Signs and wonders? No, try this: "signs that make you wonder!" 🙂
Could it be that power, signs and wonders are not the goal? They are just a vehicle to something greater?
(This is a picture of a fishing lure.) Perhaps signs (like healing) and wonders (like turning water to wine) lure people to come to listen to the person doing the sign or wonder. What that person does when everyone is listening to him (or her) is the real goal of the event. If the person gets your attention and then leaves, they have missed the main event.
A sign is not a goal in itself. It's purpose is to attract people SO THAT you can tell those people about God, about Jesus, about eternity and the need to love each other now in this world.
(Another picture of a fishing lure.) Signs and wonders are bait (or a lure) on a fishing rod. Then what is the hook for humans? What is it that we Christian offer that the world and satan does not offer?
What it is we get from God and we are to give to people around us?
When people came to listen to Jesus He offered them love and offered them God's Kingdom… which is mostly about love.
His great command is: To love others.
He said that He and the Father would come make their abode with us if we: Love others.
Listen to 1 John 4:
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God.
Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God.
The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love–so you can't know him if you don't love.
This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about–not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they've done to our relationship with God.
My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other.
No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us–perfect love!
This is how we know we're living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He's given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we've seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God's Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God.
We know it so well, we've embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. God is love.
When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we're free of worry on Judgment Day–our standing in the world is identical with Christ's.
There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life–fear of death, fear of judgment–is one not yet fully formed in love.
We, though, are going to love—love and be loved.
First we were loved, now we love.
He loved us first.
If anyone boasts, "I love God," and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar.
If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see?
The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You've got to love both. Every person who believes that Jesus is, in fact, the Messiah, is God-begotten. If we love the One who conceives the child, we'll surely love the child who was conceived.
There is so much in that chapter. I love these verses:
- First we were loved, now we love. With the love I have received from God (through people mostly) in these last few years, I have been changed and am now able to love others
- He loved us first. So great.
- Loving God includes loving people. You've got to love both. If God wants to love me, He will be looking for someone to reach out to me – because wherever possible He tries to work through people. He's in no way limited, but it's His choice. His trademark, His MO (modus operandi).
I'd like to know what verses speak to you in this passage.
PS – I think the chapter ending is in the wrong place so I include Chapter 5 v1 into this. Ch5 v2 and onwards is one thing, Ch5 v1 should be in Ch4. I think. How Did the Bible Get Divided into Chapters and Verses? Article 1. Article 2.