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What is the significance of 153 fish?

John 21:11 Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Is there any significance to the number 153? Or was it ...
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In Acts 2:6, was the miracle in the speaking or the hearing at Pentecost?

I have a few questions about tongues during the Pentecost event in acts. Here is the main verse : And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every ...
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Did Jesus not heal the crippled beggar at the gate Beautiful?

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was ...
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Why did Jesus choose to perform his first miracle at the wedding in Cana by turning water into wine?

John 2:1-11 NKJV 2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out ...
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What is the significance of Elisha's staff in 2 Kings 4?

What is the significance of Elisha sending Gehazi to place the staff upon the boy's face in anticipation of his later arrival upon the scene in 2 Kings 4:29? 2 Kings 4:29 (NASB) Then he said to ...
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Isaiah 38:21 - The Cake of Figs: Medicinal or Miraculous?

Isaiah 38:21 (ESV), 21 Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.” This verse is in response to the greater narrative regarding King Hezekiah's ...
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Who/what is the source of the power behind the miracles, signs and wonders in Matthew 7:22?

Matthew 7:21-23 (NASB): 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me ...
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Why Were there 12 Baskets of Leftovers when feeding 5000?

Mathew 14:16-20 (NIV) says: 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring ...
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In the gospels, why does Jesus sometimes tell the people not to tell anyone after he has performed a miracle?

In the gospels, why does Jesus sometimes tell the people not to tell anyone after he has performed a miracle? Matthew 9:30 There are multiple examples of this throughout the gospels.
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Matthew 12:39: Why "there shall no sign, but the sign of the prophet Jonas"?

"...and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas" (KJV, Matthew 12:39) Jesus, in fact, did a lot of miracles during His earthly ministry and each one of those could be ...
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Why did Jesus send the man born blind to the pool of Siloam?

When Jesus healed the man born blind in John 9, he sent him to the pool of Siloam: 1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth... 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ...
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Why did the Apostle Paul leave Trophimus sick, while Epaphroditus was also sick to the point of death in Philippians 2:27?

If the Apostle Paul still had the power to heal why would he leave Trophimus sick, while Epaphroditus was also sick to the point of death in Philippians 2:27 and encouraged Timothy to use a little ...
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When does Jesus not heal?

It seems Jesus does not heal everyone. Mark 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. So also in Luke: Luke 5:15 But so much ...
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Are there any clues as to the nature of the man's blindness in John 9?

This weekend I heard somebody build a case for a theological position based in part of the kind of healing given to the blind man in John 9. [John 9:1, NET] Now as Jesus was passing by, he saw a ...
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How was the Holy Spirit being seen (perceived) in Acts 8?

We see that Simon in Samaria believed from Phillip's preaching and was baptized: Simon himself believed and was baptized (Acts 8:3) When the apostles Peter and John arrived to Samaria, Simon must'...
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Can 1 Cor 13:8-10 be used as to prove that radical Continuationism is necessarily true?

This question is prompted by an answer in C.SE claiming that the very wording of the bolded text below within 1 Cor 13:8-12 implies that prophecies, tongues and knowledge are available in the time of ...
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John 9: Did the blind man know scripture?

I found it odd that in John 9:30-33, the (healed) blind man refers to scripture, suddenly speaking as a learned scholar to the point where the Pharisees accuse him of lecturing them. I wonder, was it ...
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Why did Jesus ask some recipients of miracles to report to the priests and some he told to speak to no one?

Jesus performed many miracles while on earth. We see that in some cases the healed person is told to keep the matter private (e.g. Mark 1:44, Matt 9:30); but in other cases the person is told to ...
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In what sense is speaking in tongues a sign to unbelievers? 1 Corinthians 14:22

1 Corinthians 14:22: 22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. [...
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What signs and wonders are performed by whom? 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10

2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 (NIV): 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 ...
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*Two* miraculous catches of fish in John 21 and significance?

In John 21, Jesus tells the disciples to throw their nets on the "right side of the boat" (verse 6) which enables the second miraculous catch of fish in Jesus' ministry, the catching of 153 fish. ...
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Does God approve or disapprove of convincing unbelievers through miracles?

In favor of miracles: 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and ...
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Is it not odd that Abraham would use the sister-wife exploit (Gen 20:2) when Sarah was 90?

Was she made miraculously desirable? Or has this chapter been misplaced, as some have suggested? What is the best explanation of why the sister-wife exploit was used when Sarah was so old (Gen 20)?
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What is the significance of using water in Jesus's first miracle?

Jesus's first miracle John 2 When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine”...Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with ...
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Does the book of Revelation teach that all miracles during the end times will be of Satan?

Passage (KJV) Content Revelation 13:13-14 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth ...
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Is the promise of "works" in John 14:12 only for the apostles or for Christians in all ages?

John 14:8-14 (NIV) says: ⁸Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” ⁹Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? ...
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Did the Roman soldier actually meet Christ as alluded in Matthew 8:5-6?

