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completed Word of God) had been revealed (1 Corinthians 13:8-10; James 1:25). Those things that were incomplete and partial (miracu- lous gifts) would be replaced by the total and complete (the fully revealed Word of God). Once God revealed all of the information that He wished to make available to people, the need for miracles to confirm the oral Word came to an end. Now, people can sit down with a New Testament, the written Word of God, and, with honest and diligent study, conclude that it is God’s Word. We have absolutely no need for miracles. Think about the Bible as a large apartment building and miracles as the scaffolding that is used in the construction of such buildings. When the apartment building is under construction, the scaffold- ing provides necessary assistance. Framers, steelworkers, bricklayers, and other construction workers stand on the scaffolding to con- struct the apartment building. However, when the construction of the building is completely finished, there is no more need for the scaffolding (in fact, it can get in the way). People don’t leave scaffolding on the sides of completed buildings for years and years. When it has served its purpose, it is removed. Similarly, God ceased working miracles to confirm His Word because God’s Word has been completely “constructed.” That is, God has “given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). We have no more revelation from God than the Bible, thus we need no more con- firmation than what was given in Bible times. Simply put, the Bible teaches that miracles are no longer necessary since we have everything we need to function in this life, to be pleasing to God, and to survive spiritually. 16 apologeticspress.org