1 Corinthians 2:4
And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
Note 4 at 1Co 2:4: Paul demonstrated what he taught through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. He didn't just preach doctrine--he lived it, and he proved the validity of his doctrine through miraculous signs and wonders. This is the pattern for all true ministers of the Gospel.
In the book of Acts, not very much attention is given to the signs-and-wonders part of Paul's ministry. Acts focuses on the Apostle Paul's travels and the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles. Yet there are some glimpses into the miraculous occurrences in Paul's ministry.
On Paul's first missionary trip, he saw Elymas, the sorcerer, smitten by God (Ac 13:6-12) on the island of Cyprus (see note 2 at Ac 11:19) and a cripple walk who had never walked before (Ac 14:8-10) in Lystra (see note 4 at Ac 14:6). Paul also saw the supernatural power of God manifest when he was stoned and left for dead (Ac 14:19-20). God miraculously raised him up.
On Paul's second trip (see note 1 at Ac 18:22), he cast a spirit of divination out of a girl (Ac 16:16-18), and he was miraculously delivered from the Philippian jail by an earthquake (Ac 16:23-35).
Toward the end of his third trip (see note 2 at Ac 18:23), Paul raised the young man Eutychus from the dead (Ac 20:7-12).
However, it is obvious that many miracles took place that were not recorded in detail in the book of Acts.
Ac 19:11-12 describes special miracles accomplished by Paul so that handkerchiefs or aprons were passed from his body to sick or demon-possessed people and they were set free. In Ac 19:13-17, it refers to Paul casting out demons in a manner that would lead one to believe this was a common occurrence in his ministry.
So only four times when Paul demonstrated the supernatural power of God in ministering to others are recorded in detail. Twice, the miraculous power of God was demonstrated in his own life. Yet Ac 19:11-17 makes it very clear that the supernatural was a normal part of Paul's ministry.
Paul also made reference, in this very letter, to the way that the Gospel was confirmed to the Corinthians (see note 5 at 1Co 1:7). However, the book of Acts does not record any supernatural manifestations of the miraculous power of God in Corinth. Therefore, it is certain that Paul operated in the miraculous demonstrations of the Spirit of God much more than what the account in Acts relates.
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