Supernatural In The Bible

Supernatural creatures, also called paranormal or preternatural, are known to have had supernatural abilities like telekinesis and psychokinesis that broke the laws of nature. Supernatural beings made their first appearance in ancient times. Historical accounts of such beings can be found in Greek classics, the Bible, and medieval European folklore. This article explores the origins of supernatural beings as well as their dominant role in the human consciousness.

The Supernatural in the Bible is the central subject matter of the Christian religion. But what does it mean to be supernatural? What evidence is there for such a thing? It’s these questions that this website seeks to address, and which will be addressed by the article below:

There are three main uses of the word supernatural in the Bible. It is used to refer to angels (Acts 10:3-4; Heb. 1:14), divine creation (Rom. 1:20; 2 Cor. 4:7), and divine intervention into human life (Genesis 20:11; 2 Sam. 24:12).

Supernatural in the Bible. In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth (Genesis 1:1). The Bible begins with God creating the natural world out of nothing, and forming our world from chaos. Yet, as biblical revelation unfolds, we discover that every element of creation-even nature itself-is under supernatural rule and providence of God. The vastness of this concept is both humbling, yet inspiring to us. Not only is God present in creation, but He personally operates within it for His purposes.

Supernatural In The Bible

God’s ordinary way of revealing his glory to the hearts of his people is not by circumventing their natural powers but by making those powers the means of supernatural discovery. When Jesus said, “No one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matt. 11:27), he did not mean that people should not use their natural ability to look at him and listen to him. The miracle of seeing Jesus as the all-satisfying Son of God was a miracle mediated through the natural act of listening to Jesus and looking at Jesus. The supernatural sight happened through the use of natural powers. Supernatural grace does not replace means of grace.

It is the same with regard to preaching. In Luke 24:45, when Jesus “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,” he did not mean that this miracle happened apart from their natural knowledge of the Scriptures. The supernatural understanding happened through the use of the natural powers of reading and hearing. As Paul said in Ephesians 3:4, “When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ” (Eph. 3:4). That was a supernatural perception. It came by divine enlightening of the eyes of the heart (Eph. 1:18). But it came through natural reading.

Supernatural In The Bible

Amos 3:7 ESV / 75 helpful votes 

“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.

Leviticus 19:31 ESV / 73 helpful votes 

“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 18:9-13 ESV / 62 helpful votes 

“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God,

Isaiah 53:1-12 ESV / 58 helpful votes 

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. …

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 55 helpful votes 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 55 helpful votes 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Exodus 22:18 ESV / 46 helpful votes 

“You shall not permit a sorceress to live.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 ESV / 41 helpful votes 

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

Matthew 28:18 ESV / 36 helpful votes 

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

1 John 5:14 ESV / 34 helpful votes 

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

James 5:16 ESV / 32 helpful votes 

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Hebrews 1:14 ESV / 31 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

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