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121: The Gifts of God’s Spirit: Healing

Man was made physical so that he could learn the spiritual principles regulating how to get along with others and live for eternity as a spirit. The life cycle of humanity begins with conception and progresses through the development of pregnancy until the person is ready to be physically born; this is a lesson that physical man is really the pregnancy stage of a spirit being with the physical being the preparation growth stage before being changed [born again] as a spirit.

Pregnancy is only the earliest development of a human being and a physical child is born knowing nothing needing to continue to learn and grow, even so once we are changed to spirit it is only the birth – the beginning – of a new spirit being, and there will be even more learning and growing from that spiritual change forward.  

The physical creation is an instructional allegory of the spiritual so that man can learn those things necessary for an eternal cooperative existence with God and all of God’s children.  

The law, commandments, statutes, precepts and judgments of God define the way to eternal life with other spirits, and we are first made physical beings to learn these principles of life as spirit before being born as a spirit at our change.    

Now, all physical things are subject to decay, death and corruption, and with man’s rebellion against God in the Garden, additional curses were placed on physical things to teach us that without God man will perish.  This is all explained in the first lesson  101:  The ultimate Moral Authority 

All physical things including man are subject to decay, death and corruption; so that man will learn that lasting value lies only in the spiritual, which comes only by the gift of God.  

The decline and physical death of a person is an allegory of the spiritual condition of those who are separated from God.  As physical things die, so our potential spiritual life will also perish  unless we are spiritually healed by God.

God gives some a Gift of physical healing from the Holy Spirit, using physical healing as an instructional allegory that God heals our spirit through forgiving sincerely repented sin and driving all sin which brings death out of a person who diligently follows God and the Holy Spirit of God to live by every Word of God.  

God can give special gifts of healing, by the Holy Spirit.   

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  16:18 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.  

James reveals the correlation between sickness and the need for healing of the spirit when he informs us that the prayer of faith will bring forgiveness of sin.

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Does this mean that every time we are sick or injured we have sinned?  No, it means that because sin is in the world, sickness and injury are also in the world.  The actions of the man in Eden brought sin and suffering into the world.  We could be sick through our own sin – even a sin of ignorance – or we could easily be injured or become sick through the actions of others.  

If we are repentant and seek healing, why are many not healed?  Because God in his wisdom is teaching us and working something out in us.  Remember the sufferings of Job which wrought righteousness in him?  God allows things to happen on the repentant and the unrepentant at this time in his wisdom for his own purposes.

Luke 13:4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Why are there so few healing’s today?  Healing is one sign of the godly and because of a general apostasy from any zeal to live by every Word of God, into idolizing men and corporate entities and following them to live contrary to God’s Word, and a lack of repentance and faith in God.  

The FIRST sign of a man of God is that he teaches all people to live by every Word of God and he does so himself as an example for others.  If he does this then other signs will also follow.  Jesus Christ healed as a sign that he was also the healer of the spirit in giving himself for our sins.

 

God sometimes uses affliction for Our Instruction 

LIFE is a most precious gift from God.  Each person comes into existence without any choice or effort on his or her part. Our lives were given because God set a process in motion and we did nothing to deserve the privilege of becoming a living human being

The human body today lasts on the average of 70 to 80 years and during that time it must be taken care of and maintained and even then at some point the body begins to wear out and deteriorate and eventually die.

Just like all of the physical creation, the human body is subject to vanity [decay].  All physical things on earth are transitory and are subject to deterioration, decay and death, including these temporary physical human bodies of ours.

Romans 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

The temporary nature of the flesh and all physical things is the key teaching of the books of Ecclesiastes and Job and is brought out in the Feast of Tabernacles, Paul also taught this in Hebrews:

Hebrews 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 1:11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 1:12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

In Hebrews 1:10-12 Paul compares the permanence of God with the transience of His physical creation. These verses describe in general terms the law of physics that states that all physical things are in the process of breaking down and deteriorating and must be maintained to hold back the relentless process of becoming more disordered as time goes by. 

This principle (or law of physics) that God built into all of physical creation including the human body, is called the “Second Law of Thermodynamics.”

Material things are not eternal. Everything physical changes, decays and breaks down eventually. Nothing stays as fresh as the day it was made; clothing becomes faded, threadbare, and ultimately returns to dust. Everything ages and wears out. Even death is a manifestation of this law. The effects of the second law are all around, touching everything in the physical universe.

To understand this concept all we have to do is view what is happening all about us in the natural world. This is the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

We have to work hard to straighten a room, but left to itself, it becomes a mess again very quickly and very easily.  Even if we never use it, it becomes dusty and  musty and needs work to keep it clean.  It takes effort and work to maintain houses, machinery, lawns and landscaping, our cars, and even our own bodies to keep them in perfect working order.  

If we do not put forth the effort to take good care of our households and possessions they go into disarray and break down; all we have to do is to do nothing, take the easy route and everything will quickly deteriorate, collapse, get dirty, get worn out, all by itself; and that is what the Second Law of Thermodynamics is all about.

