In the previous two posts, we have said that God desires us to receive healing in our bodies as much as He wants us to walk in forgiveness. I recognize that many people disagree with this statement.
The scope of our discussion is the life we are living on this earth. I would agree that the forgiveness of sins is much more critical if we were speaking in the context of eternity.
In most churches, many attendees will be suffering from some form of ailment. From this, we see that it is possible to be a Christian and still be sick.
While it is possible to be saved and sick, it is not possible to enter heaven without first receiving the forgiveness of sin provided in Jesus’ redemptive work.
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. (Mark 2:10 – 11)
Jesus used the gifts of healing and miracles to draw people to Himself and validate His teachings.
But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. (John 10:38)
I believe it is wrong to think miracles are no longer needed when both Jesus and the early Church used the gifts of healings and the working of miracles to validate their teachings.
The modern-day Church is not having the impact that early Christians had because we have accepted a level of Christianity void of the miraculous. Jesus did not call us to settle for a life void of His power!
Jesus and the early Church both incorporated physical healing with the preaching of the Gospel. Both impacted their culture much more than modern Christians are. In a sense, we expect people to believe we serve a good God without providing proof to show His goodness.
We would see similar crowds as Jesus and the early Church if we were preaching the same message they preached with accompanying signs and wonders. There are very few churches today with such large crowds that people need to climb on the roof and dig a hole to get the sick into the auditorium!
Most Christians have arbitrarily decided that healing for the physical body was not an integral part of Jesus’ ministry. Our message focuses on eternal issues like salvation, but we are not demonstrating the power of God as the first-century disciples did. We need to change this!
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:16)
z God confirms the preaching of His Word with the miraculous. We see this in both the Gospels and Acts. It makes me wonder about the message that churches are preaching, as most churches are void of the miraculous.
There are some outstanding ministers preaching salvation. God is using them to a degree but not at the level He could. If we preach the same message early Christians preached, God will confirm it with signs following!
Every minister should have miracles accompanying their ministry. Jesus had them follow His ministry. Church history is full of ministers who have seen the miraculous. We should not accept anything less today!
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