Healing is in the Atonement

Posted: June 16, 2015 in Faith, Healing

“…with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5

I was intrigued to hear that strong Bible believing Christians hold to a view that physical healing is not guaranteed in the atonement.

I found some arguments that support that view. But I wish to refute them.

Argument #1 – While ultimate physical healing is in the atonement (a healing we will enjoy in our resurrection bodies), healing of our bodies while in the mortal state (prior to our death and resurrection) is not guaranteed in the atonement.

Response #1 – Jesus was asked to teach His disciples to pray; the very first thing they were to ask for was that God’s Kingdom come and His will be done ON EARTH as it is in heaven. Is there sickness in heaven? Of course not, so to believe that God wants anything less on earth is to believe that Jesus would have us pray prayers that counter God’s will, not possible.

Argument #2 – Moreover, it is important to note that the Hebrew word for healing (rapha) can refer not just to physical healing but to spiritual healing. The context of Isaiah 53:4 indicates that spiritual healing is in view. In verse 5 we are clearly told, “He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed” (verse 5). Because “transgressions” and “iniquities” set the context, spiritual healing from the misery of man’s sin is in view.

Response #2 – Context does speak of sin and iniquities but “rapha” is always translated, heal, healed recover, physician or whole. More importantly it occurs seven time in Isaiah and always is translated heal or healed.

Argument #3 – There are numerous examples in Scripture which substantiate the view that physical healing in mortal life is not guaranteed in the atonement and that it is not always God’s will to heal.

Response #3 – Bible makes it very clear that it is God’s will that all mankind is saved, the reality is not all people accept His offer of salvation. What’s the point? We cannot determine God’s will from circumstances we face, it must be always determined by His Word. How many people did Jesus not heal? None!

Argument #4 – On one occasion Jesus indicated that sickness could be for the glory of God (John 11:4).

Response #4 – No He didn’t! God was glorified by the crowds when Lazarus was bought back to life. In fact the opposite response was observed, people were critical of Jesus for not coming straight away and the consequence was that His friend died.

Argument #5 – There are numerous verses in Scripture which reveal that our physical bodies are continuously running down and suffering various ailments.

Response #5 – Death is the last enemy to be defeated, but as with Abraham a believer can die “full of years” we don’t need to be suffering debilitating illnesses before we graduate to eternity.

Argument #6 – We ask for healing then we need to submit to God’s sovereign will. He may have a purpose in allowing our illness.

Response #6 – God is good and His mercy endures forever! I do not know of any parent that would not do everything they can to ensure that their kids are healthy, why would God not want us healthy? Are we better parents that God?

Why is this so important?

Where the will of God is not known, one cannot pray a prayer of faith.

If I doubt for one moment that God doesn’t desire to heal someone, I cannot prayer for there healing and what I do is not pleasing to God, for without faith it is impossible to please God.

We have just celebrated Christmas, but here is just a thought, when Gabriel appeared to Zacharias he asked how, and was struck dumb until John was born. Mary asked Gabrielle how, and was answered. My question then is:

When is ok to ask ,”how” and when is it not?

Gabriel appeared to Zacharias and tells him that Elizabeth was going to have a baby, even though they were both old and unable to have children despite years of trying.

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” Luke 1:18

The result he was struck dumb.

Gabriel then appears to Mary and tells her she is going to have a baby.

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” Luke 1:34

Gabriel then tells her what is going to happen, the Holy Spirit will over shadow her and she’ll conceive.

Why the difference?

Zacharias questioned the very word of the angel, “How shall I know this? How can I know what God is saying is true.

Mary, on the other-hand asks, “How can this be? She didn’t doubt the word, she sought information as to how the promise would be fulfilled. What’s the point?

It is ok to ask God how He is  going to fulfill His promise, what is not ok is to question the promise. Mary is saying I believe your promise, how are you going to fulfill it. Zacharias heard the angel and asked how can I know this is God,s word, it seems to wonderful.

There has always been so much debate over tithing, the problem is talking about money solicits so much emotion.

Paul says the love of money is the root of all evil (see 1 Tim 6:10), notice it is not money but the love of it.

