“He Is Able To Deliver You”

Posted: August 14, 2015 in Christian Life, Compassion, Cults, Death, Evagelism, Gospel, Gospel of John, Hell, Rapture, Resurrection, Salvation

Suffering, sickness, and death are the result of sin (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). Eating the forbidden fruit seemed like such a harmless thing to do but it ended up in total disaster. Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). We’re all sinners by birth and by choice. Without God’s help we’d all be doomed to the lake of fire.

Signs. All the sign miracles that Jesus performed and that John recorded were to demonstrate that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing [we] may have life in His name” (John 20:31). The sign miracle that involved Jesus’ healing a man who had been impotent for 38 years also led to the Jews’ wanting to kill Jesus because they said that He violated the Sabbath (i.e. as they understood it) and because He made Himself equal to God the Father (John 5:1-18; See John 10:30, 31; Colossians 2:9). All those who diminish Jesus to be inferior to God the Father are Antichrists (1 John 2:18).

Occasion. When Jesus and His disciples went back to Jerusalem for one of the feasts of the Jews, He encountered a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, and paralyzed. They were superstitiously waiting for the water in the Bethesda pool to move. They believed that the first person to get into the water would be healed. We’re not told how often people were healed and what kind of people actually were healed. Many people have psychosomatic illnesses (James 5:13-16; 1 Corinthians 11:30).

Causes. Some sicknesses were for God’s glory. By giving sight to a blind man (John 9:3), Jesus let others know that He was the light of the world (John 9:5). He resuscitated a man (Lazarus) who was dead for four days to let others know that He is the resurrection and the life (John 11:4, 25). The Apostle Paul told us that God didn’t grant him his request but told him that His grace would be sufficient to meet his need. His thorn in the flesh” was designed to keep Paul humble (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).  God used insanity to demonstrate to King Nebuchadnezzar that the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men and that He gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men (Daniel 4:17, 25, 32). God also allows affliction to come to His children when we go astray (Psalm 119:67, 71, 75). Sometimes our illnesses may be due to a constitutional weakness (1 Timothy 5:23; 2 Timothy 4:20). And then again it may be the chastening from the Lord (John 5:14; 1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 12:6-14).

Focus. On some occasions Jesus healed all those who came to Him (Matthew 12:15). But on this occasion, out of all the people that Jesus could have healed because He was/is omnipotent, He targeted just one man who had been infirm for 38 years (John 5:5). He was homeless, helpless, hopeless, and hell bound. Isn’t this basically the spiritual condition of all of us who are without the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior? We need not beg God for mercy and grace because God demonstrated this when Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. He can and will save any and all who come to Him in faith (John 6:37; Hebrews 7:25). If you’re not yet saved, why not now?

Social Gospel? [1] With what was Jesus concerned? “The phrase ‘social gospel’ is usually used to describe a Protestant Christian intellectual movement that came to prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those who adhered to a social gospel sought to apply Christian ethics to social problems such as poverty, slums, poor nutrition and education, alcoholism, crime, and war. These things were emphasized while the doctrines of sin, salvation, heaven and hell, and the future kingdom of God were downplayed. Theologically, the social gospel leaders were overwhelmingly postmillennialist, asserting that Christ’s Second Coming could not happen until humankind rid itself of social evils by human effort.” Taken from – http://www.gotquestions.org/social-gospel.html

Debt. God is not indebted to any man (Romans 4:4). If we demanded justice from Him, we’d all be in hell (Romans 6:23). He is free to be merciful to anyone to whom He chooses to be merciful (Romans 9:15, 18). All a person needs to do today is Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and [he/she] will be saved” (Acts 16:31; See Romans 8:1). Most people will not believe on Him because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19-21). The wrath of God abides on them (John 3:18, 36; See Jude 1:22, 23). Don’t be among those who believe in vain by adding to or subtracting from the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:2). [2]

Cure. While God may use men to bring about a physical cure, the Great Physician is the ultimate source of our healing. He heals us of all our diseases except the last one. Apart from the Rapture’s taking place, we will all die physically some day (Hebrews 9:27). Jesus will raise all mankind out from the dead someday (1 Corinthians 15:22-24, 51, 52). In which resurrection will you participate? Our eternal life and spiritual health are far more important than our physical health [3] on earth (Romans 8:18; 3 John 1:2).

Help. We’re here to help those who have spiritual needs and who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website at www.kelseypeach.comIf you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Social Gospel. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/greatcom.htm

[2] Clear Gospel. http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

[3] Physical Healing. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/charis06.htm

 

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