This blog is to the body of Christ, to those who believe in the power of God to save and to heal His people. Also to anyone in search of the truth concerning the Gospel of Jesus. To those in need of a healing and the forgiveness of a compassionate God. The Lord wouldn't have us ignorant of the finished work of the Cross. God works through understanding. The truth is recorded in scripture to verify the plan of God. Faith is believing the report as truth, in spite of not having seen these things with our own eyes. Rather counting God as true, and honest in His dealing with man. And faithful to perform His word to us and in us.
The doctrine of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is preached everywhere, and is rightfully the predominant teaching throughout the church of Jesus. After all, what good is healing, or any other of the benefits of Christ, if a persons soul is lost. Never the less, after beginning with the Lord, he would have us grow up and obtain all that has been richly provided.
Let's take a closer look at the cross in the area of healing. Starting in Moses, we see the first type of the cross. The people had rebelled against God, and were dying by venomous snakes sent among them. Moses was instructed to fashion a snake and hang it up on a pole. That whoever was bitten by a snake, could look at the bronze snake that Moses made and would live and not die.
By this act the poeple had to turn back to God and received forgiveness and healing. The alternative was to die. By this, God, in a symbol, was showing that Satan, the serpent, would be rendered powerless to afflict and kill the people of God. By the work of the cross that was yet to be accomplished. These were healed "on credit" looking forward to calvary. Healing was always provided for His people, "all on credit". Jesus taught this in the discussion of Naaman the leper. Chastizing the religious leaders of His day, for there lack of understanding and faith.
Now let's look at the minstry of Jesus. Without question we have an abundance of healing of all manner of infirmity. The blind, lame, deaf, palsy, those with deformities. The leporous and even those who had died. Jesus said of his own ministry; "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life". John 3:14. In modern language, He was here to pay the price.
The account of Mattew speakes of all the works of Jesus. "This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 'He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases'." 8:17. So then we see that the healing of the people was also the work of the cross. Now let's look at Isaiah. The most preached account of the cross, before Jesus. Given in revelation to Isaiah who by the Spirit was shown the crucifixion, and in prophesying told of the meaning and the glory to follow.
The report in chapter 53:5. "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brough us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed". The whole chapter deals with the unveiling of the plan of the Lord. The bringing of a people to God.
After the resurrection, and penecost when the disciples John and Peter were going to the temple the Acts gives us this account. A man crippled from birth asked an alms of them. "Then Peter said, 'Look at us!' So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, 'Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk'. Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk."
This astonished the people who came running to see this thing. Peter then said to them: "Men of Israel, why does the surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?" After exhorting he states: "By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. In his later writing we see the looking back to the cross for our inheritance of healing. "He (Jesus) himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." I Peter 2:24.
In this we learn that healing is not by a special gift, nor for only a few. That it is through Jesus and the faith that he gives. We have recieved this faith, or we would still be lost. For by grace are you saved, through faith, it is the gift of God. What we see is to allow our faith to grasp the truth of healing, and grow in faith, and knowledge of the Lord. It is not our own power or position, not our godliness and good works. It is not by a demomination or office, but for all who will believe the report. There is no church of Jesus who will tell you faith has been "done away". Then if it hasn't, then healing is for you. As Peter said it is by, "by faith in the name of Jesus".
Throughout the New Testament we have several ways in which healing is administered. The above example of Peter was through the hand of a believer, imparting the Holy Spirit. There is also the prayer of faith, "that whatever you ask believing, and not doubt, you shall have whatsoever you ask". There is the anointing with oil, and the prayers of the elders, the prayer of agreement, "if two of you shall ask anything in my name I shall do it." There are also special gifts of healing, as Paul sent pieces of his garment, and they were healed. Then there is the word of God, which is alive and active, and full of power. There is also the praying one for another, and many other ways that the Lord will use to free us. The point of all these is Jesus paid a debt and we are free. He is eager to heal, and set us free to worship the Father. He is full of compassion, and the power to deliver.
Just as you studied the scripture to find out about your salvation, study the works of Jesus in the earthly ministry of his, and build into your spirit the healing of God. Grow in the knowledge of his compassion and care that result in manifestations of the goodness of God. Meditate on these until it is clear in your heart, and your faith matures. Start saying what God says, "by his wounds you have been healed". Hold fast to your confession of agreement with God. He will bring it to pass. He watchs over his word to perform it. Pray one for another. Speak to that mountain of sickness, and command it to be removed and cast into the sea. Take hold of the word of God, and tell him, no matter what, I believe. Have the faith of Abraham, who's children we are, who considered not his own body, but believed that what God had promised, he was able to bring it to pass.