This is a very sensitive subject among many Christians and non-Christians alike. Especially if you’ve ever lost a loved one, but were told by someone who believed in divine healing that God would heal them. If this is you, you’re not alone. My wife and I lost our only little girl many years ago at the age of five to cancer.
I know only one way to establish a foundation for this subject and that is with God’s own words, from His own mouth concerning His promises about healing, as well as the truth of what Jesus modeled in His ministry.
The are so many recorded examples of healing in scripture that I can’t possibly touch on them all in one post. So I’m going to do my best to stay focused on the subject matter in this title.
Old Testament Healing
The earliest records I could find of God healing someone was a case of barrenness in Gen. 20:17. Abraham prayed for Abimelech, his wife, and his maidservants and they bore children. This was several hundred years before Jesus went to the cross which proves God’s compassion for His creation very early on.
God continued to give commands to His people throughout the Old Testament about what He required of them in order for them to stay healthy or to be healed when they weren’t. In Exodus 15:26, the scripture says of God, “I am the Lord who heals you. The word heals in Hebrew is Rapha′, which means: healer, or physician of men.
Healing On The Cross
Theologians have said that the book of Isaiah is a prophetic book that clearly describes the events that would eventually happen in the Gospels and the New Testament after Christ’s ascension.
Let’s focus on Isa. 53: 3-6.This is the primary chapter in the Old Testament that clearly describes how Jesus paid for our healing, our sins, transgressions and iniquities on His cross.
As I said, I don’t have room to do this subject justice, so it would benefit you to get your bible and a Greek and Hebrew concordance and study this passage in depth.
In the KJV Isa. 53:3, it says that Jesus was acquainted with “grief”. Then verse 4 says that He bore our “griefs” and our “sorrows”. Grief in the Hebrew literally means sicknesses, and sorrows literally means physical and mental pains or anguish.
Verse 4 goes on to say that we considered Him stricken and smitten by God. In other words, the old English language means they actually believed that God put that sickness on Him and was punishing Him because He had blasphemed God. In reality, God put all of “our sickness and pain” on Christ so we wouldn’t have to bear it.
Verse 5 says, “by His stripes we were healed.” Healed in this usage is the same word as in Ex. 15:26. Rapha′: healer, or physician of men. And men is generic to also include women and children. But this also includes the hurts of nations, which includes all people on the face of the earth, no exceptions.
The New Testament
When you do a word study in the New Testament of the words heal, healed, and healing, you’ll find it to be a well-established subject. It was one-third of what Jesus did and modeled regularly in His ministry. He had a three-fold ministry that always included salvation, deliverance from demonic possession and oppression, and healing. But not always in that specific order.
In Matthew 8:16-17, Jesus was healing and delivering people again as He did regularly. Verse 17 says He did these things so that the prophecy from Isa. 53 might be fulfilled. He took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses…so that we didn’t have to.
Verse 16 said that He cast out the spirits with a word and “healed all that were sick”. The word healed in this context is therapeuo: to do service, to cure, heal, and restore to health. And it’s where we get our word therapeutic or therapy.
Salvation is Healing
To take this subject a little further, the word saved, saves, or salvation also includes healing of the body and emotions, not just the soul.
Romans 10:9 KJV, is a scripture that is used often when leading someone to Christ. However, it also describes salvation and healing of the body as well. See below.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
The word saved in this scripture in the original Greek is sozo. And it means: to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health.
God’s Kingdom, Word, and Will
In Hebrews 13:8, it says that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. It also says in Hebrews 1:3 that Jesus was…and is, the expressed image of the Father and He upholds all things by the word of His power (dunamis-miracle working). To further prove that Jesus is the will of the Father (who is our healer), in John 14:9 Jesus said, He who has seen Me, has seen the Father.
And in John 5:19, Jesus said He could do nothing of Himself except what He saw His Father do, and He did that in like manner. In verse twenty-one Jesus said that as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whoever He wills.
Jesus was, and is perfect theology and He went about doing good and healing “all” who were oppressed of the devil for the God (the Father) was with Him (Acts 10:38). And as the verses above mentioned, Jesus only acted on what He “saw” His Father doing.
Why Don’t We Get Healed Then?
