Luke wrote, “And he said to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well’” (Lk. 17:19). The Samaritan put his faith in Christ. His faith in Christ made him well. Thus, this story is not only a story of gratitude to Christ. It is a story of faith in Christ.
Only the Samaritan had put his faith in Jesus. Thus, the Samaritan worshiped God and thanked Jesus. Giving thanks to Jesus begins with faith in Jesus. Faith in Jesus produces thanksgiving to Jesus. You cannot thank God enough if you haven’t trusted Christ. Thanksgiving begins with faith in Christ.
Now praising and thanking God will not solve your problems. But it will carry you through your problems. Thanking God means that you are telling God that God is bigger than your problems. Say to God right now, “Lord, you are bigger than my problems. I will still thank you for everything.”
The verb “made you well” (sozo) means “save.” (Friberg) Jesus is saying, “Your faith has saved you.” The Samaritan is healed already of leprosy. He is saved from his leprosy already. But why does Jesus tell him that his faith has saved him after he has been saved of leprosy? The nine ungrateful Jews were saved of leprosy. Why did Jesus not say to the nine Jews that their faith saved them? Jesus singled out only the Samaritan’s faith that saved him. Why did Jesus say that to the Samaritan only?
The answer is that the Samaritan put his faith in Christ. He was not only saved physically. He was also saved spiritually. He did not only receive physical healing. He also received spiritual healing. His faith in Christ did not save him from his sickness only. His faith in Christ has also saved him from his sin.
The NT teaches us that we are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation is by the grace of God through the faith of man. Salvation is the gift of God. Faith is the hand that receives the gift of salvation. Grace is the hand of God that gives salvation. Yet faith is the hand of man that receives salvation. Salvation is given by God’s grace. But salvation is to be received by your faith in Christ. There is the divine work of saving us by God’s grace. There is the human responsibility of receiving this salvation by faith in Christ.
The Samaritan’s faith has saved him. Yet we know from Paul that it is by God’s grace through the faith of the Samaritan. Thus, the Samaritan received not merely physical healing but also spiritual healing.
Now it is possible to receive physical healing but not spiritual healing. The ten lepers were healed physically. But they were not healed spiritually. They did not put their faith in Christ. You may enjoy His blessings physically but lose your soul spiritually.
Have you come to Christ for your spiritual salvation? Come to Christ for spiritual healing. Put your faith in Christ now.