The Followers Of The King
Mat 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
What we have seen so far in the Book of Matthew is that the emphasis of Matthew has been Jesus, the King of the Jews. The Gospels are given to us in four different views in order to accomplish the different purposes of each Gospel. Jesus has been introduced to the nation of Israel and as we go along we will see more and more His rejection by this same nation. We will see that Christ will begin His ministry in Galilee. Christ Jesus will proclaim the Word of God and then authenticate His message with a multitude of miracles. Matthew emphasizes this in this scripture given to him by the Holy Ghost.
There is a “parallel” or another “type” of this in the Old Testament. Moses was called of God to lead the Nation of Israel out of bondage to the Egyptians. Moses hesitated in this task so God revealed Himself in a burning bush.
Exo 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
This was a miracle sign to gain the attention of Moses. In Exodus chapter four three signs were given to authenticate Moses and his message.
1.) A staff(that could change into a snake)
2.) A leprous hand(that God gave and then healed)
3.) Water that would become blood.(the river Nile)
Moses gave signs through the plagues to Pharaoh as well as to the Egyptian nation. We can see that God does these things to make sure God’s messenger and God’s message is heard.
What Jesus did in these miracles was the same thing. It proved Him to be the messenger and that His message was from the Almighty God.
Every Gospel has it’s own purpose but for us to understand the ministry of Jesus we need to study all the relevant passages of each Gospel to understand any particular passage.
2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that [no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation].
2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
We must use the Bible to interpret God’s Word!
It was the timing of events that always had the concern of Jesus and not any particular time. The ministry of Jesus was at a carefully selected window in time and Jesus came to fulfill all prophesy of Him.
The Bible says:
Dan 9:25 [Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks]: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Dan 9:26 [And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself]: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
We must also realize that even when we put all four Gospels together, there is no attempt to write a biography of the life of Christ Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit of God that guided each writer to the words that we now have.
The Bible says:
Joh 21:24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
Joh 21:25 [And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen].
If we concede that each Gospel puts forth it’s own message, which they do, then we can know that the message of each Gospel has the information in it to to express that specific teaching. Each Gospel is a “spiritual” unfolding of the person and the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1.) He is the Lord to the Christian.
2.) He is the King to the Jew.
3.) He is a Servant in obedience, the Son of Man and the only “Begotten” of the Father.
We have already studied where the word “Begotten” refers more to the resurrection of Jesus than to His birth.
Mat 4:12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
Mat 4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
Mat 4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
Mat 4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
Mat 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Jesus has now left Jerusalem, spent some time in Nazareth and has moved on to Capernaum.
The Gospel of Luke tells us something of Nazareth:
Luk 4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
Luk 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
Luk 4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
Luk 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luk 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luk 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luk 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
The Book of John also tells us many things of this time John 1:19-3:36.
Mar 1:14 Now [after that John was put in prison], Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
Mar 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
This was also fulfilling the prophesy of the Old Testament:
Isa 9:1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
Isa 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Isa 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
Isa 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
The Proof of this goes back to the Book of Genesis:
Gen 49:13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.
The city of Capernaum was:
1.) The most oppressed of all of Israel
It was a Roman outpost. It was a military city. Full of soldiers and full of evil. The Romans had occupied Capernaum since 63 BC.
2.) The darkest in ignorance respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality.
3.) The most corrupt of all the provinces they were enticed from good and allured to evil.
4.) The Jews looked upon those from Galilee as ignorant countrymen:
Joh 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
Joh 7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?
Act 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and [perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men], they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
We can also know that this mixed population of despised people of Galilee also had a hatred of the “racially pure” citizens of Judea.
We know that even today all the surrounding nations of Israel have a deep hatred of Israel.
What we know for sure is that a “light” will shine brightest in a dark room. Our Lord was then and is now that bright and shining light that shines in this evil world.
Jesus would later judge these cities:
Mat 11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
Mat 11:21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
Mat 11:22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
Mat 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
Mat 11:24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
We can also notice that Jesus began His ministry by preaching the same message as John the Baptist:
” From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”
This is the same message that was preached throughout the Old Testament. Since the days of Adam, salvation has come but from one thing.
