Physical healing was paid for by the Lord Jesus and is part of our redemption today as much as forgiveness, righteousness and the new birth.
We see divine healing offered along with salvation in several instances in the book of Acts. As well as healing the sick in His own ministry, Jesus also included divine healing as part of the Great Commission in Mark 6 where He gave us the mandate to preach the gospel to every creature. The command to preach the gospel was followed by the command to lay hands on the sick with the promise that they would recover (Mark 16:18).
Divine healing has been called the gospel dinner bell and has no doubt drawn millions of people to the Lord over the last 2,000 years.
Jesus never turned anyone away with sickness by telling them it wasn’t God’s will to heal them. There is not one case in which Jesus used sickness and disease to teach someone. If using sickness to teach someone a lesson is as common as some people teach today, you’d think we would have had at least one example of it in the New Testament.
Not knowing for sure that it’s God’s will to heal undermines faith and makes it almost impossible to receive divine healing.
“Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, ‘If You are willing, You can make me clean.’” —Mark 1:40 (NKJV)
He didn’t know the will of God, but he soon found out when Jesus said:
“I am willing; be cleansed.” —Mark 1:41 (NKJV)
He is still willing today! In many instances He healed them all:
“And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.” —Luke 6:19 (NKJV)
If healing wasn’t God’s will for everyone, why did Jesus heal them all? He didn’t separate them into two groups. He didn’t put the people God was willing to heal in one group and the people God was not willing to heal in another. He healed them all!
Matthew 12:15, 14:14 and 14:34-36 also speak of Jesus healing them all. These examples provide further proof that healing is God’s will for everyone.
Mark 6:56 says, “And as many as touched Him were made well.”
He healed them all because it was God’s will to heal them all.
“Is anyone among you sick? 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. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up”. —James 5:14-15:
Notice James didn’t say, “If it’s God’s will, He will raise them up.” He said, “Is anyone among you sick?” It is implied here that healing is the will of God for any sick person. He didn’t say this would work for some sick people or certain sick people. He made the offer to any sick person.
These scriptures, along with many others, prove that divine healing is part of our redemption, and it is available to everyone today. That’s Good News!