What’s all this talk about divine healing? Someone might say, “I believe the Bible and
that Jesus healed people back then, but this is the 21st Century and things have changed;
today we have doctors and medicine.” We are blessed to have the advancements of
modern medicine. I believe we would all agree that it has been through the knowledge of
God these scientific breakthroughs have come. But are we to believe that just because we
have advancements in science and medicine that we are limited to whatever it can do for us?
Let’s look at this question and see what God has to say about it. First of all, how do
we know what God has to say about it? We know this because He has written it down for
us in the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God; and it is through the Bible we can understand
His will and His ways. If we are to find answers to life’s questions, like the one we are now
discussing, there is one very important thing we must do. We must choose to accept the Word
of God as the literal words of God. That means we have to avoid the inclination we might have
to try to make it say what we want it to say. The Word of God is truth, (John 17:17) and it is
true despite how we look at it or what our opinions are about it. We are not given the privilege
of altering it to fit our own personal beliefs. Truth is truth. It does not change whether it refers
to something that took place in ancient Israel or if it is happening right where we live.
First, let’s accept the truth that Jesus was a healer. Matthew 4:23 says, “And Jesus went
about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and
healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of diseases among the people.” The historic truth is
Jesus performed great miracles and signs and wonders while He was on earth.
Secondly, let’s accept the truth that Jesus does not change over time. Hebrews 13:8 tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today,
and forever.” God tells us that His Son Jesus is today just like He was over 2000 years ago – He is still the Healer. The fact that He is not
with us in bodily form as He was in ancient Galilee does not change the truth found in Hebrews 13:8. He is still the Healer today but He
heals differently than He did back then. In your mind’s eye, see Jesus stretching out His hand to touch someone with an incurable disease
like leprosy. His hand because the instrument of healing through which the power of God flowed. Jesus still uses His body to heal
through; but now His body is the church. (Colossians 1:18) That is why we are told in Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs shall follow those
who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything
deadly, it will not by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Can you see that Jesus is still healing
people today, just like He did in Galilee, but His hand extended now is the hand of His saints who have believed in Him and have accepted
His word as truth.
Thirdly, let’s accept the truth that the nature of God is kind and benevolent and compassionate. Jesus healed because He wanted to see
suffering mankind alleviated from pain and sickness. This shows the awesome love of God towards mankind. While on earth Jesus
revealed His heavenly Father to man; so if we want to know what God is like, we can observe the life and ministry of Jesus and He will
show us the Father. That same divine love and compassion is still favoring people today who have faith in the Lord and will receive from
Him all He has for them.
We do not know all there is to know about divine healing, to be sure. Questions remain: “Why isn’t everyone who is prayed for healed?”
“Is it always the will of God for someone to be healed?” “Does God put sickness or disease on someone to teach them something?” “Why
don’t all churches agree on this doctrine of healing?” Such questions do have answers.
For example, when we ponder why everyone who is prayed for is not healed, we can look to certain Scriptures and clearly see that
hindrances can exist. Matthew 13:58 says, “Now He [Jesus] did not do many mighty works there [Nazareth] because of their unbelief.”
Unbelief can hinder the will of God to heal as we see in this passage. This might show you the importance of being in a church that has a
spiritual environment of faith rather where unbelief reigns. Or, look at John 5;14, “Afterward, Jesus found him [the man whom He healed]
in the temple, and said to him, ‘See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.’” Can you see that sin
apparently can have something to do with physical maladies? When sin is allowed to happen, spiritual doors are opened through which
can enter evil spirits bringing all kinds of dreadful things to carry out the works of the evil one, Satan. The Word is showing us in these
two passages that hindrances to the will of God can happen, and we are to be watchful in such matters, as we desire to see the will of God
done, like divine healing in our bodies.
I encourage you to find out for yourself from the Word of God how He feels about divine healing. Get into a faith-filled church, one that
can teach you the truths of God’s word; how to walk in health and how to receive healing if you do get sick. As incurable diseases become
more and more prevalent (SARS, AIDS, etc) it will become a matter of life and death where you attend church. Go where the truth is taught
– all of the truth.
Be blessed in your pursuit of truth from the Bible.
|WHAT ABOUT DIVINE HEALING?
"But if the Spirit of Him who
raised Jesus from the dead dwells in
you, He who raised Jesus from the dead
will also give life to your mortal bodies
through His Spirit who dwells in you.
I Peter 2:24
"Who Himself bore our sins in
His own body on the tree, that we having
died to sins might live for righteousness -
by whose stripes you were healed."
III John 2
"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper
and be in health, just as your soul