Miracles Experienced by Paul

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The Apostle Paul performed countless miracles, signs and wonders during his long thirty-five year ministry. He also personally experienced several miraculous acts initiated by God.

This article is a list of miracles experienced by Paul arranged in chronological order. Please see our links at the end of this article for materials delineating the signs and wonders performed by Jesus and the Apostle Paul, the early New Testament church, the Old Testament prophets and more!

33 A.D.

Paul (called Saul) travels, prior to his conversion, to Damascus to arrest Christians. While traveling to the city he is confronted by Jesus and struck blind. After three days he is miraculously healed by Ananias and baptized.

Then Saul arose from the ground; but when he opened his eyes, he saw no one. And they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus . . .

Then Ananias went away and came into the house; and after laying his hands on him, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord has sent me, even Jesus, Who appeared to you on the road in which you came, so that you might receive sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

And it was as if scales immediately fell from his eyes, and he instantly received sight; and he arose and was baptized (Acts 9:8, 17 - 18, HBFV).


46 A.D.

Paul and Barnabas arrive in Lystra during the apostle's first missionary journey. They had been previously chased out of Iconium when zealous Jews, along with some Gentiles, were preparing to assault the pair and stone them to death (Acts 14:1 - 6).

Paul, sometime after arriving in Lystra, heals a crippled man. The people of the city, after witnessing such a miracle, begin to treat the two apostles like pagan gods! This extreme response, however, is turned to its polar opposite when a group of unbelieving and angry Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrive to poison the people against the gospel. A mob ultimately forms with the desire to carry out the punishment that was aborted in Iconium (see Acts 14:1 - 6). They proceed to stone the apostle and then drag his lifeless body outside the city.

Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and after persuading the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, supposing that he was dead (Acts 14:19, KJV).

Biblical Commentaries such as those by Adam Clarke and E.W. Bullinger believe the apostle was literally stoned to death and not merely rendered unconscious. Given the ferocity and zealousness of first century Jews against the gospel, and Paul in particular, it seems highly likely they insured the death penalty was fully carried out. In this regard, the Life and Epistles of Paul by Conybeare and Howson states the following.

"Apostle Paul was stoned, not hurried out of the city to execution like Stephen, but stoned somewhere in the streets of Lystra. His dead body was then dragged through the city gate and cast outside the walls. This is that occasion to which the Apostle afterwards alluded in the words "once I was stoned" in his long catalogue of sufferings (2Corinthians 11:25).

"Paul, by the power and goodness of God, was resurrected from what was likely a death insured by those who hated him and his message" (chapter 6).

God brought Paul back from the dead in order to continue his ministry!


50 A.D.

Paul and Silas, shortly after Pentecost (May 17), are arrested in Philippi for casting a demon out of a woman! Beaten and placed in a prison, they are freed when a great earthquake violently shakes where they are located. Not only are all the prison doors opened, but also all the prisoner restraints are loosened in this miracle!

But about midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so great that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors opened, and the bonds of all were loosed (Acts 16:25 - 26, HBFV).

60 A.D.

Paul experiences his last miracle recorded in the Bible during his fourth missionary journey. While on a ship sailing to Rome he is shipwrecked. He and the 275 people on board are saved, however, when they swim to the island of Malta. After a short time on the island, a poisonous snake bites him but does not die.

But when Paul gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and wound itself around his hand. And when the barbarians saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "No doubt, this man is a murderer; although he has been saved from the sea, justice does not permit him to live."

But he shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no injury (Acts 28:3 - 5).

Apostle Paul almost certainly experienced other miracles that are not delineated in the Bible.

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References
Harmony of the Gospels
in Modern English, 3rd ed.



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