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Healing in Philippians

Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

Part 51 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in Philippians

26For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
27For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

30Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me. (Philippians 2:26-27, 30)

Epaphroditus worked so hard in ministry that he disregarded his own health to help others.  While God wants us to have exactly such a heart, we must moderate our activity so as to not become sick and therefore of no use to the Lord.  We can see God’s desire for this balance in his mercy on Epaphroditus that led him into healing.

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Healing in Ephesians

Friday, 27 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

Part 50 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in Ephesians

16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19)

You are strengthened by the Spirit in your inner man.  You are filled will all the fullness of God.  When you are strong and full of God, you are not sick.  This is God’s desire and provision for you.  And, it manifests through knowing as much as you can of the breadth, length, depth, and height of the love of Christ for you.

Healing in Galatians

Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

Part 49 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in Galatians

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (Galatians 3:13)

The curses of the law included all kinds of sickness (Deuteronomy 28:58-61).  Having been redeemed from such, we should be able to walk in health as we learn to receive all that the Lord has done for us in the sacrifice of Christ.

Healing in II Corinthians

Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

Part 48 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in II Corinthians

18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. (II Corinthians 5:18-20)

Reconciliation is one of the greatest forms of healing.  Reconciliation with God is the most powerful form of reconciliation.  When deeply understood, not only is the spirit healed but the soul and the body are also healed.  The peace and love from reconciliation with God provides wholeness and healing to your entire being because God is love and the nature of the sacrifice of Christ.  Not only has God made reconciliation possible, it is His desire for all to be reconciled to Him and healed: “be ye reconciled to God” (II Peter 3:9, Titus 2:11, I Timothy 2:4).

Healing in I Corinthians

Monday, 23 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

Part 47 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in I Corinthians

7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
(I Corinthians 12:7-11)

Gifts of healing are given by the Holy Spirit to individuals of the church.  Therefore, it is God’s desire for us to be well.

Healing in Romans

Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

Part 46 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in Romans

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

Aside from salvation, one of the greatest restorations (healings) that can take place is the transformation that occurs from renewing our mind to progressively think and understand more like God does. Healing of your soul (mind, will, and emotions) through the Word is a beautiful gift from the Lord.

For another healing reference in Romans, see Romans 8:11 where the Spirit that lives in you as a Christian is said to “quicken your mortal bodies.”

– Be loved and blessed to be love and a blessing

Healing and Miracles Did Not End with the Apostles

Friday, 20 Jun 2014 Leave a comment

With the Healing in Every Book of the Bible series hitting its stride in the Gospels and Acts, this is a perfect time to explain why the pattern seen in the book of Acts is supposed to be continuing today.

Consider first the following scripture from the book of James.

14Is 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:
15And 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.
(James 5:14-15)

Please stop and think carefully about the question posed by James. The simple fact that he asked this question – Is any sick among you? – means that there should not be any sick people in the church. Let that sink in. God wants you well. It is very simple. And, if you are not well, then a prayer of faith will heal (save – Greek sozo) you. Prayer leading to healing sounds like a miracle to me! Healing and miracles are for today. It is very simple.

As stated in the post on Healing in Acts, at the end of the book of Mark, Jesus told us that healing of the sick would be one of the signs that would follow those that believe (Mark 16:15-20).  This is exactly what we see occurring in the book of Acts, and it is what we should see occurring today.

But a problem sometimes occurs when we get to I Corinthians.

8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
(I Corinthians 13:8-10)

Some have argued that this passage says that prophecy and speaking in tongues passed away when the last apostle died. This is because they interpret “that which is perfect” to be the Bible and the last apostle to die was John – the author of the last book to be written for the New Testament, the book of Revelation. It has been said that once the Bible was complete, prophecy and speaking in tongues ceased, and just for good measure so did all other kinds of miracles, healing, and the gifts of the Spirit.

If you think this is what the passage says, take a second look. It also says that when that which is perfect has come, knowledge will pass away. So when the Bible was completed, knowledge passed away with miracles and the like. Really?! Seems like I know at least a few things, so I really don’t think that knowledge has passed away. Isn’t it now obvious that there is a problem with this interpretation?

“That which is perfect” actually refers to Christ. When Christ returns, prophecy, speaking in tongues, and (human) knowledge will pass away because they will no longer be needed. These were all partial, imperfect provisions to help us until Christ returns. Verse 12 talks of seeing “face to face” and knowing even as also I am known. These are references to Christ – His face and knowing as He knows me. This interpretation makes much more sense.

So, rest easy. The gifts of the Spirit have not ceased. God is healing today through His presence in His children. He is the same yesterday (in the Gospels and the book of Acts), today, and forever. He is in you as a Christian, touching you this very moment, wanting to heal you or heal through you just as He did to and through those in the Gospels and the book of Acts.

To further see that God wants to work through ordinary Christians like you and me, consider Acts 8:5-8. Philip was a table waiter. He was not an apostle, but an everyday Christian. But, God healed others through him. The book of Acts shows us how things should work in the New Covenant. It has no ending, and we should see works like this one continuing into our day.

Finally, consider 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. (Acts 10:38)

The word “for” at the end of the verse means “because” or “due to the fact that”. The following phrase therefore gives the reason or means by which Jesus was healing all that were oppressed of the devil. The reason was because God was with Him. But, God is with you too. Doesn’t Colossians 1:27 say that Christ (God) is in you? Therefore, you satisfy the prerequisite for God to heal other people through you – simply that He is with you.

God always works through people. If we do not follow in the miracle-working steps of those in the book of Acts, people in our generation will not be able to have God work miracles and healing in their lives when they are unable to receive on their own.

For additional teaching and a more complete treatment of God’s healing nature, read the teaching resource Acts Chapter 29 (Miracles and Healing Still Happen).

– Be loved and blessed to be love and a blessing