In response to the question of why in many church contexts and at various points in church history we do not see many obvious miracles being performed ultimately it must be understood that God in his infinite wisdom gives miracles according to his good pleasure and he distributes gifts according to his grace which are then exercised to the extent of the faith granted. It is important to understand this first of all. Now in a natural sense we must examine if we are at fault. The lack of expectation for miracles cannot be linked entirely to scientific rationalism or modernity for the days of the reformers and the days even of Augustine and the church fathers are not know for large numbers of miracles. I think miracles have been something that have been misunderstood and not sought for because we have historically misunderstood their purpose and been led astray by them. Of course any good doctrines divorced from a Gospel hermeneutic are standing on dangerous ground, so we must not fear the doctrines, that of miracles in this place, but seek to understand their role in a cross-centered context. I believe that some of us in the realm of evangelical orthodoxy are on the verge of realizing with proper balance the role of miracles in the church today in such a way that we see and increased awareness of them, an increased prayer for them, and an increased working of true miracles in an orthodox context all with a Christo-centric, God-exalting, Gospel-propogating end in mind.

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