God’s Medicine: Healing scriptures on CD. Anyone who is too ill to read for himself – or anyone who just wishes to lean back and rest with eyes closed while soaking up the healing Word of God – will find this CD most helpful. The Lord tells us clearly that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:10). So even if your faith for healing is very small, listening to this CD will increase that faith and build it up to receive what you need from the Lord. Just click on the link below and listen free.
The Pool of Bethesda was constructed with five porches to house the multitudes of sick and infirm who were gathered there around the clock. Jews had made this place something of a shrine. It was fed by an underground stream, and at certain seasons the water would stir up, or as the Hebrew puts it, it would “boil up.” This movement of the water was attributed to an unseen angel who did the stirring, at the same time release healing power into the water. The first one in the pool would be healed. All the rest — tough luck.
Because this pool had become a shrine, Bible says “great multitudes of impotent, blind, and crippled folk would lie around it waiting for the moving of the waters.” (Vs. 3) Now, I don’t believe that John is recording here something that he believed was so, or that it was something that was actually happening. I believe John was reporting it as a Jewish tradition just as the Jews believed it in that day. I think he did it for a very important reason: to expose its weakness and limitations – in comparison to the all-inclusive healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was not, and could not have been, of God.
Let’s take a look at the situation. The water may have stirred. Hydrostatic pressures within a feeding stream is normal, and occasionally that will cause a movement in the body of waters they feed. But we do not serve a God who would create such a scene of selfishness and disregard for hurting and dying people. Who could have made it to the pool when the waters did move? Only the strong, the rude, the selfish, who would shove and shoulder their way to the edge, ahead of everybody. The rich and important could make the poor and the helpless to step aside. Only the most agile, alert, with the most help, could possibly get to the pool first, stepping over the crippled in the process.
The cry went up, “The water is moving!” What a mad rush it must have been – but only one could benefit. The poor cripple in our text heard that cry for 38 years. But he had no chance. By the time he dragged his crippled body a few feet, it was all over. Somebody else had used up all the power.
This is kind of like a “Wheel of Fortune”, and I can tell you right now, our Lord Jesus will have no part in such a pool. No doubt some were healed. Many have been healed at Lourdes, but not because of the shrine or its water. The body may have responded, as it very definitely can, to the move of faith. Our body is a marvelous creation. Some may have truly believed Jehovah God and received His miraculous touch. But that some were healed is not the point or the question.
Think about it: at the Pool of Bethesda each healing brought more anguish to the hundreds who still lay there in their suffering. (And you can bet the religious hucksters and the money hungry priests were “Johnny-on-the-spot” to take advantage of their terrible disappointment. Ah, but in contrast, look at how many times Jesus “healed them all!”
In this passage from John, Jesus had just come from the well experience with the Samaritan woman. He had just told her that the healing water of life did not come from that well, or from some pool – but it came from within the hearts – BY FAITH – a well springing up unto everlasting life. And He was the giver of that fountain. Now every poor soul waiting by the pool was undoubtedly a Jew. They already had something better than a possible moving of the water at the pool. Every one of them – as a Jew – had the wonderful promise of a loving Jehovah God to heal them. They had Moses and the prophets and the Psalms of David. What greater promise could He give that the one He gave through Moses: “And God said, ‘If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord, your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will allow none of the diseases to come on you that came on the Egyptians, for I the Lord am your healer.'” (Exodus 15:26).
And this from David: “ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all of his benefits;Who forgives all of your iniquities and Who heals all of your diseases.” Psalm 103:2-3.
And Jeremiah 17:14says, “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved.”
The truth is, this bunch of people at the pool were spiritually blind to the Word of their God. Think what glory God would have received if they had sought out His Word with as much vigor as they were expressing at the pool. You know what was wrong? They were waiting for the wrong thing.
Jesus was drawn to this one certain crippled man. Now you can put a lot of different faces on this man because he represent multitudes today who are suffering — including Christians. Like with the woman at the well, Jesus knew exactly what this man was thinking. Scripture doesn’t say why Jesus picked him out. Maybe he had lain there the longest – 38 years of despair and disappointment. The average person there could not understand the depths of his suffering, but Jesus did. Think how many times he must have raised his hands and pled, “Please help me.” But they rushed on by.
