Signs And Wonders As Proof Of Gospel Truth
Mr. Liu Pao Lin was suffering from Opium addiction while his wife was suffering from an illness that had kept her down for four years. When he saw how Chang Ho Ching had been delivered from opium addiction after accepting Jesus, he began to consider becoming a Christian. That began a chain of events that led to deliverance from opium addiction, the healing of his wife and the establishment of a worship hall in his village.
‘At first I did not know God. I was a great sinner, fond of cheating men, gambling and smoking opium. One day, a friend named Chang Ho-ching said to me, “Why don’t you give up opium-smoking, and get your craving cured?” “What!” said I, “have you been bewitched by the foreigners? You have suffered their deception, and now you want me to suffer.” He came again, but I only reviled him. After he had gone, my conscience began to smite me for treating my friend like this. That night I said to my wife, “Although I revile Chang Ho-ching, you see his opium-smoking is cured. You have such an illness it looks as if you won’t live, and I also have disease, and he says God is able to save us.” My wife said, “Well, who but God can help us? But now that you have treated Mr. Chang so badly, I doubt if he will come again.” I replied, “If God indeed will help us, Mr. Chang will be sure to come again; when he does, I will certainly listen to his words.” Not more than two or three days passed, and he came again: that time I received and treated him well. I said to him, “How did you get your craving cured?” “Ah!” he replied, “I fear if I tell you, you won’t believe; if you would believe, your illness and your wife’s would both be healed.” “I am ready to believe,” was my answer. “Well then, if so, you must no more worship these false gods ; in three days’ time I am going to Fan village; do you come there with me, and worship the true God.” Arriving at Fan village, I went to Mr. Fan’s house and stayed till my craving was cured; my heart, however, was still wretched. Mr. Fan said to me, “I fear your heart is not at rest, you look so miserable.” “It is because of my wife’s illness,” was my reply; “I don’t know if she be alive or not.” Mr. Fan said, “Let us pray, and soon go to her, and see if we can help.” So we went. On our arrival, as soon as I saw her face, I knew that she was a great deal better; for three or four years past she had not been able to wait on me. She, however, got up and prepared tea for us. I was much struck with this answer to prayer. Returning to Mr. Fan’s village, Mr. Fan constantly prayed for me. I could not pray. I remember one day hearing a hymn, “Alas! my heart so dark!” and thinking, Surely that refers to me. Not long after I went to the P’ing-yang Fu great gathering. While there I met Mr. Hsi. He questioned me as to my former life, and then told me of Jesus. I went back to Fan village. Mr. Fan preached on the ten lepers being cleansed, and only one returning to give thanks; thought I, I will be one to return.” That one in the parable did not forget God’s grace, no more will I. I went home and told my wife; she, too, believed— we were as two raised from the dead. After a little while, Mr. Fan came, accompanied by Mr. Hsi. Mr. Hsi spoke with us, read the Testament and prayed; when he had finished I prayed, and so did my wife. Mr. Hsi was full of joy, saying, “Truly this is the grace of God.” As we came to the partingplace on the road, Mr. Hsi knelt down and prayed, and as he prayed he wept; he told me afterwards that he wept for fear lest I should go back. After some days I heard Mr. Hsi preach; he said, We were not saved only for our own benefit, but to save others, set a good example, and preach to men the Gospel.”
‘I went home and began to pray to God for a fellow-helper. Soon a man, with whom I had been on bad terms, asked me how I got cured of the opium craving. On telling him he offered to accompany me to Fan village. There hearing the doctrine he was converted, came back and opened a worshiphall in his house for our village. The Lord afterwards saved other souls. Truly this is God’s loving kindness.