The belief that Jesus' healing works were purely the...

Kingston (Ont.) British Whig

The belief that Jesus' healing works were purely the result of his own unique personality, and that, therefore, it would be impossible for such works to be done again, will not stand investigation for a moment. It does not accord with what Jesus himself taught, for he repeatedly impressed upon his disciples that it was not through any virtue of his personality, but the truth which he manifested, which did the works. He said, "The Son can do nothing of himself," and he always taught that the spiritual understanding of the truth which heals and saves is always available, to all men at all times; in fact, to all who obeyed his precepts. When sending out his disciples, he always instructed them not only to preach the gospel, but to heal the sick and sinful as well. He was very explicit on this point, and that there might be no possible misunderstanding of what he meant, he said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;" and almost his last words to his disciples before his ascension were: "These signs shall follow them that believe," the "signs" including the healing of the sick.

Other evidence that this view is correct is furnished by history, which tells us that not only his immediate disciples, but Paul and others, who were not his personal disciples, healed the sick and raised the dead. History further records that for three centuries after the resurrection the primitive Christians healed the sick by spiritual means only. Today the healing works of Christian Science, including the cure of both functional and organic disease after all material means had failed, also the overcoming of sin, including bondage to liquor and drug habits,—all these prove that the Christ-healing has lost none of its efficacy, and is as powerful to heal now as it was eighteen hundred years ago.

April 13, 1912

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