“…Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord….. God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. Acts 19:9-12
When the leaders of the Ephesian synagogue slandered Paul’s message that Jesus is the way, he moved to the lecture hall of Tyrannus. All of Asia heard the word of the Lord, not the word of the synagogue’s leaders, not the word of Paul, not the word of the apostles, but the WORD OF THE LORD. Hearing the word of the Lord purged from human additions is another key element to God working miracles among us.
We must not only come out from among people in the church who refuse to believe, we must teach God’s thoughts and ideas. The leaders of the synagogue who refused to accept accurate doctrine and continued to teach their own ideas excluded themselves and those who believed them from the miracles of healing and deliverance from devils that exploded Tyrannus’s lecture hall.
Before Jesus ascended to heaven to take his place at God’s right hand, he spoke of signs that follow those who believe the truth. Healing and deliverance from devils are two of those signs. Mark concluded his gospel:
“Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.” Mark 16:20
When we speak God’s thoughts and ideas, he works with us to confirm we have spoken the truth. Paul sought to establish his disciples “not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). In Paul’s list of the gifts of the Spirit we find “to another gifts of healings by the same spirit, to another the working of miracles….(1 Corinthians 12:9-10). If the people in a congregation are plagued with sickness and act like devils, examine the doctrine. Is it full of human wisdom or is it full of wisdom the Lord can confirm?
LOG ON NEXT WEEK FOR PART 11: A HEALING CLOTH