Has anyone ever told you they’ve seen a miracle from God, witnessed a healing, or seen someone raised from the dead?
How do you respond?
Maybe you are like me and have no response. My life has not included seeing dead men raised, witnessing supernatural healing, or verifying God-given miracles with mine own two eyes.
Does this mean I am lacking something? Not according to the words of God.
Peter said he was an eyewitness of some of the most amazing miracles in history including exclusive access to seeing the majesty of Christ in his transfiguration (2 Peter 1:16-17). That must have been amazing.
But he said immediately after that the written words of prophecy are “more sure” than his eyewitness testimony, because the scripture is not of “private interpretation”, unlike testimonies of miracles (2 Peter 3:19-20).
Paul came to many visions from Christ and performed many miracles himself, including raising the dead. That must have been glorious to see. Yet, from him we learn what it means to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7).
You don’t have to see a miracle to be saved by God’s grace. You don’t have to witness a healing to be complete in Christ. You don’t have to see someone risen from the dead to be crucified and risen with Christ.
The miracles that matter for us all, along with their evidence, are recorded in scripture. This is so all can know the power and testimony of God without seeing (i.e. faith).
While some claim to have seen great things privately, our faith is not established on what is seen, but what is not seen.
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18
Justin “not by sight” Johnson