And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.
The grace of God is abundant and free, all-sufficient to meet the need of the vilest sinner, but no man will receive the benefits who is not simple enough and humble enough to take God at His word, acting in like faith upon the message given. There was complete cleansing and healing for Naaman, without money or price. He was healed only in God’s appointed way, and that was summed up in the prophet’s message, “Wash, and be clean.” So today, there is salvation from sin’s guilt and cleansing from its uncleanness for all who will take the place of the needy sinner. They must give up all pretension to human merit and avail themselves of the grace mediated through our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose precious atoning blood we may wash and be clean (Acts 4:12; Revelation 1:5–6).
H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 202.