And the world rushes on by. Multitudes of Christians today are lying in a state of despair and depression — impotent either physically in one of many ways, or impotent spiritually – hoping for a miracle. They’re waiting for someone to stir things up and make something happen. Many of them spend their entire lives waiting for that life changing miracle. They drag themselves to meeting after meeting; seminar after seminar; whole series of counseling sessions. And they tell and retell their story of pain and woe — but nothing seems to happen.
Notice something very important here. Jesus asked this man a question that on the surface seems ridiculous. “Do you want to become well?” What He was really asking him was, “Are you really in earnest about getting well? Do you mean business? Or do you want me to sympathize with you?” This happens to be a fact of life — some do not really want to get well. They have been through so much pain and agony, they just cling to it and make do.
Notice what the man replied. He did not respond with an eager, “Oh yes, I want to be healed!” His reply was “I have no man to help me.” In other words, “I am not healed because it’s somebody else’s fault.” If the truth were known, he probably gave up on success here long ago.
A sad truth is that so many people have built their lives around pain and suffering. They have complained and discussed their situation for so long that if they did get healed, they would have nothing to talk about and probably have to learn a whole new lifestyle. They would have to learn the language of hope; they would have to be joyful and encourage others.
Fortunately for this lame man, Jesus ignored his response. He simply responded with, “Rise, take up your bed and walk!” Notice that Jesus did not rebuke him, did not cross examine him, and made no moral demands. He was compassionately touched with his infirmity. All that Jesus asked him to do NOW, was to believe His words and OBEY — rise up and walk!
You know, the man could have refused by saying, “It won’t work. I am destined to die like this” or, “Are you kidding?” He had to believe that his time for deliverance had come, and move in total obedience. Now look at verses 19-20. Jesus tells the Pharisees. “My Father wanted him healed, so I healed him!” It was God’s love, His will, His desire that this man be whole … and so it was.
Sometimes it is so difficult when you are down and weak to believe that God loves you. But no matter how worthless and displeasing you feel, that is the time to step out in childlike faith and declare, “Lord, on Your Word alone, I will arise, get up, and walk with You!” You don’t need to understand any of it. There is time to learn the ins and outs of doctrines —all of that will come in time. But you must take the first step of obedience, rise up and turn to the Lord! He’s waiting! God will respond to the cry from the heart.
I somehow feel that Jesus came to the man at Bethesda in response to the heart cry to the Father. “In my distresses I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God. He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even unto His ears.” Psalm 18:6. You can be sure that a cry from the heart to God will always be answered by the coming forth of a healing word from heaven. GLORY!
Saints, there is no such thing as too far gone. And don’t think you have to spend the rest of your life running to the pool and waiting for something to happen. The lame man spent years at that pool. But if Jesus had not come by, and if he had not OBEYED the Lord, he would have died lame on that porch.
According to God’s Word, all of our suffering, regardless of what it is, can be turned around and not only bring healing to the individual, but also bring great glory to our Lord and Savior. Seek the Word of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit will surely manifest on your behalf…and your testimony of deliverance will testify of the greatness of our Healer and Deliverer, our Lord Jesus. Don’t be that Christian that just sits by the pool murmuring and wallowing in self pity.
Jesus has come by. He is here. Repent, cry out to the Lord. Heed His Word in obedience. Then rise and walk with Him, and be made whole! GLORY!
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Let’s be gloriously blunt: the ministry of physical healing was never intended to be an option in the Christian church. One of the most prevalent commands by Jesus to the disciples was to heal the sick. If there were no other scriptural support, this fact alone would make the healing ministry qualify as a viable part of the Great Commission.
When Jesus laid out His charge before the disciples, it included “Teach them to observe (obey) all that I have commanded you…” (Mathew 28:20). One of these commandments is recorded in Luke, Chapter 1, as He sent out the seventy followers on a mission assignment. Paraphrased, He said, “While you are there, heal the sick!”
