What does this verse mean: “Your faith has made you well”?

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The woman with the issue of blood

The verse “your faith has made you well” is recorded first in the gospel of Matthew: “a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”  But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour” (Matthew 9:20-22).

The woman with the issue of blood received healing because she believed she would. And her healing was more than physical; it was a spiritual healing also, for Jesus told her to “go in peace” (Mark 5:34). However imperfect her faith may have been, it was, nevertheless, sincere faith, a faith equal to her limited understanding of how God works. So, Jesus accepted her faith and honored it.

Jesus said the phrase “your faith has made you well” because He wanted the woman to know that it was her faith that had brought healing to her afflicted body, not her surreptitious touch. He didn’t want the people to view Him with superstitious wonder for this would defeat the very reason for which His miracles were done (Mark 1:38).

The sinful woman

Jesus said a similar phrase to the repentant sinful woman that washed His feet: “Your faith has saved you” (Luke 7:50; Mark 10:52 ; Luke 17:19). Man’s faith must ever rise to claim God’s blessings for “without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6). Belief that God really exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him is the ultimate foundation of the Christian faith.

Jesus connected faith with healing and used similar words to other people like the ten lepers (Luke 17:19), the blind man (Luke 18:42), the Centurion (Matthew 8:13) and to the woman of Canaan (Matthew 15:28). The Bible teaches that those who lacked faith didn’t receive His blessings (Matthew 13:58).

Faith that receives

The Bible defines faith as, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). There is no such thing as blind faith. True faith always is build on the firm, underlying “substance” of enough evidence to inspire confidence in what is not yet seen. Through nature, through His Word, and through His providence, God has provided humans with all the proof of His existence that they need and can make use of (Romans 1:20). Therefore, there is no need to doubt.

If you are seeking deliverance from sin, do not wait to feel that you are made whole, but say, “I believe it; it is so, not because I feel it, but because God has promised.” Jesus says, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24. It is the will of God to cleanse us from sin and to enable us to live a godly life. So, we can ask for these spiritual blessings, and believe that we receive them, and praise God that we have received them. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). As for other prayer requests that are not spiritual in nature, there is a condition to the promise in Mark 11:24—that we pray according to the will of God (Luke 22:42).

By faith the believer sees himself already in possession of what has been promised him. His full trust is in God leaves no uncertainty as to their fulfillment in right time. Faith thus, enables a Christian not only to hold a claim to a promised blessing but to receive and to enjoy them now. The promised inheritance becomes a present possession. And God’s promised future blessings are no longer only dreams to be fulfilled in the future, but actual realities in the present. Thus, to the eye of faith, what is not seen becomes seen.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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