The first recorded instance of
“Your faith has made you well”
is found in Matthew 9:22 (ESV) where Jesus heals the woman
with the issue of blood.
The KJV translates Jesus’ words
as “Thy faith hath made thee whole,”
and the NIV says, “Your faith has healed you.”
The same incident is also recorded in Mark 5:34, where Jesus says,
"Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace,
and be healed of your disease”
Jesus also says, “Your faith has made you well,” to the ten lepers
and a blind beggar (Luke 18:42).
Other times Jesus links faith and healing without using the exact words,
"Your faith has made you well,” such as in
Matthew 8:13 and 15:28.
The healing that these people experienced is expressed,
in Greek, by a form of the word sozo, which means
“to preserve, rescue,
save from death, or keep alive.”
Sometimes, sozo refers to
which is also linked to a person’s faith.
For example, when the penitent prostitute washed Jesus’ feet
with her tears,
He told her much the same thing: “Your faith has saved you”
(Luke 7:50; for other examples, see Mark 10:52 and Luke 17:19).
When Jesus spoke of the faith of the woman with the
issue of blood in Matthew 9,
His healing was very likely more than physical;
it was a spiritual healing
as well, as she is told to “go in peace”
When Jesus said to certain people, “Your faith has made you well,”
He was saying that their
(their confidence in Him)
had been the means of their restoration. The power of Christ was what effected the cure, but His power was applied in connection with their faith. Just as the faith of some enabled them to receive healing, so healing was sometimes stymied by a lack of faith (see Matthew 13:58). In the same way, salvation comes to a sinner through faith. Everyone who is saved must believe, but it is the power of Christ that saves, not the power of faith. Faith is only the instrument, not the power itself.
In other words,
the value of one’s faith
does not come from the one
who expresses it but from
the object in which it rests
(Mark 10:52; 11:22).
Ultimately, healing is not contingent
upon the quality of one’s faith,
but upon the Healer.
It was through Christ
that the woman in Matthew 9
was able to receive
a bodily peace as well as a
We must recognize that Jesus did not indiscriminately heal all the people all of the time. For example, in the scene of the disabled man at the pool of Bethesda where multitudes gathered to be healed, Jesus chose only one man to heal (John 5:1–11), and his is an interesting case. Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be made well.
His answer was steeped in superstition:
there was no one
to carry him to the pool,
and he wasn’t fast enough
to get into the water at the
This confused and needy man was
healed by God’s
He had no faith in Jesus;
he didn’t even know it was Jesus
who had healed him until later
Another example of someone who was healed before
faith is the man born blind in John 9.
He did not ask to be healed,
but from many others,
he was chosen to be healed--
another example of God’s grace.
In the case of the man born blind
and in the case of the man at the pool,
Jesus dealt with their physical problems separately
from dealing with their spiritual need--
the man in John 9 later comes to a full realization
of who Jesus is and exercises
faith in Him
Jesus’ healing of these men was
not about their faith
as much as it was about
Everyone whom Jesus willed to be healed was healed.
Sometimes He healed those who expressed their faith in Him,
and He made a point of emphasizing the condition of their heart:
“Your faith has made you well.”
Other times, in
His great mercy,
He healed those who had no faith and
later drew them to Himself.