“Repenting” (turning away from evil and toward God) and “believing” (in the Creator God of the Universe).
This will never change!
What we see is that Christ Jesus opened up His ministry to the people who had sunk the lowest. This tells us that if this sort of people can be saved [then we can know that “whosoever will come” to Jesus can be saved].
Christ Jesus was standing in the midst of all this evil to establish His Kingdom. Jesus preached this same message of John for a short time but soon this message would be changed.
In the Church the Gospel of Grace is preached but again after the rapture of the Church the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached during the seven year Tribulation Period.
Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: [and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many (for one week): and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate].
The Bible says:
2Th 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
2Th 1:5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
2Th 1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
2Th 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
2Th 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
How did Christ Jesus bring light to the Gentiles?
1.) Teaching the fulfillment of the Old Testament.
2.) Preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and then the Gospel of Grace.
3.) Healing all that came to Him.
4.) Jesus also taught with His “perfect” life.
5.) The “compassion” Christ Jesus had for people really showed.
Mat 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Mat 11:4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
Mat 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Mat 12:15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
Mat 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
Mat 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
Mat 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
Mat 14:34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.
Mat 14:35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;
Mat 14:36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
Mat 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
Mat 19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
We can see that Matthew was real clear that Jesus healed all manner of sickness, all manner of diseases and that nothing was to difficult for Jesus.
There are many explanations for the term “kingdom of heaven” and “kingdom of God” but we must realize that the Jews would not use the name of God and would often substitute other words.
Luk 15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, [I have sinned against heaven], and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
We can be sure this prodigal son knew he had sinned against God.
The “kingdom of Heaven” can also mean the period of time that Christ Jesus will rule as King during the Millennial Period.
Mat 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
Mat 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Mat 4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Mat 4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
Mat 4:22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
We can see that Christ Jesus specifically chose certain men and gave them specific jobs to do. Jesus did not need help with His ministry but He “chose” others to help. This is a Biblical pattern or “type” for all the children of God. We need each other in the service of God. The Holy Spirit gives each of His children different talents to serve the Body of Christ.
The Apostle Paul wrote that every part of the Body of Christ was important in the service of God:
1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
1Co 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
1Co 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1Co 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.
1Co 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
1Co 12:19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
1Co 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1Co 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1Co 12:22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
1Co 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
1Co 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Christ Jesus chose humble men. Not lawyers or great speakers. He did not choose the wealthy or the mighty though all these have the same opportunities in the Body of Christ. All things are provided to the Servant of God by the Holy Spirit and by God’s Word.
Remember God spoke from Heaven to begin this ministry of Christ Jesus!
God still seeks these types of men:
1.) Fishers of men.
2.) Shepherds of souls.
3.) Farmers to become sowers the seed.
The Bible says:
1Co 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1Co 1:26 [For ye see your calling, brethren], how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1Co 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
We also knew that Jesus had already met these four men:
Joh 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
Joh 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
Joh 1:39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
Joh 1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
The calling of the disciples to follow Jesus was not a call to preach at this time. This calling was a calling into the service of God.
Notice the business of King Jesus requires an immediate reaction from those that are called.
The Bible says:
Luk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Of course we must know that the word hate in this scripture means we must place the love of Christ first in our lives. We should not have any less love for our father, mother, children or family. We must surely give our own bodies for the service of our Lord Jesus.
The Apostle Paul clarifies this for us:
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is your reasonable service].
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, [that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God].
These fishermen had already come to Jesus when John the Baptist had said He was the Lamb of God. They had already trusted Him for salvation and eternal life and it was now time to go to work.
Just as the Christian, there is only one work for the “saved:
THE WORK OF BELIEVEING!
Joh 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
This is the only sin that will place all unbelievers in Hell and then the Burning Lake of Fire!
The “calling” of God is specific and selective. You can never be called until you can be led, specifically by the Holy Spirit.