What was the real purpose or significance of Pentecost? We get a clear answer by observing the course of events after the Holy Spirit fell on that exciting day. Before His ascension, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit for the clear purpose of empowering the Body of Christ – the church – to carry on the same ministry He practiced while physically present on earth. According to our text Scripture, the church would be involved with an even greater ministry! WOW! Do you believe it?
This introduces an interesting question: By what authority was the healing ministry eliminated from some main-line church ministries, and declared to be “not for today”? It is certain that directive did not originate with the Holy Spirit or the Word of God. The reality is, ministering to the temporal needs of God’s people is a definite responsibility of the Church and should be an objective second only to salvation.
It is a historical fact that the successors to the twelve apostles carried forward the ministry and power of the Church of the Book of Acts. In 165 AD, Justin Martyr wrote a vivid description of demons being cast out by the power of the Holy Spirit, and believers routinely being healed in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Irenaeus, writing in 200 AD, “Those who are in truth His disciples, (are) receiving grace from Him, in His name to perform miracles … by laying their hands on them they are made whole. Yea, moreover, as I have said, the dead have been raised up and remained with us for many years!”
Origen and Clement wrote exciting reports of the power of the second and third century church. Then moving on down in the timeline, documents are prevalent to show that men like Martin Luther and John Wesley had strong commitments to the healing power of Christ, and they practiced it.
But in recent centuries we have gone the opposite direction. We have even come to the point where some Christians equate suffering in sickness with suffering for “Christ’s sake”. There is no comparison. Sickness is often described by those same people as the “cross we must bear.” Not so! The cross that Jesus invites us to take up and carry is taken up voluntarily, and we can lay it down if we so choose.
Then of course, Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” usually surfaces to add fuel to doubt: Why didn’t God heal Paul?” is the usual query. The answer is simple … Paul wasn’t sick! Nothing within the context of 2 Corinthians 12 even hints at a physical problem. The scripture states clearly that the “thorn” was “a messenger (angel) of satan sent to buffet me.”
The great church leaders like Chrystosym, Augustine, Luther, Calvin and others, all referred to Paul’s “thorn” as repeated and continual nagging and harassment incited by satan and his messengers to demean Paul in the eyes of the Gentiles he was trying to win to Christ. The sickness concept is strictly man’s invention, and cannot be found in church teaching prior to the 20th century.
Here’s a painful thought: because of this erroneous doctrine, just think how many of God’s people have actually allowed Paul to stand in the way of their healing. It would break the great Apostle’s heart.
Beloved, Jesus, our Lord and Messiah, is interested in you as a whole person. He shed His Blood for your salvation, and took agonizing whip lashes on His back for your healing. He has not only promised to heal you; He has already accomplished that healing. So cast aside your doubts and believe in Him to make you whole!
Then take His healing word and His healing power to the people around you who need it. Remember our text scripture and its promise: “He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall He do also.”
You have a healing ministry. Now go fulfill it!
“And The Lord God said, if you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will not permit any of the diseases to be brought upon you which I have permitted to be brought upon the Egyptians; for, I the Lord, am your healer.” Exodus 15:26 (Direct Hebrew Translation)
There are many truly fine born-again Christians today who are floundering in a theology that keeps them doubting the wonderful mercy of God; particularly in the area of physical healing. I don’t recall ever meeting any Christian who does not believe that God can heal; but I have encountered many who will not believe that God will heal them – or that it is always His will to heal the sick. This latter group has been taught to believe in God’s ability, but not His mercy.
The problem is, man’s concept or idea of God is considerably stunted. We have listened for centuries to what man says about God, and these words often are classified under something called “Theology.” And the trouble with theology is it enlightens and tells man all about God’s power, but it often ignores, puts down, or outright denies God’s desire to use His power on man’s behalf.
