Online Bible Commentary
They Were All Healed
Acts 5:12 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon's Porch. 13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. 14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. 16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed. (NKJV)
The New Testament Church is now an up and coming reality, in the A.D. early thirties. There were now at least five thousand believers that made up the worldwide church, and the numbers were growing daily.
The apostles did not have the revelation of the New Testament writings to authenticate their teachings. Teachings were only available by word of mouth. So God added many miracles, “signs and wonders”, to help the apostles gain credibility and authentication in Jerusalem (v. 12).
The apostles and other disciples were of the habit of meeting as one on Solomon’s Porch (v. 12). Solomon’s Porch was located on the east side of the temple.
The apostles were revered among the disciples, so respected that “none of the rest dared join them” (v. 13a). The apostles were highly esteemed by “the people” (v. 13b). The New Testament church constantly increased in numbers, joined by “multitudes of both men and women” (v. 14).
The apostles were now well known for the miracles performed through them by Jesus, especially the miracle of healing. Peter was known to have perhaps the most magical of healing powers.
The sick were brought out into the streets of Jerusalem and laid on beds or couches. As Peter would walk among them even his shadow had healing powers (v. 15). The sick and those “tormented by unclean spirits” were even brought from towns around Jerusalem to be healed (v. 16a). Healing was not only physical but also spiritual.
All of those who were brought for healing were healed by the apostles (v. 16b). Unlike so called faith healers of today, those who are truly used by God heal everyone that they encounter.
Jesus is the Great Physician. He heals us of all our infirmities, physical and spiritual. He never fails. There are never hits or misses. That is the evidence of His presence. If Jesus is in something it never fails.
Sometimes He heals us physically by healing our bodies. Other times He heals us physically by taking us to Heaven and giving us a brand new body. Either way, He always heals us physically.
Jesus heals all who come to Him for spiritual healing also. Our human spirit is either under the influence of Satan’s demons, “unclean spirits”, or under the influence of Jesus, through the workings of the Holy Spirit.
All who come to Jesus for spiritual healing are healed. There are no hits or misses. But there are those Christians who are given the Holy Spirit but then fail to yield their life decisions to Him. There is a failure to incorporate the Holy Spirit into our lives, and this void is then filled by Satan’s demons.
This is a failure on our part. Jesus never fails. They were all healed.