Isaiah speaking on behalf of God, expounded upon this concept as well; comparing physical transitory things with those things that are permanent and lasting which are righteousness, spiritual things and God’s salvation.

Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

Part of our responsibility towards God is to wisely care for the bodies that God has given to us. We must take care of ourselves both spiritually and physically 

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster [him that destroys].

Proverbs 24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 24:31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. 24:32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. 24:33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 24:34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

If we do not care for the things we have [including our bodies] now, how can God expect us to care for the universe?

Spiritually-minded men and women must take care of physical things and work hard at improving their spiritual condition.

God gave mankind dominion over the earth and all the living creatures and we are to care for those things. God expects us and commands us be workers and to do what it takes to be successful in the responsibilities that he has given to us.  If we neglect to maintain the physical things that God has put into our care, how can God expect us to properly take care of the universe?

It is the same with our spiritual responsibilities as well as our physical duties. We are to take care of our spiritual well-being, which includes the care and upkeep of our spiritual condition as much as caring for our physical bodies. God expects us to be good stewards of our spiritual gifts and condition, maintaining, building and growing in the nature of God, and we are to be good stewards of our physical bodies and the physical things placed in our care.

Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

 

Health

When it comes to our health and the healing of our bodies when they do become diseased or broken, God expects us to approach our physical body as if it were a place where God could abide. For in truth God abides spiritually in his called out and we are not to do anything that defiles, God’s House.

1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

We are to glorify God in whatever we do, physically or spiritually.  We are to diligently root out spiritual corruption [false ways and compromise with God’s Word], and we are to care for our physical bodies because the flesh is the abode of  God through the Holy Spirit.

Remember that the Word of God is BOTH physical and spiritual and that all of the commandments and instructions of God have their spiritual aspects.  For instance, smoking cigarettes is a physical action that affects physical health but since we all know that smoking is damaging our physical bodies and polluting the temple of God,  doing so is sin.

 

We are to glorify God in both our spirit and in our bodies, for they belong to God.

Just as Adam and Eve were commanded to work to enhance and maintain the garden of Eden, we are to be good stewards of all our bodies, where God’s Holy Spirit dwells.  It is important then to take good care of our physical and spiritual health.

 

Healing

Even if we do the best we can to take good care of ourselves, sickness, came upon the earth as the result of sin, and we can become sick or injured through things that are not our own personal fault.

Even though we may be living righteously and seek to please God with all of our hearts, God created our physical bodies vulnerable to the harmful elements in this world: diseases, physical weaknesses, chronic health conditions, injuries from accidents, and even inherited  health problems.  

Sickness and injury are also often used by God to mold and fashion us into the kind of godly persons God wants us to become. 

Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

God expects us to do our best to prevent illnesses and accidents, but He often allows them to come upon us for reasons only He may know, to teach us specific lessons that He wants us to learn.  See our study through the book of Job.

Illnesses and disabilities can be useful tools in God’s hands to bring about correction, to build character, to demonstrate God’s great power through divine intervention and to grow in faith.  Sometimes we may possibly suffer so that can be examples for others.

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen [in baptism] with Christ, [then seek godliness] seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

When we become ill and are hurting, it humbles us before God.  When we suffer, we realize what others are going through and we learn empathy for those who are sick. Just as Jesus learned through suffering, we also must learn through suffering to have mercy for others just as God has been merciful to us.

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Paul tells us that we are to comfort others just like our Father has comforted us, and in this way we become more like God our Father.

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.  1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

Sometimes God uses sickness to bring men to seek God to find relief from their suffering; and if God does heal them of their disease they then come to see that it was only God that healed them.

God can use illnesses to call people to Himself as when Naaman the leper was finally humbled and was willing to do as God had told him; he was healed and he came to the realization that God is the Creator God of the Universe and that there is no other.

2 Kings 5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.   (Please see 2 Kings 5 to read the whole story of Naaman)

 

Faith and Healing

What are we to do then when our body breaks down as a result of an illness or perhaps it has become injured in some way?   God says  that He is the God that heals us and that He heals ALL of our diseases. Most of us are very familiar with the following Scriptures:

Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

Psalm 103:2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Healing is a gift from God through the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit.  We know that Jesus had this gift in abundance along with the apostles, Stephen, and the apostle Paul, who all had the gift of healing.  

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

 

Anointing Cloths

Acts 19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 19:12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

Luke writes in Acts 19 that God did miracles by Paul so that even a cloth touched by Paul would heal the sick just like Peter’s shadow healed people.  

Because Paul and a few others had a special gift of healing does that mean that everyone has that same gift?  Of course not.  We should not send out “Anointing Cloths” any more than we should stand so as to cast a shadow on the sick! 

 

Why Sickness?

In the beginning God created all things, and all physical things were created subject to vanity [decay].  

Romans 8:20   For the creature [physical creation] was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 8:21 Because the creature [the whole physical creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption [vanity, decay, destruction] into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 

This scripture defines the second law of thermodynamics hundreds of years before modern science came up their explanation of physical things.  A thousand years before Paul, Solomon told us the same thing; the lesson of the book of Ecclesiastes being the transitory nature of physical things.