It is foolish for us to put all our confidence in what man says about God and totally ignore what God has to say about Himself. He announced from the very beginning that He was a healing God, and our text is one of many examples. David, in the 103rd Psalm writes, “Bless the lord O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all of our iniquities; who heals all of our diseases.” (NAS).Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent His word and healed them …” (NAS). John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”(NAS), and that Word was Jesus, “Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.” (Acts 10:38, NAS).
Regardless of what may appear to be the immediate cause of any illness, the origin of all sickness and disease goes back to the high treason of original man. When Adam sinned, he immediately died spiritually, and sickness came into the world riding on the back of that spiritual death. And since Adam’s sin was not God’s will, how can any of the evil results of sin be His will? The truth is, beloved, sickness in any form is never the will of God. In 1 John 3:2, the Apostle John writes, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”(KJV).
Just before He ascended to Heaven following His resurrection, Jesus commanded the disciples to go and preach what he had commanded them and He said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe (that’s us): In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:16-18,KJV).
He said, “I am the Lord who healeth thee.” And He also said, “I am the Lord; I change not.” Are we ready and willing to listen to what God says about Himself? Are we ready to believe Him?
It is imperative that we answer those two questions correctly. You see, believing faith is the hand that reaches up and takes what Our Lord freely offers; and that most certainly includes healing. So reach for it!
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(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.
“And at the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s portico. And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number; to such an extent that they even carried the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them. And also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits; and they were all being healed.” Acts 5:12, 14-16 (NAS).
It should be impossible to read the Book of Acts without being in a state of awe and wonder. From the Day of Pentecost, when they were baptized and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the apostles lived and ministered in the reality of the miraculous every day. And all of that blessing and power and gifting was not reserved just for them, but even laymen like Philip and Stephen moved powerfully in the Holy Spirit, shaking entire cities.
Angels appeared to those who obeyed the directions of the Holy Spirit and unlocked their chains. The world even experienced the first automatic door as Peter walked out of prison, following the instructions of an angel. In our text, Peter was so anointed that even people touched by his passing shadow were instantly healed. Healed cripples were leaping and dancing through the Temple concourse. All the power that was vested in Jesus when He walked the earth was now poured out upon the believers, and as Jesus predicted, they now embarked on the road of doing even greater things than He did. The result — through the power of the Holy Spirit, wimps were turned into warriors; the sick, blind, and crippled were healed; restoration and deliverance were the order of the day wherever the believing apostles and lay believers went.
Well, what about today? The truth is, we need more of Jesus, more of His saving, healing, and miraculous power, more of the presence of the Holy Spirit than in any previous generation. But can we have it? The answer is a big Yes! But take a look at the early church. The believers of the Book of Acts knew the cost of miraculous living, and they joyfully paid the price. In the midst of their new-found infilling of power, they constantly sought the face of the Lord — that is, they were a praying people. From chapter 1 verse 1, to chapter 28 verse 31, it tells how prayer moved God; regardless of their circumstances.
Some people today get wonderfully saved, even baptized in the Holy Spirit, but somehow soon find themselves in a state of confusion. Notice the case of Paul: struck down on the Damascus Road, he was out of commission; in fact blinded and totally helpless. Nothing happened until he prayed. He prayed for three days, and during that time he got to know Jesus in a true, intimate way. Even though he was a new convert, he needed no counselor, no prophet, no word of knowledge; he never felt the need to run all over the Middle East looking for someone to give him a “word.” Why? Because he prayed, and prayed, and prayed. As a result, he heard the Lord say, “I will show you. Go; just keep in touch.”
God moved powerfully with Paul, Peter, and all of the believers in that day, to bring the message of salvation and Holy Spirit baptism to the Gentiles. All through the Book of Acts we see phrases like “God said to them.” “The Lord said,” “The Holy Ghost said.” “The angel of the Lord said.” Those praying saints got the clear and unmistakable Word of God with amazing clarity.
