(The following article is a guest post by my wife Pamela. She has been a Bible teacher and worship leader in the Body of Christ for many years, and the Lord often gives her anointed messages to share. We both trust that this lesson will encourage your faith for healing. Ted)
“Lord, if thou wilt thou canst make me clean.” (Matthew 8:2). This is what the leper said to Jesus. Then Jesus replied in verse 3, “I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” This is what we are after: Jesus making us clean and whole. How did He do it? In this case, He put forth His hand and touched the man as he said, “I will, be thou clean.” And as the leper had asked – Jesus made him clean. How simple and how wonderful!
This healing work of Jesus is not unlike the work of creation in the beginning. As Hebrews 1:2 tells us, God “hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” Also in John 1:3 we’re reminded, “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” I so like it that the writers used the word made. And we know how God madethe worlds: He said, “Light be,” and there was light. He spoke into existence everything that now exists. Just as the Son of God did when he made people well, spoke their healing into existence.
In John 8: 31-32 , Jesus knew that those who were hearing Him were becoming His disciples, so he told them, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The only truth there is, is the Word of God. It has within itself the power to make us free. Free from what? You name it. Anything, including sickness, because, Jesus said it is the truth that you know that makes you free – and the way to know the truth is to continue in that Word. Being made free and being made whole are definitely connected.
In Matthew 9:22 Jesus told the woman who had the issue of blood, “Daughter, be of good cheer, thy faith hath made thee whole. (The word translated “whole” is a Greek word meaning, heal, preserve, do well, save, be whole.) And the woman was made whole from that hour.” Here is a fantastic story! This woman who had had enough of doctors who could not help her, (Luke 8:43 and Mark 5:26) decided that Jesus could and would make her whole. In Mark 5:36 Jesus said, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Others were also made whole, as in Matthew 14:34-36: In Geneseret men “brought unto him all that were diseased, and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.” ( In Greek – cured, preserved, rescued, saved thoroughly). That is a wonderful added revelation – their wholeness was perfect!
In the case of the woman whose daughter was vexed with a devil, she pressed into Jesus even when he put her off. Finally, Jesus said, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” Thank the Lord for such fast results.
And there were the ten lepers whom Jesus cleansed. They cried out to Jesus for mercy. One returned to thank Him and Jesus acknowledged that it was his faith that made him whole.(Luke 17:19) However, in the case of the woman who had the spirit of infirmity eighteen years and was bowed together, Jesus saw her, called her to him and said, “Woman thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.” (Luke 13:11-13) She did not approach Him, as the lepers did, but He approached her. How wonderful to know He is reaching out to us – approaching us to loose us from our infirmities!
In John 5:5-9 Jesus approached the man who had an infirmity thirty-eight years and asked him, “Will thou be made whole?” When the man said, “While I am coming, another steppeth down before me,” then Jesus knew he wanted to be made whole. Do we want to be made whole? Let Jesus know.
From all of these narratives, it looks as though being made whole was an immediate thing – something that the Lord says and does so completely without delay. What is more, in Acts 3:1-16, we see His disciples, Peter and John healing the lame man at the temple. In his explanation, Peter says, “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong.”(The Greek word here means establish, strength, make strong). Faith is a now word.
As in Abraham’s case God said , “I have made thee a father of many nations.” (Romans 4:17). It was God’s doing altogether, and Abraham did his part: he believed what God said to him without wavering. “He staggered not at the promise of God.” We continue to abide in His Word concerning healing, and we become, “fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” So like Abraham, we already see ourselves healed just as he already saw himself the father of many nations.
In Romans 5:19 it says, “So by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (In Greek “made” means to place down permanently, appoint, be, make, ordain, set) In Romans 6:18, “Being then made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness.”(In Greek, “made free” literally means to exempt from moral liability, deliver, make free). How long did it take us to be made righteous and made free from sin? How long does it take to get born again? Just as quickly as it takes for you to believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord and Savior. New birth does not take long. And you are made righteous – made free from sin. So, being made whole from disease or sickness is just as quick.
In II Corinthians 5:21 Paul says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” In Galatians 3:13 Paul states, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” When did God make Jesus to be sin and a curse? Definitely, on the cross. And he made us the righteousness of God and redeemed us from the curse on the cross in Him. Side note: how long did that take? About 6 hours. I say that to reinforce that healing is NOW, just as our salvation which was accomplished 2,000 years ago, is NOW.
Ephesians 2:5-6 says, “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are savedJ and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” (In Greek: to take a seat in company with, make sit down together) When did this happen? At the time of His resurrection and/or ascension. Colossians 1:12-14 further adds, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son; in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” (In Greek “made us meet” means to make able, qualify) Again, this all took place at Jesus’ death and resurrection. God had us in mind all the time, as Jesus did all the suffering and then the mighty resurrection. It was all accomplished in Jesus.
And so now, believers, be made whole. Jesus is telling you to; Peter and John tell you to; Paul tells you to; and every person today who prays for you or exhorts you in this truth. As we mix our faith with this truth, it becomes reality in our bodies. And from what I’ve learned in my study, it happens immediately. We do not accept discouragement if all symptoms do not leave immediately. After all, it took the fig tree 12-24 hours to dry up. But my goal, beloved, is to receive it immediately and have those symptoms leave as well! Let’s reach that goal together in Jesus’ Name.