In my article, The Most Important Signs and Wonders, I ended up with mentioning the spoken and written Word of God. It’s important to understand the difference if you want to produce genuine new creations in Christ in your church—and genuine new creations can only be produced by the hand of God. Thus, his signs and wonders.
Human theology, hermeneutics, sound preaching, denominational doctrines, church programs or even worship programs cannot produce new creations in Christ. Only God’s signs and wonders can. And signs and wonders are produced only by the spoken Word of God in the bible.
“…the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” [John 6.63]
The spoken Word of Jesus, they alone give you life in the Spirit. Nothing else. If you want to operate in genuine signs and wonders, you have to thoroughly understand this. If you do not operate in the spoken Word of God, you do everything through human effort which counts NOTHING in the spirit realms.
“…the flesh counts for nothing. [John 6.63]
The NLT version says it more clearly:
“Human effort accomplishes nothing.”
You can be preaching good and have thousands of people running to the altar to “accept” Christ, but if it’s all derived from the written Word, it’s nothing. It’s mere human effort. And you can be performing signs and wonders resulting to great healing and miracles, but if it’s all derived from the written Word or the “letter,” it’s still human effort.
In fact, the “letter” kills:
“…for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. [2 Corinthians 3.6]
Everything should end up with people radically transformed into new creations in Christ. If you don’t have that, everything is in vain. Or at least, people should understand the concept—anyone in Christ is a new creation—and realize that God’s salvation isn’t cheap. His gift is free but it isn’t cheap. It’s a new creation in Christ or nothing. They either go all-out for that salvation and surrender their lives radically to God or reject the idea outright.
There’s no such thing as half-baked Christians or mixed creation of the old and new. It’s either you are a new creation or you’re not. From being a new creation in Christ, you start to grow in spirit. Only new creations grow. Others just get old and rotten. Active in church, yes, but rotten. One mark of a genuine new creation is that they SO LOVE the spoken Word of God. Job foresaw this:
I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. [Job 23.12]
The danger is when people just “accept” Christ without hearing and craving for the spoken Word of God. They just understand with their minds how hell is scary and that Jesus is the Way out of it all. So naturally, they’d accept him. The church thinks they are born-again, yet there is no visible radical change in them (no old is past, no new has come). What’s more obvious is that they merely changed church membership.
Worse, such church people even seem to grow worse as the years pass. At first their characters were tolerable. But as they became familiar with church over the years, they became rebellious and manipulative, trying to control the church and the pastor.
Genuine born-again is when we believe with our hearts, not understand with our minds:
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. [Romans 10.10]
Once you believe with your heart, the spoken Word then initiates the renewal or transformation of the mind. Only the spoken word of God can protect us from the patterns of this world.
Again, only the spoken Word of God produces radical new creations in Christ.
All signs and wonders in ministry should have this as its goal. The church Jesus will be coming back for is a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any blemish, but holy and pure. A church of radically transformed new creations in Christ. Jesus won’t be coming back for a rotten church.