The Truth of the Gospel: God Exists!

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16–17 (ESV)

In our examination of a biblical definition of the gospel, we must begin with the truth that God exists. This perspective in sharing the Gospel was first brought to my attention when I was in seminary and we had a guest speaker in chapel: Dr. D. A. Carson, co-founder of The Gospel Collation.  He challenged us seminarians that prior to our sharing about the person and work of Jesus Christ, we must articulate the truth of God’s existence.

Now, many people will immediately ask the question: What God? The many gods of Hinduism or other ancient Far Eastern religions? The god of Islam known as Allah? Or how about the Mormon god? To which God do I refer to and to which does the gospel refer?

The gospel speaks of the truth of the existence of the biblical God. The God of the Bible. The God who is the creator of the universe, who has chosen to reveal Himself through His creation and also has chosen to reveal Himself in His inerrant Word: The Bible (Psalm 1; 19; 119).

What does the Bible say and reveal about God? While we may not have the space to delve into the deep well of knowledge the Bible reveals about the person of God, here are but a few of the biblical truths regarding the One, True God who exists.

The Bible declares that God is Spirit and those who worship Him are to do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24; 2 Corinthians 3:17). The Bible also declares that God is light or pure and righteous (Isaiah 60:19; James 1:17; I John 1:5), love (I John 4:8-16), invisible (Job 23:1-9; John 1:18; 5:37; Colossians 1:15; I Timothy 1:17), unsearchable (Job 11:1-7; 37:23; Psalm 145:1-3; Isaiah 40;28; Romans 11:33), and incorruptible (Romans 1:23).

The Bible also declares God to be eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:1-2; Revelation 4:1-10), immortal (I Timothy 1:17; 6:16), Omnipotent or all-powerful (Genesis 17:1; Exodus 6:1-3), omniscient or all-knowing (Psalm 139:1-6; Proverbs 5:21), omnipresent or everywhere present (Psalm 139:7; Jeremiah 23:23), immutable or never changing (Psalm 102:26-27; James 1:17), only-wise (Romans 16:27; I Timothy 1:17) and glorious (Exodus 15:1-11; Psalm 145:1-5).

Additionally, the Bible teaches that God is the most high God (Psalm 83:18; Acts 7:48), that He is perfect (Matthew 5:48), holy (Psalm 99:1-9; Isaiah 5:16; 6:1-7), just (Deuteronomy 32:1-4; Isaiah 45:21), true (Jeremiah 10:10; John 17:1-3), upright (Psalm 25:1-8; 92:15), and righteous (Ezra 9:15; Psalm 145:17).

God is also good (Psalm 25:1-8; 119:68), great (2 Chronicles 2:1-5; Psalm 86:10), gracious (Exodus 34:1-6; Psalm 116:1-5; Ephesians 2:1-10), faithful (I Corinthians 10:13; I Peter 4:19), merciful (Exodus 34:1-7; Psalm 86:1-5), longsuffering (Numbers 14:18; Micah 7:1), jealous (Joshua 24:19; Nahum 1:2), compassionate (2 King s13:23), and a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).

There is none beside Him (Deuteronomy 4:35; Isaiah 44:1-6), none before Him (Isaiah 43:10), none like Him (Exodus 9:14; Deuteronomy 33:26; 2 Samuel 7:22; Isaiah 46:1-9; Jeremiah 10:1-6), none good but He (Matthew 19:17), and the one who fills heaven and earth (I Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:24).

Balancing the evidence for God’s existence from the information in the Scriptures are the philosophical arguments supporting the idea of God’s existence. Admittedly, these arguments may not convince those antagonistic to the Christian faith of its validity. However, they do provide a thought-provoking response to those who contend that Christianity does not contain any assemblage of reasoning or logical thought. 

Finally, there is the biblical teaching that God is triune or a trinity who as one God exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1–2 (ESV)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1–3 (ESV)

Please familiarize yourself with the various attributes of God which detail His existence. This is where we must begin when we share the gospel of God. When next we meet, we will examine the second truth of the Gospel; the existence of sin.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Soli deo Gloria!  

What is the Gospel?

