Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have
heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by
angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just
recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;
which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us
by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and
wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to
his own will? (Hebrews 2:1-4 KJV)
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at
any time we should let them slip.
Because Jesus is superior to the prophets, and greater than the angels, we need to take care
that we do not allow the words which God has given through His Son to slip away from us, like
water leaking through a broken vessel.
For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience
received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great
salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by
them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with
divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
The OT, by both tradition and scripture, is said to be delivered by the angels.
And for ourselves, we have learned from God the most excellent of our doctrines, and the most
holy part of our law, by angels or ambassadors; for this name brings God to the knowledge of
mankind, and is sufficient to reconcile enemies one to another. What wickedness then can be
greater than the slaughter of ambassadors, who come to treat about doing what is right?
Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 126.96.36.199
Punishment for those who disobeyed the Law was swift and sure. At the mouth of two or three
witnesses men were to be convicted, and the conviction of the wicked was to be carried out by
Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people
shall say, Amen. (Deuteronomy 27:26 KJV)
Now, if those who received a lesser Law from a lesser source were punished for unbelief and
disobedience, how shall we escape punishment who have a better Law given by a greater
Source, if we are unbelieving and disobedient?
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how
much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under
foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was
sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him
that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again,
The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
(Hebrews 10:28-31 KJV)
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that
spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh
from heaven: (Hebrews 12:25 KJV)
The gospel began with the birth of Jesus, and even with the preaching of John, although the
Gospel Age came into being with the Day of Pentecost following the death of Jesus.
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; (Mark 1:1 KJV)
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1:17 KJV)
The gospel was then given by Jesus to the apostles who were to proclaim it to the world.
Matthew 18:18 KJV
John 16:8-15 KJV
1 Corinthians 2:4-15 KJV
1 Corinthians 14:347 KJV
Galatians 1:11-12 KJV
The apostles were to tarry in Jerusalem until they received that power from on high which would
allow them to be witnesses of the grace of God.
Mark 16:15-20 KJV
Acts 2:1-16 KJV
The signs and wonders given by the Holy Spirit were given first to the apostles by the baptism of
the Holy Spirit, and then to the church by the laying of the apostles’ hands.
Acts 8:14-25 KJV
The Holy Spirit was given in a special way to the household of Cornelius in order to convince
both the apostles and the church that Gentiles were to receive the gift of grace as well as the
Acts 10:1-11:18 KJV
These gifts were never meant to be permanent.
Ephesians 4:11-16 KJV
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be
tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know
in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is
in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I
thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:8-
The “perfect” is “the perfect law of liberty.” (James 1:25 KJV) When the completed word of God
was given, there was no longer any need for the miraculous. The word was confirmed.
Notice Paul’s comparison: a child and a man – in part and perfect (the Greek word indicates that
which is complete).
The miraculous spiritual gifts of prophecy and tongues and other revelatory gifts, were only
partial. They did not deliver the completeness of God’s will. When the completeness, or the
whole of the will is delivered in the New Testament, no longer would the miraculous spiritual
gifts be needed. They provided knowledge when there was no written record. They provided
evidence that the prophecy, etc. had come from God. Once the written record was delivered,
once it was confirmed by the signs and miracles of these spiritual gifts, no longer were these
signs and miracles needed – and they vanished away.
See also Nu 15:30-31; De 4:3; 17:2,5,12; 27:26; 33:2; Ps 68:17; Ac 7:53; Ga 3:19; Mt 4:17;
Mr 1:14; Lu 1:2; Heb 1:2; 10:28-29; 12:25; Mr 16:20; Ac 2:22,43; 14:3; 19:11; Ro 15:18-19;
1Co 2:4; 12:4,7,11; Eph 1:5,