This was included in the Lord’s day post three weeks ago, but I think this portion is worth pulling out for special attention.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
J. C. Ryle wrote,
The full meaning of this promise is not to be sought in the miracles which the Apostles wrought after Christ left the world. Such a notion seems hardly borne out by facts. We read of no Apostle walking on the water, or raising a person four days dead, like Lazarus. What our Lord has in view seems to be the far greater number of conversions, the far wider spread of the Gospel, which would take place under the ministry of the Apostles, than under his own teaching. This was the case, we know from the Acts of the Apostles. We read of no sermon preached by Christ, under which three thousand were converted in one day, as they were on the day of Pentecost. In short, “greater works” mean more conversions. There is no greater work possible than the conversion of a soul.
—J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (Banner of Truth, 2012).
It is not the Benny Hinns of the world (pretending for a moment that they are not total frauds) that are doing the greatest works. The shepherds who faithfully preach the gospel, they are the conduits of the miraculous. They do the work that raises the dead to life. Be amazed by the fruit of their labors.
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