Healing – Part 1

When operating in a healing ministry, our first question should not be if it is God’s will to heal sickness and disease. Our first question should be, what is hindering the healing? The principle of healing is woven throughout the Old and New Testaments and is revealed in the old and new covenants. The biggest hindrance to a person’s healing is the uncertainty in people’s minds if it is God’s will to heal them. In the beginning, with the fall of mankind, sin was brought into the world and along with it came sickness, disease, and death. Those symptoms of sin are included in the curse of the law. They can be found in detail starting in Deuteronomy 28:15. Disease and sickness entered in by way of sin, and its only true remedy is found in the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Healing in the Old Testament is a prophetic picture of what Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament by his shed blood and atonement. Under the old covenant, the healing of sickness and disease was still taking place among God’s people prior to Jesus’ death on the cross. 

Throughout the Scriptures, we find types and shadows of the atonement in relation to bodily healing. For example, in 2 Chronicles 30:20, the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people, demonstrating His great mercy in relation to the Passover. 1 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that Christ is our Passover lamb which demonstrates Jesus as our healer and healing found in the atonement.  In Exodus 15:26, the Lord reveals Himself as the “Lord our Healer, Jehovah Rapha. This is not simply a promise of what He would do but who He is, The Lord our Healer.  It is in His nature to heal.  He is as much a healer as He is peace because, in the same way, He revealed Himself as Jehovah Shalom; the Lord is our peace.  Exodus 23:25, The Lord promises His people that if they were to obey Him, He would remove sickness from the midst of them. We see God’s heart to heal his people in the Old Testament; how much more in the new covenant!  Jesus was the will of God personified on the earth.  In the gospels, you will not find one instance of Jesus turning anyone away who came to Him for healing.  When those came to Him saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean” (Luke 5:12), Jesus would respond with “I am willing” and Heal them.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Many today are offended or live in unbelief of God’s will because someone they know or they themselves have not been healed. We must understand our foundation and standard for healing comes by the Word of God and not by our experiences. The scriptures proclaim that it is the will of God to heal sickness and therefore is our legal right.  So how do we process when someone does not receive their healing? The answer can be found in Deuteronomy 29:29 (ESV), 

29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. 

Simply put, we may never know why someone is not healed.  If the Lord does not reveal it to us, then that is a “secret thing”   We must be willing to live with mystery in our walk with the Lord; that is part of walking in faith.  What we do have revealed in the word is God’s will to heal, and that belongs to us and our children. 

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