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    I Hope You're Not Allowing This Important Reality To Remain In The Background

    I Hope You're Not Allowing This Important Reality To Remain In The Background
    Posted Yesterday by J.D. King

    Whenever the New Testament is being read, the wondrous accounts of Jesus and Apostles are vividly on display.

    As the Messiah and His anointed followers exploded on the scene, they demonstrated the glorious reality of the "good news." Whenever they laid hands on the sick, it publicly affirmed that the awaited age of the Kingdom had finally arrived.

    Most readily comprehend that the Kingdom of God was breaking in during the First Century, but it seems a bit out of reach for us today. Are modern believers being excluded from this powerful reality?

    The obvious answer is, "no."

    In one of His final statements, Jesus said:

    "These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name ...They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed" (Mark 16:17a,18b).

    This amazing promise wasn't just made to the "twelve," or even the "seventy." It was a promise made to all of "those who believe."

    Sadly, many times this passage is referenced from older translations like the King James Version that convey something like the following: "These signs shall follow them that believe."

    Based on that rendering, some believe that healing and other signs must remain in the background. Many well-meaning Christians insist that the are out organizing, agonizing, and doing the "real gospel work." They're convinced healing is simply an occasional "byproduct" of their other efforts.

    It needs to be noted that the original Greek doesn't say that healing "follows" the proclamation of the gospel. It says that it "accompanies it."

    Contrary to popular religious sentiment, healing isn't peripheral. It isn't a foolish excursion or even distraction. It's a tangible expression of the Kingdom of God here on earth.

    We simply cannot allow it to remain in the background.



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    Miracles and healing were never a 'byproduct' of other efforts. As he mentions it accompanies it. Even if it said 'follow' in the original (like it does in the KJV), it doesn't change anything. They were the main thing Jesus did to proclaim the coming of the kingdom of God. Healing and miracles were His display that His kingdom was greater than the 'kingdom' of the enemy. Hebrews 2:4 - "God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will..." Healing and miracles bore witness to them.

    I want to look at the first part of the passage in Mark 16 a moment:

    15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
    16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
    17 And these signs shall follow them that believe...

    So Jesus told his disciples to go into all the world to preach the gospel. Then He says that those that believe and are baptized shall be saved. Then Jesus says that these SIGNS shall follow them that believe. Who that believes? Those that believed and were saved. But the disciples already believed and were saved. So Jesus is just not speaking about them. So this is not only a commision to the disciples, but the signs following were a commision to those that believed what the disciples preached and were saved, then those that believed those that believed, and so on and so on. The commission is for EVERY BELIEVER who believed the message and were saved. So that is NO less true for us today.

    This commission to speak in tongues, heal the sick, etc, was never to just the original disciples or apostles. He never even mentions apostles. It was for all that heard the message, believed and were baptized, and saved. Are you a believer? Then it's part of the commission to you. But it's never going to happen if you never actually lay hands on the sick...' Just like everything else in the Bible it's predicated on obedience.

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    Sort of like, 'This reveals the Kingdom is in your face' undeniable...now you choose..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quest View Post
    Sort of like, 'This reveals the Kingdom is in your face' undeniable...now you choose..
    Yep.

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    I think the term "follow" actually means that as long as there are believers around then there will be signs around. Meaning that the signs follow the Church, throughout time. Sort of the opposite of what Cessationists or downplayers of signs and wonders would like it to say.

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    Accompany...sort of like Peter's shadow..so essentially where the believer is, these should be also..

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