Origen was a prolific and influential writer, was the church’s first systematic theologian.

In Against Celsus, Origen speaks of the miracles being performed in his day thought the power of Jesus’ name.

Some give evidence of their having received through this faith a marvelous power by the cures, which they perform, invoking no other name over those who need their help than that of the God of all things, and of Jesus, along with a mention of His history. For by these means we too have seen many persons freed from grievous calamities, and from distractions of mind, and madness, and countless other ills, which could not be cured neither by men nor devils. 11

Further in this work he says,

“To these promises are added strange, fanatical and quite unintelligible words, of which no rational person can find the meaning.” 12

Cecil M. Robeck notes, “Origen must have held that prayer in tongues existed in his day, and it was thought to be beneficial in that it was through this type of prayer that the Spirit interceded exceedingly before God.” 13

In De Principiis, he says;

“For this reason was the grace and revelation of the Holy Spirit bestowed by the imposition of the apostles’ hands after baptism. Our Savior also, after the resurrection, when old things had already passed away and all things had become new…His apostles also being renewed by faith in His resurrection, says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” 14

He then remarks, “But since that time these signs have diminished.” He cites the lack of holiness and purity among the Christians of his day as the reason. 15


11. Origen, Against Celsus, vol. 4 The Ante-Nicene Christian Library, 473.

12. Ibid., 614.

13. Cecil M. Robeck, Origen's Treatment of the Charismata, Charismatic Experiences in History, 120.

14. Origen, Origen De Pricipiis, vol. 4 The Ante-Nicene Christian Library, 254.

15. Origen, Against Celsus, 614.

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