Summary: The saving grace o Jesus.
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (1/6/2014)
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole” (The Acts 4:10, King James Version [The persecution of the disciples]).
Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,
My brothers and sisters, Jesus the Prince of Peace came to uplift us up to the spirit out of the trappings of the flesh to a peace-filled faith that delivers eternal life. Most importantly, those who hungered for war, Jesus encouraged to thirst for the living waters of eternal life. God sent his son to change how man lived in his belief system, to place man in the abiding grace in the faith of Jesus which no longer taught an eye for an eye but turn the other cheek. God sent his son to take away the power given to money on earth, to heal with the power of God yet the disciples failed to heal on one occasion and Jesus admonished, “Ye of so little faith”. Why could the disciples not heal as Jesus did to wholeness, the body of diseases, mental illnesses and varied sicknesses even poverty at the laying on of hands, a touch to the body, and the speaking to the issue of the person to manifest change, which advanced the healing instructions of the prophets of old the early fathers from waiting for healing to immediate healing to wholeness?
According to Luke the physician, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit out of the man's son when the man in the company that followed Jesus complained to Jesus that his disciples could not cast the spirit out. Jesus said, “...O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither” (St. Luke 9:41, KJV [casting out devils]). Yet, the disciples forbade another man who was not a disciple to cast out a devil using the name of Jesus. Jesus told them if the man was not against them he was for them. Further to chastising the disciples for little faith Jesus did not let them forbid those who did not follow in their company and who were not selected to be disciples to cast out devils in his name.
Jesus commended humility of the disciples with followers not in their company, “...Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not; for he that is not against us is for us” (9:49-50 [humility]). Yet, we the disciples of Jesus remain, of man bound and trapped in the flesh; for the power of God is of a spirit, the words of God are of a spirit and your belief in God is of your spirit. Jesus denied discipleship to those who did not forsake all that he hath. Luke the physician witnessed Jesus said, “Or what king, going to make war against another king sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple”(14:31-33 [denied discipleship]).