There is a teaching in the land today that says you pray only once, or even not at all — just believe. And if you pray more than once over the same issue, you are demonstrating unbelief. This is contrary to the teachings of Jesus and the Scriptures. Prayer is God’s idea; He invented it and expects — and in facts pleads for us to use it. When you pray, and bring alongside believing faith, obedience, studying and meditating on the Word, then you have the greatest power in the universe working for you. Under this kind of covering, prayer will be the switch that closes the circuit and allows the surge of power to perform the miraculous.
This truth is all through the Bible. Abraham’s faith was so strong it was counted to him as righteous. Yet he ran to the altar of God over and over again to pray. Moses had a one-on-one relationship with his Jehovah, yet he was a persistent pray-er. And Elijah: when he prayed for rain, he sent his servant seven times to look for a cloud. And they kept at it all the way to victory. You don’t give up. Then how about Daniel? It took 21 days of praying, along with some fasting and weeping, but did he ever get an answer!
God wants to talk to us, and He wants us to talk to Him. The promises in His Word are numerous and every one answered “yes and amen in Christ Jesus.”(2 Cor. 1:20). Beloved, He is calling to His Holy Remnant (that’s us) to be found faithful in prayer. And like He did the saints of old, He will lift us to that miraculous realm wherein we walk as prayer warriors. If we take the time to be closed in with Him, we will walk in that realm.
God’s will is His Word, and His Word is His will. The Scriptures say that faith comes by His Word. Then we activate that faith by our prayers — the pathway to having our needs met and living in the miraculous. Glory!
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38 (NAS).
If you have ever heard or been told that Jesus Christ no longer heals today, you were told something that God gave no man, no church, no ecclesiastical body the authority to speak. Likewise, if you have been taught that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are no longer in operation and that all of those manifestations came to an end with the closing of the apostolic age, then you were taught something that is not found anywhere in God’s Word. Nor does it hold up to recorded church history. What the Bible does clearly teach is that God sent His Son Jesus into the world to make complete provision for man’s redemption so that man through Him can have abundant life — in body, mind and spirit.
The scriptural evidence for this truth is overwhelming, and it cries out for God’s people to grasp it. However, to a considerable degree we have disregarded and ignored it for a tragically long time. If we believe the records of the Gospel writers, all of them — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — then we cannot deny the evident truth that Jesus considered physical healing an integral part of His mission on earth. With the exception of time devoted to Holy Week, the first three Gospels devote at least one-half of their content to Jesus’ ministry of healing. One Biblical scholar estimates that not less than 75% of the Gospels deals with Jesus providing for the immediate needs of the people He encountered — physical healing being the most prevalent.
And nowhere in Scripture do we find Jesus failing or refusing to heal anyone who came to Him for that purpose. The Scripture states repeatedly, “He healed them all!” There is not a single shred of evidence in God’s Word that Jesus ever sent anyone away sick because “it was not God’s will” for them to be healed; or that it was “God’s will” that they remain sick.
It is interesting to note that every time Jesus spoke of the source of sickness, He mentioned Satan, because it is Satan who does the oppressing. Our text Scripture states without reservation that “Jesus of Nazareth went about healing all who were oppressed of the devil.” John tells us in his first Epistle, chapter 3 verse 8, “…The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (NAS). Sin and sickness are both part of the kingdom of the devil that Jesus came into this world to destroy. Who would deny today that Jesus still destroys sin? Who would qualify the scriptural fact that Jesus today removes sin by His shed Blood? Nobody! And neither can anybody accurately deny that He still removes sickness by the same power.
No beloved, none of the evil perpetrated by the devil is out of the range of the cleansing power of Jesus Christ and His shed Blood. “Jesus the same yesterday, today and yes, forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NAS). Just as He healed all who came to Him while He was on earth, He will, through the same believing faith, give His healing touch to you who need it today. Do not let man rob you of this blessing. If you must choose to believe God’s Word or man’s traditions, choose God’s Word and BE HEALED!
(Artwork: © Brett Snyder, christprints.com)
The ministry of healing of the physical body did not have its beginning with Jesus Christ while He was here on earth in what is known as the New Testament period. The history of divine healing dates back to the Book of Genesis and is as old as the Biblical record of man. In Genesis 20 Abraham prayed for the wives of a heathen king, and in answer to that prayer of faith, God healed them of barrenness.
