The Jews seek a sign and the Greeks seek wisdom. These are both spirits that we have at our appointed time, and which must be overcome. Part 1 focuses on the Jews seeking a sign.
by Mitch Kuhn
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Paul is speaking negatively of both the Jews and the Greeks as he compares
what they seek to what God is causing Paul to preach. Remember that all of
things that we read in the scriptures are symbols and parables about what is
going on inside of each of us.
1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and
they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal
power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Jews Seek a Sign
Let’s first examine the Jews seeking a sign. Here is what Christ had to say.
Mat 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered,
saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
Mat 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign…
So just who is this adulterous generation?
God through the prophet Joel prophesied that there would be signs and
wonders to come, which was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
Act 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Act 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out
of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall
Act 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in
those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
Act 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the
earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,
great and notable day of the Lord come:
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of
the Lord shall be saved.
Jesus and the disciples did many miracles and gave many signs by healing the sick and raising the dead.
Joh 2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day,
many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
Act 9:33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept
his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
Act 9:34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole:
arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
There are countless signs and wonders performed in the Old Testament: the plagues of Egypt, crossing the red sea, the pillar of cloud and fire the Israel followed, the burning bush, Daniel cast into the lion’s den, etc. As an example, Gideon asks God for multiple signs and God does it.
Jdg 6:36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand,
as thou hast said,
Jdg 6:37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on
the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know
that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.
Jdg 6:38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the
fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
Jdg 6:39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me,
and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with
the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let
there be dew.
Jdg 6:40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
Physical signs and wonders was the way that God has revealed himself since the beginning of the creation. This is even the way that Christ confirms that he is the messiah to John the Baptist.
Mat 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of
commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach
in their cities.
Mat 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he
sent two of his disciples,
Mat 11:3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look
Mat 11:4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again
those things which ye do hear and see:
Mat 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers
are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor
have the gospel preached to them.
Mat 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
The wicked and adulterous generation are those that did not receive the promise. There were many great men of God that lived before Christ came to preach the kingdom of God within, but they were all carnal.
Mat 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but
having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced
them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith,
received not the promise:
It was not until Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 that the spirit came and fulfilled
this prophecy in Ezekiel 26.
Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within
you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give
you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in
my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Once the spirit has come within us, we are now able to leave our need for
physical signs and wonders and not see, yet believe.
Joh 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the
Lord. But he
said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put
my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will
Joh 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas
with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst,
and said, Peace be unto you.
Joh 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my
hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not
faithless, but believing.
Joh 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Joh 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me,
thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet
We are still given a signs, but it is not a physical sign like the Jews sought.
Mat 12:39 and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet
Mat 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the
whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights
in the heart of the earth.
Yes, Jesus was literally crucified, buried, and raised from the dead, but how
is that a sign for us if we do not see it today? Paul gives us the answer.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the
faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Christ comes into our life and causes us to be crucified with him, forcing us to cease from our lusts of the flesh.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
We do live by every word of God, so when we have the spirit of the Jews seeking a sign, God is dealing with us in the physical very openly and clearly. Some people see visions, some dream dreams, while others just experience crushing circumstances that force us to cry out to God and seek the truth of the Word.
However, as we mature we do not need these outward events to cause change in our lives. We tremble at the word of God and become more sensitive to what he says through the word and the Body of Christ.
Isa 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word;
God continues to work through physical circumstances, but the more we
mature the less fantastic these circumstances need to be.
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
If you’ll study the Milk Doctrine series, you’ll see how: healing is not to be
healed physically, being raised from the dead is a spiritual resurrection,
baptism is about being washed by the water of the word and not physical
water. These physical outward signs are a shadow of the true riches to come
in the spirit.
Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and
not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they
offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
Paul is not concerned with the shadow of the good things to come. He has learned to be content regardless of the physical circumstances.
Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in
whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Php 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every
here and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both
to abound and to suffer need.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
We are to look for the fruits of the spirit to satisfy us, and confirm that
ourselves and others are entering into the Kingdom of God more and more
While miraculous physical circumstances and intense earth shattering trials are needed to bring us as wicked and adulterous children to out of the ways of this evil world, we grow to no longer need these signs. We now walk by faith not by sight.
I’m not say that trials stop, just that we begin to have some joy in the trials and they are not as bad as the great earthquake.
1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
We are fulfilling now this prophecy of Christ, by seeing and living the spirit behind the physical miracles he did.
Joh 14:12 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.