A Blogged Bible Study entry.
“Do you wish to get well?”
Yes. Completely. I do wish it. I do want it. I have sought it. I’ve confessed all my sin. I’ve begged for healing. But,….
Why did Jesus heal this man – the one in the fifth chapter of John? He wasn’t seeking after Jesus. He hadn’t expressed any words of faith. He was sitting by the pool of Bethesda, the house of mercy, waiting for an angel to stir up the waters. The first to enter the waters would be healed. He had been infirmed for thirty-eight years. But he couldn’t get to the waters fast enough; someone always beat him there. So he sits. He waits. He hopes.
Jesus passes by all the other sick people and comes to this man.
Nothing is asked of him other than, “Do you wish to get well?” The man doesn’t even answer the question he only explains why he can’t get to the water. Jesus asks nothing of him. “Do you believe?” “Have you confessed your sins?” “Do you have faith in Me to heal you?” No conditions are required of this man, Jesus just says, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.”
The man does, without question. He walks away. No thank you. No recognition of Jesus having done anything for him. He did not even know who Jesus was. His regard for Jesus is further revealed in his attempt to blame Jesus for telling him to break a Sabbath rule.
Why did Jesus heal this man? Why this man and no other sitting around the pool?
To reveal His glory. To show His authority over all. To declare He is doing the work of His Father. Whatever His Father tells Him to do, He does.
All healing is wrapped up in the will of God. His sovereign will. His choice.
My healing is based upon His choosing. He has healed me spirituallly. I am His. He is mine.
At a time of His choosing, I will be healed physically. If that’s not until the resurrection of the dead, I’m OK with that. It’s His plan. I’m just here to bring glory to His name.
When I am weak, then He is strong. His strength is perfected in my weakness.
For further study I found this extensive definition of the word “life” — eternal life — in Vine’s Expository Dictionary. It blessed me, so I’ve copied it and separated it for easier reading. The references are great to have alongside the points made.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life ~John 5:25
Life, Living, Lifetime, Life-giving
is used in the NT “of life as a principle, life in the absolute sense, life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself, John 5:26, and which the Son manifested in the world, 1John 1:2.
From this life man has become alienated in consequence of the Fall, Eph. 4:18,
and of this life men become partakers through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Joh. 3:15,
who becomes its Author to all such as trust in Him, Ac. 3:15,
and who is therefore said to be ‘the life’ of the believer, Col. 3:4,
for the life that He gives He maintains, Joh. 6:35,63.
Eternal life is the present actual possession of the believer because of his relationship with Christ, John 5:24; 1John 3:14,
and that it will one day extend its domain to the sphere of the body is assured by the Resurrection of Christ, 2Corin. 5:4; 2Tim. 1:10.
This life is not merely a principle of power and mobility, however, for it has moral associations which are inseparable from it, as of holiness and righteousness. Death and sin, life and holiness, are frequently contrasted in the Scriptures.
“Zoe is also used of that which is the common possession of all animals and men by nature, Acts 17:25; 1John 5:16, and of the present sojourn of man upon the earth with reference to its duration, Luke 16:25; 1Corin. 15:19; 1Tim. 4:8; 1Peter 3:10.
‘This life’ is a term equivalent to ‘the gospel,’ ‘the faith,’ ‘Christianity,’ Acts 5:20.”* [* From Notes on Galatians, by Hogg and Vine. pp. 324,325.]
Death came through sin, Rom. 5:12, which is rebellion against God.
Sin thus involved the forfeiting of the “life.”
“The life of the flesh is in the blood,” Levit. 17:11.
Therefore the impartation of “life” to the sinner must be by a death caused by the shedding of that element which is the life of the flesh.
“It is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life” (id., RV).
The separation from God caused by the forfeiting of the “life” could be removed only by a sacrifice in which the victim and the offerer became identified.
This which was appointed in the typical offerings in Israel received its full accomplishment in the voluntary sacrifice of Christ.
The shedding of the blood in the language of Scripture involves the taking or the giving of the “life.”
Since Christ had no sins of his own to die for, His death was voluntary and vicarious, John 10:15 with Isaiah 53:5,10,12; 2Corin. 5:21.
In His sacrifice He endured the Divine judgment due to man’s sin.
By this means the believer becomes identified with Him in His deathless “life,” through His resurrection, and enjoys conscious and eternal fellowship with God.