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Aeneas and Dorcas
by Wayne Blank
"Jesus Christ maketh thee whole"
As Peter stated in the example quoted above, although a man was healed by means of Peter's ministry (see also the Fact Finder question below), it was a matter of "Jesus Christ maketh thee whole." Peter acted according to Christ's instructions that He gave:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 14:12-13 KJV)
After the healing of Aeneas, Peter participated in an even greater healing, the raising of a dead woman, Dorcus. What was the practical purpose of returning a dead person (see also Resurrections) to this temporary physical life? So that "many believed in the Lord."
"Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them."
Fact Finder: Was Peter unique in The Lord doing such miracles through him, or did all of the apostles have the same ability?