All physical things were created subject to a continual process of degrading until all physical things without outside intervention will ultimately perish.

My friends that includes US!  We are physical and subject to sickness, injury, decline, aging and DEATH!  We were MADE THAT WAY! 

We were made that way for a purpose!  We were made that way IN HOPE that we might learn during our physical lives to seek our and love the whole Word of God which reveals they way to live and get along together for all eternity so that God could give us His Gift or eternal life!  In this physical life we are developing embryonic children of God! 

We were made flesh so that could make our mistakes and LEARN from our mistakes; so that people could learn, as a young child learns to talk and walk and then grows up learning many things. 

If we were created powerful spirits we could cause immense destruction as we make our own mistakes, therefore God created us physical so that we could make our own mistakes and learn from them that all things apart from God’s ways are meaningless vanity bringing suffering and destruction. 

Then after we have finally had enough of the suffering that our own ways contrary to God bring, we will begin to hunger and thirst after the Word of our God. 

The first cause of our suffering, but not the only one;  is our own sins and the sins of others 

We war and main and kill one another; we pollute the earth, air and water; we bully each other, persecute and make others suffer,  and we try to force our own ways on others. 

Then we seek to fulfill our lusts with things that engender to our own destruction; like smoking, alcoholism, drug addiction, homosexuality, whore mongering and refusing the instructions of the God who made us and has countless millions of years more experience, knowledge and wisdom that all mankind put together.  

Yes, our many great mistakes and sins are the cause of unimaginable suffering in the family of man.   And as we suffer at each other’s hands, we are learning that the way of selfishness, or organizational or national unity, is not the way to peace, harmony or lasting life. 

Our sins are a major cause of our sufferings, and what is sin but living contrary to the way of God which is the way to peace? 

The second reason for sickness is the natural decay built into the physical creation including mankind

In the beginning man lived close to a thousand years, and then after the flood the lifetimes of men were drastically reduced until during the days of Moses the lifetime of mankind was set at 70 -80 years. 

Numbers 32:10   And the Lord’S anger was kindled the same time, and he sware, saying, 32:11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me:

32:12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the Lord. 32:13 And the Lord’S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the Lord, was consumed.

If we add forty years to the twenty years we get sixty years for that generation of Israel.  Now some in Israel may have already been sixty when this began, but no one who was only 21 at the time would live more than another forty years or a total of sixty years. 

Later David was inspired to reveal that man was to be given seventy or eighty years of life.  However our many sins have often reduced that significantly. 

Psalm 90:10  The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

The point here is that our physical bodies were created subject to natural decay and death. We do get older and we do lose our physical strength.  At twenty we play basketball and at seventy we jump and do not leave the ground!  That is just the way that God made us; to teach us to value the spiritual things which are eternal; to teach us that physical things are transitory and temporary , so that we will begin to value the things of God. 

 

The third reason for sickness and injury is: Chance and Circumstance

Ecclesiastes 9:11  I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. 

We are all subject to accident.  If we are jogging to improve our heart lung health and we have a sprain or strain, where is the personal sin?  If some oil splatters in the pan and we suffer a burn; where is the personal sin?  If because of age our eyesight fails; where is the personal sin?  Chance, circumstance and aging happen to us all, whether we be godly or not.  T

Luke 13:1    There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto them,Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.13:4 Orthose eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 13:5  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

In these comments Jesus says that chance and circumstance happen to all people; he then adds the oft misunderstood statement that we shall all likewise perish if we do not repent.  This does not mean that chance and circumstance will not affect the repentant in this physical life; it means that all physical people will perish, but if they sincerely repent they may receive the gift of the resurrection to spirit and eternal life.  All people either die young or age as their bodies break down.  All our physical bodies will come to an end, and only the eternal spiritual things will remain. 

The fourth reason for sickness is to teach us the power of God

When we see the power of God demonstrated in acts of physical healing, we learn that God has the power to heal us spiritually as well.  The same is true of the resurrection of the dead to physical life by Christ and others;  if we see God resurrect the dead back to physical life, we know that he also has power to resurrect us to spirit.  Physical healings and resurrections are allegories of spiritual healing and a resurrection to spirit. 

Some suffer to show forth the glory and power of God.  John,  9:3 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? And Jesus answered: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Others suffer [like Paul] so that God might do a work through them and so that the people might know that it is God doing the work and not the person himself; so that no flesh might glorify himself.

The fifth reason for sickness is as a means to teach us what God wants us to learn and to mold us as God sees fit 

God is the Master Potter molding us into the vessels that he intends for each of us, and sometimes that molding includes things that must be suffered to accomplish God’s will. 

As fasting is a means of voluntarily seeking God; sickness and injury tend to HUMBLE our pride and force us to spend time with God.  Indeed fasting is often called “Afflicting the body” like sickness afflicts us.

When God is working with the proud he humbles them as he humbled Job, by removing the source of their pride and afflicting the body.  This same thing will happen to today’s pridefull leaders and elders in the tribulation; like Job all they have will be taken away and they will be afflicted until their pride has been humbled.  

