The Miracles of Jesus: How the Savior's Mighty Acts Serve as Signs of Redemption

By Vern S. Poythress

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The Miracles of Jesus: How the Savior's Mighty Acts Serve as Signs of Redemption

By Vern S. Poythress

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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.

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Vern S. Poythress

Vern S. Poythress (PhD, Harvard University; ThD, University of Stellenbosch) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he has taught for four decades. In addition to earning six academic degrees, he is the author of numerous books and articles on biblical interpretation, language, and science.

Product Details

Category: Biblical Studies
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 272
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 11.9 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4607-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4607-5
ISBN-UPC: 9781433546075
Case Quantity: 40
Published: January 31, 2016

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introducing Miracles

  1. The Reality of the Miracles of Jesus
  2. The Significance of Miracles

Part 2: Miracles as Signs

  1. Illustrative Miracles from the Gospel of John
  2. The Pattern of Redemption
  3. The Pattern of Application of Redemption
  4. Typological Reasoning about Miracles
  5. Broader Implications of the Miracles of Jesus
  6. Specific Applications

Part 3: Miracles in Matthew

  1. The Virgin Birth (Matt. 1:18–25)
  2. The Baptism of Jesus (Matt. 3:13–17)
  3. Many Healings (Matt. 4:23–25)
  4. Cleansing a Leper (Matt. 8:1–4)
  5. The Centurion's Servant (Matt. 8:5–13)
  6. Peter's Mother-in-Law (Matt. 8:14–17)
  7. Calming a Storm (Matt. 8:23–27)
  8. The Gadarene Demoniacs (Matt. 8:28–34)
  9. Healing a Paralytic (Matt. 9:1–8)
  10. Raising Jairus's Daughter (Matt. 9:18–26)
  11. Healing Two Blind Men (Matt. 9:27–31)
  12. Healing a Mute Demoniac (Matt. 9:32–34)
  13. Many Healings (Matt. 9:35–38)
  14. Healing a Withered Hand (Matt. 12:9–14)
  15. Many Healings (Matt.12:15–21)
  16. A Blind and Mute Man (Matt. 12:22–23)
  17. Feeding the 5,000 (Matt. 14:13–21)
  18. Walking on Water (Matt. 14:22–33)
  19. Healing Many (Matt. 14:34–36)
  20. The Syrophoenecian Woman (Matt. 15:21–28)
  21. Healing Many (Matt. 15:29–31)
  22. Feeding 4,000 (Matt. 15:32–39)
  23. The Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1–8)
  24. A Boy with a Demon (Matt. 17:14–20)
  25. The Coin in the Fish's Mouth (Matt. 17:24–27)
  26. Many Healings (Matt. 19:2)
  27. Two Blind Men at Jericho (Matt. 20:29–34)
  28. Cursing the Fig Tree (Matt. 21:18–22)

Part 4: The Resurrection of Christ and Its Application

  1. The Resurrection of Jesus (Matt. 28:–10)
  2. Applications to Particular Needs


“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 HughesSenior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

“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 Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology, 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 Emeritus of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California; author, Him We Proclaim; Walking with Jesus through His Word; and Journeys with Jesus

“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 Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary