While traveling recently, I came across a guy pulling a trailer that had lost one wheel and had a flat on the same side. He couldn’t find the lost tire, but he’d already removed the flat tire and installed the spare and only needed a little help blocking the spring to hold up the naked hub so he could limp the remaining 14 miles home. He also had someone coming to haul part of his cargo, a lot of which he’d already unloaded because he realized that overloading led to his problem.
He was thrilled I had stopped when many others hadn’t although he tried to wave them down. It turned out he was a doctor and because he felt indebted, he said my antibiotics would be free for life. While I won’t be changing my primary care physician (PCP), that statement, free for life, became fodder for this article.
First of all, without taking anything away from my PCP in Tucumcari, Jesus is the ultimate PCP (Luke 4:22-23; Acts 9:32-34). He’s the one who actually heals and protects from diseases. For physical illness, Jesus mostly heals using doctors and the education and experience they have. He also uses pharmaceutical chemists and engineers and the drugs and medical equipment they develop, all of which God provides (James 1:16-17; John 10:17).
In addition to physical healing, Jesus cures us of the most terrible disease, sin, also relieving us of the indebtedness sin places upon us (Luke 5:31-32, 17-25; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Peter 2:21-24; keep in mind that all illness isn’t due to sin: John 9:1-3). He can do that because he paid the debt to set us free and when he frees us, we are free indeed (John 8:31-36).
This freedom is the only true freedom and is based in knowledge of the truth just like physical healing is usually based in the doctors’ God-given knowledge.
Freedom from the indebtedness from sin is for life, but Christians must live to avoid retracting the disease of sinfulness by maintaining our ‘vaccinations’ (Psalm 103:1-5, 11-12; 1 John 1:8-9; Genesis 4:1-7; 2 Peter 3:17). The Christian’s 4-way antibiotic against sin is regular Bible study, prayer, fellowship with other Christians, and church attendance for worship (2 Timothy 2:15-17; Matthew 26:41; Hebrews 3:12-14; 10:19-26).
Do you want to be sin-disease-free for eternal life? If so, you’ve already taken the first step much like calling to make an appointment with your PCP. In this case, you only need to call upon the name of the Lord in repentance based in the desire for the new life having verbally expressed belief that Jesus is the resurrected Son of God (Romans 10:8-17). Calling on the name of the Lord occurs through baptism, which is the appeal to God for a clean conscience that comes as spiritual healing when our bodies are washed and our hearts are sprinkled to initiate the new life in Christ that’s not inhibited by the disease of sin [Acts 8:26-39 (KJV); 9:17-18; 22:12-16; 1 Peter 3:21 (RSV, NASB)].
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org