Friday Forum: Luke 17:11-19 “Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole”

Discuss Luke 17:11–19

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And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

When Christ made the thankful leper whole he restored that man to full health. His wounds and scars caused by the disease disappeared and he was not plagued by the disabilities that would follow the nine through the remainder of their lives.

As Christ cleansed the ten, He also cleansed the world to atone for the sins of all mankind.  If it were not so, the whole of humanity could not enter into His presence at the judgment bar “for no unclean thing can dwell with God.” We know from the scriptures that “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ,” but simply confessing once is not enough to bring one into the Celestial kingdom. All but the Son’s of Perdition will receive some glory, but only those who did as the thankful leper and returned to the Master, after having received a portion of His word, will receive of the fullness.

Through the Atonement we  are cleansed from sin, by putting off the natural man is how we are made whole spiritually. In order for Christ to build us into Celestial beings, we must do as the lone leper, go to Him again and again with a humble heart giving thanks for all  He has bestowed upon us. In return, He will sanctify us through His spirit, He will make us whole.

Comments anyone?

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About JA Benson

Joanna entered the world as a BYU baby. Continuing family tradition, she graduated BYU with a degree in Elementary Education and taught for several years. Growing up in Salt Lake County, her favorite childhood hobbies were visiting cemeteries and eavesdropping on adult conversations. Her ancestral DNA is multi-ethnic and she is Mormon pioneer stock on every familial line. Joanna resides in the Southeastern USA with her five children ranging in age from 8 to 24. Her husband passed away in 2009. She is an avid reader and a student of history. Her current intellectual obsession is Sephardic Jewish history, influence and genealogy. She served as a board member for her local chapter of Families with Children from China. She is the author of “DNA Mormons?” Summer Sunstone 2007 http://www.bycommonconsent.com/2007/04/dna-mormons/ and “Becoming Hong Mei`s Mother” in the Winter Sunstone 2009 http://theredbrickstore.com/sunstone/becoming-hong-meis-mother/.

7 thoughts on “Friday Forum: Luke 17:11-19 “Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole”

  1. I increasingly believe the thankfulness is the key thing to remember. Even though my life has been filled with different problems and challenges, I have tried to concentrate on being thankful as much as possible, and I always feel right when I do so. When I look back at my life, it is the time when I have suffered when I have learned the most. So I try to be thankful even for the suffering.

  2. I think what JAB is trying to get at is; there is more to this story than just the traditional be thankful that the world attaches to it. Christ cleanses the whole world regardless. If we are willing to do just a little thing we will be made whole or be sanctified. To be made clean our sins are simply washed away. To be sanctified we are made perfect.

  3. Whenever I see the name Tex I am reminded of this great comment from “Forrest Gump:”

    “There was Dallas, from Phoenix; Cleveland – he was from Detroit; and Tex… well, I don’t remember where Tex come from.”

  4. Beautiful insights! I love the way you taught about the interconnectedness of the Atonement, gratitude, and healing. I like the idea of thanking God for helping us to overcome our weaknesses, since it is his power that heals, perfects, and strengthens us each day. Geoff, I really enjoyed reading your comments. Thanks!

  5. Thanks Geoff for your comments. A thankful spirit even in times of sorrow, helps ease the suffering .

    Thanks Tex for clarifying my post so eloquently.

    Thanks Brian and Steven for stopping by to read and to comment.

    Carol lovely. Thank you.

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