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Is Physical Healing Included in The Atonement ... Part I

Carol Brooks

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach a gospel to you other than what we preached to you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8

PART 1 (ON THIS PAGE)

Introduction
God No Longer Heals Today / God Can And Does Heal Today.
Healing Is/Is Not Guaranteed Under The Atonement

When Healing Doesn't Happen

"Proof" Texts
Isaiah 53
1 Peter 2:24
Matthew 8:16-17
The Word Save in Luke 19:10

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PART 2 (ON THE NEXT PAGE)

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and to-day, and for ever

Greater Works

Authenticating The Coming of The Messiah and The Advent of the Kingdom
Jesus Foretold His Own Mission
The Significance of Jesus' Message To John
Forgiveness of Sins
The Advent of The Kingdom
So You May Believe

Establishing The Kingdom
Paul's Thorn In The Flesh

"Faith" Healing

Is Sickness Always a Result of Sin?

Does God Heal Today?
What Happened to According To His Will?

The Less Spectacular Unrecognized Miracles

The Kingdom.. Now and Then

Conclusion
If You Aren't Healed .. Logic Dictates that You Aren't Saved
Is Physical Healing Included in The Atonement? Yes It Is. But....
 

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Introduction
The argument as to to whether healing is included in the atonement, or even whether or not God even heals anyone today, has been raging for a very long time now. The main points of view can be summed up as follows...

    1. God no longer heals today / God can and does heal today.

    2. Healing is guaranteed under the atonement / is not guaranteed under the atonement


God No Longer Heals Today / God Can & Does Heal Today.
I do not doubt that most Christians take verses like Deuteronomy 32:39 very seriously, and believe that a sovereign God can do anything He wants to including healing people or even raising them from the dead.

    See now that I, even I, am he, And there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; And there is none that can deliver out of my hand. [Deuteronomy 32:39]

    For he maketh sore, and bindeth up; He woundeth, and his hands make whole. [Job 5:18] 

However it is sadly true that there are modern, more liberal churches that often reject belief in the supernatural as a product of a more primitive and superstitious time. They consider that in today's 'enlightened' and educated world there is no room for the miraculous, since our belief system should be dictated by what we can prove scientifically, and miracles apparently contradict known scientific laws. Some go as far as believing that either the miracles spoken of in the Scriptures had perfectly natural scientific explanations, or are either mere myths told with the intent of providing some moral lesson. In other words God does not have the ability to affect the natural world.

However, leaving this small minority aside, there is a section of the church that although they may believe in the accounts of healing in the Bible, are more than a little skeptical of reports of modern-day miraculous healings. This is usually for one of a couple of reasons...

    (a) Some conservative churches believe that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit died out with the Apostles. Jesus performed miracles as evidence he was the Messiah and to establish his claims to deity, and the only reason the apostles were enabled to perform miracles and healings was to confirm that they were disciples of the Christ who had been resurrected from the dead and was still performing miracles through them. The message they preached was directly from God.

    (b) Others have been 'turned off' by the shenanigans and abuses of trust daily perpetrated by the con artists who call themselves "faith healers", unscrupulously using every underhanded trick they can come up with to wring money out of people.. all in the name of the God of the Bible. Although there is little or no documented proof of their healings they, by their extravagant claims, exploit the most vulnerable and desperate among us, eventually doing nothing but hurting the faith of those most in need of healing.


Healing Is/Is Not Guaranteed Under the Atonement
In order to make sure we are all on the same page, in this piece

    healing refers to physical healing, or recovery from illness or disease. Although they are all related we are not referring to spiritual, emotional, or any other type of healing

    atonement refers to human beings able to be reconciled to God by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as a substitute for sinners.

So, in other words, when a Christian asks if healing is included in the atonement, what they are want to know is whether Christ's reconciling work guarantees believers physical healing, just as it guarantees them spiritual healing and eternal life.


1) Healing is Not Part of the Atonement.
Proponents of this view do not necessarily believe that healings never take place, but consider that they are not guaranteed by Jesus' death on Calvary.  God has not promised us physical health and is under no obligation to heal anyone. When He does so it is entirely at His discretion and, for reasons we don't understand, sometimes has mercy on someone and heals them.


