PSYCHOTHERAPY SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS

A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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CHAPTER IV
The Ecclesia and Pneumatic Therapy
Contemporary Galileans regarded Jesus as a prophet and described Him as such. His earliest disciples, on the other hand, thought Him to be a Rabbi of extraordinary wisdom, originality and insight. That Jesus Himself was conscious of being the Messiah is one of the best-attested facts of the Gospels. Throughout His life He persisted in this claim and He had the supreme satisfaction of dying for His conviction. According to Streeter222 (p. 197), 'He stirred up a hornet's nest and the hornet stung', and it was in the working out of His Messianic purpose that He stirred the hornet's nest. It was on this claim that the Church was founded in Jerusalem after His death, and it was the thin red line of the Messiah's blood which separated that Church from Judaism. To preach the Gospel was the charge that Jesus is reputed to have given His followers ; but tradition has it that this was accompanied by an injunction to heal the sick. This is evident in the Gospels though not in its ipsissima verba. (Cf. Mark vi, 3-13 ; Matt, iv, 23 ; ix, 35 ; x, 1-15 ; Luke ix, 1-6.) The commission was, of course, reported in such a way as to correspond with the aim of the Evangelists whose words represent their own understanding of it. It was based on definite and systematic training. When He sent out the Twelve He told them to ' Preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick ' (Luke ix, 2). The Seventy, when they returned from their mission, reported the healing of disease. Peter, James and John
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