Who Performed Miracles?

Only a select few performed the miracles recorded in the Old Testament. Moses was given the power to perform miracles when he was demanding that the Egyptian Pharaoh free the Hebrew slaves. The prophets Elijah and Elisha also performed miracles during their ministries. However, Jesus said that John the Baptist was the greatest man who ever lived (Matthew 11:11), yet he never performed a miracle (John 10:41). In the earliest days of the Christian church, only the apostles performed miracles (Acts 2:43; 4:33; 5:12). But they were able to pass on miraculous gifts to others; for example, when they laid hands on the evangelists Stephen and Philip (Acts 6:6–8; 8:6).

Because miracles were temporary, they didn't meet or satisfy mankind's eternal needs. For instance, except for Jesus, none of those who were raised from the dead are still alive. Each one eventually died again. Those who experienced this miracle include:

  • The widow's son (1 Kings 17:22)

  • The Shunammite's son (2 Kings 4:32–36)

  • The man thrown in Elisha's tomb (2 Kings 13:20–21)

  • Jairus’ daughter (Matthew 9:25)

  • The widow's son (Luke 7:15)

  • Jesus’ friend Lazarus (John 11:43–44)

  • The Old Testament saints (Matthew 27:52)

  • The disciple Tabitha (Acts 9:40–41)

  • The apostle Paul (Acts 14:19–20)

  • Eutychus, who fell from a window (Acts 20:9–12)

When Jesus fed the 5,000 (Matthew 14:21), and later the 4,000 (Mark 8:4–9), they became hungry again. From the moment God rested on the seventh day to when he closed the door of Noah's ark, only one miracle is recorded. Genesis 5:24 reports that Enoch, who “walked with God,” was taken to heaven without experiencing death (Hebrews 11:5–6).

  1. Home
  2. History of the Bible
  3. The Mystery of Miracles
  4. Who Performed Miracles?
Visit other About.com sites: