Are you wondering how many miracles the apostle Paul performed? I researched the answer for you.
The apostle Paul performed ten miracles. They consist of six wondrous acts, two healing accounts, one exorcism, and one raising of the dead. Acts 19:11-12 records Paul even performing unusual miracles “that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick (…)”
Let’s dive a little deeper into the person of Paul and the types of miracles he performed.
What was St Paul’s first miracle?
Paul’s first miracle was striking the sorcerer Elymas (Bar-Jesus) with blindness which moved the proconsul to believe in Jesus. Acts 13:11-12 says, “(…) immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done (…).”
Below is this first miracle in its entire context of Acts 13:6-12 NKJV.
6 Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus, 7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9 Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10 and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? 11 And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.Acts 13:6-12 NKJV
Now while this first miracle was quite astonishing, Paul had 9 other interesting miracles.
I’d like to lay them out in 4 categories.
Overview of the 4 different types of miracles
I lined out all 10 of Paul’s miracles in their four categories. (They are not in chronological order.)
6 Wondrous Acts:
- Elymas, the sorcerer, is struck with blindness which gets the proconsul saved (Acts 13:6-12)
- Signs and wonders are done through Paul and Barnabas (Acts 14:3)
- Paul’s & Silas’ prison doors open, and the prison keeper & his family are saved (Acts 16:19-34)
- 12 men filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-7)
- God works unusual miracles through the hands of Paul (Acts 19:11-12)
- Paul shakes off a viper (Acts 28:3-6)
2 Healing Accounts:
- Paul heals a cripple (Acts 14:8-10)
- Pauls heals the father of Publius and many more (Acts 28:7-10)
- Paul casts out a spirit of divination (Acts 16:16-18)
1 Raising of The Dead:
- Paul resurrects Eutychus (Acts 20:9-12)
Check out all of Paul’s miracles or All 29 Miracles in The Book Of Acts in chronological order with their scripture passages. You don’t even have to open a Bible program to look it up.
Who healed Paul from blindness?
Paul was healed from his blindness by a disciple called Ananias in Acts 9:17-18. “Ananias (…) entered the house; and (…) said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus (…) has sent me that you may receive your sight (…)” Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; (…)”
That Ananias was the certain disciple at Damascus. Not the guy who lied to the Holy Spirit about his giving and then fell over dead in Jerusalem (Acts 5:1-11). That was a different one.
No. This Ananias was a disciple in Damascus who was sent by God to pray for Paul.
The situation is funny because the way God tells Ananias sounds almost like a setup. (Acts 9:10-19)
Kind of like.
“Hey, Ananias. Go to Paul and pray for him.”
“Yeah, you. I already told him in a vision you’re coming. So…”
Ananias still tried to get out of it. But God was clear. “Paul is my chosen vessel. And YOU, Ananias, are the one activating him through prayer.”
So, Ananias went. Laid hands on Paul. Prayed for him. And Paul was healed, filled with the Holy Spirit, and baptized in water (before he ate and drank.)
More on that in the next section.
If you ever wondered how many miracles Peter did set side by side with Paul you should check out this comparison article.
Who baptized Paul?
Paul was baptized by Ananias, a certain disciple at Damascus. Acts 9:17-18 says, “Ananias (…) entered the house; and (…) said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus (…) has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately (…) he received his sight (…) and (…) was baptized.”
What stands out to me: Paul didn’t eat or drink for 3 days and nights.
Maybe you have fasted food for 3 days before. Then you might know what that feels like. But can you imagine not drinking anything either?
You would think that the first thing Paul does is eat and drink.
No. Paul gets baptized right away!
No baptism prep program with the pastor. No evaluation by the elders. No stacking chairs in the local church for 5 years. No Bible school.
Acts 9:18 says, “Immediately (…) he arose and was baptized.”
The following verse in Acts 9:19 then says, “So when he had received food, he was strengthened.”
First, he was baptized, then Paul ate and drank.
Here’s what we can learn from Paul’s baptism:
- It’s an important part of the salvation process – not just a symbol.
- There was no faith probation period.
- We don’t have to be an apostle, a pastor, or anyone special to baptize people. Ananias was just “a certain disciple”.
Why don’t you check out my article on Paul’s ten miracles in chronological order? You’ll get a better overview of God’s working through him.
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