The first lesson is humility, followed by understanding and empathy with the sufferings of others. In addition sickness gives us the time to think on the things of God if we have been neglectful. Sickness especially when healing is delayed teaches us patience, endurance and the faith to wait on God.

Romans 5:3    And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation [including sickness]  worketh patience; 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope [faith]

In Conclusion 

While it is absolutely true that sickness and injury often come because of our sins or the sins of others; that is not the only cause of physical afflictions. 

Those who say that all sickness is the result of personal sin, are very wrong; and are wrongly oversimplifying a very complex subject which has many facets. 

 

The Gift of Healing

Healing is a gift of God’s Spirit to certain people.  Like the other gifts of the Spirit; not everyone has the gift of ability to heal by the power of God. 

There are many different gifts of God’s Spirit which are given to various different individuals;  Why?   For the obvious purpose of teaching the Ekklesia to cooperate and work together for the good of the whole body of the espoused bide!  

As each person is united in mind and deeds with Christ and God the Father, they collectively are united with God.  Then as each person receives his gift from God, and contributes to the edifying of the whole body of the bride; the various members of the bride learn to work together and all being in unity with God and working together, there is a unity of the brotherhood! 

This is how God unites his bride!  Corporate organizational unity apart from unity with God is anathema to Christ!  

1 Corinthians 12:7   But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of [godly] wisdom; to another [greater understanding of the Word of God to help others also grow in understanding] the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 12:9 To another [extra] faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues [ability in various languages]; to another the interpretation of tongues: 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he [God] will.

We all know that Jesus healed very many and even raised the dead.  That also being an instructional allegory that all who die in Christ shall likewise be healed from physical existence and raised up to eternal life in spirit.  

Please visit our Gospels studies to study the life and works of Christ visit our Gospels section.   

Jesus had the gift of healing and he gave that gift to the twelve

Luke 9:1  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

Then Jesus gave the same power to the seventy men that he sent out: 

Luke 10:8  And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 10:9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 

Luke 10:17   And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Later Jesus gave the 11 his final instructions and gave them power:

Mark 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 16:18  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.  16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

We see that God’s Spirit can impart a special gift of  healing.  It is God that heals, however he does give certain people a gift of healing.  The mechanics of this are revealed in John 20:22 where Jesus gives his disciples the power to forgive sins in his name. 

John 20:22   And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 20:23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

It is self-evident that we are not to forgive sins which have not been sincerely repented of, but rather this forgiving of sins is for the sincerely repentant that resolve to sin no more, and this authority to forgive sins, manifests itself in the administration of baptism and anointing with oil, including the elder’s prayers for the sick; neither of which are to be done for the unrepentant.   

What did Jesus not heal sinners?  Jesus was demonstrating that he was calling sinners to repentance and even then he could heal no one who lacked faith in God.

The first instruction of James is that we pray [the prayer of sincere repentance] when we are afflicted, and then to call for the elders to anoint us.

God’s instructions to the sick:   James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted[includes sickness]? let him pray [in repentance]. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.  5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up [the repentant will be in healed in the resurrection]; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  5:16 Confess your faults one to another [go to those you have offended], and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

The apostle James instructs us that we are to go to the elders of the Ekklesia to receive prayer and anointing for our sicknesses. It is not the man nor the oil which heals us, rather it is God that heals us by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

This instruction by James begs the question:  Who are the elders of the congregations?

A true elder is a person older in the faith and well experienced, who lives a true godly life, living by every Word of God.  By that definition very many of today’s “ordained elders” are not really true elders at all.  Today most persons are ordained because they are loyal to some man or organization and not because they are dedicated to live by every Word of God, 

The short answer is that all truly godly persons are elders in the faith and can anoint; any godly person who is dedicated and faithful to live by God’s Word may do so if there is no truly godly ordained elder available, and a truly godly person who is a distance away can still pray for a person just as Jesus did. 

When we are sick we are to confess our sins to God in sincere repentance and then call for the true godly elders to anoint us with oil.  The significance of this is very important:  This is a process of repentance and then the symbolic anointing of the repentant person with the oil representing the Holy Spirit; RENEWING our relationship with God. 

ALL physical things are subject to break down and decay; we must not lose sight of the fact that physical healing is a demonstration that God heals the sincerely repentant of all sin.  Physical healing is a physical allegorical instruction that we need and God provides healing on a spiritual level.

What if our illness was not because of any sin of our own?  What, can anyone say that they are perfect?  This physical life has no lasting value whatsoever; except that it is being used by God to form us into beings that can be changed from flesh into spirit and live peaceful, productive healthy lives, forever!  God allows afflictions for his own purposes to mold us into the persons he wants us to be, and there is none good but God; that is the lesson of Job! 

Many pray “please heal me” when ill; when we should be praying “please teach me what you want me to learn from this affliction, forgive my failings and help me to be a more godly person.” 

James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray [in repentance]. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 5:16 Confess your faults one to another [this does not mean to confess every fault to every person, it mean to confess to those who you have offended], and pray one for another [meaning that any godly person may pray for the sick], that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  The key definition of “elder” is not “any person ordained by men,” but those who are well experienced and diligently faithful to live by every Word of God.

