God is willing
by Larry Sitz Kedron Church of Christ
The miracles of Jesus were about physical healing, but they can be likened unto spiritual healing and salvation. When the leper came to Jesus to be healed is a perfect example. He bowed down and worshiped the Lord saying, “if thou will thou can make me clean.” Jesus put forth his hand and touched him saying, “I will, be thou clean” and immediately his leprosy was cleansed (Matt. 8:2-3).
Unlike the leper, who had no choice about his disease, our body is putrefied and defiled with the disease of sin that is of our own making. Just like the leper we desperately need to be cleansed and set free from our sin. Fortunately we have the word of God to tell us His exact plan for our salvation.
Again let us consider the leper, he could not have been healed, even though he truly believed that Jesus could heal him, had he remained at a distance and never approached the Lord. He had to do something, he had to come to the Lord and ask. He had to meet a condition. When he came to Jesus, did he earn his healing and put the Lord in obligation to heal him? Of course not. The leper understood that Jesus had the power to make him whole and he also understood that his coming to the Lord was not some amazing work on his part that mandated healing. He approached saying, “if thou are willing.” He knew Jesus was in control of the situation, so he came begging for mercy of the Lord.
Our salvation is exactly the same. There are conditions that must be met if we are to be set free from our disease of sin and have our names added to the book of life. We cannot sit out in the world and simply think or say, “I believe in Jesus” and be saved. We must come to Jesus and act on his commandments that tell us what we must do to be saved. Obviously we must first believe, as the leper did, or we would never consider approaching the Lord. Paul tells us, we must also confess our faith (Rom. 10:9-10). Peter says we must repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38). These are simply conditions of salvation that must be met, not works of merit that obligates the Lord to save us.
Even believing in Him, confessing Him, repenting of our sins, and submitting to baptism does not place Him in our debt. Salvation is by grace through faith. Grace is the free gift of God and we can do nothing to earn it (Eph. 2:8-10). Faith is our part and we cannot be pleasing to God without it (Heb. 11:6). We should be grateful that when we come to the Lord asking with all humility, doing His bidding that “He is willing” to save us. That is how gracious and loving our Lord is. He wants none to be lost, so why not come to Him today before it is eternally too late?
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. If anyone has questions: please call 270-657-2455, if no answer, leave a message, I will call you back.
Brother Earl Willis Jr. from Quality, is our speaker on the first Sunday of each month and the Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s holy word.
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