WHO ARE ‘THE WHOLE’ AND WHO ARE ‘THE SICK’?

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WHO ARE ‘THE WHOLE’ AND WHO ARE ‘THE SICK’?

J.C. Philpot

“They that are whole (healthy) have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance!” [Mark 2:17]

Let us look, then, at the character pointed out in the text by the expression, “THE WHOLE.” I need scarcely say, that the word naturally means a person healthy, strong, and vigorous; one untainted by sickness or disease; one in all the enjoyment of robust health, without any constitutional ailment or bodily affliction. Now it is a truth, naturally, that such people “need not a physician.” They are not in circumstances to require such aid; their vigorous health, their robust constitution, their freedom from all disease, give them perfect liberty to dispense with the services of medical skill.

From this comparison we may easily gather who are “the…

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