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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.

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

I cannot get this idea out of my mind. Five people came to ask Jesus to heal one of them and Jesus starts by saying, “Your sins are forgiven”, revealing the very heart of God.

God has forgiven us all we have to do is embrace it!

What the lame man NEEDED more than two good legs was for his broken relationship with God to be healed. The Bible makes it clear God delights in making available to everyone what the need.

Matthew 6:8 NKJV “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

The context is don’t pray long-winded, repetitive prayers, God knows what you need and delights to give it to you. The lame man, and his four friends for that matter, NEEDED to know and to experience God’s forgiveness. But is that all God is interested in? Giving us what we need? Parents don’t just give their kids what they need, we get great delight when we are able to bless them by giving them what they want. God, more so, delights in giving uswe WANT as well what we need.

This man NEEDED to be forgiven and WANTED to be healed. Jesus said to the snivelling religious leaders:

Mark 2:9-11 NKJV Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?  (10)  But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic,  (11)  “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

It was easier to give the lame man what he NEEDED and to prove Jesus had the authority to forgive, He gave to the lame man what he WANTED. Jesus asked a blind man, “What do you WANT?” The blind man WANTED to see again and Jesus restored his sight.

God is not so stingy as to withhold from anyone what they NEED.

God is not so ‘tight-fisted’ as to only ever give what a person NEEDS.

God’s heart is bless beyond measure! Yo give us not only what we need but to bless us with what we want. He is the God of the ‘pressed down, shaken together and running over!’

One last thought, if all we have is what we need, how can we give to those in need? To bless we need an abundance.

Just a thought

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