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,” (Romans 1:1 (ESV)

For the next week, we will suspend our study of the Gospel of Matthew in order to answer the question, What is the Gospel? It’s a simple question but requires a serious and biblical answer. The reason I believe this question is so simple, but significant in how we answer it, is because many people, including professing and church going Christians, get it wrong. You read that correctly. Many people in the culture, but also many people in the church, are getting the gospel wrong.

Christian Smith, a sociologist and professor at the University of Notre Dame, coined the term moralistic therapeutic deism in describing what American youth religiously believe. Breaking down the title, we can see that for many American youth, religion, or the gospel, is about something far different than what the Bible teaches.

First, for many the gospel is about being a good moral person. Do unto others as they would do unto you. It’s the so-called Golden Rule. The good moral person believes in the existence of someone called God and seeks to live a life that will be pleasing to this God they acknowledge exists. However, who this so-called God is probably has more to do with their own imagination of who they believe God to be as opposed to what the Bible says and reveals Him to be.

Second, for many the gospel is about feeling good. That’s why you go to church, to feel good about oneself and about one’s relationship with other people. You sing and listen to high energy music, hear a ten minute story from the pastor or worship leader and go home feeling energized and excited. It is a form of therapy which doesn’t cost as much as going to a psychiatrist. Put your five bucks in the offering plate and you are good to go. At least until next Saturday night, or Sunday morning, when you will need another high energy concert fix. Church becomes about hearing what you want to hear, and not what you need to hear.

Thirdly, for many the gospel is about a Deistic God and not the God of the Bible. Deism was a religious philosophy formed in the 18th century which basically taught that while God created the world, afterwards He then left the world on its own. Therefore, God does not intervene in the world He created. Mankind has to figure out what it has to do to solve its problems. The world should not expect any help from God so we look to entertainers, politicians or television personalities, Oprah anyone, to help us solve our problems and to give us a purpose for living. 

Dr. Steven J. Nichols comments, Sociologist Christian Smith coined the phrase moralistic therapeutic deism to describe the prominent religious view of American youth. His description sticks, but how should we respond? To simply cater to such tastes is to pander. In doing so, the gospel and the demands of the Christian life are lost.”

How then do we respond, as Dr. Nichols asks? Do we throw up our hands and say “to each his own?” Or how about, “your truth is your truth and my truth is mine.” Do we reject the biblical gospel which propositions absolute truth to a culture which rejects absolute truth? Even though in rejecting absolute truth claims, the culture in doing so makes its own absolute truth claim. Or how about continuing to do what many churches are doing? This is because moralistic, therapeutic deism works for many and having auditoriums filled with people has for many pastors become more important than filling pulpits with biblical truth.

If the church in general, and Christians in particular, are to make any impact in the culture in which we live, the answer does not lie in becoming more like the culture. That road leads to a dead end with the culture setting the agenda, rather than the Scriptures.

Instead, the answer is to proclaim and live out the biblical gospel: both and, and not either/or. Churches and believers must clearly articulate the gospel, but at the same time they must also live it out in everyday circumstances. One cannot be done without the other. Both must be lived out in a delicate and consistent balance. Both are equally important and equally necessary.

Jesus said as such in His familiar statement known as the Great Commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Jesus said we are to make disciples, baptize these disciples, and then teach them how to live for the glory of God. In other words, we are to proclaim the gospel and then disciple new converts into how to live out the biblical gospel while at the same time they are verbally sharing the gospel to others who do not know God.

This then leads me back to my original question. What is the gospel? In the next several days, we will examine what the Bible says, and how it illustrates, the gospel of God. There are four major truths to explore. We will examine all of them.

I trust if you already know these truths, you will be strengthened and encouraged as to their veracity. If you’re are wondering what exactly are the truth claims of the gospel, my hope and prayer is that you will become convinced of not only what these truth claims are, but you will also become committed to share them: not only verbally but also in the way you live your life for the glory of God.

Let’s begin!

Soli deo Gloria!

The Gospel of Matthew: Jesus Preaches and Teaches.  

35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:35–38 (ESV)

Matthew summarized in today’s text the teaching, preaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ (Matt. 5-9). The apostle also introduced the mission discourse of Matthew 10. The following excerpt is from Dr. J. Ligon Duncan of Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.  

So far Matthew has been interested to record in his gospel the words of Jesus’ wisdom and the display of His power.  He has shown us that the crowds enthusiastically respond to Christ, and that the Pharisees are antagonistic toward Him in their opposition of the Lord Jesus. 

