Miracles Performed by Paul for Authentication

An alcoholic, who became a believer, was asked how he could possibly believe all the nonsense in the Bible about miracles. “You don’t believe that Jesus changed the water into wine do you?” “I sure do, because in our house Jesus changed the whiskey into fu … More


For three months Paul had an open door to preach in the Ephesian synagogue (v. 8). In due time the Gospel had both saving and hardening effects. As soon as Jewish unbelief reached the stage of cursing Christ, Paul choose a new meeting place, in the lecture hall of a well known teacher in town named Tyrannus. Possibly he was one of Paul’s Jewish converts, and when things got rough for Paul in the synagogue, Tyrannus invited him to use the facilities of his divinity school.

It appears that Paul used his building from 11 o’clock in the morning until 2 o’clock in the afternoon, which was the heat of the day, and when Tyrannus would not be using it himself. In these Ionian cities, because of the heat, all worked stopped at 11 a.m. and did not resume again until late afternoon. We are told that there would actually be more people asleep in Ephesus at 1 p.m. than at 1 a.m. This shows us two things: (1) The eagerness of Paul to teach and (2) the eagerness of the Christians to learn. Paul continued in this arrangement for two years (v. 10). It may well shame many of us because of our petty excuses for not studying the Word of God.

Ephesus was known for its magic, and apparently the Christians had not yet put away all such evil practices (vv. 11-12). However we need to take note that these were special miracles (v. 11) and not to be duplicated by others. There was no New Testament in existence in those days, so God enabled Paul to perform miracles so that the people might realize that God was putting his stamp of approval on them. Today we do not need to see miracles in order to know if God approves it or not, because we have God’s Word as our authority. This is why it is so important that we understand that the book of Acts is a history book, and not a doctrinal book. This does not mean that God is not capable of performing miracles today, but simply that He does not authenticate His work by performing miracles.


Paul did not give up just because people gave him a hard time. He just moved on to another location.  I have had to do that at various times in my life, and I trust that my family has also learned from these experiences.

Acts 19:8-16 (English Standard Version)

Warning: MagpieRSS: Failed to parse RSS file. (EntityRef: expecting ';' at line 49, column 103) in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/magpie6-1/rss_fetch.inc on line 230

Warning: array_slice() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/rss/esvLookup.php on line 15

View this passage in NIV (Bible Gateway) »

More Acts commentaries

Acts 16:1-5
Paul & Timothy – New Ministry Duo

Acts 16:6-10
Paul – Flexibility in the Itinerary

Acts 16:11-15
Lydia–Conversion to Christ and Hospitality Offered

Acts 16:16-34
Paul & Silas – Praising God While In Prison

Acts 16:35-40
Paul’s Ministry Produces "People” Change

Acts 17:1-9
Paul & Silas – Trust God’s Strategy for Ministry

Acts 17:10-15
Obstacles that Hinder the Work of the Lord

Acts 17:16-34
Religion ... Ridicule ... Results

Acts 18:1-4
Paul Adapts to His Audience

Acts 18:5-11
Opposition Enhances Ministry Results

Acts 18:12-17
Paul’s Roman Citizenship On Trial

Acts 18:18-23
God Works His Will in His Servants

Acts 18:24-28
Tactfulness–Words That Work Mightily

Acts 19:1-7
The Holy Spirit is a Person

Acts 19:8-16
Miracles Performed by Paul for Authentication

Acts 19:17-22
Beware of Cult Practices

Acts 19:21-41
Results of Religious Greed

Acts 20:1-6
Discipleship Despite Difficulties

Acts 20:7-12
When, Where, How & How Long to Worship

Acts 20:13-21
Paul–An Example of Faithfulness

Acts 20:22-24
Paul’s Determination To Go To Jerusalem

Acts 20:25-31
Paul’s Warning to the Ephesian Elders

Acts 20:32-38
Paul Shares About Giving

Acts 21:1-9
Paul Warned By the Christians

Acts 21:10-16
Paul’s Determination & Warning from Agabus

Acts 21:17-26
Compromise Recommended but Refuted

Acts 21:27-36
Disaster is the End Result of Compromise

Acts 21:37-40
Boldness At the Barracks

Acts 22:1-5
Paul Defense of His Heritage and Ministry

Acts 22:6-16
Paul’s Salvation Testimony

Acts 22:17-21
The Jewish Crowd’s Prejudice Against Gentiles

Acts 22:22-30
Paul–A Roman Citizen