HEALING WAS ORDAINED AT CALVARY
Divine healing is part of the redemption provision of the cross. For sin, God provides forgiveness, for death, He provides eternal life; and for disease, He provides healing. When we confess salvation, we also confess healing. Jesus healed all who came to Him for healing during His earthly ministry (Matt. 4:24; Mark 6:56: Luke 16:19; 9:11). Importantly, healing was a normal part of Jesus’ declaration of the Kingdom, and of His ministry. In Luke 4: 18-19 He proclaimed:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
The Atoning Death of Christ and Redemption from Sin, Sickness and Disease
The atoning death of Jesus Christ on the Cross was sufficient – complete and adequate – for redeeming the whole person – spirit, soul, and body. Sin and sickness are the two main forces that Satan uses to destroy us. Forgiveness and healing are two of the blessings the Lord uses to redeem us and to make us whole.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) reads:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The Greek word “saved” (sozo) means – to save, to deliver or protect, to heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be made whole.
The meanings of two other important Greek words in that passage (righteousness and salvation) are important to reflect upon as well:
1. Righteousness (dikaiosune) from (dikaios) Equitable, innocent, holy, just, meet, righteous, equitable, justified, and
2. Salvation (soteria) – rescue or safety, deliver, health, salvation, save, saving
As Believers We Have Authority over Sickness, Sin, & Disease
When you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, Colossians 1:13 says you were delivered from the power of darkness and declared righteous. The word power is literally translated “authority.” You have been delivered from the power, or authority, of darkness (sin, sickness, and disease) and placed into God’s kingdom. Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore...” (Matthew 28:18-19). That power was given to you as part of your inheritance in Christ Jesus.
You have entered into this position of authority because you are in Christ. In Ephesians 1; Paul prayed a prayer for the body of believers in Ephesus. One part of that prayer was that they know “the exceeding greatness of his power to [those] who believe” (Ephesians 1:19). That exceeding great power is the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenlies. Ephesians 1:21 tells us that Jesus is seated “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named.”
How Can You Receive Healing in Your Body?
The Bible teachers that there are three types of exchanges for healing faith:
1. The faith of the one being healed (Matt. 9:27-29)
2. The faith of others on behalf of the sick or afflicted (Matt. 8:5-10, James 5:14-16_
3. The faith of the one who is anointed to heal (1 Cor. 12:9)
When praying and seeking God’s healing of your body you must be sure that you are in a right relationship with God and others (Matt. 6:33; 1 Cor. 11:27-30; James 5:16). Here are some steps to take to assure your healing:
a. Be sure that you are in right relationship with God and others
b. Seek the presence of Jesus in your life, for it is he who will give your hearth the faith you need (Romans 12:3, 1 Cor. 12:9, Phil. 2:13)
c. Keep your heart, mind, and mouth filled with the word of God. Psa. 107:20 says “God sent forth His Word to heal.” Jeremiah 1:13 says “He watches over His Word to perform (fulfill) it.”
Meditate upon and keep the Word of God in your spirit as revelation. Active faith can then unite with God’s Word (Heb. 11:2) for a healing miracle.
d. Expect to be healed (Matt. 7:8; 19:26)
THE FOLLOWING HEALING SCRIPTURES ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO KEEP BEFORE YOU AS MEDICINE (Proverbs 4:20-22)