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The Foundation for our Physical Healing

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2013

This teaching is available in video format on my YouTube channel - Andrew Shreeve

 

As I talk with pastors and Christian leaders, it is apparent there is a lack of teaching and understanding concerning what is the basis, or foundation, of our faith for physical healing. Most leaders believe God can, and does, heal; but many have an element of doubt as to whether it is God's will to heal everybody, every time, now!

 

The problem is: if we have even a tiny element of doubt concerning God's will that all be healed, we are wavering, double minded, and not in faith for healing. The scripture teaches the principle that we should not waver, or have partial belief: but let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord a double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:5-8).

 

The reasons for these 'tiny' doubts are numerous. I will simply address two issues, in this teaching, which I trust will help to eliminate some of those doubts: firstly, what gives us the right to be 100% convinced that God's will is healing for our bodies? Secondly, some principles on how to rightly divide the Scripture concerning healing.

 

1. What gives us the right to be 100% convinced that God's will is healing for our bodies?

 

The foundation, or basis, for our faith for healing for our physical bodies is the finished work of Christ through the Cross of Calvary. In Isaiah, chapters 52 and 53, details concerning the crucifixion of Jesus Christ are revealed.

 

Many were astonied at thee; His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men

Isaiah 52:14

 

This verse tells us that the appearance, or vision, of Jesus was more disfigured, or corrupted, than any man. Why was that? Crucifixion was a terrible way to die, but there were two other men crucified beside Jesus, yet Jesus was more disfigured than them, indeed more than any man has ever been, or will be disfigured. We will see the reason for Jesus' corruption and disfigurement as we continue reading in Isaiah.

 

Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed

Isaiah 53:4-5

 

The English definitions of the original Hebrew words give more insight and depth to this passage in our English language.

 

  • The Hebrew word khol-ee, translated griefs means: malady, anxiety, calamity:- disease, grief, (is) sick (-ness) (Strong's Dictionary)

 

We could say: surely He has borne our malady, anxiety, calamity, disease, grief and sickness. Imagine the malady, anxiety, calamity, disease, grief and sickness of the whole world coming upon Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary! No wonder Jesus was corrupted and disfigured more than any man - with all that disease and anxiety coming upon Him.

 

  • The Hebrew word mak-obe', mak-obe', mak-o-baw', translated sorrows means: anguish or (figuratively) affliction:- grief, pain, sorrow (Strong's Dictionary)

 

We could say: surely He hath carried our anguish, grief, pain and sorrow. Imagine, on the cross, Jesus Christ carrying all the anguish, grief, pain and sorrow of the world! All the sorrow, grief, pain and anguish of the world would undoubtedly cause tremendous disfigurement.

 

  • The Hebrew word daw-kaw, translated bruised means: to crumble; transitively to bruise (literally or figuratively):- beat to pieces, break (in pieces), bruise, contrite, crush, destroy, humble, oppress, smite (Strong's Dictionary)

 

We could say: He was crumbled, bruised, beaten to pieces, broken in pieces, crushed, destroyed, oppressed and smitten for our perversity, evil, fault, iniquity, mischief and sin. God the Father struck His Son Jesus with His righteous judgement and anger for our sins - yes, your and my sin, and the sins of the whole world (Romans 3:25, 2 Corinthians 5:21). To be struck, broken in pieces, crushed, oppressed, destroyed and smitten with the punishment and judgement of the sins of the whole world would certainly cause ones appearance to be marred more than any man.

 

So the scripture reveals that Jesus Christ, on the Cross of Calvary, bore all the sickness, calamity, grief and pain of every person in the world, both past, present and future; and in addition Jesus also was smitten or punished by God the Father for all the sins and evil acts of every person in the world, past, present and future (Hebrews 10:14).

 

The Cross of Calvary is the basis or foundation for our faith, for healing for our physical bodies and, for the forgiveness and remission of our sins. To have doubtless-faith for healing, we must receive the revelation of Christ suffering sickness on our behalf through His finished work on the Cross of Calvary; and accept the scripture which says with His stripes (bruise or wounds) we are healed (mended, repaired, cured, and made whole).

 

2. How to rightly divide the bible concerning healing

To rightly divide the bible concerning healing we must first accept the truth of the finished work of Christ in the area of healing. Otherwise we may bring up isolated scriptures as 'proof texts' to dispute the truth that it is God's will that all be healed. For example; Paul writes, Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick (2 Timothy 4:20). Or, we can ask the question: why was only the first-person who stepped into the pool healed, when the angel stirred the waters in the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:2-4)? Or, why did Timothy need to drink a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities (1 Timothy 5:23)? There are many isolated scriptures such as these, which if not correctly understood within the whole context of the bible, can bring doubt as to whether it is God's will to heal us.

 

To correctly understand these, and other, scriptures we have to ask the question, do these scriptural examples of sickness negate the truth of the finished work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary? In other words, do these scriptural references concerning people's sickness prove that the finished work of Christ in the area of healing is a lie? The obvious answer is that the finished work of Christ in the area of our healing is true, and therefore there are other reasons why these, and other, Christians suffer sickness. We need to discover those other reasons, rather than assuming that these isolated verses contradict and nullify the larger, and more central, theme of the finished work of Christ. A reason why Trophimus, Timothy, and other Christians suffer sickness may be that they have not yet grown enough faith in the area of healing to overcome their individual health challenges. We cannot be certain of the reason why, as each individual case is different. But we can be certain of the truth of the finished work of Christ, and then interpret isolated scriptures like these examples in the light of the larger, more central, truth of the finished work of Christ - this is to rightly divide the scripture.

 

We must then conclude it was not God's perfect will for Trophimus and Timothy to bear these sicknesses, just like many Christian people today bear sickness and disease which is not God's perfect will. The fact that some Christian people bear sickness and disease doesn't mean Christ did not bear humanities sickness and disease on the Cross, and therefore that Isaiah 53 in a lie. Rather, there are individual human' faults which hinder certain Christian people receiving the fullness of the finished work of Christ - which includes healing for all of humanity. Why the first person was healed who stepped into the Pool of Bethesda; and the second wasn't? I don’t know. The scripture does not reveal why, but this does not negate the truth we see in Isaiah chapters 52 and 53. As the apostle Matthew wrote:

 

He cast out the spirits with His Word and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses

Matthew 8:16-17

 

The scripture is abundantly clear that God's will is healing for all, based on the foundation that, through the Cross of Calvary, Jesus took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses!

 

Pray with me, "Father God, thank you for the scriptural truth that Jesus took and bare all the sickness and disease of the world through His death on the Cross of Calvary. Thank you that because of this truth I can be 100% confident that your will for me is healing. Please strengthen me to receive your Words of healing in my heart, so your faith from your Word will draw your healing power into my life, and I can enjoy good health. Thank you for your great love to provide this physical healing, even at the expense of the suffering of your Son, Jesus. I love you, in Jesus' name. Amen!"

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