WHAT IS BIBLE HEALING?
The end result is that much that is true is combined with much that is not. Again, our definition of 'truth' is: What the Word of God teaches taken *literally and in context.
Having established the parameters then, Let's take a look at Bible Healing in both the Old and New Testaments..
The other is in Psalm 103 where the psalmist declares that God should be praised because He is the One, "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;"
Psalm 147:3 declares that, "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds."
So healing was available under the Old Covenant...and understood more clearly then than today in many cases.
Genesis 20:17 Abimelech
The Psalms of course are full of encouragement for healing.
Psalm 103 is one of the best
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
Again, the predominant testimony of Scripture prevails against the occasional passage that may seem difficult. There is much we don't understand about God's Word but I can't put it any better than Will Roger's advice,
"There's a lot of stuff I don't understand about this Book but what really concerns me is the parts I do."
Stick with God's Word and avoid the 'common wisdom' which according to Jesus makes, "...the Word of God of none effect through your tradition..."
Matthew 24 Recorded Healings
In Romans the BLESSING of Abraham is alive and well and God's covenant promises are confirmed starting with salvation healing and deliverence by his seed (Jesus) who confirmed and elaborated on the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant. Read John 15, 16, 17.
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And of course the highest promise in all of Scripture from Proverbs chapter 3
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
"Wait. I learned that in Sunday School decades ago! What do you mean, 'The highest promise in all of Scripture?'"
Yeah, isn't that great! Certainly you've heard, "...sometimes all you ever need to know you learned in kindergarten."
But just think about it. If God is really directing your paths how could you ever go wrong? Will He send you into sickness, poverty, family troubles, loss of faith, business failures?
Maybe you're thinking He would. And if that's the case why would you be bothering reading this website to figure out how to get out from under God's thumb?
But rest assured, He wants you well, delivered, and prospering in all your relationships, personal, spiritual and business even as your soul prospers. And He's not sitting in His jewell-encrusted throne with floor and pavement of pure gold snickering while He forces poverty and troubles on you.
"...In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."--Jesus Christ
In Deuteronomy 28 and 30 He offers life and death; BLESSING and cursing, "...therefore choose life!" He says, just so there was no question.
And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Does that mean that I should prove my faith by refusing medicine or medical treatment?
So healing was available under the Old Covenant...and more clearly understood then than today in many cases.
But rest assured, He wants you well, delivered, and prospering in all your relationships, personal, spiritual and business even as your soul prospers
Stick with God's Word and avoid the 'common wisdom' which..."makes the Word of God of none effect
The single most prominent feature of Jesus' ministry...was His bold emphasis on physical healing
When Peter and John got hold of the revelation...they went crazy with it...and wound up getting arrested for their efforts.
WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT SAYS
The single most prominent feature of Jesus' ministry (or at least that which attracted the most attention) was His bold emphasis on physical healing.
Sixty seven times the gospels record Jesus performing physical healing. Some of course are duplicate accounts but more than twenty include the healing of 'multitudes' or 'all that touched Him'.
In First Corinthians spiritual gifts are enumerated and instruction is given in their operation. Second Corinthians is interspersed with tips on how to receive those promises, i.e., walk by faith not by sight, and the weapons of our warfare are...mighty through God to assure the victory in every situation.
The final word on healing is Peter's. In First Peter 2:24 he repeats the promise from Isaiah that, "...by whose stripes ye were healed." He is speaking primarily of spiritual healing but it is the same promise that Matthew makes clear is for our physical healing as well (Isaiah 53; Matthew 8:17).
So in almost every chapter of the first three accounts (Matthew - Luke) Jesus healed either an individual or a crowd of people. John records only five of these accounts.
'Healed' or 'Healing' are found eleven times in the book of Acts, while the epistles contain mostly instruction about the gifts, including healing.
In conclusion Jesus made clear the source of physical sickness and disease and His (God's) willingness to heal. Furthermore He promised that prayer would be answered if it was within the will of God.