1) Healing is Part of the Atonement.
This view is widespread among modern day Charismatics and Evangelicals, who believe that physical healing is part of the atonement. (This is one half of the so called "health and wealth" gospel. The other half of the claims that all Christians should be materially well off). Since, according to them, all the benefits of the atonement belong to us in the here and now, good health is the privilege of all believers and all Christians ought to be completely free of any kind of sickness and disease. Fred Price actually had the nerve to suggest that the Holy Spirit doesn't want to inhabit a body that isn't functioning quite right

    "...how can you glorify God in your body, when it doesn't function right? How can you glorify God? How can He get glory when your body doesn't even work? ...What makes you think the Holy Ghost wants to live inside a body where He can't see out through the windows and He can't hear with the ears? What makes you think the Holy Spirit wants to live inside of a physical body where the limbs and the organs and the cells do not function right? ... And what makes you think He wants to live in a temple where He can't see out of the eyes, and He can't walk with the feet, and He can't move with the hand?...The only eyes that he has that are in the earth realm are the eyes that are in the body. If He can't see out of them then God's gonna be limited..." [1]

Since God's will is that all believers are healthy, we can "claim" or appropriate our healing. However, there is a direct cause and effect relationship between the faith of the believer and positive results.. be they healing, material gain or other benefits. God will always heal if we have enough faith, and the only thing standing between a Christian and perfect health is sin, or a lack of faith.

They further stipulate that "if it be Thy will" has no place in a prayer for healing since these words indicate that the person praying has doubts in God's 'promises'. Prayers for healing should close with words of thanks (a positive confession) that the healing has taken place, regardless of the fact that the physical symptoms still exist. In other words, faith has to rest on the supposed promises of God, not on the physical evidence. If this sounds  delusional .. it is.


When Healing Doesn't Happen
However the problem is that neither view explains why some people are not healed and others are not. Because healings seem to take place at random, many people who have never had their hopes and prayers for a miraculous healing realized come away with an image of an unfair, or even capricious, God.

On the other hand, word-faith teachers teachers who equate health and wealth with godliness and faith lay the blame for the lack of healing squarely at the door of the person or people who are claiming the healing. They have the gall to tell people who are already hurting that either their faith, the faith of the people praying, or the faith of the community is not strong enough. If they had had more faith, if they had believed as they should have, they would have been made well.

They are to blame since they have failed to appropriate the healing that God has offered them. As Kenneth Copeland said

    "Healing always comes. The problem has been in our receiving, not in God's giving" [2].

The extent of the psychological and spiritual damage that this kind of false teaching can inflict is boundless.  After spending who knows how much time vainly trying to muster up 'enough' faith, people can come away thinking that this is their own fault... that God does not really care about them/ loves other people more than He loves them. Either situation can permanently damage or completely destroy their relationship with God. (For which the false teachers will shoulder a great part of the responsibility come judgment day). 

What is even more mind boggling about this whole issue is the fact that so many of the "faith" healers have themselves fallen ill, turned to traditional medicine for help, and even died.

    Betty Price, wife of Fred Price had inoperable lymphoma, one of the deadliest forms of cancer for which she received medical treatment. (According to her husbands teaching that the Holy Spirit doesn't want to live inside of a physical body where the limbs and the organs and the cells do not function right, the Holy Spirit had to have left her when she got sick).

    Joyce Meyer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989, for which she had surgery.

    Jan Crouch was operated on for colon cancer in May of 2003, after which her cancer went into remission. Apparently Benny Hinn or any of the other fakes on TBN couldn't help her. Her son, Paul Crouch Jr said [Emphasis Added]

      "They were able to examine five of her lymph nodes, and two showed signs of cancer," ... "We are still consulting with the best doctors available on the next avenue of treatment, so pray that the Lord continues to guide our family in the right direction," he added. [3]

    Rod Parsley is pastor of Breakthrough covenant church in Columbus Ohio who has said that the cure for sickness has already been appropriated through Jesus "immunized" blood. Guess that "immunized " blood didnt work as well as it should have when Parsleys son Austin was diagnosed with a high-functioning form of autism called Aspergers Syndrome at the age of two and a half. According to Joni, Rod Parsley's wife [Emphasis Added]

      Years of research and different therapies helped Austin make leaps and bounds but it happened step by step. He went from being completely non-verbal to talking and communicating, thanks to a team effort but due largely to his amazing speech therapist. God sent us many heroes over the years with teachers, tutors, therapists, doctors, family, friends, and prayer warriors. [4]

    Jamie W. Buckingham was only 59 when he died of liver cancer.


