Introduction to the Virtue of Christ

As I listened this morning to the recording  of the healing scriptures that  I had done recently, a scripture about the Virtue of Christ caught my attention. Curious, I looked up the word  virtue in Blueletter Bible and received the most amazing revelation. As I read the key words, I was humbled to ask God for the Virtue of Christ.  Archangel Michael then asked me to write about The Virtue Of Christ That Is Missing From The Church.

The virtue of Christ is tangible or palpable

The scriptures reveal that the virtue in Christ  dwelt in Him. This is the same power that indwells the believer on receiving the infilling with the Holy Spirit. Virtue is tangible. Christ knew when virtue left His body as in the healing of the woman with the issue of blood:

And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?  – Mark 5:30

And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all – Luke 6:19
And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me – Luke 8:46

Two of the Apostles saw that the woman’s healing by touch had triggered faith in the entire nation to be healed in the same manner. Prior to her healing, the crowds had been pressing in on the Lord in order to get to where He was. However, no one had thought of touching Him, but this woman was desperate to live since she had exhausted her income on medical bills.

After witnessing the healing of that daring woman who had no right to touch anyone or even to be in the crowd since she was legally unclean, the Jews learnt to receive healing by touching the Lord. They began to tell one another that they could actually FEEL the virtue leave Jesus at the exact time that they were made whole

It takes only the crazy faith of one person to activate faith in others. 

Apostle Matthew recorded the miracle in chapter 9: 20 – 22, but waited until chapter 14 to say that the people

… besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

The chronology of Apostle Mark’s account also shows that the Jews began to follow the woman’s example of touching Christ in order to be healed:

24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague – Mark 5.

54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,

55 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.

56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole – Mark 6.

Touch or physical contact is one mechanism for transferring the virtue of Christ

We therefore see that TOUCH or physical contact with Christ is a mechanism for transferring that virtue that is in Him. However, for the record, we note that Jesus the Physician also healed by various methods and not only by physical contact.  For example:

  • the Lord told the man with the withered hand to stretch it out.
  • He anointed a man’s blind eyes with clay then commanded him to go and wash in the Siloam Pool. How on earth would the man find his way there? Jesus is teaching us that we must take desperate measures at times in order to be healed. There may be a further act of faith after that point of contact. Jesus the Potter had actually recreated the man’s eyes with the original mold of clay. However, the man needed time between the recreation and the manifestation. He had to wash off  the mold of clay before he could see again. This is how it was in the creation of Adam and Eve .
  • Jesus told the lame man in the Temple to take up his bed and walk. Rising up and walking when one is lame may seem impossible to humans, but faith in the Word of the Lord will produce healing.  I hear the Father say that sometimes we have to help people to get up from wheelchairs and other states of paralysis.
  • He would also command devils to leave with His Word.
  • and would command the sick to be healed with His Word, even when they were in another location.
  • The Lord also healed by laying hands on the sick.

So what is that Virtue that is in Christ?

The Church needs the virtue of Christ in order to manifest the mighty works of the Father in the earth. We see this in the usage of Virtue (dynamis/G1411) in the New Testament. Virtue means:

  • power (of God)
  • wonderful works
  • mighty work (s)
  • ability
  • miracles – working of miracles, workers of miracles
  • power (s) – demonstration of the Spirit and of Power
  • great power
  • mighty – mighty deeds
  • strength

Father, we repent for we have fallen away from the faith. Please restore your Power in your church in the name of Jesus Amen.