Some would take issue with the few references in Paul's writing that seem to contradict God's will in this issue.
One is where Paul refers to his friend, Trophimus whom he, "left at Miletum, sick."
While I feel for poor Trophimus, we know nothing of the circumstances or of his testimony. Jesus certainly left several at Nazareth sick. And the disciples who walked and lived with Jesus had struggles in this same area.
Bible Healing is simply what God's Word plainly says about physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
Just about everyone has an idea of what Bible Healing really is. What we will attempt to accomplish here is a clear description of Bible Healing based solely on God's Word and teaching on the subject without interference from any other source. Those 'sources' include what you or I may think, or what any particular group or denomination may think.
There are probably as many views on the subject of Bible Healing as there are churches and denominations. These vary widely based on leadership, experience, official doctrine and tradition.
First the Old Testament. What is God's position on healing under the Old Covenant?
The word 'heal' is found twenty times in the Old Testament (and an equal number in the New Testament). The first mention is Numbers 12:13 where Moses cried out to God on behalf of Miriam who had turned white with leprosy.
In one of the shortest healing prayers recorded, Moses cried out, "Heal her now O God I beseech thee."
Does that mean that I should prove my faith by refusing medicine or medical treatment? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Jesus never even suggested and certainly never taught, anything so foolish.
Refusing treatment is typically no more a statement of faith in Christ's healing ministry than withholding payment of your bills is a statement of belief that He has delivered you from debt.
There are probably as many views on the subject of Bible Healing as there are churches and denominations.
"...Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."
In other words, you have the authority to bring a lost sinner before the Throne of Grace for their salvation, and you have the authority to bring a hurting brother or sister (or yourself) before that same Throne of Grace "...to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
If you still question Paul's authority to rid himself of satan's oppression through the grace of Jesus Christ, read his thoughts on the subject written four years later to the church at Ephesus,
"...Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Paul certainly was not recommending 'knuckling under' to satan's devices to stay humble. Neither was Jesus.
So while I admit I don't understand what was up with Trophimus, I choose to lean on the clear testimony of healing throughout the Old and New Testaments which I do understand...good advice for any issue in Scripture.
The other instance would be Paul's recommendation to Timothy to drink a little wine, "...for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities."
Clean drinking water was as important then as it is today and apparently Timothy was sensitive to the effects of drinking the less than pure water of the time. Paul's advice was no different that telling someone who is sensitive (allergic) to strawberries to avoid them. Divine healing is fine but how much better to practice divine health by listening to God for wisdom.
And we cannot leave this discussion without researching Paul's famous 'thorn in the flesh'.
First of all Paul's 'thorn' is described clearly as soon as it is mentioned, "...the messenger of satan to buffet me..." It was not the messenger of God.
And Jesus' response was the same as it was to His disciples when they woke Him up instead of calming the storm on their own,
"Did you not know that My grace is sufficient for you, and that My strength is made perfect in your weakness?"
Actually during the storm the way He put it is, "Where is your faith?" But the intent is the same. Jesus said they were going to the other side and His Word never fails. So He expected them to believe and act on His Word.
In Paul's case it is clear that Jesus is saying that He has already done all He can. He expects Paul to take authority.
Or when the disciples could not cast out the demon and brought the afflicted child to Jesus and asked why they were unsuccesful,
The word 'healing' is found six times in the Old Testament (along with seven in the New Testament). The most profound is the last, found in Malachi 4:2,
'Healeth' shows up only four times, all in the Old Testament but two of those are likely familiar. The first in Exodus 15:26 is God's declaration of His name, 'Jehovah Raphah' which means, "I am the LORD who healeth thee."
"I am the LORD
WHAT THE OLD TESTAMENT SAYS
*God's Word is literally true. When language is used that is obviously figurative or allegorical, then our task is to determine the literal truth intended. Make no mistake; if God wanted us confused then all He had to do was keep silent. But He did not. He gave us His Word so we could understand and know Him better.