It seems that everyone believes God can heal our physical bodies. The question that most Christians struggle with is whether He will heal us today.
Many people strongly oppose anyone who will teach the things that we’ve been discussing. The reason for this is they believe if it is God’s will to heal all, then anyone who does not receive healing is out of God’s will.
There are several reasons why people do not receive healing for their physical bodies. We will examine some of these in our study. At this point, my goal is to show you that healing is part of the atonement provided in Jesus’ redemptive work.
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. (Psalms 103:1 – 3)
The third verse of Psalms 103 provides for the forgiveness of sin and healing of our physical bodies. I think that it is noteworthy that the author includes the word “all” to describe both.
God forgives “all” of our sins.
God heals “all” of our diseases.
Healing is not provided just for the “big” or “notable” diseases.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
Once again, we see forgiveness of sins and healing together in a single verse. We could continue and would find many other verses that do precisely the same thing.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.(Acts 10:38)
2 Peter was preaching the Gospel message to Cornelius’ household. He told them that it was God who anointed Jesus. He described healing as being good in this sermon and described sickness as Satanic oppression.
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)
I once heard a minister use this verse to claim that Jesus could not have been God because He couldn’t do anything without first seeing God do it. It establishes the deity of Jesus by showing that He and the Father were so unified they could not operate independently of each other.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:1 – 3)
Jesus represented our heavenly Father perfectly. Whatever we can see Jesus doing in the Gospels is what the Father was doing!
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? (John 14:9)
If Jesus represented God the Father perfectly by healing all sick who received ministry from Him, wouldn’t that mean it was God’s will to heal us today?
We cannot find a single example in Scripture of Jesus putting sickness on people as many religious traditions accuse God of doing today.
There is no record in the Gospel accounts of Jesus refusing to pray for anyone who came to Him for ministry.
Jesus would have failed in His mission to represent God if He was the one putting sickness on people. It is never God’s, and Jesus proved this through His actions.
And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. (Mark 6:1 – 6)
Mark tells us that Jesus was unable to perform any mighty works in His hometown. The people knew Him as the carpenter’s son and refused to believe. The atmosphere of unbelief stopped even Jesus from ministering healing to almost everyone! Even He could not heal a person who refused to cooperate with the power of God!
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