I am writing a thesis about Jesus' dual nature and I would like to know what you think about the miracles Jesus performed. Were they a demonstration of His humanity or deity? I've already heard that He performed His miracles as a man who was been used by the Holy Spirit as some preachers today that have the gift of healing. Please give me biblical references.
His deity. Only God can do miracles; there's nothing in our humanness that can do them.
When Jesus exorcised demons, He simply said, "Be gone," not "In the name of the Father." When He calmed the sea, He simply said, "Be still," not "In the name of Yahweh." When he fed the 4,000 and the 5,000, He simply blessed the food and kept handing it out. Period.
We do see examples of people performing miracles in the Bible, like Peter healing the crippled in man in Acts 3:6. Peter had no power on his own, but said, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." Jesus never had to appeal to a higher power; He WAS the higher power.
Hope this helps!
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