James 5 is generally misunderstood.  James does not say that a person will be immediately physically healed; he said that IF there are sins they will be forgiven and that the person will be raised up [in the resurrection]. 

In this passage James first tells the afflicted to pray v 13 then in v 16 he says to confess your faults to one another.  It is important to understand what is meant by these two interrelated instructions.  First we are to pray, but pray for what?  When we are afflicted by any trial including health issues we are to pray: 

1.  That God will make clear to us what we are to learn from the situation. 

2.  That God will show us where we are wrong and will help us to forgive others, and that God will be merciful to and forgive us. 

3.  That God will provide us a way of deliverance and show us how to handle the situation.

Now we come to the instruction in v 16 to confess our faults to one another.  This does not mean to stand up and confess before a priest or before the congregation; rather it is an encouragement to obey the instructions of Christ in Matthew 18 and go to anyone we have offended or who has offended us, to forgive and do our very best to work the situation out. 

Jesus even gives priority to reconciling with others over coming before God.  Matthew 5:22 the reason being that we will be accepted and forgiven by God only as we forgive others. 

Matthew 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the [judgment] council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 5:23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 5:24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

It is because we will be forgiven only as we forgive others that James echoes the instructions of Christ to reconcile with our adversaries, and that if we are afflicted and we have ought against another, that we go to them and confess our fault to the person we are at odds with.  God knows all and we are to confess even to a secret sin against our neighbor that he may have no knowledge of. 

The first step in our deliverance from affliction is to go to those we have sinned against, or who have sinned against us, and confess our sins to one another and forgive and reconcile; and along with that we are to repent before God in prayer.

One may ask “what if I am blameless and he is the one who sinned against me?”  I reply “Have you harbored hate in your heart over the offense?  Have you failed to try to reconcile?”  Then you are guilty of sin.  How do you know that the matter was not just a misunderstanding or that you have unwittingly done something to provoke the offense; unless you communicate and try for a resolution? 

The first point to healing is to repent of our own faults before God and those we have sinned against, even if our offense is to harbor a grudge or some animosity; and to ask Go d to help you to learn what God wants you to learn from the situation. 

Beyond this, if we suffer from persecutions, we are to forgive our persecutors and those who hate us,  as Jesus and Stephen did; leaving the matters in the Most Capable Hands of God the Righteous Judge.

The second point is to ask God to work everything our for the best for all concerned.  It is very important to understand that those who hate us and hate this way now, have been deceived and think they are doing God a service.  We are to repent for our own faults before God, and that may be that we did not handle a situation in a proper and godly manner, and we are to pray for our enemies that may be saved. 

Matthew 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 

I have personally found that we will not begin to heal in our spirit until we admit and repent of our own faults [even if that is just holding a grudge]; and then forgive and sincerely pray for our enemies. 

I have also found that the best way to do this is to pray that all persons involved would learn what God wants us to learn from the situation; remembering that the real adversary is Satan who is taking advantage to turn people against one another.

When we pray for healing or anything else, God will not hear us if we are compromising with His Word.  Therefore the first order of business to make sure we are right with God and man according to the whole Word of God.  We are to live by every Word of God Mat 4:4 and we must continually grow in the knowledge of the Word of God to learn it and to keep it, sincerely repenting of all error.

1 John 3:22  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

We must have faith that God hears us and will heal us in God’s own good time; which may be immediately or at the resurrection.  We must TRUST the wisdom of God in all things, and understand that everything that happens to us is for the purpose of perfecting us in godliness. 

If God determines that we endure for a time, then we are to patiently endure, growing in humility, faith, patience, mercy for others and godliness. 

There is no promise from God that his faithful will live a life free from affliction; rather we are promised the opposite.  The Master Potter is working hard at molding us into the people he wants us to be, guiding and training us as a loving father for our own good, and that sometimes means painful correction. 

The many afflictions, including sickness like Job suffered,  of the children of God in this physical life, are tools in the hands of a loving God.

Hebrews 12:5  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  

12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.  

12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

WHY are there no apparent people with the gift of healing in the Ekklesia today?  Because the vast majority have quenched God ‘s Spirit by exalting the false traditions of men and have rejected any zeal to keep the whole Word of God in favor of their own false traditions and idols of men. 

There is not enough of God’s Spirit left in us to receive God’s gifts; our light of godliness is flickering out and is almost gone, as we, like the ten virgins spiritually slumber on.  We will not listen to God therefore he does not listen to us. 

The call is now going out to: Awake, Arise and acquire the oil of godliness before we must seek it in great distress (Rev 3:15-22). 

1.  God heals, yet HE will give the gift of healing to some of those who are faithful to him, for the edifying of the whole bride. 

2.  There is no promise of physical healing or of eternal life as physical beings; the promise of healing is a promise of spiritual healing and eternal life as a spirit.  Physical healing if given is an allegory of God healing our spirit.

