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June 19, 2023

Healing the Paralytic

Please read Luke 5:17-26 Philippians 2:6 Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped, (7) But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men.

In the case of the healing of the paralytic (5:17-26), we also see the Lord's divine attributes expressed in His human virtues. In 5:20 He said to the paralytic, "Man, your sins have been forgiven you!" When the scribes and Pharisees heard this, they began to reason, saying, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" (v. 21). The Lord Jesus exercised His divine authority to forgive the paralytic's sins and His divine power to heal him. But in this case we also see the exercise of the Lord's kindness, which is a human virtue. Therefore, in this case also the Lord's human virtue expresses His divine attribute. Luke 5:24 says, "In order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to forgive sins--He said to the paralyzed one, To you I say, rise and pick up your cot, and go to your home." The Man-Savior was the very God incarnated, not regarding equality with God a thing to be grasped. He was outwardly in the likeness and fashion of man, but inwardly He was God (Phil. 2:6-7). He was the Man-Savior and the God-Savior as well. Hence, He had not only the ability to save sinners, but also the authority to forgive their sins. In this incident, He forgave the paralytic's sins as God, but asserted that He was the Son of Man. This indicates that He was the true God and a real Man, possessing deity and humanity. In Him, men can see both His divine attributes and His human virtues.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, p. 110. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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