It was a perfect cure. “And his hand was restored whole as the other.” Whole as the other! Christ’s cures are not half cures. Perfection traces all that He does, whether He paints a lily or rears a mountain, heals the body or redeems the soul.

Like Himself, all His ways and works are perfect. When God justifies the sinner, it is a perfect justification- he is “justified from all things.” When He adopts the soul, He fully and inalienably adopts- “Now are we the sons of God.” When He pardons the guilty, He entirely and forever pardons- “having forgiven you all trespasses.” The Lord has left nothing in our salvation for us to supply, nothing in the gospel plan for man to supplement. It is on the basis of a finished work that the believer stands- his Lord and Surety having done all, suffered all, given all that law and justice demanded for the present redemption and the future glory of His Church. “When we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” “Without strength.” When the arm was paralyzed and withered, Jesus then undertook the cure; and, undertaking, He perfected it, Nothing has He left for us to add- not a tear of repentance to His tears of grief; not a groan of sorrow to His groans of agony; not a drop of blood to His vital stream; not an atom of merit to His infinite and all-sufficient worthiness.

Lift up your heart, then, depressed child of God- rejoice in the Lord greatly. He has perfected the cure of your soul. All your salvation is in Christ, and God has pardoned and accepted you without a single work of your own. “He rests in His love, and rejoices over you with singing.”

– Octavius Winslow

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