During the Mosaic dispensation, God met the children of Israel at Marah just as they crossed the Red Sea on dry ground. After He had satisfied their thirst by telling Moses to take specific action to sweeten the bitter waters, Jehovah God established a Covenant of Healing with His people Israel. “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey Him, and keep His statutes, I will not permit to be put upon you any of the diseases which I have permitted to be brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord your Healer.” Exodus 15:26 (Direct Hebrew Translation.)
This was a Covenant, and unlike a contract or gentlemen’s agreement, it was an unbreakable commitment of Almighty God. Israel lived under that Covenant of Healing for 450 years. In that day the heathen population around them had their medical rituals and cult practitioners, but the covenant nation of Israel trusted in their God — Jehovah Rapha, “The God That Healeth Thee.”
It should be noted that the heathen medical practices of that day was somewhat different from the medical profession of today. Today, for example, countless physicians and medical specialists freely acknowledge that only Almighty God can heal, and through His gifts of wisdom and ability, they believe they are instruments He uses to bring about healing to His people.
In the decades following God’s original healing covenant with His people, wherever the faithful remnant could be found, Jehovah Rapha did not fail them. You see the Covenant remained intact and effective to those who believed. When Jesus came into the world, He took man’s position, and with stripes from the Roman whips across His back to pay for our sickness and infirmities, he went to the Cross and forever sealed the Covenant of Healing. Consequently, every born again child of God today can be firmly established in that kind of faith and put the Covenant of Healing to work for themselves and their loved ones.
However, your house of faith must be built on the solid rock of God’s Word, and a good knowledge of the teaching in that Word about our God who heals and wants you well. That knowledge alone will excite your faith into action. David reports in the 105th Psalm that when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea to freedom, there was not one feeble or sick one among them. God had healed them for their journey.
Just to compare, that is tantamount to the Medical Director of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis calling a press conference and announcing, “There is not one single sick person in all of St. Louis or St. Louis County .” Do you get the force of that? God healed and kept His people by His mighty power if they would just hold on to their part of the Covenant by faith. Those blessed people rested in such trust and confidence in God and His promise, that they not only were healed, but lived in that wonderful state of continuing health as long as they obeyed and remained faithful to their part of the covenant.
When Jesus walked out from the waters of baptism, full of the anointing of the Holy Spirit He immediately set about under the mantle of God’s Covenant to make it “a better Covenant” in this new Age of Grace. Acts 10:38 says, “You know of Jesus of Nazareth how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him.”(NAS) Jesus told the people that God’s time was then — just like today; it is right now! The Covenant of Healing was not only still in effect, with Jesus at the helm, it was moving with tremendous impact. All the boundaries were now down, and just before His ascension, Jesus gave specific instructions recorded by the Apostle Mark in the 16th chapter of his Gospel: “And He (Jesus) said unto them, go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation … and these signs will accompany those who have believed … they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”(NAS)
And just who did God intend to pursue this Covenant ministry? You, and you and you and me — and everyone else who hears these words — and is born again and believes Him. For almost 400 years after Jesus ascended back to the Father, the faithful church remained strong in Jesus and the Covenant reality that those stripes He bore were for our healing. And they trusted Him for the healing of their bodies. Down through the centuries, and even in current history, great men of God preached this truth without compromise, and only heaven has record of the multiplied testimonies that prove God’s faithfulness to His Covenant of Healing.
The blessings of God are for every believer, and among those blessings is healing for the body. Remember, faith is not manifested in just shouts or yelling or dancing or other physical actions. Those things are wonderful, but there is something stronger. It is that set faith that takes hold and refuses to let go of God in the Name of Jesus Christ, who paid the full price to bring us physical healing. When you operate in that kind of faith, you will see the power of God begin to move, not only in you, but through you to others in need; and all to the Glory of God.
Does God heal? Absolutely. The Covenant is still in force, and God speaks to us in 3 John 2: “Beloved I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”(NAS)
Go For It!