"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 his will" ( Hebrews 2:3-4 ). Here are four key truths to understanding that Jesus was sent by God as the Savior of the world. First it was announced by angels. Then it was confirmed by the Holy Spirit quickening the message to those who heard it. Then it was supported by the signs and wonders. And now, as believers, we are given the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
"But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: 'When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.' ( Ephesians 4:7 ). These gifts are to show the world around us that we too are endorsed and approved by God.
"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good" ( I Corinthians 12:7 ). When we put our faith in Jesus we become part of a large community of believers who have been given spiritual gifts to complement the body and bring fullness to it. Seeing the church operate in this capacity fulfils Jesus' final instructions to the church, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." ( Mark 16:15-18 ). The church is proof that Jesus is who he said he was. Now we are His ambassadors on earth, proclaiming the message of God’s grace which Jesus revealed to us. We are his living, breathing legacy and we are fully equipped to carry unto completion the work of His kingdom!
Tomorrow we look at Hebrews 2:5-8: Why Does Pain and Suffering Exist?