What does it mean, “Your faith has made you well.”
In the book of Hebrews, the author, Paul I believe, reminded his brothers that it is by faith that, “Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” (Hebrews 11:31)
And this is what Joshua had recorded to be said by Rahab to the spies, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” (Joshua 2:9-11)
Rahab heard and believed. Rahab was convicted that whatever was taking place as a consequence of the exit of the people of Israel out of Egypt was not anything ordinary. She was favored by God, to not only believe the record of divine events to be true, but also to be welcoming of those who were favored by God. Her faith has made her well.
Jesus repeated those words to many who had welcomed his healing, “Your faith has made you well.”
What did he mean? Jesus meant that the fact that these individuals have been revealed by God the certainty and validity of those divine claims, such as Christ being the Son of God, and the people of Israel being favored by God, such revelations brought great healing of the mind and healing of the heart.
Peter goes into details of the revelation that he suffered, “For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.” (2 Peter 1:16-18)
Having been hungry to see the simple truth of the gospel accepted, Jesus shook me to my very inner core. He filled me up with the Holy Spirit. It was like a heavenly hug, and it continues to be so every moment that I’m truthly reminded of Him.
My faith is not built on a Bible translation, but rather on what God has done to me. I will never forget it. Regardless of what happens from that day forward, I will never forget the loving embrace that God overwhelmed me with. For every spirit-filled believer, you can always recall your first encounter with Christ and every other moments where He re-assured you that He’s still there to never leave you alone. Likewise, despite my sight, I continuously, by the power and good will of the Lord, remember my first love. I continuously remember the first time that faith was handed to me with love to never doubt again the love of God.
My friends, from that day forward, my faith, my personal encounter with God by God through God, such faith has made me well for all eternity.
I want you to understand and know that God loves you and me. Such understanding and knowledge is sufficient to make us well, despite other things that we see and hear.
God loves you. Nothing can beat that.
Imagine that you could have heard every notion of reality, and put them to the test and yet they fail our tests. But when you hear the simple truth that God loves you and you’re told how he does love you, putting that notion to the test, I guarantee you, will always prove to be a success.
Whenever I need to remember the gospel, I’m reminded of the note where Paul said, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
I’m also reminded of the note that, “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” (Titus 3:5)
I’m so reminded of the note where Peter asked, “who then can be saved?” and Jesus answered, “what is impossible to man is possible with God.”
These three notes along with many others set my mind and my heart at ease, always. I hope and pray that by God revealing himself to you, they serve you the same purpose.