What is asked of us

“HE THAT WILL ENTER IN MUST FIRST WITHOUT
STAND KNOCKING AT THE GATE, NOR NEED HE DOUBT,
THAT IS A KNOCKER, BUT TO ENTER IN,
FOR GOD CAN LOVE HIM, AND FORGIVE HIS SIN.” – The Pilgrim’s Progress

Reading: Matthew 9:1-8

“… When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven” (v.2).

“When Jesus saw their faith”—this is what I have been pondering over for some time. The men didn’t even have to say anything—but by going through great lengths to bring their paralytic relation to Jesus, they have expressed their faith.

In this event I can imagine Jesus being moved to compassion by this expression of faith. In other instances He had been astonished—just as with the centurion and the Canaanite woman (Matthew 8:5-13; Matthew 15:21-28), prompting Him to grant fervent requests for physical healing and release from demonic possession. But faith had not always been a pre-requisite to a healing or to a miracle. Even with faltering faiths, Jesus healed the demon-possessed boy (Mark 9:14-29), calmed the storm and multiplied loaves of bread and fish. But in the passage above, we see here that faith precedes the forgiveness of sins. No doubt, the paralytic himself was putting his faith in Jesus.

“Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” – Matthew 9:2

How sincere were we when we asked the Lord to wash us with His blood?

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved….” – Acts 16:31

Are You Washed in the Blood
by Elisha A. Hoffman

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Chorus:
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless?
Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Bunyan, J., 2005.  The Pilgrim’s Progress.  New York: Barnes & Noble Classics.

Bunyan, J., 2005. The Pilgrim’s Progress. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics.

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8 thoughts on “What is asked of us

  1. Thank you for the insights! Faith truly is action-based, and essentially non-existent without expression. His mercy and compassion are never-ending. What never ceases to amaze and humble me is that even my demonstrations of faith would never exist had He not first called me, accepted my repentance and forgiven me, and then gifted and empowered me. Not one of those things came about by my own effort, but merely by response to HIS effort. How good and faithful, merciful and loving He is! How good it is to be able to praise Him together!

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    • Indeed, Sue. Indeed. It is from your posts where I learned that faith, in the original Hebrew is an action word (thank you!). It is pointless to say we believe something when it doesn’t show in our lives.

      And yes, we only have faith because He first called us. Faith itself is a gift from Him! Oftentimes I’d find myself in the shoes of the man in Mark 9 who said “help me overcome my unbelief!” It is really only by His grace and mercy. (I am reminded of Romans 2:4, re His kindness intended to lead us to repentance.)

      Thank you for sharing, Sue. I love these exchanges we have–it enriches our learning of His Word. ♥

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