Monday, February 17, 2014

Healing in The Atonement of Christ

"Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:4, 5 NKJV)
The Hebrew words 'choli' and 'makob' which were translated "griefs" and "sorrows" respectively in Isaiah 53:4 were translated "sicknesses" and "pains" everywhere else throughout the the Old Testament. e.g Deuteronomy 7:15  1 Kings 17:17  2 Kings 1:2  2 Kings 8:8  Job 14:22  Job 33:19
Hence it would be more precise to read Isaiah 53:4 as: "Surely He has borne our sicknesses, and carried our pains"
Some are of the opinion that healing in this context is spiritual and that it is referring to forgiveness of sin. Matthew 8:16-17 however makes it clear that it refers to bodily healing. Matthew quoted Isaiah 53:4 and translated 'griefs' and 'sorrows' as 'infirmities' and 'sickness' 
The Greek word 'sozo' that was translated as salvation in the New Testament is an all-encompassing word that does not only mean forgiveness of sins but also means physical deliverance and protection as well as healing of our body - hence the word 'saved' or 'salvation' is used many times in the N.T. to refer to physical healing of the body. Mark 5:23; Luke 8:36; Acts 14:9; James 5:15; Luke 6:9. 
Jesus did not only save us from eternal danger, but He also delivered us from this present evil world and its evil influence. 
"who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father," (Galatians 1:4 NKJV)
The same sacrifice through which our sins were forgiven also catered for our healing. 
The Old Testament types shows relationship between forgivness and bodily healing (Psalms 103:1-4) and so does the New testament reality  (1 Peter 2:24)
Jesus purchased healing for us, just as much as he purchased forgiveness of sin for us, its all part of Christ atonement. He redeemed us from sickness and infirmity.
Salvation is a package which contains forgivenss of sins, bodily healing, prosperity, deliverance from the power of darkness. e.t.c Summarily, you were healed when your sins were forgiven. got it?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

God Wants You Well (2)

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:10, 11 NKJV)
God does nothing without His word: "He sent His word and healed them...." (Psalms 107:20 NKJV) God does everything He does in faithfulness to His word.
The way a sick person can know and be sure that it is God's will to heal him, is for him to plant the seed of God's word in his heart. The seed must remain planted and be kept watered before it can produe harvest. 
The will of God for you is to be in health (3 John 2 NKJV) - This has to be meditated on and has to be settled in your heart that God wants you well.
I dare declare that our God does not tempt with sickness. 
But how about Job & Paul's thorn in the flesh 
It was Satan not God that afflicted Job; Paul's thorn in the flesh is "a messenger of satan" (2 Corinthians 12:7 NKJV)
God in the O.T (Exodus 15:26 NJKV) revealed Himself as the one who performs cure; He is the one who heals not the one who afflict with sickness. 
It is the devil that oppreses not God.
lets consider the following verses:
"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and HEALING ALL WHO WERE OPPRESSED BY THE DEVIL, for God was with Him." (Acts 10:38 NKJV)
Jesus is the one healing, the devil is the one oppressing.
"So ought not this woman, BEING A DAUGHTER OF ABRAHAM, WHOM SATAN HAS BOUND —THINK OF IT—FOR EIGHTEEN YEARS, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” (Luke 13:16 NKJV)
Your desire to be healed will keep looking like illusion until you stop seeing God as the source of your sickness. 
The issue of whether God is willing to heal now or not has been ruled out; He has already healed; He has provided healing and health abundantly through the redemption of Christ. Healing is God's will for you today.

Monday, February 10, 2014

God Wants You Well (1)

"Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” (Mark 1:40, 41 NKJV)
 The most important issue about healing is faith in the ability and the willingness of God to heal. Many of us dont really have problem with believing in the ability of God to heal, but we are way too skeptical about His readiness and willingness to heal every time.
Before attempting to exercise faith for healing, one needs to know what the Scriptures plainly teaches. Before you can have steadfast faith for healing of your body, you must get rid of all uncertainty concerning God's will in the matter.
It is only by knowing the mind of God or his position on the issue of healing that all uncertainty can be removed in order to pave way for steadfst faith.
It is important that the mind of those seeking healing be renewed so as to be brought into harmony with the mind of God. The right mental attitude or the renewed mind makes steadfast faith possible Romans 12:2
The word of God is a seed of dvine life. The Person seeking healing must ascertain from the word of God that it is God's will to heal him, otherwise it will be tantanmont to a farmer seeking harvest not having planted the seed.
It is not God's syle that there will be harvest before the seed is planted - without His will being known and acted on, there might not be a change. Jesus said "you will know the truth and the truth will set you free" John 8:36 - freedom from sickness comes from the knowing the truth. Selah!