“Paraplegic Walks after Fifteen Years of Being Bed Ridden”
What a headline! Amazing! Yet, more than just a headline, it is a reality; it’s not made up. It’s not an actor trying to deceive, or even like ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’; either you believe it, or you don’t. I believe and there is evidence – proof that the words of Jesus are real.
In addition to believing, Jesus says there are two other understandings that one must have in order to do things in His name: the first is to ‘believe’, the second is ‘baptism’, and the third flows from the first two, which is to be ‘saved’ or healed (Mark 16:15-20). If we are to do the greater works that Jesus said we would do, all three are needed.
The ultimate Physician is Jesus, and His desire is that we do just what the Doctor ordered – which is to achieve perfection! But is this possible? He said, “Be perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matt 5:48). But how do we get there? The apostle Paul, who understood the path to perfection said, “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:” (1Co 2:6 emphasis added). The Amplified Version of the Bible says: “Yet we do speak wisdom among those spiritually mature [believers who have teachable hearts and a greater understanding]; but [it is a higher] wisdom not [the wisdom] of this present age nor of the rulers and leaders of this age, who are passing away” (1Co 2:6). (1)
To be perfect is to be spiritually mature, meaning: teachable and understanding a higher wisdom. How one understands the Scriptures is critical for healing. We are spiritual, moral, and physical beings and all three areas require addressing; but true healing starts with the mind.
Whether one has had spiritual encounters (good or evil), short or protracted episodes of anger, unforgiveness, depression, and other emotional upheavals or balanced by the experience of God’s virtues such as joy, peace, patience, gentleness, these are experiences in our human experience. The physical component often speaks the loudest and typically gets the attention first, with questions in the form of a sign or symptom e.g., rash, pain, broken limb, or other body dysfunction which prompts a visit to a doctor. Once the signs and symptoms are assessed, which may lead to a physical examination, then a diagnosis, treatment, and cure can be implemented.
This pattern is as old as time, and a greater understanding with implementation is what Jesus said we would do. How? By getting a spiritual heart transplant. We can see it Scripture,
“So, get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness (diagnosis), and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart] (treatment), which is able to save your souls (cure)”, (emphasis added in bold). (2)(James 1:21)
This was the understanding in the Early Church, as one early church father, Clement of Alexandria (c.155 – c.220) wrote,
“The cure for self-conceit (like every sickness) is threefold: discovering the cause, finding a method for its removal, and training the soul to make correct decisions. Just like a dysfunctional eye, the soul darkened by false doctrines cannot discern the light of truth but overlooks what is right in front of it.” (3)Clement of Alexandria, Miscellanies 7.16
Here Clement is describing the diagnosis, treatment, and cure.
The head line above, “Paraplegic Walks after Fifteen Years of Being Bed Ridden”, occurred to a man in Pakistan who, Apostle Michael Petro of the Voice of Healing, prayed over. Why did it work? Because the spiritual heart transplant has been taking place and the “sign following” is as Jesus said. There are many testimonies of that kind (visit our testimonies page to be inspired). The greater works are beginning, and we must be prepared in spirit, soul, and body.
Until next time, blessings!
1. Amplified Version of the Bible
3. Clement of Alexandria, Miscellanies 7.16
4. All other Scripture References, King James Version of the Bible