Going Deeper with God: Matthew 9:27-30
Questions from the New Testament
Do You Believe That I Am Able To Do This?
Over the next several months, we will be looking at questions that are asked in the New Testament. They are also questions that as believers we might ask or be asked as well. We see the first question in Matthew 9:27-30, “When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, ‘Son of David, have mercy on us!’ And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith let it be to you.’ And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, ‘See that no one knows it.’ But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.” (Emphasis added.)
The first question we will look at is, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” This question is the beginning of a study series where we will think of some of the wonderful things that Christ is able to do in, for, with, and through all of us who have put our trust and faith in Him.
In our scripture, we see a description of two blind men that are described as men who followed Jesus and asked Him to have mercy on them. A little bit later they continued, and Jesus asked them whether they believed He could give them their sight. Then He said to them, “According to your faith, it will be done.”
Jesus is able to do certain wonderful things for you and I, but we must trust Him to do those things. Also, the measure of your trust will determine the measure of His ability to work in your life. Just think about this statement, “I am able …. according to your faith” (Matthew 9:28-29).
What is He able to do for us? If we look at Scripture, we will see the answer to that question and it will be what we will examine over the next couple weeks.
The first answer to this question is, Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God. Again, we must trust Him, for He will do it according to our faith. Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
The word that we need to see, the word that sticks out in this verse is, “uttermost.” We don’t use that word much anymore, but what does that it mean? Completely with nothing lacking! You see, we know that nothing can alter this fact, but our actual experience of His saving ability depends upon our coming to God by Him – in other words, upon our faith, our trust in Him alone for salvation and nothing else.
I hope you know that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour (Acts 4:12); but the question is this – do you know that He is your Saviour? And more than that, how much is He your Saviour? The important word in Hebrews 7:25 is the word “completely.” The sad reality is that some people are saved from the guilt and penalty of their sin, but they are not saved from worry, fear, and doubt. Some are saved from hell, but not from an untamed tongue. Some are saved from condemnation, but not from criticism. Jesus is able to save us completely from sin, self, and satan. We must trust Him to do it because it is according to our faith that we experience the power of His saving grace in our own lives.
As we look at these questions from the New Testament, we must see that they will challenge our faith and also cause us to know where we stand with the Lord. Do you believe that He is able to do this? If so, are you trusting Him to work in your life?
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W. Dee Daniel, Pastor