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.

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