From this point on in Matthew, Matthew is not only going to show you the outward results of Jesus’ ministry, he going to start with revealing to you the heart motions, the heart motivations of those who were the central story of the gospel.  Here he is going to show you the heart of Jesus.  Why is it that Jesus is going about village to village healing?  Because He had a heart of compassion for these people who were like sheep without a shepherd. 

But he’s also going to start revealing to you the heart of the Pharisees, the heart of the disciples and the hearts of those who are following at the fringe.  In this passage, Matthew begins to show the emotional forces motivating the leading characters in the gospel story.  And so, Christ’s ministry is seen now as a bitter struggle, and gradually the cross is revealed more and more.  But Christ, here in this passage, looks at the ignorant multitudes and He responds not with derision but with love and compassion.  As He looks at these people who were in rebellion against God and their lives are a wreck, He looks upon them not with disdain but with love, and longing to see them restored to God. 

This passage is so important for us, because when we feel our sin as we ought, our natural tendency is to desire to run away from the judgment of God, but Christ here beckons those who feel themselves sinners to come to Him, for He has compassion, for He sees that we are sheep without a shepherd.  This passage is also so important for the free offer of the gospel, for here He calls on us to go into the field of harvest and call those to Him with a serious, well-intentioned offer that all those who will come to him will find rest. 

This whole passage shows us that Christ is the proper object of faith, which is to trust into Him, and to believe His claims.  This passage shows us that faith is the instrument by which we receive the benefits of Christ’s work, that is, it’s not the source of the blessings which Christ gives us, it’s the means, it’s the vehicle whereby He gives us those blessings.   And this passage shows us that we have good warrant to trust in Him, for it reveals to us, and gives us confidence in Him because of the heart He shows to us here. 

Embrace Christ in all His fullness.  If you come today sorrowing and weak, embrace Him in His fullness.  If you come in an awareness of your sin, embrace Him, for He longs to restore the scattered sheep to the fold of the one true shepherd.  Let us look to him in prayer. 

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Soli deo Gloria!

The Gospel of Matthew: Prayer for the Harvest and the Laborers.

35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:35–38 (ESV)

Matthew summarized in today’s text the teaching, preaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ (Matt. 5-9). The apostle also introduced the mission discourse of Matthew 10.

“Matthew tends to arrange the information about Jesus’ life topically. Chapters 5–7, for instance, collect Christ’s teachings about His own authority. In like manner, the evangelist devotes chapters 8–9 to material that depicts Jesus’ authority apart from His actual instruction on the subject. Instead, Matthew focuses on miracles that illustrate the Savior’s control over the natural (8:1–27; 9:18–31) and the supernatural (8:28–34; 9:32–34),” explains Dr. R. C. Sproul.

Jesus then saw the need of the people. He called them a spiritual harvest. But a harvest needs harvesters. It needs laborers. Jesus’ disciples would have understood this image because Israel was an agricultural nation. It remains so today.

Jesus’ observation was particularly striking. He said, “Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”  

The crowds were vast. Therefore, Jesus prepared his disciples to become shepherds and laborers with Him. Yet, instead of calling for volunteers Jesus called for prayer.

I recently taught a class on evangelism at my church. One of the lessons focused on the necessity of prayer as a prerequisite to sharing the Gospel. God calls the church to pray for lost souls (I Timothy 2:1-3). However, as today’s text teaches, God also calls individuals to pray for those who will share the Gospel to those lost souls. Prayer is indispensable.

Praying for the souls of the harvest, and laborers for the task of harvesting souls, is completely dependent upon the sovereignty of God. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone to the glory of God alone.

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:5–9 (ESV)

Pray today for those lost in their trespasses’ and sins. Pray also for laborers into the Lord’s, harvest. May the Lord be glorified as He answers our prayers.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Soli deo Gloria!

The Gospel of Matthew: The Harvest and the Laborers.

35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:35–38 (ESV)

Matthew summarized in today’s text the teaching, preaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ (Matt. 5-9). The apostle also introduced the mission discourse of Matthew 10.

The Old Testament background Jesus drew from was Ezekiel 34:1-6. It was the LORD’s scathing rebuke of the faithless prophets and priests to Israel. Jesus compared the people as sheep without a shepherd.

