God’s method for ensuring truthful, binding testimony required two or more people to present the same account. In Jesus’ case, His Father was His supporting witness. And the sum total of the Father’s testimony was way beyond what man could invent.
After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. (Hebrews 2:3-4)
This passage stresses that Jesus’ message was from God –and that multiple witnesses heard Him announce it. Moreover, God the Father insists that He was the originator of His Son’s message. That testimony is made up of signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.
These have become the topic of many discussions and have in many cases displaced the gospel. –So let’s delve into what the Bible says about them.
Signs and wonders are supernatural indications of upcoming events. John the Baptist’s life itself was a sign –arrayed with wonders– to let the Hebrews know that the Son of God was among them. Jesus had arrived!
Jesus’ birth was proclaimed with a sign in the heavens and His life was marked with wonders to warn the Hebrews that their security in the world was about to be pulled out from under them.
His death and subsequent resurrection brought more signs confirming that the Hebrews’ purpose changed on that day.
Miracles are something that almost everyone hopes to experience. Jesus’ miracles weren’t done on the spur of the moment. Isaiah prophesied about them approximately 700 years in advance. And Jesus said that all of what He said and did was from His Father ( ). His whole life was planned out from the beginning. Here are some of Isaiah’s predictions about Him.
The apostles continued ministering with miracles for a while after His death –deliberately using each miracle as proof that Jesus was the source of life and all goodness. However, as time passed, and Jesus’ reputation became more accepted, the apostles used miracles less and turned to preaching the good news with their words and their way of life.
Even the miracles performed by the Old Testament prophets had the same purpose –to reveal God’s Son. They either hinted of His first coming as the Messiah walking among them –or His second coming as the returning Judge.
Spiritual gifts are listed in and . It’s common enough to jump directly to those passages and read about the gifts. But both passages have unmistakable lead-ins that should be read. Here’s the first –it’s found in :
The second equally important preface is in:
The Bottom Line is that those gifts –along with signs, wonders and miracles– have become cheapened by self-promoters who use them as their own credentials –as proof that they are extra-special messengers sent by God. This passage explains that they are actually God the Father’s testimony that His Son’s message of salvation is authentic, accurate and urgent.