A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Teaching, Training & Commissioning
Chapter 18, Episode 2
THE WORKS OF HEALING
Jesus Says the Words; Shows the Wonders; Sends the Workers
Jesus’ method of teaching His disciples, as we see in the Book of Matthew, is this:
- First, He teaches with words; next,
- He demonstrates His teaching with ‘works in action’; then,
- He sends His disciples to do His Works.
If Jesus had not intended His disciples to make disciples, who in turn, repeated the process, Christianity would have ended with the death of the last Apostle. But, Jesus, set in motion a process, by which “you shall be His witness, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (see Acts 1:8)
A MAN UNDER AUTHORITY
Matthew 8:5-13 tells us, “And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.”
“Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
“For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”
“Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment.”
The Centurion did not make the mistake so many contemporary Christians make. He did not assume that anything he could do would make any difference. He humbly submitted himself to the authority of Jesus and made his request known.
We are to be the yielded and still instrument of our Lord. He will do His Works through us as we submit ourselves to Him.
Secondly, there are no obstacles which can impede the Work of God. In this case, distance is no matter of concern.
Finally, it is the certain faith of the Centurion through which Jesus worked. It was this faith at which Jesus marveled.
We, disciples of Jesus, enter this world of Spiritual warfare under the protection of God, submitted and yielded to the authority of Jesus. He has prepared His Works ahead of time that we should walk in His works – not our own works.
When we are obedient to His Word, He completes His Works through us.
Your Brother and Friend,
“Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”
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