You Were Healed

1Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed. 

One of the conditions of healing was given as a warning by Christ: “Behold, thou are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (John 5:14) Many more facts are given regarding healing: Health was natural and eternal before the fall (Gen. 1:26-31; 2:17). Both death and sickness originated with sin and are now being propagated by satan (Job 2:6-7; Luke 13:16; John 10:10; Acts 10:38; Rom. 5:12-21; 1Jn. 3:8). The first prophecy and promise of redemption included healing (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 53:5; Matt. 8:16-17; 1Pet. 2:24). The first recorded bodily affliction came through wrongdoing (Gen. 20:1-18). The first recorded healing was by the prayer of a prophet (Gen. 20:7-17).

God made covenants with His people to heal them (Ex. 15:26; 23:23; Lev. 26; Deut. 28; Matt. 8:17; 1Pet. 2:24; Jas. 5:14). God has always kept His covenants and has healed people by spiritual means (Ps. 103:3; 105:37; 107:20; Acts 10:38). Spiritual means to heal is all that God promised and commanded (Ex. 15:25; Ps. 91; Isa. 58; Matt. 8:17; 13:15; Jas. 5:14-16; 1Pet. 2:24). Spiritual means were used in the wilderness by Israel (Ex. 15:26; Num. 11:1-3; 12:13-16; 21:1-9; John 3:14). Healing was promised on condition of obedience (Ex. 15:26; Lev. 26; Deut. 28; Ps. 91; Isa. 58; Jas. 5:14-15).

God permits satan to afflict sinners and even His own people when they go astray, to bring them to repentance (Job 33:12-30; Ps. 38; 103:3; Num. 12:13-16; 21:9; 1Cor. 5:1-5; 2Cor. 2:6-11; Gal. 6:7-8). God always healed when lessons were learned and men repented (Gen. 20:7, 17; Num. 11:2; 12:13-16; 21:1-9; Job 33:12-30; 42:1-12; Ps. 103:3; Jas. 5:14-15). Health as well as healing was promised when men met certain conditions (Ex. 15:26; Lev. 26; Deut. 28; Ps. 91; Pro. 3:1-8; 12:18; 13:3; 15:4; 18:8, 21; Isa. 58; Jas. 5:14; 1Pet. 3:10-11; 3Jn. 1:2).

Christ came to redeem from both sin and sickness (Isa. 53; 61:1-2; Matt. 8:17; 9:5; Acts 10:38; Rom. 8:11; Gal. 3:13; 1Pet. 2:24; 1Jn. 3:8). Healing is in fulfilment of prophecy (Isa. 35; 53; 61:1-2; Matt. 8:17; 13:15; Acts 10:38; 1Pet. 2:24). Jesus proved His Sonship by healing all men (Matt. 4:23-24; 11:3-6; Luke 4:16-21; Acts 10:38; 1Jn. 3:8).

Every disciple called and sent by Christ was given power to heal (Matt. 10:1-8; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 10:1-21; Acts 1:8). Jesus commanded His disciples to become filled with power to heal before they went out (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8). Early disciples did confirm the Word by healing (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 2:43; 3:1-12; 5:2-16; 6:8; 8:7-13; 11:19-22; 14:3, 27; 15:4, 12; 19:11-12; 28:9; Rom. 15:18-19, 29; 1Cor. 16:10; Php. 1:7; 1Thess. 2:13; Heb. 2:3-4).

The Holy Spirit was sent into the world to carry on the healing ministry (Acts 1:1-8; 2:33; 1Cor. 12; Heb. 2:3-4). Gifts of healing and other gifts are promised as the spiritual equipment of the body of Christ (Rom. 1:11; 12:6-8; 15:18-19, 29; 1Cor. 1:7; 12:1-11; Heb. 2:3-4).

Healing is provided as part of Christ’s atonement (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; 13:14-15; John 3:14; 10:10; Rom. 1:16; 8:11; 1Cor. 11:23-32; Gal. 3:13; Jas. 5:14-16; 1Pet. 2:24; 3Jn. 1:2; cp. Ex. 15:26; Ps. 91; 103:3). Healing is part of the children’s bread and their promised right by virtue of redemption (Matt. 7:7-11; 15:22-28; 17:20; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:22-24; Luke 13:16; John 3:14-16; 14:12-15; 15:7, 16; 16:23-26; 1Jn. 3:8, 20-22;5:14-15; 3Jn. 1:2).

Healing was not only for the Old Testament days (Exodus 15:26; Psalm 91; Psalm 103:3) and for the Millennium (Isaiah 30:26; Isaiah 33:24; Isaiah 35:1-10). It is also for this age, or the gospel is faulty and the new covenant worse than the old one (1Cor. 12:1-11; 2Cor. 3:6-15; Heb. 2:3-4).

Healing is part of salvation, for the Hebrew and Greek words for “salvation” all imply the ideas of forgiveness, healing, health, and full deliverance from the curse (Rom. 1:16; Gal. 3:13; 1Pet. 2:24). Healing can naturally be expected as part of the infinite care of God over His children (Matt. 6:10; 7:7-11; 17:20; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:22-24; Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-18; John 14:12-15; 15:7, 16; 16:23-26; Heb. 11:6; Jas. 1:4-8; 5:14-16).

Healing is on the same basis as forgiveness of sins-prayer and faith (Matt. 9:1-7; 13:15; 21:22; Acts 28:27; Jas. 1:4-8; 5:14-16; Heb. 11:6). Healing proves the resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-8; 2:33; 3:16; 4:12; Rom. 8:11). God has provided all necessary means of healing and complete defeat of satanic powers (Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-15; 2Cor. 10:4-5; Eph. 6:10-18; Jas. 4:7; 5:14-16; 1Pet. 2:24; 5:7-9).

Healing is always the will of God for His people who may: “ask what you will” (John 15:7); “whatsoever” (Matt. 21:22; John 14:12-15; 15:16); “anything” (John 14:14); “what things soever you desire” (Mark 11:22-24); and “much more” than earthly parents would or could give their children (Matt. 7:7-11).

Thus, it is clear in Scripture that physical healing is provided for in the Old and New Testaments. The New Testament is based upon better promises than the Old Testament (Heb. 8:6).

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