All Were Healed

“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.

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Lessons from Barnabas, the “Son of Encouragement”

1. Give freely of my plenty (time, money, food, possessions, etc.) to those who need it (church, poor, sick, widows, and orphans). Acts 4:37

2. Give a new convert a chance to prove his faith, even if the history of his former life makes me doubtful. Defend him before other Christians until he gives us cause to not believe his faith is genuine. Acts 9:26-27

3. Rejoice in the Gospel, its spread across the world, and the conversion of new believers. Acts 11: 22-24

4. Encourage others to keep growing in their faith. Acts 11: 23

5. Be a “good” person – the righteous, pure, devoted, loving Christian who God wants me to be. Acts 11:24

6. Submit to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and direction for my life. Acts 11: 24

7. Be driven by the passionate flame of the Holy Spirit within me. Acts 11: 24

8. Rooted in a solid faith in Christ. Acts 11: 24

9. Maintain and grow a personal relationship with Christ. Acts 11:24

10. Dedicate myself to the specific work(s) which God has designated for me to accomplish. Acts 13: 2

11. Encourage others to fully rely on God. Acts 13: 43

12. Be emboldened by the power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 13: 46

13. Display authentic passion for Christ, the Gospel, and the truth. Acts 14: 14-15

14. Direct people’s attention to God, rather than to myself. Acts 14: 14-15

15. Forgive others and grant them a second chance. Acts 15: 36-40

16. Realize that I’m not perfect. Galatians 2: 11-13

17. Recognize hypocrisy in my life. Galatians 2: 11-13