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them.” (Ezekiel 34:1–6 (ESV)

Another comparison Jesus used of was a land ready for harvest without laborers to bring in the crop. Jesus said the harvest of souls was great but the laborers were few.

“This little passage forms a bridge between the account of Jesus’ ministry in chs. 5–9 (summarized in v 35) and the extension of that ministry to his disciples in ch. 10. The need was too great for Jesus to meet alone, so he called on some of his closest followers to help him meet it. The basis of this mission was in compassion, a strong word for an emotional response which always results in caring action. The imagery of harvest (like that of fishing in 4:19) suggests also the call to win new disciples. This is the concern of God, as Lord of the harvest, and so he may properly be appealed to for the necessary workers. It is worth noting that those who are here called to pray are in the next chapter sent out themselves,” explains commentator Richard France.

“Christ, the Good Shepherd and Overseer of our souls (1 Peter 2:25), has enlisted many to help care for His flock and field, as we also see in today’s passage (Matt. 9:37–38). Clearly, says Jerome, “an abundant harvest represents all the believing multitude. The few laborers imply the apostles and their imitators who are sent to the harvest,” explains Dr. R. C. Sproul.

Where do you see a spiritual harvest of souls that needs the Lord’s laborers? Are you ready, willing and able to be such a laborer for the Lord? Have a blessed day in Christ.

Soli deo Gloria!  

The Gospel of Matthew: Jesus Heals a Mute.  

32 As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. 33 And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” (Matthew 9:32–34 (ESV)

Following Jesus’ healing of two blind men, people brought to Him a demon-oppressed man who was also mute. This was the Lord’s second encounter with demonic oppression (Matt. 8:28-34). This incident evidenced the battle between two kingdoms: the kingdom of light vs. the kingdom of darkness or the kingdom of heaven vs. the kingdom of hell.

To be demon-oppressed (δαιμονίζομαι; daimonizomai) refers to a demon controlling an individual. The demon is in command of the person. In this particular case, it was a present and personal possession. The man was also mute (κωφός; kaphos). He was unable to speak. This is likely because he was also unable to hear.

Matthew recorded that Jesus cast the demon out. Resultantly, the man began to speak. The text does not tell us what he said. However, being able to now speak amazed the crowd. They marveled (θαυμάζω; thaumazo) and were astonished.

This miracle resulted in two opposite responses. The crowd continually said, ““Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” However, the Pharisees continually said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”

The Pharisees did not, and could not deny a miracle had occurred. They did not and could not deny that Jesus performed the miracle. They claimed the miracle worker did so by the Devil’s power. They said Satan did it. This argument would become the Pharisees consistent response to Jesus’ healing ministry ((cf. Matt. 10:25; 12:22–37).

“This little episode too has a longer parallel later (12:22–24), where the accusation of collusion with Satan is developed and answered. Here this sinister new twist to the official hostility to Jesus is merely noted. Matthew normally distinguishes between demon possession and physical disability; here the one seems to have resulted in the other, but the language is still that of exorcism. The crowd’s reaction in v 33 sums up the impression which the miracles in chs. 8–9 have been creating,” explains commentator Richard France.

Do people today deny the obvious work accomplished by Jesus Christ? Unfortunately, they often do. Someone once told me that the changes occurring in my life, as a result of my conversion, were not the work of Christ. By me giving the Lord praise, the individual responded that I was not giving myself enough credit.

Individuals may not agree with us that the Lord is responsible for the providential occurrences in our life. However, that should not hinder us from declaring it to be so. Let us resolve to give the Lord praise and all the glory.

Soli deo Gloria!

The Gospel of Matthew: Jesus Heals Two Blind Men.

27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, and “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” 31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.” (Matthew 9:27–31 (ESV)

Matthew groups together nine stories containing ten specific miracles in chapters 8–9. There are three miracles in 8:1–17, teaching on true discipleship (8:18–22), and then three more miracles (8:23–9:8). This is followed by Jesus’ teaching on true discipleship (9:9–17), and finally three more miracle stories; one of which includes two miracles (9:18–33). Today, we examine the healing to two blind men.