3.  Sickness and injury are used by God as an instructional tool to make us into the people that God wants us to be.  We are to seek God with all our hearts; confess our sins and seek reconciliation with our brothers, and to diligently ask God and to search the scriptures to learn the lessons that God is teaching us; and to patiently accept [like Paul] whatever answer God gives in terms of immediate physical healing.

4.  Nevertheless we are to do our very best to take care of the physical bodies that God has given us.

5.  We are to go to the true godly elders and ask for their prayers; yet today in terms of organizationally ordained persons, true godly elders are extremely rare. 

The true elders of God are those persons who are older in the faith and have proved their zeal and faithfulness to live by every Word of God; not men ordained because they have talent and are loyal to some person or organization.  

Yes Almighty God can heal the flesh and God does give some of his servants a special gift to heal the flesh, and when he odes so he is demonstrating that he will also heal the spirit from sin and deliver us from death into eternal life if we are faithful to Him.  

 

Healing and Medicine 

Even though there were many physicians in Judah in those days Jesus Christ never taught that it was wrong to go to a physician.  Yet the lesson is clear that physicians are not God and are limited to the knowledge they have at any particular time in history.  God heals with full knowledge and spiritual power, while the physical is limited to using limited knowledge and physical tools to treat physical ailments.  Even today Physicians can work apparent miracles in certain situations and yet are helpless in other situations. 

Far from rebuking physicians and the going to physicians, Jesus said:

Matthew 9:12  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not physician, but they that are sick

In another place Jesus used the example of caring for another’s wounds as an example of Godly love and righteousness.

Mark 5:24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

This was a classic teachable moment. At that moment, Jesus Christ the very Creator God, the Husband of Israel could have said to the woman: Why did you go to physicians?  Jesus could have used this moment to teach His disciples that it is wrong to go to physicians. Did he say any such thing? No, he did not! He did not use this opportunity to teach any such thing! 

In the following lesson the word “physician” is not mentioned, but the actions of a physician in binding up wounds and caring for the suffering are described as being godly. 

The fact that today we have advanced in medicinal knowledge and that we now have an organized system to care for the sick and injured, notwithstanding; the principle of caring for the sick and injured the very best that we can is made absolutely clear by Jesus..

Luke 10:30    And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

This is an example of how we should treat other human beings, even people we do not know. Nowhere in this parable did Jesus say it was wrong to bind up this man’s wounds or that it was wrong to engage in medical practices or to act like a physician. 

Quite the contrary, He said that it was our duty under the law of love and under the commandments of God, to help our brothers who are injured, or hurt, or ill, or in need.

It is our duty to have love in our hearts, the love of God and to care about other people and to do our very best to help them out according to our means and ability. No, it is not wrong to seek help, and it is not wrong to give help.

Notice what Paul says in Colossians, 4:14. “Give greetings to Luke, the beloved physician.” Now, why didn’t Paul tell Luke it was wrong to be a physician? Why? Because it was not wrong.  Luke was clearly converted and he was clearly a physician, doing the best he could with the knowledge that he had to care for others.  Was it wrong  for people to go to him?  Of course not, else Paul would have corrected him!

There is nothing wrong with caring for other people and trying to do your best to heal them. Luke was beloved in the eyes of Paul and probably in the eyes of a great many other saints because he sought to heal physically and also to heal the spirit, to turn people toward God. There is nothing wrong with being a physician, and there is nothing wrong with going to a physician when we have need of him. 

God gave man this earth and commanded him to take care of it, we have utterly failed.  God also gave us our physical bodies and we are to take care of them. 

There is a godly principle that God takes care of those who take care of themselves.  if we are not willing to do anything to take care of our physical needs, why should God do it for us?  Do we pray for bread and then sit at the table all day waiting for it to miraculously appear?  Or do we go out and work and expect God to help us with our deficiencies? 

It is the same with our health.  We can be moderate in all things physical, eating a wide variety of the most wholesome foods available to us, drink plenty of pure water and take  daily exercise; and when we have health problems we should seek professional advice while going to God as posted about yesterday. 

We should take care to check out the advice we receive from physicians as it is we who will reap the benefits or suffering from the results.  Physicians are not God, but a few stitches to repair a hernia can save a life.  If a woman hemorrhages during child birth a physician might be able to stem the flow and a blood a blood transfusion might save a life..  Do accept well proven treatments, but be careful to get all the facts before taking decisions. 

No, physicians are not God, but they are performing a godly service in helping the suffering. 

On the other hand much of modern medicine is unquestionably appallingly wicked, as they heartlessly murder children, try to change sexes, splice genes between people and animals; and drug companies who try to get us addicted to their products and not to heal the disease. 

Today modern medicine has become so mixed with monstrous evils that it is best to stay as far away from it as possible, and to only go to them for genuine needs. Thank God that he is going to correct us in the immediate future.  In a few short years the medical profession will undergo a radical change away from today’s satanic mix of a little good and much evil, and it will be purified with the evil removed. 

In the Kingdom of God the medical profession will be concerned with caring for the injured and childbirth; and after that its primary focus will be on educating people to wisely care for their health.  

