delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions." Daniel 6:27
Signs and wonders are special miracles that signify that something great from God is taking place. Simply, they are always intended on making people "wonder" about important things about God instead of remaining ignorant and indifferent of them.
We are all familiar with road signs. Some tell us to stop. Some tell us to yield. Some tell us to go right or left. Signs at an airport tell us when to expect the next flight. So signs convey a message. When a sign manifests itself in a manner that exceeds human comprehension, it catches a person's attention, leaving him in amazement and awe.
The first mention of "signs and wonders" in the Bible teaches that, for the most part, they are for the purpose of causing unbelievers to know about a powerful God: "And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt" (Exodus 7:3). Of this, Deuteronomy 6:20-22 states, ""When your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded you?' then you shall say to your son: 'We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; and the Lord showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household.'"
Deuteronomy 4:34 relates that God took Israel out of Egypt by signs and wonders. Then verse 35 states the purpose of those signs and wonders: "To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord Himself is God; there is none other besides Him."
In the New Testament, signs and wonders were given to help the unbeliever believe when they see the manifestation of the power of God. In John 4:48, after "a certain nobleman" experienced the signs and wonders manifested through the supernatural healing of his son, he immediately believed, including his household. To this nobleman, Jesus said, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe." He saw; He believed.
The Gospels, the books of Romans, 2 Corinthians, and Hebrews speak of signs and wonders, but the most amazing testimonies are found in the book of Acts, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Jerusalem church.
Acts 2:22, "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know - "
Acts 2:43, Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
Acts 4:29, 30, "Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus."
Acts 5:12, And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon's Porch.
Acts 6:8, And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.
Acts 7:36, "He brought them out, after he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years."
Acts 8:6, And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles [signs and wonders] which he did.
Acts 8:13, Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs [and wonders] which were done.
Acts 14:3, Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands."
Signs and wonders in the Old Testament were to cause men to believe in the one true God of the Hebrews. Signs and wonders in the New Testament, through the ministry of the early church, were to cause men to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the one and only Savior.
Tomorrow morning, we'll take a closer look at signs and wonders in this first church in Jerusalem. -Bro. Jerry