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The sick man was lying on his mat, and occasionally lifting his head to gaze at the pool, when a tender, compassionate face bent over him, and the words, "Wilt thou be made whole?" arrested his attention. Hope came to his heart. He felt that in some way he was to have help. But the glow of encouragement soon faded. He remembered how often he had tried to reach the pool, and now he had little prospect of living till it should again be troubled. He turned away wearily, saying, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool;: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me." Poor man! how could he hope to contend successfully with the selfish, scrambling crowd! Jesus did not ask this wretchedp. 202, Para. 2, [DA ].


Jesus does not ask this sufferer to exercise faith in hHim; but with a voice of command. He simply saidys, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." A sudden vigor was communicated to the paralyzed cripple. His whole being was stirred with a healing power, new blood and strength leaped into every limb and member. He bounded to his feet in obedience to the Saviour's command, and stooped to take up his bed, which was only a simple rug and blanket. As he straightened himself again, with a sense of delight at standing upon his feet after so many years of helpless infirmity, he looked around for his deliverer, but he was nowhere to be seen. Jesus was lost in the crowd, and the restored paralytic feared that he would not know him again if he should see him. He was disappointed, for he longed to pour forth his gratitude to the stranger. As he hurried on toward Jerusalem, with firm, free step, praising God as he went, and rejoicing in his new-found strength, he met the Pharisees, and immediately related to them the wonderful cure he had experienced. He was surprised at the coolness with which they listened to his story. p. 158, Para. 2, [2SP ].

But the man's faith takes hold upon that word. Every nerve and muscle thrills with new life, and healthful action comes to his crippled limbs. Without question he sets his will to obey the command of Christ, and all his muscles respond to his will. Springing to his feet, he finds himself an active man. p. 202, Para. 3, [DA].


 Jesus had given him no assurance of divine help. The man might have stopped to doubt, and lost his one chance of healing. But he believed Christ's word, and in acting upon it he received strength. p. 203, Para. 1, [DA].


 Through the same faith we may receive spiritual healing. By sin we have been severed from the life of God. Our souls are palsied. Of ourselves we are no more capable of living a holy life than was the impotent man capable of walking. There are many who realize their helplessness, and who long for that spiritual life which will bring them into harmony with God; they are vainly striving to obtain it. In despair they cry, "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from this body of death?" Rom. 7:24, margin. Let these desponding, struggling ones look up. The Saviour is bending over the purchase of His blood, saying with inexpressible tenderness and pity, "Wilt thou be made whole?" He bids you arise in health and peace. Do not wait to feel that you are made whole. Believe His word, and it will be fulfilled. Put your will on the side of Christ. Will to serve Him, and in acting upon His word you will receive strength. Whatever may be the evil practice, the master passion which through long indulgence binds both soul and body, Christ is able and longs to deliver. He will impart life to the soul that is "dead in trespasses." Eph. 2:1. He will set free the captive that is held by weakness and misfortune and the chains of sin. p. 203, Para. 2, [DA].


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This passage in comparison has some real problems. Let’s look at them.



This is what happened  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Jesus did not ask this wretched sufferer to exercise faith in Him. He simply says, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." p. 158, Para. 2, [2SP ].



This is not what happened  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  But the man's faith takes hold upon that word.



This is what happened  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A sudden vigor was communicated to the paralyzed cripple. His whole being was stirred with a healing power, new blood and strength leaped into every limb and member. He bounded to his feet in obedience to the Saviour's command, p. 158, Para. 2, [2SP ].



He became an active man on the mat  . . . . . . . .  His whole being was stirred with a healing power, new blood and strength leaped into every limb and member. p. 158, Para. 2, [2SP ].



This is not what happened . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Without question he sets his will to obey the command of Christ, and all his muscles respond to his will. Springing to his feet, he finds himself an active man. p. 202, Para. 3, [DA ].



This is what happened  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A sudden vigor was communicated to the paralyzed cripple. His whole being was stirred with a healing power, new blood and strength leaped into every limb and member. He bounded to his feet in obedience to the Saviour's command, p. 158, Para. 2, [2SP ].



This is an outright lie  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Jesus had given him no assurance of divine help. The man might have stopped to doubt, and lost his one chance of healing. But he believed Christ's word, and in acting upon it he received strength. p. 203, Para. 1, [DA].



Right here is the crux of the problem. Satan inspired these words not the Holy Spirit. So if you follow along believing the book [DA] you can easily be lead astray.



This is an outright lie  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Through the same faith we may receive spiritual healing. p. 203, Para. 2, [DA ].



Now you must decide. What are you going to believe? More importantly, what are you going to act upon?



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