God's Divine Healing: A Means of Redemption, Part TenFriday, October 07, 2005
In my haste to conclude, I realized I forgot one final example in Acts which proves the topic under observation. The final example at the hands of the apostles is found in Acts 19.
There we recount with Luke the amazing story of the conversion of the Ephesians. They were pagans and heathens much like my friend Danny who lives in a land where magic practices, superstition and such abound. But through the ministry of Paul, “God was performing extraordinary miracles…so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out” (vv. 11-12).
Then Luke recounts a story of seven boys who were sons of a man named Sceva. All seven of them were trying their hand at divine healing and exorcism. One man who was demon possessed answered that it had heard of Jesus and of Paul but it had never heard of them. So the demon supernaturally enabled the man to overpower all seven of those men, beating them until they were naked and bleeding, running out of town. What was the result of the divine healing done through Paul, and not done through these seven men? “And this became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified” (v. 17). Praise Him for yet more redeemed through divine healing.