Signs of the Times

[Rev. J. W. McComas, as quoted in the Evening News, Glendale, California]

Before his death and resurrection Christ [Jesus] gave power to his disciples; for we read that "when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease." Luke says that Jesus "gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick." We know what organized power can do in the hands of men who possess it, and most of us seem to have more confidence in this power than we have in the power of God. If we had as much confidence in the power given to us of God as we have in the power exercised by men of great wealth, most of our church problems would be solved.

Such Scriptures as Acts 5:14–16 and 19:11–12 tell us of the power which Christ [Jesus] gave his disciples to heal the sick, even without being personally present. ... It is the absence of the Spirit of God that makes the gospel ministry so powerless. We are not ready to believe God; we want to argue about what He says. God is no less willing to exercise His power to-day in healing the sick than when He worked through the apostles. His promise is no less valid now than it was then. The day is coming, I believe, and coming soon, when all that was done by the apostles will be done by every true follower of Christ, though he be but a lay member of the church.

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February 26, 1927

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