There are far to many uncalled men in our pulpits today that were never called and therefore do not know the Holy Spirit nor the Word of God.
We must be careful not to ignore the call of God. The call of God is rarely a dramatic thing though it could be. If yours is not dramatic it does not mean that God is not calling you.
The Bible says:
1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: [Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God]:
1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1Jn 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
1Jn 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
There are many today that will not preach Jesus Christ the only way, nor will they pray in His name. We can be sure that these were never called of God!
The true servant of the Lord is obedient to His calling and looks to the Lord Jesus to provide “all” his needs.
Jesus later called all His disciples:
Mat 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
Mat 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Mat 10:2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
Mat 10:3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
Mat 10:4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
Commercial fishermen are busy people. Fisher men do not just set around.
1.) They sort their catch.
2.) They prepare for a new catch.
3.) They mend their catching equipment.
The Lord needs busy people who are not afraid of work, nor are they afraid to go to the work of the Lord.
Fishermen are usually courageous and patient people. They must be skilled and be able to learn from other fishermen. They must know how to locate fish. Fishermen must work together with all other fishermen. The Lord demands cooperation!
Above all “fishing” demands FAITH!
A fisherman cannot see the fish nor know what side of the boat to cast the net. They cannot see the fish nor do they know if their net is big enough or strong enough to hold the fish.
SOUL WINNING REQUIRES ALL THESE SKILLS.
CHRIST WILL PROVIDE ALL OUR NEEDS FOR THIS WORK!
Matthew presents to us the personal side of Jesus. So far all witnesses have agreed that this is the Son of God, the King of the Jew.
Mat 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Mat 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
Mat 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.
We know that the Temple was the place where the priests ministered and made offerings for sin. The Synagogue on the other hand was a place set aside in each location to preserve Jewish culture and provide the wisdom of God’s Word.
We can see immediately that Christ Jesus was able to heal “ALL” manner of sickness and disease. He did not require any other help to do this.
The purpose of this healing power was to prove that Jesus Christ was the Messiah, God in the Flesh.
Jesus Christ could and did go beyond the “normal laws of LIFE”.
The Bible says:
Joh 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
Joh 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
GOD STILL HEALS BUT MOST OF THE TIME IT GOES UNNOTICED OR THE CREDIT IS GIVEN TO MEDICINES OR DOCTORS EVEN WHEN THEY SAY THEY HAVE DONE ALL THEY COULD DO.
Jesus Christ was establishing the Word of God. He was teaching the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophets. We can see that when Jesus was preaching the message of John the Baptist(Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand) He always connected healing to this preaching.
The Bible says:
1Co 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
1Co 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1Co 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
These were the signs that this King, King Jesus was in fact the Old Testament Jehovah. Jesus was not preaching the Gospel of “Grace” at this time.
The “Gospel of Grace” requires no outward sign of healing to demonstrate it’s “Power”!
There are many so called “healers” preaching today but healing is not a sign of “Grace” but it is the sign of a false preacher.
Nowhere in the Epistles is the promise that Gospel Preaching is connected with the healing of every bodily weakness nor disease.
What we must remember is that the Kingdom of Jesus is not of this world. Jesus had come to establish a “Spiritual Kingdom”. He had come to establish His “Church”. It is the “Church” that is to declare the “Message of Jesus”(the Doctrine of Grace).
1.) Every person that Jesus healed has DIED!
2.) Every disease that was cured in those that had them, STILL EXIST TODAY!
3.) ALL PHYSICAL BLESSINGS ARE TEMPORARY!
4.) ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS ARE ETERNAL!
5.) EVERYONE THAT BELIEVED ON THE LORD JESUS IS IN HEAVEN TODAY!
6.) THIS WAS THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!
The “Church” are the called out people of God. The “Church” is not a building to assemble. The “Church” is the assembly!
This “type” of healing in Matthew chapter four is a “type” of the healing that will come to end the “Tribulation Period” and to end the rule of Satan and his Demon.
The Bible says:
Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.