Acts 19:11 - 12
TAGALOG - 11 At gumawa ang Dios ng mga tanging himala sa pamamagitan ng mga kamay ni Pablo: 12 Ano pa't ang mga panyo o mga tapi na mapadaiti sa kaniyang katawan ay dinadala sa mga may-sakit, at nawawala sa kanila ang mga sakit, at nangagsisilabas ang masasamang espiritu.
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No the handkerchief did NOT heal. The Spirit of God, who remained with Paul and all that identified with Paul, healed. God very poignantly pointed to Paul as His servant and that Paul should be heard by those who wished to know God as there were many anti-Christ's then, even as now. Perhaps this should also be our cue to read the letters of Paul frequently, with prayer for guidance from Gods spirit, so that we may also know God as He wants us to see Him.
The Bible records that not only did an object such as Paul's handkerchief have healing power, but that even Peter's shadow could heal people upon whom it fell (Acts 5:15-16). There was nothing extraordinary about the handkerchief or the shadow by themselves, nor did any of the apostles claim any such ability on their own behalf (Acts 3:12). But these objects were manifesting power granted to them by the risen and ascended Christ, for the purpose of helping those in need, and of witnessing to people of the truth of Jesus' identity as the Son of God, and the fact that it was only through faith in Him that forgiveness of sins and eternal life could be obtained (Acts 3:13-26; Acts 4:8-12).
In the March 19, 2020 issue of Newsweek/coronavirus ban on church meetings we read this: "[Pastor Spell] also suggested that his congregants were not at risk from COVID-19 because the church is a "hospital" where "anointed handkerchiefs" have the ability to heal people of multiple diseases. "Our church is a hospital where the sick can come and get healing," Spell reportedly said during the service. "Cancers are healed here, people are healed of HIV in these services, and we believe that tonight, we're also going to pass out anointed handkerchiefs to people who may have a fear, who may have a sickness, and we believe that when those anointed handkerchiefs go, that healing virtue is going to go on them as well." Miracles of themselves do not save lost sinners (Luke 16:27-31; John 2:23-25). Miracles must be tied to the message of the Word of God. By the way, I disagree with Louisiana Pastor Tony Spell. I think he's endangering the lives of his parishioners and the lives of Louisianians as well. What are YOUR THOUGHTS here?
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