When people speak of tithing they often quote Malachi 3, that if you tithe, God will open the floodgates of blessing, while that is true it should never be the motivation to tithe.

Other who don’t like the idea of tithing say that is Old testament, that is simply not true. Jesus in a debate with religious leaders said,

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

Without neglecting the former, justice, mercy and faithfulness are more important and should be characteristics of the believer’s life and done without neglecting the principle of tithing.

So why tithe, what is its purpose?

God, Himself, answers that:

Bring this tithe to eat before the Lord your God at the place he shall choose as his sanctuary; this applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds. The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB)

The purpose of the tithe is to learn to put God first in life always. Other translations says we tithe to learn to “fear the Lord”, to hold Him in reverence and awe.

Abraham was the first to tithe, it was not commanded, it was not a law, it was a sign of honor and worship to God for the victory he secured over 5 kings (see Genesis 14:20).

Show me a believer that honors and worships God, putting Him first in their lives, and I’ll show you a tither!

Just a Thought!

God Bless, have a great day.

“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Gal 4:6

Paul makes it clear that the Spirit of God that is in our hearts cries out Abba Father! Of all the names of God found in the scriptures, Jesus uses just one, Father and He wants us to do the same. When the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray he told them to address the Almighty God, creator of the universe as “Our Father”.

This has everything to do with relationship, Abba is a term of warm affection and shows that we can draw near to our loving heavenly Father, while religious spirits seek to place barriers between us and Dad.

What a beautiful exchange, only once did Jesus refer to His Father as “God” and was separated from Him, that when He was on the cross as the sin offering for the world, so that we through eternity we can call our dad, DAD and live close to Him!

Enjoy Him and Embrace Him today!

Just a Thought

Romans 2:4, tells us that it is the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Thanks to the church, the word repent manifests a negative response when the world hears it.But that should never be the case. Repentance comes from two Greek words ‘meta’ meaning to change and ‘gnosis’ meaning mind. Repentance is not change your actions it literally means change your thinking

Jesus told us to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand, what is He saying? Change how you think because the Kingdom of God is close by. Paul tells us that we are transformed, changed, by changing by the renewal of the mind.

So what’s the point?

Kingdom living, begins with kingdom thinking and kingdom thinking begins with the study of the Word of God.

JUST A THOUGHT!

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One Little Word

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

If I said I was tired or I am so tired what is the difference? To say I am SO tired indictes that I very tired.

If I said someone said is talkative or said they are so talkative, what is the difference? The first conjurs an image of someone that is chatty while the second indicates that they cannot keep quiet.

That little word ‘so’ amplifies the issue.

If I said Jim is being good and that Joe isbeing so good, who do we think is behaving the better? Joe.

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. ~ John 3:16

God doesn’t just love the world, He SO loves the world.

He doesn’t just love us, He SO loves us. Paul says that we are accepted in the beloved and God refers to Jesus as His beloved Son, it’s the same word! I am, you are, we all are, greatly loved by God!

How much does He SO love us, He allowed Jesus to suffer all that He did for us.

One last thought be like John, ‘the disciple that Jesus loved’ and boast in His love for us not our love for Him.

This is one of my pet topics, the extension of God’s Kingdom. I am desperate to see cities and nations transformed, my deep cry is for the town got has placed me in transformed into heaven on earth.

It was God’s plan from the beginning. He created man, blessed him and commanded him to fill the earth and subdue it, his plan was for the ‘Garden of Eden’ to fill the earth. Man sinned and was driven from the Garden but God still intended for the Kingdom to fill the earth. Jesus showed the priority of this when the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. After worship, “Our father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name”, the very first thing the disciples pray for is, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on EARTH AS IT IS HEAVEN”.

Throughout Bible times kingdoms extended by conquest, and in Psalm 105 there is a fascinating insight into the extension of God’s Kingdom.

Psalms 105:24 He increased His people greatly, And made them stronger than their enemies .

God blessed His people, when he created man we are told He blessed man and told him to be fruitful and multiply. Here we are told that as Israel came out of Egypt he multiplied them but also strengthened them making the stronger than all their enemies in the land and on the journey. At this we all cry out glory, and get excited because of the increase God gives and the strength He gives but it is always for a purpose and that purpose is beyond self.

