The Kingdom of God – Part 3
Pastor Louis Johnson, May 7, 2017
1. GOD’S LOVE.
(Matthew 14:14) And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
It was love that motivated Jesus’ ministry.
God’s miraculous power works through love.
2. GOD KEEPS HIS COVENANTS.
(1 Peter 2:24) Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
God is a God of His word, so He keeps His promises.
3. GOD WILLS IT.
So if God wills it, we must believe and act on that truth now.
(Matthew 8:2) And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
(Matthew 8:7) And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
4. MASS EVANGELISM.
It’s the number one tool for mass evangelism, and lost souls are the passion of God’s heart.
(John 6:2) Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.
(Matthew 4:24) Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
(Acts 4:16) “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
5. DEMONSTRATION OF DEITY.
(Exodus 33:15-16) Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”
(Mark 2:9-12) Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
(John 2:11) This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
(John 14:11) Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
The healing power of God provides convincing proof of God’s deity.
6. TO FULFILL THE PROPHETIC WORD.
(Matthew 8:16-17) When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
“He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
Jesus didn’t just come die for our sin, but for our sickness too.
Today, as in Jesus’ day, faith is still one vital element in seeing miracles and healings today.
A. The prayer of faith.
(James 5:14-15) Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
B. Believe before your receive.
(Mark 11:24) Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
This verse tells us that faith-filled prayer involves believing you already have something when you pray.
(Luke 17:14) So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
(2 Corinthians 5:7) For we walk by faith, not by sight.
C. Faith of the sick person.
On many different occasions Jesus told people that their faith had healed them.