Today's Foundations Devotional: God’s supernatural attestation throughout all ages
God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various
miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.
Ever since Cain and Abel, God has always been pleased to give open, supernatural testimony to the truth which He reveals to man. In Exodus 4 we read that when God commissioned Moses to take His message of deliverance to the children of Israel in Egypt, God gave him three definite, supernatural signs which were to accompany and to attest his message.
Later, when Moses and Aaron had completed their sacrifices to God in the tabernacle:
Fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces (Lev. 9:24).
When Solomon had concluded his prayer at the dedication of the temple: Fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple (2 Chron. 7:1).
The Lord similarly confirmed the message and the testimony of Elijah in his contest with the prophets of Baal.
Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice [that is, Elijah’s sacrifice], and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!” (1 Kin. 18:38-39).
The supernatural testimony of God to the message of the prophets did not end with Elijah but continued on through the ministries of Elisha, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and many others.
In the New Testament, with the advent of the gospel, God’s supernatural testimony to the truth of His Word was not decreased or withdrawn. On the contrary, it was greatly increased and extended, both in the ministry of Jesus Himself and in the subsequent ministry of the whole early Church.
Throughout all ages it has been the special office of the Holy Spirit to bear supernatural testimony to God’s revealed truth and to confirm the words of God’s messengers. The more abundantly the Holy Spirit is poured out upon God’s people, the more this supernatural testimony is strengthened and increased.
Thank You, Heavenly Father, that the attestation of the Holy Spirit
about who Jesus is - the Saviour of all mankind - has continued to
increase throughout the ages. I am also so thankful, Lord, that I have
got to know You personally.