Unnamed Signs and Wonders of the Apostles

Continuing in our observations that the Bible is not complete, I offer up this passage from the 2nd chapter of Acts—as passage generally taken to give an account of the very beginning of “the church”, or Jesus’ “ekklesia”.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

We are not told a word about those “wonders and signs”.  We do not know what they were.  For some reason, Luke (the author of Acts) did not bother to record them.

And we see a similar passage a little later in Acts:

Acts 5:12 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.

Yet there is not any detail presented here, either.

And again, in this very interesting account of a non-apostle with miraculous powers, we are only told that they existed, but not what they were:

Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

In all these cases, Luke (the author of Acts) makes no excuses for omitting the details.  Our generation, however, has little idea what feats might have been performed.  Yes, we see healings and even a few people being brought back to life.  In no place, however, are we told whether this was the full extent of these “wonders and signs”.  Did they teleport as Jesus had done one a few occasions?  Did they walk on water?

We simply do not know.  And this is yet another evidence that “the Bible” was not written for us, for we need to know these things if we are to fully understand the story of the ekklesia.  But Luke’s contemporaries did not need the full story, for they were witnesses of such events themselves.

So again, if anyone believes that the Bible was written “for us” and that it is “complete”, let him imagine a reason that God would present for us a set of documents that doesn’t answer the questions that are raised when we read it.

 

 

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