Dewitt Tabernacle Teaching Series
IS EASIEST TO SAY, YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN,
OR YOU ARE HEALED?”
C.W. WOOD - JAN. 2017
PERSONAL TALK WITH OUR READERS: We
have a start into a new year, and our hope and Prayer is that our Holy
Bridegroom will come for us sometime this year.
For 22 years now we have endeavored to mail one sermon a month to
God’s Elect Bride. For 35 years
we have put a sermon in our local newspaper concerning the good news of the
Gospel. There is much that we who
have received God’s Endtime Prophet know that cannot be shared with church
natural. Even as Jesus said to His
Disciples, “I have much more to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.” I
write this note to the Precious ones, some of who have helped us carry the
burden from the start, and say to you with a very grateful heart “Thank
you.” I ask that each one of our
readers take this note as having been written to you Personally, because that
is how it is meant. This is not a
Form letter, but one to you individually!
You readers, with your Prayers and financial help are the foundation
for the work we do here. Each one
of you is in our daily Prayers. When
there was a Sermon laid on my heart to get out to the People, you were there
with the means to help. And so we
have sent out God’s Word as a ray of hope and a helping hand to the sick and
needy. Your gifts have provided
comfort and assistance to desperate needs as we send God’s Word around the
world by Internet. We believe you
have a special reward for helping God’s people to see God’s Word as
preached by His Prophet, William Branham.
A day is soon to come that the natural mind can’t find words to
express its Power and Glory. When
we have crowned Him King of Kings, we will meet each one of you, never to be
Text Matt. 9:1-6 “And
he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
And behold, they brought to
him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed:
and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of
good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man
And Jesus knowing
their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
For whether is easier, to say,
Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say,
Arise and walk?
But that ye may know that the
Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of
the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed and go unto thine house.”
In these verses Jesus
made a Powerful
and revealing Statement!!! And
it fits the rest of His Bible
teaching. He said, “When there
is no more Sin charged to a Person,
then there is no more ground
for the devil of sickness to Stand on, and the devil has to leave!!!
In our text scripture, the Lord Jesus first forgave the man his Sins---Verse
2, “Son, be of good
cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee.”
said in their heart “This
They said, no man can
forgive Sins. But they needed
to learn that God who lives
in Some People can forgive Sin.
And God was in the man Jesus and forgave the man his sins!
The God who lived in Wm. Branham spoke and forgave the Sins of Sis.
Hattie Wright’s two sons. Jesus
was teaching a truth here about sickness being healed that we desperately
need to learn today!!!
He was showing us as His children that when our Sins are dropped into
that tub full of bleach (God’s Blood) this takes away all the
devil’s ground, or reasons, to legally leave a sickness on
Notice our text, Jesus asked the Question,
“Which is easier to
forgiven thee, or to say, Arise and walk?”
Here is the Revelation, the Lord wants
us to receive. To say, Your
Sins are forgiven is the same thing as saying, “Your sickness has
no more right to Stay on you.!!!
No legal right. He was
showing us that to say, “Your sins are forgiven is the Same
thing as Saying, your Sickness can’t hold an innocent Person!!!
Look at Verse 6, “But that ye may know that the Son of man has power on earth to
forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed,
and go unto thine house.”
He was telling them, and us, that the forgiveness of all our
Sins is the Answer to the healing of all our diseases.
Psalms 103:1-4, “Bless
the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O
my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thy
iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving
kindness and tender mercies;”
I heard a famous TV preacher say, “God does not help us just because we
are sick and suffering. He only
moves when he sees our faith.”
When I heard that, something rose up in me and said, “That is not
true!!! Then the Lord spoke the
truth to me---Heb. 4: 15-16, “For
we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we
are, yet without sin:
therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need.”
When we look at James 1:1-7, this is likely one place the Preacher
was made to believe that God is only moved by faith.
And that is true, but when you put James 1:1-7, with Heb.
4:15-16, we see that when God Feels our Pain, He then Sends His Faith
to get rid of it.
Let’s read James 1:1-7, “James,
a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are
scattered abroad, greeting.
My brethren, count it all joy
when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the
trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
If any of you lack wisdom, let
him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
As always, we have to put
Scripture with Scripture, not build a doctrine on isolated verses.
God spoke through Br. Branham’s mouth, bypassing his mind
and pronounced God’s will. God
used Br. Branham’s mouth to say to Sis. Hattie Wright, “I give you your
is to say that God
spoke with Br. Branham’s mouth and
forgave those two boys their Sins.
He spoke through Br. Branham’s mouth and raised the dead, stopped
Storms and forgave Sins and healed bodies. Often
Br. Branham did not even remember what he had said.
God’s urgent appeal to His Endtime Bride is “Give the enemy no place
at all in our lives.”
In the following Scriptures, God gives us His instructions for how to
live a Christian life, by giving the devil no place in our
Eph. 4: 21-34, 21
“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the
truth is in Jesus:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is
corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
And be renewed in the spirit
of your mind;
And that ye put on the new
man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Wherefore putting away lying, SPEAK EVERY MAN TRUTH TO HIS NEIGHBOR: for
we are members one of another.
BE YE ANGRY AND SIN NOT: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Neither give place to the devil.
Let him that stole steal no more:
but rather let him labour, working with
his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that
Let no corrupt communication
proceed out of your mouth, but that
which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the
And grieve not the Holy Spirit
of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,
be put away from you, with all malice:
And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as
God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
We are told in 1st John 3:21-22, 21
“Beloved, if our heart condemn us
not, then have we confidence toward
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of
him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are
pleasing in his sight.”
Here is the Sum and Total
of God’s teaching along this line. When
Jesus took all our Sins upon Himself, and they were paid for there by the
Suffering of His Flesh in our Stead, then all the devil’s legal ground
for condemning us was taken from him. He
was left standing on “Sinking Sand!”
Where there is no condemnation there is no ground for the devil to stand
on. But we have the Gift of righteousness
to stand on.
Rom. 5:17-18, 17 “For
if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive
abundance of grace and of the gift of
shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment
came upon all men
to condemnation; even so
by the righteousness of one the free
upon all men unto
justification of life.”
And so in looking back at our text, We now understand that when Jesus
said to the man with the Palsy, “Your
sins are forgiven.” He
was also advising
him that his sickness had no more ground and would have to leave.
Lord, let it be so with
your Bride today as it was with this man 2,000 years ago! Amen.
BR. C.W. Wood