Psalms 105:25 NKJV  He turned their heart to hate His people, To deal craftily with His servants.

What an amazing statement for the extension of the Kingdom. God makes His people stronger than their enemies and then God turns the hearts of our enemies to hate us, why, so we can have victory over His enemies and with every victory comes an extended kingdom.

I love this thought as to why God stirs the enemies of His people:

It’s not because He wants to create problems for His Church It’s because He likes to see the devil defeated by those who are made in His image, who have a relationship of love with Him by choice. We are His delegated, authority. It is His delight to have us enforce the triumph of Jesus.

The kingdom is advanced by an army made strong by their God who delights in the victory of His people.

One last thought, we win!

God makes us stronger than the enemy we are facing, so in the battle we are fighting now, we can take comfort from the fact we are only in that battle because God has prepared us and strengthened us and made us stronger than who we are up against.

I was reading through Proverbs and I read again one I’ve read many times and often quoted:

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”

But I asked the question, “How do I keep my heart with all diligence?” The answer was simply get in the Word of God and allow the Word to penetrate deep in the heart and build faith. Here’s the point, I need to build a reservoir of faith in the wet season so when the drought comes I have great reserves of faith for breakthrough and deliverance. If on the other hand I wait for the hard times, the droughts of life to try to build a reservoir of breakthrough then the reservoir will never fill.

Pharaoh had a dream, in that dream seven years of a severe famine was destined to come, knowing that, by itself serves no purpose. It was the wisdom of Joseph that saw Egypt rise to prominence in a time of severe famine and what did Joseph suggest? In the years of plenty, in the season of abundance and blessing, in the wet season, build a reservoir od food that will sustain in the famine. What an amazingly profound and equally amazingly simple answer. Collect in the good times so there’ll be plenty to draw on in the bad.

Simple and profound but how often when things are going well we feel we don’t need God, we don’t need prayer and we don’t need the Holy Spirit’s power, God warns against complacency in Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 8:11-14 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

It is when things are pumping that we need to build that reservoir that will carry us through the hard times.

David was bemoaning the prosperity of the wicked and says he came close to falling away, but it says he went into the Lord’s house and things turned around, or David had built a reservoir of faith around the tabernacle of God and was able to draw from it.

Build faith in the good times so you have something to draw on in the bad.

Just a Thought.

God Bless

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

This is a powerful truth. It is something that as parents we understand but when it comes to God, our heavenly Father, at times, we just don’t get it. God says two things, firstly Jesus is beloved Son and secondly He is well pleased with Him.

As parents we love our kids and, imperfect as our love is we like to think it is unconditional, we know that is the expectation of parents, ‘to love our kids no matter what’. However, we are not always pleased with them, whenever we have to discipline them, no matter what form that takes, at that point in time we are not pleased with them. We love them but we are not pleased with them.

When the prodigal son demanded his inheritance and then went and squandered it, I am sure the father was not pleased with the choices he made but it is clear he still loved him.

When Peter denied Jesus I am sure Jesus was not pleased but He still loved Him.

When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had Urriah murdered, it is clear that God was not pleased with him but He still loved Him.

When Adam sinned, God was not pleased but the fact he sought Him out showed His love for him never waned, it was unconditional.

What’s the point?

Ephesians 1:6 says, “He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

Like natural parents, God’s love is unconditional and has nothing to do with our pleasing him.

Romans 5:8 says, “…God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God demonstrates His love for me in that while I was a sinner, not pleasing to Him at all, His love for me compelled Him to send Christ to the cross. God loves me unconditionally, but there are times I don’t please him, I want to please Him, it is my hearts desire to please Him but there are times I know I don’t please Him, but He never will stop loving me. I am accepted in the beloved, and God says, “this is Graham my beloved son” I want Him to add, “in whom I’m well pleased”, that comes down to the choices I make, but He never stops loving me. The problem is we fail to differentiate between God’s unconditional, unending and massive love for us and our choice that either please or displease Him.

God never falls in and falls out of love with me. He loves me and he accepts me. My prayer is God help me live a life that pleases you.

God Will Grant Me the Desires of My Heart.