Following the healing of Jairus’ daughter and the ill woman (vs. 18-26), Matthew chronicled Jesus’ healing of two blind men. Jesus had left Jairus’ home. It was then that two blind men followed Him. They were continually and actively crying out (κράζω; krazo) or screaming at the Lord. They were continually and actively saying, ““Have mercy on us, Son of David.”

The title Son of David is a Messianic one. These men were acknowledging, presumably because of what they heard about Jesus and His healings, that He was Immanuel or God incarnate. The pled for mercy (ἐλεέω; eleeo) or kindness for they were needy.

“Son of David” was the title of the Messiah, but in most expectations the Messiah was a political or military figure rather than a healer. But these blind men understand a connection between healing and Jesus’ identity that was not part of Jewish tradition. God ruled over blindness and sight (Ex 4:11; Prov. 20:12) and could answer prophets’ prayers to remove and restore human sight (2 Kings 6:18–20),” explains commentator Craig Keener.  

When Jesus entered an unidentified house, the blind men followed. How they were able to know exactly where Jesus was is not explained. However they were able to find Jesus. Their persistence evidenced their faith in the deity of Christ.

Jesus asked both men, “Do you believe that I am able to do this” Jesus’ question focused not on their faith in His willingness to heal but rather His ability to heal. In other words, did they believe that He was the incarnate God who could restore their sight?

The men’s response indicated they did believe Jesus to be God. “They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” The word Lord (κύριος; kurios) means sovereign God. Matthew recorded that Jesus touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith be it done to you.” Immediately, they were able to see. Jesus’ touch displayed His sympathetic kindness.

Jesus then said, ““See that no one knows about it.” 31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.” Why did Jesus say this?

“In spite of Jesus’ warning to tell no one about this event, His fame continued to spread throughout the region (cf. v. 26; 12:16). His warning was probably given to keep multitudes from thronging to Him merely for the purpose of physical healing. While Jesus did heal many from physical diseases, His miracles were for the purpose of authenticating His claims. Jesus came primarily for spiritual healing, not physical healing,” explains the Bible Knowledge Commentary.

More to follow on Jesus’ ability to heal; not only in the past, but also in the present. Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Soli deo Gloria!

The Gospel of Matthew: Jesus Heals a Woman.    

20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.” (Matthew 9:20–22 (ESV)

Matthew interjects in the narrative of Jesus healing Jairus’ daughter, the Lord’s encounter with an ill woman. The incident occurred in between Jesus’ departure to Jarius’ home and His ultimate arrival that resulted in Him raising the ruler’s daughter from the dead. The Gospels of Mark and Luke provided a parallel account (Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48) regarding Jesus and a desperate woman.

The woman, who is unidentified, suffered from a discharge of blood (αἱμορροέω; haimorroeo). This refers to an internal hemorrhage causing her to consistently bleed. While no age is given to her, she had suffered from this condition for twelve years. Adding insult to injury, Mark 5:25 indicates that she had spent time and money with physicians only to find herself poorer and sicker.

“This woman’s affliction not only was serious physically but also left her permanently unclean for ceremonial reasons (cf. Lev. 15:25–27). This meant she would have been shunned by all, including her own family, and excluded from both synagogue and temple,” explains Dr. John MacArthur.

She reasoned that if she but touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be healed. In other words, Jesus would deliverer her from her affliction. She did, and He did.

“In the ancient world, people had superstitious ideas about powerful men; their power was supposed to reside in their hair, their saliva, and their clothes. Their mere touch could bring deliverance or calamity. All she wanted was a touch, so she could gain that healing power,” explains commentator Daniel M. Doriani.

Jesus turned and seeing her said, ““Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.”

Jesus told her that it was not a magic garment that healed her, but rather her faith in Christ. He commanded her to not be afraid of Him. She was in a right relationship with Him; both physically and spiritually.

“The form of the Greek verb translated “has made you well,” which can also be rendered “has made you whole,” indicates that her healing was complete. It is the same Greek word often translated “to save” (Matt. 9:22) and is the normal NT word for saving from sin, which strongly suggests that the woman’s faith also led to spiritual salvation,” states Dr. MacArthur.

Faith in Christ provides deliverance not only from the penalty of sin, but also the power and eventually the presence of sin. As important as her physical healing was, it was most important that she was spiritually whole. Jesus ultimately heals the entire individual.

Soli deo Gloria!