Did Jesus Only HealThose Who Had Faith in Him? What About Now?

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I am not a theologian, but I did stay at “Holly’s Inn” in Becket, Massachusetts. I am also a “Lifer” when it comes to studying the Christian Bible. No matter how many times I read God’s Word, there is something new for me to learn, in order to grow in my walk [or wheelin’] with the my Lord Jesus Christ. There are two kinds of learners: a pupil who is fed information and a student who finds information. I believe, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit Christians, or anyone who prays for God to open up God‘s Word to them, can find the answers we all are searching for. A good place to start is by reading the four Gospels and seeing what they have to say.

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Several years ago, I did a two year Bible Study, reading and studying about Jesus’ healings and miracles found in the Gospels. I also read and studied about the healings and miracles found in the Book of Acts and the what the rest of the New Testament had to say on the subject. For the most part, I only read the Bible accounts. It was only when I had a question or did not understand something, I went to other resources. For the most part, the Bible itself answered my questions. Here is some of what I learned:

1. Did Jesus only heal those who had faith in Him? What about now?

Jesus in templeMatthew 13:57-58 records, “But Jesus said to them, ‘Only in His hometown and in His own house is a prophet without honor.’ And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Describing the same situation, Mark 6:5 records, “He could not do any miracles there, except lay His hands on a few sick people and heal them. And He was amazed at their lack of faith.” These two Scripture references tell me that Jesus heals people and that faith in Christ is important, but because of His mercy He can heal even when faith is not around.

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Out of the 35 miracles and healings recorded in the Gospels, Jesus mentions several who had faith in Him, but not all. Jesus heals a man with leprosy who came to Him and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean”(Matthew 8:2-3), demonstrating his faith in Jesus. Jesus sees the faith of the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She touched the fringe of Jesus garment and was healed. “Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ He said, ‘Your faith has saved you” (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48). Later on, in Matthew 9:27-29, Jesus meets up with two blind men who ask Him for mercy. Jesus asks them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” and they said, “Yes, Lord.” Jesus then touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you” and they were healed. At another time, in Jericho, Jesus heals a blind man named Bartimaeus and says, “Go, your faith has healed you” (See Mark 10::46-52).

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Jesus also equates healing with forgiveness and faith. Mark 2:1-12 and Luke 5:17-26 tell the story of the paralytic and his friends who carried him on a mat, up to the roof of a house Jesus was in. They tore a hole in the roof because they couldn’t get through the crowd, and started lowering their friend down to Jesus. Mark 2:5 tells us, “When Jesus saw their faith He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.” Some commentators believed that Jesus was talking about the friends’ faith, but I believe the paralytic had faith as well. Otherwise, his sins could not be forgiven. The teachers of the law were outraged at Jesus having the audacity to forgive sins and accused Him of blasphemy. Jesus answers them by saying, “Which is easier to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…’ He said to the paralytic, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all” (Mark 2:9-12).

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In another account found in Luke 7:36-50, Jesus is at Simon the Pharisee’s house and a “woman who lived a sinful life…brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind Him at his feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them” (vv. 37-38). Simon’s eyes must have been bulging out of his sockets, while he was thinking, “Awkward!” and thinking Jesus should know what kind of woman this was. All Jesus saw was her desire for forgiveness and repentance and emotional healing. Jesus told Simon and the other guests, “I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little. Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven you; go in peace’” (vv. 47-50).

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The accounts of the paralytic and the woman who washed Jesus’ feet remind us that we are not just physical beings. We also have souls that need the healing touch of forgiveness which only Jesus can give. Jesus gives His gift of forgiveness, which heals the weary soul, freely to all who cry out to Him: “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (See Luke 18:13).

Right now, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute. All we have talked about Are the healings Jesus performed on people who had faith in Him. Are you saying “Only those who have faith can be healed?” That would be a fair assumption if these were the only healings Jesus prformed. But wait! There’s more. Jesus will shed more of His Light on the subjects of faith, healings and miracles next time.

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(For some who don’t watch much TV or pay little attention to the commercials, there was a commercial awhile back for the Holiday Inn. In the commercial, for example, a man is performing surgery and someone says, “It’s so good that a doctor is here” and the man replies, “I’m not a doctor, BUT I did stay at a Holiday Inn.” That’s where I got the idea for the first sentence of this blog post.)

