A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Teaching, Training & Commissioning
Chapter 18, Episode 3
THE WORKS OF HEALING
Jesus Says the Words; Shows the Wonders; Sends the Workers
Matthew 8:14-17 tells us, “When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him. When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.
This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.”
*Jesus touched her hand, the fever left; It is Jesus Who does the works.
*And she got up and served; Peter’s mother showed her gratitude through service.
*They brought many who were demon-possessed and ill; Jesus cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were ill. Jesus does His works through His disciples. We are to lift Jesus up and people are drawn to Him.
“Jesus, Himself, took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.”
Please read and meditate on these words of Jesus from John chapter 15 as He reiterates our roles as His disciples.
Verse 1. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser.
Verse 2. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
Verse 3. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Verse 4. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
Verse 5. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
During most of His earthly ministry, Jesus worked through eleven disciples. Jesus ministry and works could be multiplied by eleven.
There was estimated, in 2010, to be around 800 million Protestant Christians in the world. Assuming these Christians truly “Abide in Jesus” that means Jesus’ ministry and works could be multiplied by 800 million.
There is no way of knowing how many of those 800 million Protestants, or of the over 1 billion Roman Catholics, or of the 260 million Orthodox Christians or the other 28 million adherents not affiliated with a major denomination are actually “Abiding in Jesus”, but that is not our concern.
Your concern and my concern, is that we, “Abide in Jesus, and He is in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. Jesus is the vine, we are the branches; he who abides in Jesus and Jesus in him, bears much fruit, for apart from apart from Jesus, you can do nothing.”
Your Brother and Friend,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.”
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(The previous episode can be found at “The Works of Healing – Episode 2”)
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