Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 9:1-8 (NKJV) So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
What truth is revealed? Early in His public ministry, Jesus proved that He had the power to heal and to save. Jesus shocked the Jewish Scribes when He uttered the words, “Your sins are forgiven you!”
What can we learn from this story? We know that Jesus completed the requirements to atone for all of our sins on the cross. The prophet Isaiah detailed the atoning work of the Messiah that would “save” us in Isaiah 53. This story points to Jesus’ divine authority as God to “save” a person from their sins before the work of the cross. This is another example of a sovereign God doing a sovereign act according to His own sovereign will. It offended the Scribes which indicated that they did not recognize who Jesus was.
How can I apply this story to my life? Firstly, I do not want to be numbered with the Scribes in questioning God’s prerogative or power to act in all situations. Secondly, I am incredibly thankful that with God “All things are possible.” He can heal, and more importantly, He can save!
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As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.