To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Doing Good

In Acts 10:38 we read how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

I want to particularly ponder upon the phrase “doing good”. It is an obvious point, but easily ignored point, that all the miracles of our Lord Jesus were beneficial to people. He did not make people sick, he did not give demons to people and he did not deprive people of food. Our Lord Jesus came into the world to bring blessing, He came to enhance people’s lives.

In his ministry Jesus was displaying the grace of God. He was showing how undeserving people, afflicted with various maladies, could be blessed with deliverance and restoration.

In contrast the works of the evil one are always harmful to people. He is the one who destroys our humanity. Indicative of this are these observations in Mark 5:2-5 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

Let us be clear then, that if you come to Jesus in obedient faith He will always do you good. In contrast the devil will harm you. Moreover, remember from 1 John 5:19b that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. You are either in Christ and that means blessing or under the control of the evil one and that means harm and destruction.

 

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