First-century followers of Jesus grasped the relationship between miracles and gospel-proclamation. What's said and what's displayed are merely different sides of the same coin.
An example of this outlook is demonstrated in the Book of Hebrews. The text reads:
“This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders, and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to h...Read More
Only those intimately associated with Jesus will find their way into God's Kingdom.
People tend to complicate things, but salvation is only appropriated through one's covenantal identification with the Son of God.
By this, I'm referring to a willingness to pour your whole existence into Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.
In one transformative act of solidarity, He became our substitute. By the grace of God, men and women can be “accredited” with what Jesus did.