Monday, April 13, 2015

Acts 3:12-19 Peter Proclaimed Jesus as Healer

KEY VERSE: Acts 3:16 "And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all."

KEY THOT: When we have faith in Jesus, we shall receive “perfect health” (ESV/NASB) or "perfect soundness" (NKJV), just like the lame man who was “walking and leaping and praising God” (Acts 3:8) when Peter commanded him to rise up and walk in the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

The word “perfect health” in Greek is holokleria, (translated into Latin as integritas) means “an unimpaired condition of body, in which all its members are healthy and fit for use” (Thayer's Greek Lexicon). Many of us accept an impaired condition of our body as our “cross”, but Scripture consistently teaches that holiness is wholeness (holokleria) of spirit, soul AND body: “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely (holoteleis), and may your whole (holokleros) spirit and soul and BODY be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23).

It’s not the will of God that my body remains unhealthy and unfit for my Master’s use. The goal of my sanctification is to present to Jesus when he returns a “whole” (wholesome/healthy: holokleros) spirit, soul and BODY that He has entrusted to me to use for His kingdom purpose. I believe as I present my body as “living (not dying) sacrifices” (Rom. 12:1), Jesus will restore wholeness (holokleria) to my body so that all my members are healthy and fit for the Master’s use.

I must reject the idea that an impaired condition of the body is my “cross”: Jesus came to save not just “souls” but spirit, soul AND body. I will make every effort to keep my body stay in peak condition (unimpaired by sicknesses) through proper diet, exercise and faith-filled lifestyle, so I can be useful to the Lord for His work, believing that through faith in His name, He will make me wholly whole.

Father, I thank You that You have given this promise and challenge to keep our spirit, soul and body blameless until Your coming. May You keep me in perfect health until Your coming. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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