Matthew 8:5-6 NLT 5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer[b] came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my young servant[c] lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.” In the above texts ...
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Is 2 Corinthians 12:12 binding for all true apostles throughout history?

2 Corinthians 12:11-12: 11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. 12 The ...
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Why did Christ "give strict orders" of silence regarding raising a young girl from death (Mk. 5:43)? [duplicate]

In Mark's Gospel, we read of Christ raising a 12-year-old girl from the dead. He then sternly tells those around Him (Peter, James, John, the parents) not to tell anyone about it. Here is the ...
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What is/was the significance of Jesus’s response regarding sign-seeking in John 4:48?

In response to a royal official’s plea that Jesus come heal his son, Jesus responds: Unless you (people) see signs and wonders, you (simply) will not believe. - John 4:48 NASB Why did Jesus respond ...
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What relationship is there between lack of faith ("unbelief") and miracles ("mighty works") according to Matthew 13:58?

Matthew 13:58 and he did not there many mighty works, because of their unbelief. (YLT) And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (KJV) And he did not do many mighty works ...
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Are signs, wonders and miracles evidence of an authentic divine calling or not?

According to Paul and Jesus, the signs and wonders they performed attested to the authenticity of their callings: 12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with ...
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Where did the feeding of the 5000 occur?

The feeding of the 5000 is recorded in all 4 Gospels: Matthew 14:13-22 Mark 6:32-46 Luke 9:10-17 John 6:1-15 In Matthew & Mark they leave town and are in a desert place: When Jesus heard of it, ...
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Could the crowd have provided the extra bread and fish in the account of Jesus feeding the thousands?

In all of the feeding miracles (Matthew 14:13-21, Matthew 15:32-16:10, Mark 6:31-44, Mark 8:1-9, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15) would it have been possible that the extra bread and fish did not get ...
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Is there a pun in Matthew 9:30?

After Jesus heals two blind men, he sternly warns them, 'See that no one knows about it.' I have a feeling that the word 'see' here is a reference to their previous blindness. I find it intriguing ...
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What does Jesus mean when curing a man in John 5

I came in contact with the following verse: I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. (John 5:43, KJV) However I couldn't ...
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Does the use of past tense in Hebrews 2:4 indicate that signs, wonders, miracles and the gifts of the Holy Spirit had ceased?

Hebrews 2:1-4 (ESV): Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every ...
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Is Matthew 17:14-21 implying that miracle-working faith can be attained through prayer and fasting?

Matthew 17:14-21 (ESV): 14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often ...
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Can history shed any light on the "secret arts" of the Egyptian magicians who turned their staffs into serpents?

Exodus 7:11-12 (ESV): 11 Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. 12 For each man cast down his staff, and they ...
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Was there something significant to the Israelites about the third miracle in Exodus 4:8?

God sends Moses to the Israelites to tell them that he is about to redeem them but Moses makes it clear that they might not believe him.Having perfomed the first two miracles it seems Moses goes on to ...
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What's the difference between Jesus being unable to escape notice in Mark 7:24 and him hiding himself from the Pharisees in John 8:59?

In Mark 7:24 it says Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of Tyre. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice. The same event is ...
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Why are there 2 variants of "feeding of the multitude" in Mark and Matthew?

Given the similarities between the two accounts (feeding the 4000 vs the 5000), it seems that these are two variants of the same event. What are the scholarly opinions about this?
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Did Jesus want John to reference Isaiah 35:4-6, and recognize the miracles as proof of His divinity?

Miracle Working "God" John was near the end of his life, siting nervously in Herod's prison. He was wondering if he had made a mistake in seeing Jesus as the one he was to be the "...
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What does "My hour" mean in John 2:4?

John 2:4 "Woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My hour has not yet come." Case A I understand "My hour" as "My time to perform a first sign". But I think this contradicts the next verse :...
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What is the spiritual meaning of the fish fragments not being gathered in John 6:13?

John 6:13 KJV Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. It is said the ...
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In Luke 24:16 why were the disciples eyes kept from recognizing Jesus, then opened?

Jesus spoke in parables about the temporary partial judicial hardening that was to occur in order for him to be rejected but Jesus said "to you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of ...
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Can demons manipulate the weather?

Job 1:12,16,18,19 (NIV): 12 The Lord told Satan, “Everything he has is in your power, but you must not lay a hand on him!” Then Satan left the Lord’s presence. [...] 16 While he was still speaking, ...
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Is Jesus' description of the Holy Spirit as "rivers of living water flowing from within" a metaphor for a conscious supernatural experience?

In John 7:37-39 (NIV), Jesus describes the presence of the Holy Spirit inside a person as "rivers of living water flowing from within": 37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, ...
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Chronology for Jesus' miracle

John chapter 2 says "On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding." John 2:11- "What Jesus did ...
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Did Jesus personally perform 33, 35, or 37 recorded miracles before his resurrection in the Gospels?

How many recorded miracles did Jesus perform in the Gospels? The first list claims there were 37, the next list claims 35, and the last list claims 33 miracles. With certainty, are there 33, 35, or ...
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