The Miracles of Jesus [eBook]


By: Poythress, Vern S.

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ISBN: 9781433546105

How the Savior’s Mighty Acts Serve as Signs of Redemption

Jesus walked on water. He healed a blind man. He turned water into wine. More than just displays of his divine power, Jesus’s miracles signify something deeper—they’re windows into God’s grand story of redemption, foreshadowing the great miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection. By explaining the meaning and significance of all 26 miracles recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, New Testament scholar Vern Poythress shows us their relevance for our lives today. Poythress unpacks how understanding the meaning of Christ’s miracles will help us better grasp the salvation God has brought into the world.

Vern S. Poythress (PhD, Harvard University; ThD, Stellenbosch University) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he has taught for over 30 years. In addition to earning six academic degrees, he has written numerous books on biblical interpretation, language, and science, including Redeeming Science, Redeeming Sociology, Logic, Chance and the Sovereignty of God, and Redeeming Mathematics.

“Vern Poythress rescues the miracles of Jesus from neglect and confusion by means of his sanctified scholarship. As a pastor, I am indebted to him for helping me make sense of the miracles for myself and in turn for my congregation.”
Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

“Poythress serves as a sure-footed guide through the towering magnificence of Jesus’s miracles, so that we readers can see them as the pulsing signs of redemption that they are—radiating his power and his lordship and, ultimately, the greatest work ever—the cross. The precision and tender pastoral practicality of The Miracles of Jesus will be sure to refresh every reader. Those who preach and teach will find the carefully layered depth of application a welcome help in unfolding the miracles to their people.”
R. Kent Hughes, Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Because the miracles that marked the ministry of Jesus are the most significant in Scripture, this volume largely confines its attention to them and shows with rich insight how they are essential for revealing the full scope of the salvation he accomplished. Written with a broad audience in view and in the author’s characteristically clear and winsome way, it will be read with great profit by those wanting to grow in understanding how the miracles of Jesus are essential for the gospel.”
Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Blending profound insight with clear explanation, Vern Poythress shows us that Jesus’s miracles are not merely random acts of kindness and power, but—most importantly—are signs pointing to the central events of his redemptive mission: his sacrificial death and mighty resurrection. Poythress leads us from the incarnation, healings, stilled seas, transfiguration, and other supernatural displays of Jesus’s identity as glorious God, last Adam, and promised Messiah to the cross and empty tomb. Then he leads us on to the application in our own lives and struggles with sin and suffering. I highly recommend this reader-friendly and Christ-glorifying study.”
Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

“We all encounter both believers and unbelievers who firmly deny that miracles of any kind happen today. Then we meet other believers and unbelievers who claim to experience miracles at nearly every turn. Poythress speaks to both extremes in a way that strikes at the heart of the matter. Jesus of Nazareth was the greatest miracle-worker the world has ever seen. But why? His miracles bore witness to him as the Savior and to the good news of God’s miraculous kingdom coming to earth as it is in heaven.”
Richard L. Pratt Jr., President, Third Millennium Ministries

“Vern Poythress is a master of New Testament interpretation, whose scholarship has shaped a generation of preachers. The Miracles of Jesus is a treasure trove that will radically influence the reader’s understanding of Jesus’s miracles. Poythress shows that, beyond proving Jesus’s divine authority, the miracles are actually powerful gospel displays of the wide scope our his saving work. If you wish to understand better how deep and wide is the redeeming love of Jesus, read this book and rejoice!”
Richard D. Phillips, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina; Chairman, Philadephia Conference on Reformed Theology

“I am delighted to see available the principles and particulars of interpreting miracle stories that shaped my own understanding as a student of Vern Poythress. In characteristic fashion, he develops profound principles in the most accessible terms and proceeds to demonstrate their application through numerous examples from Matthew’s Gospel. I’m enthused to be able to put this book into the hands of my students.”
Michael J. Glodo, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary






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