Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Does God Want Us To Be Sick?

We continue with the subject of Divine Healing, with a reminder of some pertinent scripture verses before we deal with the subject at hand: Isaiah 53:3-5; 1 Corinthians 13:9-10; Romans 8:10-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; John 9:1-3; Luke 10:1-12; Mark 16:15-18; I Corinthians 12; Matthew 9:28-30; Mark 9:23-24; Mark 6:1-6; 1 Corinthians 11:27-32; James 5:14-20; Revelation 22:1-3

As I have said in an earlier post, it was God's justified curse on man for sin which resulted in death and led to decay, infirmity and disease. A reasonable person might assume from that nugget of truth that God's will for fallen humans is that they be ill, at least at times. However, that same God sent his son Jesus to become the curse for us so that we could be freed from its effects. The penalty of death (and with it infirmity, decay and disease) was eradicated by the substitutionary death of the sinless lamb of God. 

Since God's wrath against sin was fully expended upon Christ in suffering his passion, none of God's wrath is left for the heirs of salvation. Logically (even if there was no passage like Isaiah 53:4-5), for the sacrifice of Christ to exhaust and expunge the curse of death, it would also, by necessity, wipe out the effects of death, namely, decay, infirmity and disease. Therefore, people who embrace Christ's vicarious sacrifice for sin through faith, should not only have the blessing of sins forgiven and eternal life, but they should also have the provision of healing, now.

The promise of divine health and healing for those within the covenant of faith is well attested in scripture. It is an established pattern, from of old, that clues us into God's management style. He wants those he redeems to be well. That Isaiah makes it clear that healing is provided for within the atonement of Christ only strengthens the point. Some of the last verses of the Apocalypse underline the ultimate intention of God that those that are his be well.

But wait a minute here, we still grow old, get sick and die. Why, if all that I've written above is true? According to the Apostle Paul, these mortal frames formed from Adam and Eve's flesh (genes) must be put off before new bodies untinged by Adam's sin and not subject to death may be put on. We have a very rich inheritance in Christ, but we can only receive a portion of it now while in these dead bodies. We'll have to wait until the resurrection for the full package.

Until then all humanity, even the believing, will continue to die in their time. And while in dying bodies, even Christians can get sick, despite the provision of healing in the atonement. Is there anything that can be done about that? We'll take up that question and the whys and wherefores in the next post on the subject.


  1. I remember hearing Bill Johnson say that it is unthinkable/irreconcilable that Jesus does not want what He has already paid for in full.

  2. You have hit a nerve ! What do I mean by this ? I have been studying this subject for some time. I believe the body of Christ,the church, is living below what the Lord has promised us. On my blog I have a list of healing scriptures. Everytime I read them I realize that there must be something I am missing. I continually pray this prayer, "Lord teach me what I do not know, show me what I cannot see, and prepare me for what You have prepared for me." He is indeed doing just as I have prayed. I am disturbed by how sick the body of Christ,the church, is. The devil has deceived us.We accept sickness as a way of modern life. The Bible tells of a woman who had spent all she had trying to get healed - in our modern society we have health insurance and sometimes we accept this as God's provision. Are we desperate enough to press through the crowd just to touch the hem of His garment? There is a huge crowd around Jesus even today and it is that crowd that makes it difficult to touch Him.

    One of my favorite scriptures is Matthew 8:17, especially in the Amplified Bible.

    Someone who is on staff at a A/G church recently told me they could not remember when they had heard a message on Divine Healing. Sad but true in many churches. So please keep writing on this subject.

    Ps.. May I add your blog to my blog roll?

  3. Larry,
    Thanks for waiting for the picture from my earlier post to come into clearer focus before commenting. It is a little disconcerting to hear that someone familiar with the A/G wouldn't have heard a message on healing in a dog's age. It's one of our cardinal doctrines for goodness sake! It is of a fabric, of course, with the fact that less than 30% of our members have been baptized in the Holy Spirit as evidenced by tongues. We need a broad, powerful revival to sweep the A/G, or we'll cease being Pentecostal! Worse than that, the kind of slide we're on doesn't guarantee that the drift wil cease when we're merely Evangelical, we could just as likely morph into dead liberalism!

    I guess that ends the rant. ;-) As for being added to your blogroll, I'd be honored.

  4. slw, I liked your "rant." And what Larry had to say, too.

    The problem with so many of us A/G is, "If it be His will." We look at divine healing as a questionable option, rather than part of the full atonement package. Even some of our pastors leave it up for question and avoid the subject entirely. Oh, we'll pray that so-and-so on the prayer list will be healed but it's with the supposition, "If it be Your will."

    On the latter issue....we're on a "slide" alright. There is no worse place to be in than a dead A/G or pentecostal church. Even a good Methodist church would be better. My wife and I visited an A/G church once that was so void of the Spirit, you could hear a pin drop. I really wanted to run out the I did learn something that day about being "full Gospel" or maybe it was "no Gospel."


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