 

Medical Help

If we believe in God’s promise to heal we will wait for that healing to occur but what is our responsibility while we are waiting?  Should our faith in God’s promise to heal, prevent us from doing anything to help ourselves in the healing process?

Consider whether the healing of the body is any different from any other problem that might come into our life in terms of faith, responsibility, and works. If we have faith that God heals, does that promise of healing relieve us of the responsibility of doing something to remove what is causing the illness and then taking steps to make ourselves well?

To show this question on a spiritual plain, we can ask another question in regard to this concept of doing what we can to facilitate our own healing.  Are we to do anything on our part to help facilitate our spiritual healing?

If we are sick spiritually, are we to do anything to remove what is causing the spiritual sickness? Are we not told to examine ourselves to see if we are really walking according to all of God’s Word?  We are to sincerely repent with fasting’s and prayers to heal our spiritual condition. 

We are to be like David who prayed to God to show him if there was any wicked thing in him; and if God shows any sin in us, we are to cleanse ourselves of the sin and get rid of it so we can be spiritually whole again.

2 Corinthians 13:55 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 4:9 Be afflicted [fast], and mourn, and weep [repent]: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

Just like sin causes spiritual sickness and we must root out that sin to be spiritually healthy; we must correct whatever may be causing our physical sickness if possible, and we must most certainly pray to God that he would quickly reveal what he is trying to teach us through the trial.

Our modern day health care profession tends to want to only treat the symptoms of our diseases so many people learn to depend on the medical system and refuses to take any responsibility for their own health. When something breaks down they feel that all they have to do is to just take a drug or go through a medical treatment  that does nothing to treat the cause, but rather seeks to eliminate the symptoms.

Therefore if the symptoms are relieved, patients can continue to practice their unhealthy lifestyle with no consequences (at least in their minds). But then very often they have to deal with the side effects of the drug and then the doctors prescribe other drugs to counteract with the side effects of the first drug.   It is a never ending dilemma in these cases and the underlying problem is never really addressed.

This is not the way God wants us to deal with our problems, whether they are spiritual or physical; and this is not the way God deals with any problem. God’s way is to root out the problem by removing the cause; and God wants us to overcome whatever is causing the problem. 

God’s promise to heal spiritually or physically does not relieve us of the responsibility of working to remove the cause of any spiritual or physical illness we might have. We are responsible for taking steps to prevent illness or to heal our body, but at the same time having faith in God’s promises to heal and transform us on the spiritual plane.

Trials in our life require spiritual and physical works to deal with a particular problem, seeking solutions but always in combination with faith in God and His promises. (James 2:14-26)

The Bible records the example of the ancient Israelites: God had promised to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt and to bring them to the Promised Land, but they had to do the actual work of walking out of Egypt and they had to walk through the wilderness in order to arrive at the land of Canaan. 

What if they had just believed in their minds and did nothing, while waiting for God to keep His promise, what if they had not put the blood on their door posts?   Would they have been delivered? No, of course not!

The work of getting out of Egypt and making it to the physical Promised Land was difficult and required the works of faith in obedience to God.  When Pharaoh and his army came after the Israelites, they had to trust and do as God had told them by Moses, and venture out into the path between huge walls of rising waters on either side. 

What happened to the Israelites and what they had to do in order for God to keep His promise to them, is a metaphor of the kind of walk (or works) that the called-out have to do in preparation for their resurrection to spirit

God through Paul assures us that if we love God, and loving God means that we are diligently living by every Word of God, then God will make everything work together for good.  

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

When our bodies break down and we are in need of healing, this is no different from any other problem that we may have in life.  God is involved in our lives and He is with us as we walk toward the Kingdom of God, just as He was with the children of Israel on their walk to the Promised Land.

God promises that He will heal all of our diseases (Psalm 103:3) but that does not relieve us from doing what we can to restore our bodies back to good health when we become ill.

We are to do our best to do whatever is required, but at the same time trusting God as we venture forth. We are to do the works that are necessary to attain to our own salvation knowing all the while that God is in us and that He is also working right along with us helping us to do those things which please Him.

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

This verse is about spiritual salvation but the same principle applies when it comes to physical needs.

We are to work out all of our problems with fear and trembling, at the same time knowing that God is working in partnership with us to guide us to do whatever it takes to become whole again and trusting in His power to heal us according as to how and when He sees fit.

It is not wrong, either to facilitate healing through various means if God does not heal us instantly and there are many examples of God’s faithful doing just that (or advocating that) in the Bible as well.

We think of Hezekiah who was a righteous king who beseeched God through prayer in regard to his health condition and also sought out a prophet of God.  He than accepted Isaiah’s counsel and followed through in doing what Isaiah told him to do.

2 Kings 20:1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 20:2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, 20:3 I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

20:4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 20:5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. 20:6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. 20:7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

The use of figs to draw poison out of the body, applied as a kind of poultice to the boil which was the cause of Hezekiah’s illness; was a type of medical procedure and the application was not forbidden by God, but rather He inspired Isaiah to tell Hezekiah what he was to do. 

