B. The Ways of Carrying Out the Gospel Service
1. Forgiving the Sins of the Sick
1 And 1He entered again into aCapernaum after a few days, and it was heard that He was 2at home.
2 And many were agathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even at the door. And He spoke to them the word.
3 And they came, bringing to Him a 1aparalytic carried by four men.
4 And being unable to bring him to Him because of the crowd, they 1removed the aroof where He was. And when they had dug through, they lowered the 2mat on which the paralytic was lying.
5 And Jesus, seeing their 1afaith, said to the paralytic, 2Child, your 3sins are bforgiven.
6 But some of the 1scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why is this man speaking this way? He is ablaspheming! Who can forgive bsins except One, 1God?
8 And aimmediately Jesus, 1bknowing fully in His spirit that they were reasoning this way within themselves, said to them, Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?
9 Which is 1easier: to say to the paralytic, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Rise and take up your mat and walk?
10 But that you may know that the aSon of 1Man has authority to forgive sins on earth -- He said to the paralytic,
11 To you I say, 1Rise, atake up your mat and go to your house.
12 And he 1rose and immediately 2took up the mat and 3went out before them all, so that they were all aamazed and bglorified God, saying, We have never seen anything like this!