Healing And The Christian - Part 2

 


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In the whole body of Christ and the thousands of denominations, there are several beliefs on healing. There are some who believe healing is for today and God heals people from sickness and disease. While others use their gifts of healings for name, fame, and gain. However, all of us need to go to the Word of God for direction and guidance. 


Believers must address healing biblically, and in scripture, we find the origin and the different instances of healing, miracles, signs and wonders, as well as preparation and patterns for praying in faith.


Let us look at some major points to help you understand healing from a biblical perspective.


THE SOURCE OF HEALING IS GOD


The Bible does not negate the accepted use of medication or doctors, however, one of the names of YHWH in scripture is Jehovah-Rapha meaning “the Lord Healer.” So, for a Christian, it must be assuring to know that God's nature is the One who heals. 


Jehovah Rapha heals,

  • OUR SPIRIT

Psalms 103:2 -- "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases..."


Isaiah 53:5 -- But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was on him; and with his stripes we are healed.


Jeremiah 30:17 -- “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds ‘declares the Lord…”


1 Peter 2:24 -- Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.

  • OUR BODIES

Matthew 14:14 -- And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.


Luke 4:40 -- Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.


Mark 6:56 -- And wherever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and sought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

  • OUR EMOTIONS

Psalms 34:18 -- Near [is] Jehovah to the broken of heart, And the bruised of spirit He saveth.


Isaiah 41:10 -- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”


Isaiah 66:13 -- “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you..."


The Lord heals through His people. There are so many recorded healings and miracles in the book of Acts where the Lord used His disciples to heal people.


KINGDOM AND HEALING GO TOGETHER


JESUS HEALED IN GALILEE:


Matthew 4:23 -- And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.


JESUS HEALED IN JUDEA


Matthew 19:1-2 -- And it came to pass, when Jesus finished these words, he removed from Galilee, and did come to the borders of Judea, beyond the Jordan, and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there.


JESUS HEALED IN ALL PLACES


Mark 6:56 -- and wherever he was going, to villages, or cities, or fields, in the market-places they were laying the infirm, and were calling upon him, that they may touch if it were but the fringe of his garment, and as many as were touching him were saved. (sozo)


The word 'saved' in greek is 'Sozo' (sō'-zō) which means, to save, i.e. deliver, heal or protect.'


Jesus Christ preached the kingdom of God and healed all manners of sickness and disease, and did many miracles and signs to validate that He was indeed the Christ.


John 7:31 -- and many out of the multitude did believe in him, and said--'The Christ--when he may come--will he do more signs than these that this one did?'


THE FINGER OF GOD


Israel began to experience the kingdom of God when Jesus began to cast out devils and do mighty works by the finger of God. Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as the finger of God.


Luke 11:20 -- But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.


THE MINISTRY OF JESUS


There is nothing called a healing ministry. The Bible does not speak of a healing ministry like we hear many people speak today. Look at the whole ministry of Jesus Christ. He did not have a healing ministry. He had a ministry of "Reconciliation."


2 Corinthians 5:18-19 -- And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them; and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.


We have the ministry of reconciliation which is the same ministry that Jesus had. All believers have the same ministry. In this ministry, you may have different gifts and graces that you function in. 


The main ministry to all of us is to reconcile the world unto God through the gospel of Jesus Christ. So whenever you are ministering to a person you are going to be reconciling people. In all of this, we are reconciling people to God and they receive salvation in the name of Jesus Christ.


Blessings,

Godwin.



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Godwin Sequeira said…
God bless you bro. Yours is the first comment here.