Scriptural basis for divine healing

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The basis of God’s provision for healing

???????????God has provided healing for us just as he provided our salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus. All Christians are widely familiar with the simple and common theology that Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice on the cross and paid the price for our salvation, taking upon himself the punishment for our sins, and that by faith in him, we can be saved from the punishment of our sins and freed from death to eternal life.

For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul revealed the practical manifestation of the Father’s love for us:

But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price: therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Perhaps the theology that Jesus, by way of the cross, also paid the price for the healing of both physical and emotional sicknesses is a little less familiar than that of salvation of the soul but, the Scriptures indicate that it is exactly this that Isaiah prophesied:

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)

The word “expiation” means, “to bring into unity”. Expiation is the process of bringing together those who are separate from the body. Here the term “expiation” refers to Christ’s suffering at the hands of Pilate and his crucifixion. Matthew cites this passage, saying:

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “he himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:16-17)

Peter commented about the suffering of Jesus:

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 are healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

Through the death of Christ, God provided many blessings for the world he loves so much. The death and resurrection of Jesus were a complete triumph over Satan and his kingdom. The expiation of the cross is sufficient to free us from all types of satanic slavery, from slavery to sin, guilt and shame, from demonic oppression, from any and all curses, from any and all satanic activities, from the slavery of sickness, diseases and emotional sickness.

However, the blessings of the cross are not automatic; and I will discuss the principles that determine the element of human responsibility in future posts. For now, I want to stress that God releases his healing in the same manner that he releases the other blessings of the cross, through the prayers and actions of his ministers. In the case of healing, this means through expectant prayer for healing of the sick.

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Divine Healing – An introduction

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AN INTRODUCTION TO DIVINE HEALING

Divine_HealingNothing can substitute the experience of praying for the sick and seeing them healed as a result of our prayers. If you have an opportunity to participate in a class or practical course, or if it is possible to accompany someone who has experience in this ministry, take advantage of it. The Holy Spirit is a marvelous teacher and wants to help those that cannot get experience in any other way other than taking a step of faith and praying for others. Those with more experience must depend greatly on the direction of the Holy Spirit in their ministries. The most important ministry that you can have is to be a channel through which the love of God can flow until a person is able to receive their healing. The second most important ministry that you can be involved in is to be a vessel through which God pours out His Spirit and the life of Jesus upon a person that is receiving prayer.

…out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38b)

… you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. (1Timothy 4:6b)

…and exercise yourself toward godliness. (1Timothy 4:7b)

Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. (1 Corinthians 14:12)

Let all things be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:40)

THE BIBLICAL BASIS FOR DIVINE HEALING

Healing the sick is expressly a spiritual ministry. Healing the sick is releasing one of the blessings (healing) of the death and resurrection of Jesus to those who need it. God releases the blessings of reconciliation through the ministry of men. Jesus left us His ministry of healing the sick:

  • As a proof that he was the awaited Messiah
  • As a proof that he had authority on the earth to forgive sins
  • As a proof that the kingdom of God is near
  • As a proof of God’s love
  • As a proof of God’s power
  • As one of the first helps for evangelizing, through His disciples

Healing the sick was a commission for the disciples of Jesus. Healing the sick is a commission for the disciples of Jesus today.

HOW TO SERVE IN THE MINISTRY OF DIVINE HEALING

The biblical basis for ministering to the sick is at the same time and in the same way, a biblical basis for deliverance. Among the various reasons for this we see:

In the Gospels – the references to the ministry of Jesus in general include the healing of the sick and expulsion of demons. The majority of Jesus’s comments seem to apply to both.

On various occasions – the word “healing” or equivalent seems to include deliverance of demonic oppression. An example is Luke’s comment about the ministry of Jesus when the disciples of John went to Him.

And that very hour he cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits. (Luke 7:2a)

Another example is Luke’s description about the ministry of the 12 disciples, after Jesus sent them:

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases […] So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (Luke 9:1, 6)

We should consider the two ministries to be similar. Jesus grouped these two ministries together in His commission to the disciples mentioned above, as well as in His “Great Commission”.

And these signs will 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 by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. (Mark 16:17-18)

In our fallen world, all types of sicknesses, wounds and emotional dysfunctions exist in abundance. Medical help benefits many people. However, sometimes, the medical treatment is slow and even ineffective. For some, there is no medical help available, and others do not want to submit themselves to the treatments. For these and other reasons, many people are interested in seeking divine healing.