In Jesus’ Name

For many, “Being healed in Jesus’ Name” is more important than actually being healed by Him. Some live by allowing the inerrant Word of God to impact their experience and others allow their personal experience to interpret the Word of God. One life-experience is a lie and the other is foundational upon Truth. But what we should be concerned with is that we are being healed by the Master every day that we live IF we, indeed, know Him as Savior and Lord. What do I mean by this?

“Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, 2 because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, 4 in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” Romans 8:1-10 HCSB.

Do you recall what Jesus said to Nicodemus in response to his question, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, 4 “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, 6 Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-8 HCSB.

The point is, in order to know and understand or to begin to understand the teachings of God’s Word a person MUST BE born again by His Holy Spirit. Not one thing a person does or says apart from being ‘in the Spirit’ or ‘in Christ’ will affect anything in a way of God. UnGodly people have no effect upon ungodly things in a positive manner. One MUST BE born-again by Him, plain and simple.

Those who are born-again will walk and talk in ways that are different and will have positive effects upon others around us. In fact, Luke records this statement concerning how people felt about Peter in Acts 5:14-15, “More and more believers in the Lord were added to their number, crowds of both men and women. 15 Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets, and put them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow would fall on some of them.” NASB.

It is important to note here that Luke does NOT say that Peter’s shadow had power to heal NOR does this IMPLY (as some do suggest) that Peter’s shadow had power to heal. And NEITHER does this imply that these folks had such a respect for Peter that they felt that to get near Peter was to receive healing. 

My opinion is that these people were desperately wanting to be healed and felt that by being close to Peter there was a possibility of being healed for. The text says that these people wanted to be close enough “so that when Peter came by at least his shadow would fall on some of them.” NASB. The KJV reads like this, “Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid [them] on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.” Neither translations indicates that healing would take place because of Peter’s shadow. To suggest that the Bible implies things that are not explicitly stated reflects poor exposition and should not be done…

Peter’s influence upon these people causes us to think of Jesus’ influence during His Galilean ministry when all Capernaum gathered at His door in Mark 1:32-34, “Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid [them] on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.” NASB.  Elsewhere Luke records the power of God’s presence overshadowing someone, but this is NOT an implication, these are  stated facts found in Luke 1:35 and in 9:34. The inspired text does NOT tell us that Peter’s shadow healed anyone. Luke recorded that people wanted to get close to Peter because they felt his presence to be that powerful. Even today there are some who superstitiously believe that a person’s influence contains some sort of powerful influence. You and I are able to give names to those influences from television.  Some even move away from those considered to be wicked people for the same reason or move into the presence of an honored individual. The action of these folks clearly demonstrated their respect for Peter who had the power of God to heal. These signs and wonders gave proof of the apostles being God’s representatives as seen in Luke 19:11-12 and Matthew 10:8 and.as ambassadors as Paul describes us in 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Net2.

We do things in Jesus’ Name because we are His Ambassadors as Believers and in purpose. Are we able to ‘heal?’ No, not because we are Ambassadors, but because He chooses to use us as He desires and not when we think it to be appropriate. He will choose to use us to accomplish certain spiritual things in order to bring honor to His Name.

Jesus is Lord.

 

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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