Through the fall of man, we lost everything, but…
There are so many reasons given in Scripture that healing is a part of our redemption. Here are a few:
- Jesus recovered it all through His atonement!
F.F. Bosworth, a great American evangelist and author of Christ our Healer, said:
“The Scriptures declare, in Romans 5:12, that ‘by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin.’ Here it is plainly stated that death entered the world by sin. Therefore, it is clear that disease, which is incipient death, entered into the world by sin. Since disease entered by sin, its true remedy must be found in the redemption of Christ.”
- In His Word, God put healing and forgiveness together many times, and what God has joined together, let no man separate (Matt. 19:6).
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, —Psalm 103:3
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities … and by His stripes we are healed. —Isaiah 53:5
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. —1 Peter 2:24
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. — James 5:15
Not just some Christians—all Christians—believe they are forgiven, but not all of them believe they are healed. If we believe we are forgiven, we must accept and believe we’re healed as well!
In Luke 5, an account is given of the paralytic man whom his friends let down into the house through the roof. When Jesus saw their faith, He told the man that his sins were forgiven. The Pharisees doubted He had the ability to forgive sins and that Jesus was speaking blasphemies.
When Jesus perceived their thoughts, He said, “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” (Lk. 5:23-24)
The Pharisees were critics of His ability to forgive sin. Today, they are critics of His ability to heal, but God wants us whole!
- If the type of the atonement brought healing, how much more did the antitype (Jesus)?
In Numbers 21:9, everyone who looked at the brazen serpent Moses lifted up was healed and lived. John 3:14-15 says, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
- Sickness is a curse, and we have been redeemed from the curse!
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” —Galatians 3:13
This is a legal fact, and it must be enforced like a will. Notice that this is past tense—Christ has redeemed us. So, we have been redeemed from the “curses” or all the sicknesses listed in Deuteronomy 28: consumption (tuberculosis), fever, inflammation, the botch of Egypt, emerods, scab, itch, madness (insanity), blindness, plagues, all the diseases of Egypt, AND also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law.
This would include cancer, influenza, mumps, measles and every other modern disease known or unknown to man!
- If disease entered through sin, then the remedy must be found in the redemption of Christ.
In Leviticus 14:18-20, the priest is making atonement for the healing of a leper. Why would healing be connected to atonement in the Old Covenant and not in the New Covenant?
In Matthew 15:26, which is before Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection and therefore, Old Covenant, healing was called “the children’s bread.”
But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
- Healing is part of the Great Commission in Mark 16.
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
- It is who God is—His redemptive name.
God has seven compound names that reveal Him as meeting every need of man:
Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there; Jehovah Shalom, the Lord our Peace; Jehovah Ra-ah, the Lord my Shepherd; Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will provide; Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our banner, victor or captain; Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord our righteousness; Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our Physician (Ex. 15:26).
Have any of the other redemptive names been withdrawn from this New Covenant? No.
Who has the authority to change God’s name from “I AM” to “I was”? No one and that’s GOOD NEWS for all of us!
1 thought on “7 Reasons Healing Is Part of Our Redemption”
Thank you for this great teaching. You explain so well that healing belongs to us because our Lord Jesus Christ paid for it.
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