Peace,

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Lydia (at “Holly’s Inn”)

The Gifts of the Spirit (Part IX)

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One of the most controversial, divisive and sometimes hurtful questions to talk about in all of Christendom is, “Are healings and miracles supposed to happen in today’s Christian Church as they did in New Testament times?” Charismatic and Pentecostal Christians say, “YES! We only have to have the faith to believe it and we will receive whatever we pray for.” Most other Christian denominations say, “No! The gifts of healing and miracles, along with the gifts of tongues and prophecy, were ‘sign gifts’, given by Christ to His chosen 1st Century disciples, for the purpose of authenticating and demonstrating that God was doing something new – Jesus fulfilled the Law through His death and resurrection, the inclusion of all nations into the family of God and the “birth” of His Church.” These denominations do believe that God still does heal and God still does miraculous “signs and wonders” outside of the natural realm of possibility, but He is not limited to the use of specific individuals or places or items, such as “holy water” or “holy oil” (Read James 5:14) or “healing handkerchiefs” (Read Acts 19:11-12) or “healing rooms” or “healing stones” or “healing pools” (Read John 5:1-9) or “holy images or icons” to accomplish His will.

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What is my answer to the question, “Are healings and miracles supposed to happen in today’s Christian Church as they did in New Testament times?” My answer may surprise you. My answer is “YES!” But, before you stop reading, my answer comes from studying all the healings and miracles recorded in the New Testament. I base my answer on the answers to other questions God has answered for me, during a careful search of the New Testament Scriptures, along with praying for the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance and illumination of God‘s Word. Here are my questions: Did Jesus only heal those who had faith in Him? Did Jesus heal everyone who came into His presence? Did Jesus heal everyone who sought Him out for healing? Did people have to “come to Jesus” to be healed? Did Jesus heal people in the same way? Did Jesus only perform miracles for those who had faith in Him? Did Jesus always miraculously save His followers from danger? How many times do healings and miracles take place in the Book of Acts and the other Books of the New Testament? What was the Apostles’ main ministry? Did Peter, James and John make their ministry focus healing people and performing miracles?

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These are the questions I asked in a one-and-a-half year study of the healings and miracles found in the New Testament. My 70+ pages of writing are not in the same category as the writings of the Apostle John, in the Book of Revelation or any other Book of the Bible – far from it! However, these are not only my conclusions. I have found that there are many far more learned theologians who agree with my findings (or is it better to say I agree with their findings?). This encourages me and tells me that I’m in “the right ballpark.” So, you too be encouraged. This is not “Healings and Miracles According to Lydia.” My answers are right there, in black and white (and sometimes red), already written in the Scriptures. All I had to do was read and study God’s Word and the Holy Spirit answered my questions. I did not like or understand some of the answers, but I am not God Who sees and knows everything from beginning to end (Read Isaiah 40:10-14). I encourage you, dear readers, to do the same and read the New Testament. Don’t only take my word for it, but go to God’s Word and read it for yourselves. All true Christian denominations, including Charismatic and Pentecostal, have at least two things in common: 1. We all believe that Jesus Christ is the “Cornerstone” of our Faith (Read Ephesians 2:19-22), and 2. We believe in the inerrancy of God’s Word and the close of the Canon, at the death of the last Apostle, John (Read II Timothy 3:16-17 and Revelation 22:18-19).

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It is my prayer that as I share the answers to the above questions found in the Scriptures, along with the Scripture passages listing the Gifts of the Spirit, in their contexts (Don’t worry. The posts won’t be 70+ pages long), they will bring clarity and promote unity and (yes) bring healing to all who read both my posts and, more importantly, God’s Word for themselves. Jesus wants to bridge the gap between us and give us the Spirit of unity through His bond of peace.

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“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (Ephesians 4:2-7).

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(Photo taken of the Bridge of Flowers from the bridge next to it, on the Buckland, MA end. Both bridges connect Shelburne Falls and Buckland. Jesus wants to do the same for all His followers – connect us with each other.)

 

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(In Shelburne Falls, on my way to Buckland – where the ice cream shop is!)