Fundamentals Of Divine Healing Part 5

Each one of us must come to a place of conviction that healing is not optional. Christians tend to place it at a lower level of priority than salvation without realizing that it is a part of it. You must move beyond believing that God can heal to He will heal if you desire to see His healing power manifested in your physical body.

I have heard Christians talk about the “great” healing evangelists of the last century. They talk about these men and women as if they were elevated above other ministers of their day by God.

One thing that stands out to me when I read accounts of the past revivals is that the leaders did not view healing as a choice. Without exception, they all believed that healing was a part of Jesus’ redemptive work and so did not see it as an option.

It is not enough to just believe God can heal. Many dear Christians believe this and are suffering from some form of sickness or disease.

Healing is in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. It is not just something we are asking God to do for us. He has already provided it and is waiting for us to receive it. We must believe this if our goal is healing for any sickness or disease afflicting us.

A study of the people throughout Church history who ministered in the miraculous will show they were dogmatic about the fact that healing is a part of our redemption.

The Gospels include seventeen accounts of meetings where Jesus healed all of the sick.

The Gospels also contain approximately forty-seven accounts of individuals healed by Jesus.

I have spent some time studying the ministry of Jesus over the years and have not found a single instance Jesus turned anyone seeking healing away.

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (John 5:19)

Jesus said that He could not do anything the Father had not directed Him to do. Do you think that this would mean He only healed the sick when directed to do so by the Father? If the answer is yes, do you agree that this presents a solid case that it is the will of God for us to be healed?

I have heard ministers tell people suffering from a sickness that God put the disease on them. There is not a single passage in the Gospels that will back this up. We cannot even find a place where Jesus even implied that God took pleasure from a person’s being sick.

And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. (Matthew 9:20 – 22)

In this account, the Greek word translated “whole” is sózó,” which is the same word that is translated salvation.

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (James 5:15)

James tells us that it is the prayer of faith that will “save” the sick. Sózó is used in this verse just as Jesus used it to describe how the woman’s faith made her “whole.”

We see in these two examples then that the same Greek word translated “salvation” is the same used in references that speak of healing. The Strong’s Greek Lexicon entry for this word reads, “to save, i.e., deliver, or protect (literally or figuratively): – heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.”

Salvation provides for the healing of our bodies!

Salvation provides for the forgiveness of our sins!

Salvation provides for deliverance from demonic oppression!

Salvation provides for financial prosperity!

Jesus did not die just for the forgiveness of our sins. His death, burial, and resurrection allow the complete redemption of our spirit, soul, and body. It is our religious traditions that have stripped physical healing from salvation.

Jesus died for the healing of our physical bodies just as He died to forgive our sins. His death, burial, and resurrection provide complete redemption for all areas of our lives.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21)

Peter used the word sózó in his first sermon to describe the salvation available to us in Christ Jesus. He was quoting from the prophet Joel.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. (Joel 2:32)

Salvation and deliverance are synonymous terms. Jesus died to deliver us from the evil world that we live in.

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. (Galatians 1:4)

Paul tells us that Jesus died to deliver us from this “present evil world.”

Religious tradition has pushed the benefits of salvation off to the future.

We serve a good God. He does not want any of His children to live in bondage to Satan, and more than He wants us to have sin in our lives.

The Church needs an awakening to the truths of our redemption. Christians need to return to the Word of God and break free of the bonds placed on them by religious tradition!

God’s Word tells us that He has forgiven our sins, healed our diseases, provided for our financial needs, and provided deliverance from Satanic bondage. The atonement of Jesus Christ covers each one of these areas of our lives!

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