There are a myriad of reasons why people don’t get healed today, even if they say they believe in healing. I don’t know that we’ll ever discover all of them, but God’s word shows us enough reasons to stay in pursuit of healing regardless of our circumstances because Jesus paid an exorbitant price so that we could be healed.
Some of the reasons God has made me aware of in my own life are these. Unbelief, rebellion, disobedience, reasoning, fear, religious tradition, wrong teaching, or no teaching at all on the subject.
A misunderstanding of or misapplication of the “laws” of faith which always work the same, just like physical laws. Presuming or assuming since God did it a certain way at one time that He’ll do it the same way the next time.
A lack of knowledge regarding the difference between operating in scriptural principles and listening for the voice or presence of the Holy Spirit bringing specific direction for our healing, or for others when we pray, etc.
Some Christians have been taught wrong for so long that they actually believe God gets glory or honor from us being sick and that we can learn lessons from it.
While it’s true that we can always learn to mature in our attitudes and responses during trials, I absolutely refuse to believe that God, who sent His son to die for me, would take all my sin and sickness and put it on Jesus and then turn back around and put it on me so that I could learn something.
That’s not the character of the same God that I know as stable and trustworthy.
If God did that, His own kingdom would cease to exist. See Lu. 11:18, Jesus was in another dispute with the religious leaders of the day. They accused Him of casting out devils by Beelzebub, the prince of devils. Jesus said if that were the case, satan’s kingdom could not stand.
Likewise, just how much sense does it make for God to put all the sin, sickness, and disease of the entire world on Jesus and then turn around and put it on us as well? There’s no logic in that kind of thinking at all. You have to get this junk through the spirit of religion or wrong teaching that is void of experiencing God as Healer.
If you really believe that God puts any sickness on you at all, then you are deliberately and rebelliously placing yourself outside of God’s will when you go to the doctor for a check-up or for medicine to get better. If you believe God’s will is sickness, then don’t settle for a headache, go all the way and ask for something terminal like cancer.
I know this sounds heartless and insensitive, but this is how ridiculous religious teaching is that is totally void of God’s balanced truth. If Jesus didn’t model sickness, then we shouldn’t allow it either. If sickness isn’t in heaven then we shouldn’t allow it here either. As it is heaven Father, so let it be done on earth. God doesn’t have sickness and He doesn’t intend for us to live with it either.
Unbelief and Other Passions
It is my conviction based on personal experience that unbelief and other passions, appetites or “weapons of mass distractions” are primarily responsible for not being able to receive healing when necessary.
We live in a world today that operates on a system of natural unbelief. Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll believe it when I see it?” Sounds like doubting Thomas doesn’t it (see John 20:25)?
Unbelief probably comes in many forms, but I think there are three main ways that I know of. Natural unbelief comes from living in the world’s system and not having your mind renewed to the truth of God’s word.
Secondly, there is unbelief as an act of your stubborn will. You have been exposed to the truth that it’s God’s will to heal you, you sense the Holy Spirit dealing with you but you won’t yield to it.
And one of the other ways is wrong teaching. In other words, being taught things like, “God puts sickness on you to teach you something and so He can get glory from it.” This kind of unbelief is probably the hardest to overcome. If you’ve been under this type of teaching for decades, it’s not going to change overnight without a miraculous revelation from God. You’re going to have to “want” to know the truth.
Then, there are other passions and distractions of this present age and culture that simply occupy a higher place of priority in our hearts and minds than God’s words. Mark 4:19 describes this in detail in the Amplified version.
Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.
When the cares and passionate desires of this world take root in our hearts, it doesn’t matter what we’re in need of, healing, finances, joy, peace, or whatever. The word will not work in our hearts, and it’s God word that carries the capacity for and produces healing in our lives.
I sincerely hope this encourages you to pursue not just healing, but an intimate, personal relationship with “the Healer”, Jesus Christ, the anointed one. I have done my best to prove that healing is God’s will for you. However, healing may come in many different ways.
It can come through medicine, a doctor’s wisdom, a dear friend praying for you, or perhaps while you’re reading healing scriptures from God’s word.
But however and whenever it comes, rejoice and give God praise for it because every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father above (James 2:17).
Serving You Truth,
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