Mark 2:9 (KJV)
Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
It is a mistake to see every miracle and message of Christ as directly applying to salvation. Calvinists seem to do this and, in doing so, come up with some pretty bad doctrine. Using, for instance, the raising of Lazarus as a picture of salvation, the Calvinist claims that the unsaved is corpse like dead, unable even to respond to Jesus unless He gives them life first. Thus, they put regeneration before praying for salvation, something they agree the newly saved must do.
While mistakes like that can be made, there is no mistaking the lessons to be gained from this miracle. Jesus impressed those lessons into the account by saying to the crippled man first of all, “Thy sins be forgiven.” He could easily have just said, “Take up thy bed.” But had Jesus said that His audience would miss the point. He healed the man so we could know He has power on earth to forgive sins.
We come up with all sorts of things we deem to be important.
I believe there is just one thing God sees as ultimately important; that our sins be forgiven.
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Mark 2:9 The One Thing God Sees As Important
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