A big concern has been looming in my head ever since I started looking outside of the church that I grew up in. I attended a bible study with a Church of Christ denomination in college, and after months of attending I learned that they did not believe that the healing power of Jesus’s name still existed in today’s world. I now attend a church that is a part of the Acts 29 Network. This church has strong undertones of Calvinism without overtly being Calvinist. Their beliefs on healing aren’t strongly expressed one way or the other.
I just read this bible verse that spoke to this point of contention that I have been having. The context of this bible verse takes place when Jesus’s disciples tell Jesus about a man that was driving out demons in His name.
“Teaher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.”
So it wasn’t just the disciples that were given the power and authority to drive out demons. Would this principle also apply to miraculous healings? I would say that is a tiny bit of a stretch. But this verse in Hebrews helps out a lot as well.
“Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
That means that the healing power of Jesus still exists. He’s still the same yesterday, today, and forever. John 14:12-14 also greatly helps me in my own belief in the power of Jesus’s name.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in my will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than I have done because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
Now I will say that this verse is Jesus directly talking to his disciples. He is not addressing a crowd of 5,000 in this text. But that is what the first verse I referenced is all about. Other people had the belief. They went out and performed miracles in the name of Jesus, and Jesus was okay with it!
Gotta go to work. I’ll continue this thought train sometime soon.