Hezekiah showed faith in obeying God’s word through Isaiah, and then he trusted that God would heal him. This shows to us that God is not against people doing something physical to help facilitate their own healing. Hezekiah was a good example of seeking God’s help and guidance first, and then doing what he could to help the situation.

In Jeremiah 8 we read of Jeremiah chastising the people of Judah for their sins and he compares the people refusing to go to God for their [spiritual] healing, with refusing to use a balm and going to a physician to help heal themselves of physical ailments.

Jeremiah used the physician example to admonish people to do something about their spiritual condition.

Jeremiah says that if they were physically sick they would go to a physician for advise and counsel, and they should also seek help for their spiritual condition..

Jeremiah 8:19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the Lord in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. 8:21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

We read of the beloved physician, Luke; which is what God inspired Paul to write of him. 

Colossians 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

Jesus, Himself, used a metaphor illustrating that sinners are in need of repentance just like sick people are in need of a physician, implying the same kind of idea that Jeremiah had expressed.

Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

We see that going to a doctor does not rule out faith in God.  If it did, God would have told us so, instead of using metaphoric doctors for examples of doing what it takes to be healed.

We have the example of the Good Samaritan as well. In this parable Jesus teaches us how we are to love our neighbor. We are to care for them when they need help including the kind of help that addresses their wounds and sicknesses. We are to do whatever we can to treat those who are suffering  and to make sure that they receive the care necessary to bring about healing. 

Here, again, we apply the principle laid out in James that we are to demonstrate our faith by what we do.  What if the good Samaritan just prayed a prayer over him and told him to just have faith that God would heal him with a miracle? Jesus described in this parable how the Samaritan bound up the beaten man’s wounds and then poured on wine and oil (things that were used as medicines of their day) to facilitate his healing.

Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?  10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.  10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Jesus actually commanded us to be merciful to others and to help the sick and injured with the command “Go, and do thou likewise.” There are many more examples but it would take up too much space to go into all of them but from these few examples we can see that God is in fact our GREAT PHYSICIAN and that he will either heal us by a miracle or by natural processes which he set in place.  When we are not healed right away, He expects us to seek out good counsel and then to do what it takes to get well, as wise stewards of the physical bodies that He has given to us.

Medical Work on the Sabbath

We all know that Jesus healed on the Sabbath and that is right and proper to perform acts of mercy on the Sabbath, but the question arises about working in the Sabbath as a part of regular employment in the medical profession. 

Today’s medical profession is organized to provide 24/7 care for which its workers are paid, which brings an apparent moral dilemma to some. 

The very first thing I want to say is that no one should ever sear their conscience by doing what they regard as sin.  That does not mean that they should do nothing;  they should pray, study and do their best to find out and resolve their issue of conscience. 

Second, if they know that the medical profession works on the Sabbath and they have a problem with conscience performing medial duties on the Sabbath; they should NOT enter that profession.

Moral Principles 

Did people have babies in ancient times?  Were they delivered on the Sabbath by midwives who were paid for their help?  Yes!  Did the midwives say that since this was their regular job and they would not do it on the Sabbath?  NO!  Did Jesus correct this?  NO!

Does the ministry work on the Sabbath and remain guiltless because they are doing what God has commanded on the Sabbath?  Are they paid for what they do?  Is their ministry their regular work during the week as well as on the Sabbath?  YES!   Therefore to do what God has commanded us to do on the Sabbath is lawful, regardless of whether its also our regular work or not, and God commanded us to care for others! 

Matthew 12:5   Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 

In the next verses Jesus speaks specifically about healing

Matthew 12:10  And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

12:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 

This world with its organized health care systems is different from the social situation in 31 A.D., yet the biblical principles are the same. It is lawful and it is commanded by God, to love and do good to all people; therefore it is right to care for the sick and injured of man and beast on the Sabbath, even if it is part of our regular vocation. 

We are to learn to love others by caring for them, and in that the medical profession is noble and godly; however today’s medical profession has mixed with its nobility much vile stomach churning evil.  

Repent and seek the Eternal, wholeheartedly learning and keeping the whole Word of God; and do what you can to maintain your health.  Then if you are injured of fall ill do what you can to help yourself and others; and then patiently wait on the LORD and seek him always! 

Brethren these studies are not meant to replace your own bible studies. 

They are meant to provide some basics and motivate people to do their own studies.  When I teach people to prove out the words of all men by the scriptures I include myself in that, do search the scriptures and prove these things out. 

Some have mistakenly used the story in 2 Kings a to claim that the story was about medicine when it was not.  The story was NOT about medicine, it was not about seeking a physician; it was about inquiring after false gods: in this case specifically the god of Ekron and not inquiring of the Eternal. 

Today we live in a widely scattered condition where there are very few godly ordained elders to whom we can go for anointing, in such circumstances it is not necessary for an elder [a godly person mature in the faith] to be in the presence of the sick person to pray for them if that is not possible.  Jesus healed from a distance [without sending cloths], demonstrating that the power of God is not limited by distance or by scraps of cloth.

 

 

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  1. Thank you very much James.

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