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Dave Brisbin | 7.8.18
Think of all the debates and fights between Christians. Among Christians. Between Christians and non-Christians. What are they all about? Truth? Ethics, morality, law, doctrine, church practice or style, social issues? For Christians, if it’s Scripture that informs us of truth, then every fight—whatever it’s about— is ultimately about Scripture. What we believe about Scripture dictates both what we think we know of truth and how we think we need to go about defending it. But the Bible is primarily a spiritual book conveying spiritual truths and building an awareness of unseen significance in life. Yet we focus and fight over the physical accuracy of issues like creation, church practice, numbers, dates, and of course miracles and miraculous healings. Jesus presented his healing miracles as proof of the authenticity of his ministry, “the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them…” We immediately question whether these events actually happened, but from a spiritual perspective that is much less important than what they can teach us herenow. 

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Taking any debate off the table, even assuming Jesus’ healings literally occurred, is there a deeper layer of meaning that points toward a truth beyond physical accuracy? Truth is, any physical healing is really only a temporary reprieve—from the moment we are born, we are all slowly dying. So even as Jesus heals what is temporary, he is also pointing to what endures, inviting us to partner with him in his greatest miracle…to be truly living while we are dying.

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