Your Faith has made you Well
by Rod Jackson
All verses are quoted from the NASB anything in [square brackets] is added by me for clarity. Strong's numbers will have a #hash before them.
Many people, especially those that "have faith in faith", think that it is enough for people to have faith and they will be physically healed. In this article I want to look at some examples of peoples who were healed by Jesus and the important comment made to them, "your faith has made you well".
A woman who was suffering from a haemorrhage for 12 years touched Jesus' cloak and was physically healed.
"But Jesus turning and seeing her said, `Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well [#4982].' At once the woman was made well" Matthew 9:22
"And He [Jesus] said to her, `Daughter, your faith has made you well [#4982]; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.' " Mark 5:34
"And He [Jesus] said to her, `Daughter, your faith has made you well [#4982]; go in peace.' " Luke 8:48
As Jesus was approaching Jericho a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus begged Jesus for his sight -
"And Jesus said to him [Bartimaeus], `Go; your faith has made you well [#4982].' Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road." Mark 10:52
"And Jesus said to him [Bartimaeus], `Receive your sight; your faith has made you well [#4982].' " Luke 18:42
People often assume because all these people were healed physically that Jesus is saying that it was their faith that healed them. However Jesus' words are spirit. This means that what He says is not always the "obvious" understanding of what it sounds like.
The greek word used in the above verses with strong number #4982 is "sozo". This is the same greek word used when the angel appeared to Joseph and described what it was that Jesus would do.
"She [Mary] will bear a Son [Jesus]; and you [Joseph] shall call His name Jesus, for He will save [#4982] His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21
You can see that it is the word translated as "save". In fact this word is usually translated as "save".
A woman who was a sinner, brought an alabaster vial of perfume and washed Jesus' feet. She had nothing physically wrong with her.
"And He [Jesus] said to the woman, `Your faith has saved [#4982] you; go in peace.' " Luke 7:50
Also consider the ten leprous men who were physically healed by Jesus but only one returned to thank Jesus -
"And He [Jesus] said to him, `Stand up and go; your faith has made you well [#4982].' " Luke 17:19
Here we see that although the 10 were physically healed. Only one had faith that "made him well". That is only one had saving faith and was spiritually healed by Jesus.
"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." John 6:63
Jesus' words are spirit, when He talks of people getting well, He is speaking spiritually.
"One day He [Jesus] was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, He said, `Friend, your sins are forgiven you.' The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, `Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?' But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, `Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, "Your sins have been forgiven you," or to say, "Get up and walk"? But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,' - He said to the paralytic - `I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.' Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, `We have seen remarkable things today.' " Luke 5:17-26
Notice that Jesus' main concern here is forgiving the sins of the paralytic. The physical healing is merely to reinforce the spiritual reality.
It is not a person's faith that physically heals a person. But rather one's faith spiritually heals them. Their sins are forgiven them!
Paul explains what Jesus commissioned him to do.
"But get up and stand on your [Paul's] feet; for this purpose I [Jesus] have appeared to you [Paul], to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me [Jesus]." Acts 26:16-18
Here we see that it is faith in Jesus Christ that obtains the forgiveness of sins (ie. makes one well or saves them).
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