Few days ago, when I studied my Bible, I came across this wonderful discovery that I’d like to share with you. It’s about miracle(s). I am not an Hebrew nor a Greek speaker but always want to know what the actual Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT) Bible records. There are so many English versions of the Bible; sometimes, they somehow mistranslate the actual words used by the authors in Hebrew and Greek. One of those is the word miracle I’m about to share.
I’m going to quote two passages, one from the OT and the other from the NT:
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Acts 1:8 (KJV) – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
There are so many passages but I chose these two because of the connection between them. Isaiah is a prophecy about Jesus, meanwhile Acts 1:8 is a message from Jesus Himself. In both of these passages, the English translators didn’t translate the original Hebrew and Greek words respectively the way they should.
The word translated ‘wonderful’ in Isaiah derives from the Hebrew word פּלא (pele’) and it means ‘miracle’. The same word is translated as ‘wonder’ or ‘marvellous things’ elsewhere (See Exodus 15:11; Psalm 77:11, 14; 88:10, 12; 89:5; Isaiah 29:14; Daniel 12:6).
Isaiah 9:6’s perfect translation should be, ‘…his name shall be called Miracle, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.’
Now, this Hebrew word is akin to the word ‘power’ translated in Acts 1:8; but again, power isn’t the right word for it. It’s the Greek word ‘Δύναμις (Dunamis)’, which means ‘miracle’. Amazingly, this word is translated as miracle(s) or mighty work(s)/deed(s) elsewhere:
Acts 19:11 – And God wrought special miracles [Δύναμις – Dunamis] by the hands of Paul.
12:10 – To another the working of miracles [Δύναμις – Dunamis]; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues…
12:28 – And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles [Δύναμις – Dunamis], then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
12:29 – Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles [Δύναμις – Dunamis]?
Galatians 3:5 – He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit and worketh miracles [Δύναμις – Dunamis] among you; doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Hebrews 2:4 – God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles [Δύναμις – Dunamis], and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
(See Matthew 7:22; 11:20, 21; 13:54, 58; Mark 6:5; 9:39; 10:13; Acts 2:22; 8:13; 2 Corinthians 12:12 for more)
What lesson do we get from this?
Jesus (the Miracle) said that when we receive the Holy Spirit, we will receive ‘miracle’; which means miracles are our right as children of God. We should not struggle nor beg for it; all we need is the Holy Spirit. So the question should be, as Paul asked some of the Corinthian Christians (Acts 19:1-5); have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? If you have then don’t try to do things the way you think is right because in so doing you hinder Him to do His job; all He needs from you is your faith (Galatians 3:5; Hebrews 11:6; James 1:7-8).
Remember, Jesus, though called ‘Miracle’ (Isaiah 9:6) as I explained above, never performed a single miracle before the Holy Spirit came upon/in Him. It was only when the Holy Spirit came upon Him that He performed those miracles. No wonder Acts 10:38 tells us,
‘How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power (miracle) [Δύναμις – Dunamis]: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.’ (Acts 10:38)
Not only is miracle our birth right, we ought to perform it too. The Lord Jesus said:
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:17-18)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14:12)
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Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. I declare that I’m a miracle that’s happening everywhere. Your miracle working power is at work in every sick body that I touch and everything I lay my hands upon prospers, in Jesus Name. Amen.