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II. Function and significance of miracles in Jesus' activities

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When investigating the function and the significance of miracles in Jesus' activities we find ourselves confronted with various relations and aspects considered in the following manner: First is Jesus' conduct as miracle-worker with regard to the Messianic aspect, the prophetic aspect, and the priestly aspect. Second is the function and significance of Jesus' miracles with regard to miracles as proof of identity, miracles as a display of mercy, miracles as a means of arousing faith, and miracles as a sign. Third is miracles as a function of the Kingdom of God. In miracles the Kingdom of God came and salvation was brought. Noordmans, who defines the miracles of Jesus as "parables-in-action", which are directed towards judgment day, says at the same time: "Jesus is no philanthropist. He is the Saviour, Emmanuel, God with us. Jesus helps man by conveying him from the fallen creation into the Kingdom of Heaven".

Keywords: Jesus; Kingdom of God; Kingdom of Heaven; Messianic aspect; miracles; parables-in-action; priestly aspect; prophetic aspect; Saviour

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