In the book of John chapter 17 there is a description of Jesus traveling along the border of Samaria. Upon entering a town there he is confronted by a group of 10 lepers that cry out to him that they wish to be cleansed. Jesus instructs them to go and show themselves to the Pharisees. Upon doing as instructed, it was revealed that they had been healed. After the healing of the 10 lepers one of the 10 ran back to Jesus praising God and Jesus in gratitude and thanks for having been healed. Jesus then questions where are the other nine? He then states to the one that returned in gratitude and recognition of the source of the miracle and proclaimed to him “by your faith you have been healed”. My study Bible commentary indicates that the word healed that’s used in the holy scripture describing this situation is one of many words in the Greek language that mean different variations of healing and in this particular case the word means to be “saved”. So the message that I received upon meditation of this keep scripture is that although many may be saved and healed in a physical sense due to God’s great love for all his children, I will only be saved spiritually and with everlasting life through a belief in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.
In the recovery fellowship of today it is sad for me to see how many worship the fellowship itself or other members of the fellowship, sponsors or the founders, all of which are various forms of idolatry. As it states in how it works “there is One who has all power that One is God may you find him now!” If only the recovery fellowship would take literally the wise words that have been written in the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous and recognize that there truly is “One who has all power” and recognize that we are indeed ” restored and united under one God with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others”. I pray daily for our fellowship and for a return to the recognition that ” either God is or He isn’t ” and he most definitely is.