Friday, February 27, 2015

Healing: Is this Faith or Fantasy?

"For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (as it is written, "A father of many nations have I made you ") in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. " ~

I'm held in place here by that last line - "calls into being that which does not exist." Wow - the Word talks a lot about calling into being, into existence, things from nothing into something. How can I believe that with a straight face? Particularly in a world of science and unbelief? Well, our spiritual father Abraham had the faith to move such mountains and put them into the sea...

"Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him," Mark 11:23 (and repeated in other places).

So is this Faith or is it Fantasy? Does Jesus really mean what he says here in Mark or is it just a metaphor? Well - let's look at his life in practice...
  • Turning water into wine - transforming water molecules into grape and fermented molecules in vats of water so that it is the sweetest wine of the wedding. (John 2:11)
  • Walking on water - either floating on top of the water so that he appears to be walking, or as the scripture says - he is actually walking on the water. He has done something to the molecular structure of either the water or His own body to allow himself to walk on the Sea of Galilee without making a big splash. (Matthew 14:26)
  • Bringing life from death - This was manifest several times (I was at first going to write "performed", but I would not want to reduce our Lord to a circus act!). See here, the places where people were raised from the dead in the Bible by Jesus and others. 
So is it unrealistic for us to believe that Jesus (the Word become flesh) wants to heal today - especially when he said,

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

Some will say - "you're running after signs and wonders!" No, my brothers, I'm only looking to fulfill the promises in the Kingdom here on earth that Jesus said we would do if we believe.

Abraham believed he could "call into being that which did not exist..." Jesus said, "he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do..."

Until next time...