I’ve been immersed in the Word, reading specifically on faith. I’ve listened to others preach on faith and read books on faith. Now I’m trying to put it together so that it makes sense to me. I’ll share this journey with you, comments are welcome. My hope, a part of faith, is it will bring us closer to God. That our relationship with Him will deepen and grow.
Starting with scripture, where else?!??!!!
1. Romans 10:17 So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
3. Romans 10:8-10, 13,14 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” [fn] (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
4. Acts 14:7-10 And they were preaching the gospel there. And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This] man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.
5. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, [fn] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
6. Acts 8:5-8 Then Philip went down to the [fn] city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.
7. James 5:14,15 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
8. Matthew 8:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore [our] sicknesses.”
9. 1 Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed.
10. Isaiah 53:4,5 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
I begin with a definition of what salvation really means. We use the word in religious circles rather loosely at times. For a lot of us it has lost its full meaning. I went to the Hebrew definition for the word used for salvation. Hebrew and Greek words for Salvation= deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, soundness.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto Salvation (deliverance, safety, preservation, healing and soundness) to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
There were signs following the preaching of the Gospel ( message of Salvation):
Acts 8:5-8 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
Christ = gospel, salvation, deliverance, safety, preservation, healing and soundness.
And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them; and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city.
So preaching salvation allows us to hear the Word. Hearing the word creates faith, faith pleases God, and faith allows His power to manifest. Physical healing is part of the gospel of salvation:
Isaiah 53: 4,5 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
James 5:14,15 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
I note here that salvation includes the whole man. Spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical, all are made whole with salvation. I note that for many around me it is easier to accept wholeness spiritually, usually translated to mean sins are forgiven, eternal life is given and will be spent with an awesome God. For the same, it is difficult to accept that part of salvation that includes the physical. When under attack through disease, we lack faith to believe in healing. We often can’t accept that gift. Some even deny the ‘miracle’ aspect of it saying that was meant for another time. My question is then, has the definition of salvation changed? Why then do we pray?