Then we have the early church. How did they do? Did the signs and wonders stop after the 12 apostles? Did the early fathers and churches, bishops, experience miracles signs and wonders? Of course they did.
“In the same city of Carthage lived Innocentia, a very devout woman of the highest rank in the state. She had cancer in one of her breasts, a disease which, as physicians say, is incurable. . . . This lady we speak of had been advised by a skillful physician, who was intimate with her family, and she betook herself to God alone in prayer. On the approach of Easter, she was instructed in a dream to wait for the first woman that came out of the baptistery after being baptized and to have her make the sign of Christ upon the sore. She did so and was immediately cured” (The City of God 22:8 [A.D. 419]). —supernatural healing.
And that’s Augustine! He’s no shallow healings seeking charismatics, using today’s terminology.. He’s the prime theologian that influenced the world as par excellence in the Reformed world, Catholic world, and any worlds! And that’s taken from one of his most famous books in history and Christendom, “The City of God”.
On coming thither he made the sign of the cross over the bed and fevered limbs of each [child] and called upon the name of Jesus. Marvelous efficacy of the name! . . . In that very hour they took food, recognized the mourning mother, and with thanks to God warmly kissed the saint’s hands” (Life of St. Hilarion 14 [A.D. 390]). —supernatural healing
Ambrose of Milan
During the translation a blind man was healed. . . . [Arians] deny that the blind man received sight, but he denies not that he is healed. He says: ‘I, who could not see, now see,’ and proves it by the fact. . . . He declares that when he touched the hem of the robe of the martyrs, wherewith the sacred relics were covered, his sight was restored” (Letters 22:1–2, 17 [A.D. 388]).
Ambrose of Milan, famous big name bishop , in fact he baptized Augustine! A blind man ‘s eyes opened! That would have blown away every evangelistic meeting or church meeting even among the charismatic, Pentecostal circles. Seriously, there is any hardly blind eyes opened miracles these days across the board. And that’s by Ambrose, not in some Azusa St of Los Angeles, or some healing crusade meetings of today, which is unfortunately also tingled with prosperity health teachings so sadly marred the supernatural.
“[When a scorpion stings someone’s heel] we have faith for a defense, if we are not smitten with distrust itself also, in immediately making the sign [of the cross] and adjuring and besmearing the heel with the beast. Finally, we often aid in this way even the heathen, seeing we have been endowed by God with that power which the apostle [Paul] first used when he despised the viper’s bite [Acts 28:3-5]” (Antidote Against the Scorpion 1 [A.D. 211]).
The healings of someone beaten by vipers.
Eusebius of Caesarea
This being immediately done he prayed over the water and with firm faith in the Lord commanded them to pour it into the lamps. And when they had done so, contrary to all expectation, by a wonderful and divine power the nature of the water was changed into that of oil. A small portion of it has been preserved even to our day by many of the brethren there as a memento of the wonder” (Church History 6:9:1–3 [A.D. 312]).
Water changed into oil! Wow, I haven’t ever read that in modern Pentecostal churches movement or any charismatic circles for the last centuries and in 21st! And that’s by Eusebius who is spoken of in many of our seminary papers, among reformed circles who teaches cessationists.
The list goes on. Need we anymore early church proofs where early fathers opened eyes of the blind, change water into oil? Healed the sick instantly, cast out demons? All these were done not by the apostles, but by bishops, leaders, theologians like Augustine, Tertullian, Ambrose, Eusebius! As Reformed teachings says that miracles and signs were works of the apostles, and after them they ceased. Tongues ceased.
The answer is : God is still demonstrating and doing all the signs and wonders, as Jesus says, “Greater works than this you shall see”.
John 14: “12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”