“And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people….Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” Acts 5: 12,16
What a beautiful analogy of Christ’s salvation. Who knows how many people were brought to the disciples to be healed. And who knows what all they suffered from! Perhaps they were blind, leprous, bleeding, paralyzed, injured, demon-possessed…. But it didn’t matter what they had; as long as they came to the disciples about it, they were healed. But the folks who stayed at home…they just continued to suffer. Assuredly, if they had decided to be healed by the disciples, then they would have been. However, they continued to suffer because they refused to believe and go to the disciples.
Salvation is much the same. Jesus died not for a select few, but for “the world” (John 3: 16). His offer of salvation is an offer of healing and it is freely given to all who come to Him. The sick people came to the disciples because they knew they would be healed, and we must come to Jesus with the same belief. Only this time, our sickness is sin. Some people believe that they have sinned too much to ever be forgiven, but that is a lie from Satan. The disciples healed all kinds of illness; Jesus forgives all kinds of sin. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a murderer, or an adulteress, or a liar; or whether you’ve lost your temper, or been divorced, or been in jail. Jesus forgives all. He heals all.
But we must believe enough to come to Him. That’s the major condition – to believe, repent, and yield to Him. Otherwise, we’re no better off than the sick people who stayed home. We won’t be healed. We’ll continue to suffer, not only here on Earth, but after death in Hell. If we do not believe, we will not be forgiven.
Christ’s gift of salvation is offered to all mankind, but it is only given to those who believe enough to come to Him.