To say miracles ceased with the first century Apostles is, in my mind, crazy talk. I have never once come across a scripture that says God will stop doing the miraculous after these people die; or I will only do the miraculous for this many years then your cut off. This argument mainly started with the reformers trying to discredit the Roman Catholic Church and the miracles that it had performed. The Bible is a book that starts and ends with miracles. In looking up the original definition of the word Gospel in The New Strongs Expanded Exhaustive Concordance, it does not simply mean the good news as tradition tells us. Its original intent was “the rewards of the good news.” “The rewards of” was later dropped off, I believe, because people failed to actually provide the rewards of the good news. As believers we are to deliver the rewards of the good news, the rewards of heaven here and now. Jesus taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Is there sickness, injustice, or lack in heaven? NO!
Once we created a dichotomy between clergy and laity within the ekklesia because of the influence of the Greco-Roman hierarchal mindset, we undermined the full intent of the Spirit of God. We subconsciously were saying these people (the clergy) are holier than these (the laity), and therefore dis-empowered the people of God to fully bring about the kingdom of God to their realms of influence. I believe it was this dichotomy that singlehandedly put a stop to the true fullness of the power of God working through His people.
The Jews desired a Messiah to overthrow their oppressors from the outside and work its way into the rest of their lives, but Jesus desired a internal uprising of disciples that were willing to bring about the kingdom of God in every realm of influence so that all men would be saved. Tradition tells us that saved is merely just to accept Jesus as Savior and therefor be saved from hell, but the true definition of the word means – (sozo) to keep safe and sound or to rescue from destruction, injury, or peril; to save from suffering from disease, i.e. to make well, heal, restore to health; to save from the penalties of judgement or evil. God desires so much more than for you to just get to heaven one day.
If Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8) why would the same miracles that he performed suddenly stop?
Why would one of the gifts of the spirit be healings? (1 Cor 12)
Paul tells us to follow his example as he follows Christ’s (1 Cor 11:1) Christ performed miracles, Paul performed miracles, so then shouldn’t we?
These signs shall follow those that believe (Mark 16:17-18)
Jesus said the works that He did(things he brought about), if we believe, we would do (bring them about) also (John 14:12-13)
Some say things were added later to scripture, or try to justify it, but Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that ALL scripture is God breathed or other versions say all scripture is inspired by God. God obviously intended every word that is contained within those 66 books to be there.
The Gospels and Acts make up almost 60% of the New Testament, and are filled with the examples of Christ and the apostles performing miracles. If we are to disregard this for our beliefs, we eliminate the majority of what God intended for us.
All this to say, I have seen unexplainable miracles in my life, complete strangers quoting verbatim to me things I had written in private to God, my still born nephew who is now alive, miraculous financial provision in times of desperation, a friend who suffered from temporary paralysis, seizures, and vision issues that doctors could not diagnose who is now healed after we prayed for her. While these are only but a few, I desire to see the kingdom of God fully manifested in Pampa, Texas, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” that it might be the first saved city (in the original and reoriented sense of the term) in the history of the world. So to those that would say miracles ceased after the Apostles died, I say “A man with and experience, will NEVER be at the mercy of a man with just an argument!”
For more information on anything that I have written here, and to better understand how tradition has shaped our thinking I encourage you to check out a few books, Re_Orient by Kevin Weaver, Pagan Christianity; Reimagining Church; and Finding Organic Church by Frank Viola.
Another great article – http://www.codrington.biz/papers/miracles.htm