“Now brother, we don’t go for that supernatural stuff around here!”

Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.  Acts 15:12.


Wonders; teras; Strong’s #5059: Compare “teratology,” the science that deals with unexplainable phenomena. Teras points to extraordinary occurrences, supernatural prodigies, omens, portents, unusual manifestations. Miraculous incidents anticipating the future rather than the past, and acts that are so unusual they cause the observer to marvel or be in awe.

Teras comes from the word tereo, to watch, as being that which for its extraordinary character is apt to be observed and kept in the memory. It is a miracle regarded as startling, imposing, and amazing. Teras is always in the plural, associated with semeion (signs). The two words refer not to different classes of miracles, but to different qualities of the same miracle.

Signs and wonders are a perfect balance for touching man’s intellect, emotions, and will. A supernatural boost to man’s soul.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 04:02:41

    To see Jesus walk on water…what a great teras that must have been.

    Also, I would have loved to have been there when Barnabas and Paul declared how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them.

    Maybe I’ll get a chance to meet Peter, Paul, and Barnabas one day.

    Thanks for another nugget, Manny.


    • Mannyr
      Apr 15, 2013 @ 15:46:38

      Yes, there are some definite teras that I would love to have seen. They certainly had the experiences. I often think about Paul and his being shipwrecked by a storm; even nature could not stop God’s plan for his life. Truly a wonder.


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