts and when.
1 Corinthians 12:11 says this:
[gifts of the Spirit] are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he
distributes them to each one, just as he determines."
Paul, in 1
Corinthians 12 through 14 addressed the issue of the individual's place
and ministry in the Body of Christ. As
each part of your physical body has its specific function, each one of us
in the Body of Christ has his specific function.
We all have different responsibilities based on the gifts we have
receive from God the Father, from Jesus, and from the Holy Spirit.
As each one of us discovers our place and function in Christ's
earthly body, the life of the Holy Spirit will be displayed in us in the
way He wants. It might well be
then that we see where the miracle workers among us are.