Spoken through the Son, not the Spirit

It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his word.   Hebrews 2:3-4

Brief observations:

This passage is Trinitarian, though the fourth witness, the apostles, are placed second in rank to the testimony of the salvation. Jesus the Lord is first, then the apostles, then God the Father, then the Holy Spirit. This hierarchy does not rank these four in terms of innate importance, but rather in accordance with God’s will for the evangelism of this age: first to be considered is the testimony of Jesus himself, and then his apostles. Then come the testimony of God, who bore witness to Jesus only rarely, at crucial events (such as the baptism and the Passover celebration of John 12). Finally, of least importance are the miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All four witnesses are crucial to the will of God, yet there is an important emphasis on the testimony of Jesus and “those who heard” (the apostles and, by extension, the prophets). The witness of Scripture is of more importance than the miracles of the Holy Spirit, and those who reverse this hierarchy do so to their own destruction.

All this echoes and supports the first verse of Hebrews: God has spoken to us in these last days by his Son, not by his Spirit. The Spirit directs us to the words of the Son, and never preempts these words.

I’m becoming a cessationist. Where is the evidence of the perfect gifts of God the Holy Spirit? Who speaks in tongues in an orderly fashion, always with an interpreter? Who casts out demons, heals the sick, raises the dead? Drinks deadly poison? Shakes off serpents?


~ by bradybush on January 1, 2012.

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