LEARN FROM THE LEPER
DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF GOD?
Do you believe that God had power to create the heavens and the earth? Genesis 1:1
Do you believe that God has power to raise up children from stones? Luke 3:8
Do you believe that God had power to deliver Jesus from crucifixion? Matthew 26:53
Certainly, God has power. Colossians 1:16: however, we must believe (Hebrews 11:6) in the power of God, but we must also respect the will of God.
Matthew 8:2-3 proves this principle. “And behold, a leper came and worshiped him saying,
”Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” If Jesus had replied that He was not willing that would not have meant that he did not have power to make the leper clean.
We need to learn the principle set forth by the leper, God’s power works together with His will.
Does God have power to save? Hebrews 7:25 states “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him (Jesus) … “
Since He does have power to save, we must understand that God’s power works together with His will. In speaking of Jesus, Hebrews 5:9 states “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” If eternal salvation is desired, it is necessary to obey Jesus. This is the will of God.
It is the will of God. that we work the works of God (John 6:29). Not the works that have been determined by man, but the works of God that He has revealed in the Scriptures and instructs us to obey.
God’s will requires that we,
Hear the word of God (Romans 10:17)
Believe in God (Hebrews 11:6)
Repent (Acts 17:30)
Confess the Lord Jesus with our mouth (Romans 10:9)
Be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38)
Conduct our selves according to the Gospel (James 1:25)
Learn from the leper, believe in the power of God AND respect the will of God.
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