Min. Jim Blossomgame
And he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.5And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Rather than tell the paralytic that he was healed, or, get up, Jesus said to him that his sins are forgiven. So what is the Lord’s purpose in saying it that way? It appears that a very strong point is being made – that healing is a by-product of the forgiveness of sin. This is what the prophet Isaiah revealed in his foreknowledge of the “Suffering Servant,” Jesus the Christ:
Isaiah 53:4–5 (ESV) — 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
At the hearing of Jesus’ announcement that the paralytic’s sins were forgiven some of the scribes questioned within themselves about Jesus’ authority to do such a thing and accused Him of blaspheming.
Mark 2:6–7 (ESV) — 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Mark 2:8–11 (ESV) — 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”
In posing the question: “Which is easier to say…,” He is indicating that healing is a product of salvation.
10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”
Take note of Jesus’ order of statements in verses 10 and 11. He says: “that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” His way of showing that He has authority to forgive sins is not by telling the paralytic his sins are forgiven but by telling him to, “rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” The focus of His statement is on salvation, for salvation and forgiveness of sin go hand–in–hand. In the light of the definition of salvation, the people were very much aware of what Jesus was saying.
SALVATION (Heb. yēša‘; Gk. sōtēria).
I. In the Old Testament
The principal Heb. term translated ‘salvation’ is yēša‘ and its cognates. Its basic meaning is ‘bring into a spacious environment’ (cf. Pss. 18:36; 66:12), but it carries from the beginning the metaphorical sense of ‘freedom from limitation’ and the means to that; i.e. deliverance from factors which constrain and confine. It can be referred to deliverance from disease (Is. 38:20; cf. v. 9), from trouble (Je. 30:7) or enemies (2 Sa. 3:18; Ps. 44:7). In the vast majority of references God is the author of salvation. Thus God saves his flock (Ezk. 34:22); he rescues his people (Ho. 1:7) and he alone can save them (Ho. 13:10–14); there is no other saviour besides him (Is. 43:11).
We need to understand a very significant factor in this story. The person healed was a paralytic; having no freedom of movement. Jesus came to bring salvation from sin, and in doing so, delivered us from that which confines and restricts – the source of this being sin. Because of sin men are not free to go about in the way that God intended. Sin confines, and cripples, physically and especially spiritually. The unsaved soul is a spiritual paralytic.
The Place of Forgiveness and Freedom
Psalm 31:5–8 (ESV) — 5 Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. 6 I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord. 7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, 8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
Into your hand I commit my spirit: the psalmist is prophetically uttering the very words spoken by Christ on the cross one thousand years later, as He pays the debt for our salvation.
Note the words at the end of verse eight: broad place, mer-hab (Hebrew). Its definition is closely related to the meaning of salvation.
5303 מֶרְחָב (měr·ḥāḇ): n.[masc.]; ≡ Str 4800; TWOT 2143c
- LN 81.15–81.19 spacious place, roomy place, i.e., a broad and relatively vast place as an indefinite space, with the associative meaning of comfort or possibly safety and freedom (2Sa 22:20; Ps 18:20[EB 19]; 31:9[EB 8]; 118:5+); 
The account in Mark 2 is beyond all doubt an indication that physical healing is a product of salvation.
Focusing On the Word Alone
Now some may ask: Then why are there those who are not experiencing healing? In response, I’d like to comment that we should not judge God’s word or His promises according to the experiences of others. Faith is a matter of believing God’s word and nothing else! Keep in mind the reason why many of the Israelites were unable to enter the Promise Land (Numbers 13).
Consider Mark 5:21-34, wherein a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for many years believed in her heart if she touched Jesus’ garment she would be healed. There was a crowd thronging Jesus and many were touching Him, but it was this one woman with the discharge of blood who received from Him. She was not disheartened by the fact that others who touched Him did not receive anything for the Lord only felt power go from Him when He was touched by this woman. SHE DID NOT WAIVER DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF OTHERS.
The Attentive Heart
A close study of Mark 4 can help us to understand how this works. We can hear the word but hearing is the first step in this process. The word sown in the heart must be nurtured to produce fruit or the desired result.
Mark 4:20–25 (ESV) — 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.
It sounds paradoxical that a lamp is hidden before it can be made manifest, but:
What Is Hidden, Is What Is Heard. What Was Hidden from Us Is Now Hidden in Us, Yet to Come to Light, That People Will See and Glorify God.
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
“Pay Attention to What You Hear”
To What Are You Giving Your Attention
The Dominance of the Invisible Over the Visible
Hebrews 11:3 (NKJV) — 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
We are focusing (in faith) on that which brought into existence the universe. The invisible spirit world is the parent of natural existence. And faith is how we come to KNOW this. By faith, we come to experience and begin to realize the overwhelming reality of the invisible spirit world. Every time we receive from God or overcome darkness by faith in God’s word, we are experiencing the power of the invisible spirit world crashing in on our situation – the invisible, overwhelming the natural.
We must focus on the word until it becomes more real in our hearts than whatever needs to be overcome by it. And the word of God is a greater reality! There is something all around and in the Believer that has a greater existence than, sickness, pain, lack, depression, etc. The spirit is the parent of this natural world.
THINK OF BEING BORN – AGAIN AND THE INCREDIBLE TRANSFORMATION THAT HAS AND IS TAKING PLACE; A RESULT OF THE INVISIBLE – A TRANSFORMATION THAT COULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED THROUGH HUMAN EFFORT.
 James Swanson, Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997).