"Proof" Texts
Isaiah 53
I do not believe it is overstating the case to say that the argument over whether or not healing is included in the atonement usually swirls around three verses in Isaiah, as well as both Matthew and Peter's references to Isaiah's words. The passage in question reads...

    [3] He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we esteemed him not. [4] Surely he hath borne (Greek nsh) our griefs, and carried (Greek sbal)our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [Isaiah 53:3-5]

In fact, virtually ever piece I have read by those who believe that physical healing is included in the atonement quotes one or more of these passages (when of course they are not simply repeating what someone else said). For example Dr. Paul Yonggi Cho of South Korea emphatically ties together physical healing and salvation...

    "Accordingly, if we believe that Christ redeemed us from our sins, we should believe that He redeemed us from our sicknesses also. If we cannot believe in both kinds of redemption, we must not believe in any kind of redemption, for Jesus carried away both our sins and our sicknesses." [5]

As did Kenneth Hagin

    "The best method by which you can be healed is to know for yourself from our text Scriptures (Isaiah 53:4,5, Matthew 8:17, and First Peter 2:24) that healing is in God's redemptive plan; it belongs to you; and by His stripes we are healed. We refuse to allow disease of sickness in our bodies, because we ARE healed... All believers should thoroughly understand that their healing was consummated in Christ. When they come to know that in their spirits - just as they know it in their heads - that will be the end of sickness and disease in their bodies." [6]

Rod Parsley not only claims that healing is as important as salvation, but came threw in a wacko concept of his own for good measure...  one that is entirely foreign to the Scriptures. [All Emphasis Added]

    "Salvation and healing are two gifts wrapped up in the same package. For God, it is just as easy to forgive sin as it is to dissolve a cancerous growth. To Him, healing is just as important and necessary as Salvation." [7]

    "It is that simple. The hard part has already been tackled. If God didnt want to heal you, He should not have done it! Remember, by his stripes, you WERE healed! Your cure has already been appropriated through the "immunized " blood of His Son." [8]

I am not sure how it can be claimed that the words "with his stripes we are healed" refers to a physical healing, when the central theme of Isaiah 53 is spiritual. In fact it would probably not be any exaggeration to say that it is one of the greatest spiritual passages in the Scriptures... an awe-inspiring and majestic prophecy of Christ's intercessory work between God and man.

So, let us resist the temptation to yet again ignore the context and read what Isaiah said both before and after those 'magic' six words... "with his stripes we are healed" [Vs. 5b], which make it clear that the thrust of the entire section is that Jesus' suffering and death was to pay the price for our sins, not cure our physical illnesses.

In chapter 53 alone Isaiah uses three different Hebrews words (translated sin, iniquity, transgression and transgressors) no less than eight times...

    [pesha translated transgressions is used twice (53:5 and 53:8), vn translated iniquities is used thrice (53:5, 53:6, and 53:11), cht translated sin is used once in 53:12 and psha translated transgressors is used twice in 53:12].

This should clearly show that sin is the focus of the chapter, so ...

Why Would Isaiah Change Horses Midstream?
53:4 reads

    "Surely he hath borne (Hebrew nsh) our griefs, and carried (Hebrew sbal) our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted."  [Isaiah 53:4]

Isaiah uses the same Hebrew words in verses 11 and 12

    He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear (Hebrew sbal) their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors: yet he bare (Hebrew nsh) the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. [Isaiah 53:11-12] 

Verses 11 and 12 clarifies that the "griefs" and "sorrows" that Jesus carried in verse 4 was sin and iniquity.

Then, in the first part of verse five [Vs.5a] Isaiah says "he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. Following this, in verses 6 to 8 He clearly states that we have sinned or gone astray, and Jesus bore our iniquity or transgressions.

All of which makes it is very unlikely that in the middle of this emphasis on the forgiveness of sins and spiritual healing, a few words are thrown in about physical healing. Put it this way.... since points 1, 2, 3a, 4 and 5 clearly deal with the spiritual, suggesting that point 3b is suddenly referring to the physical is nothing but reading your own agenda into the verse. Read all six verses together, particularly noting the words in bold.

    [3] He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we esteemed him not. [4] Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [6]All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. [7] He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. [8] By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due [Isaiah 53:3 -8]

Besides which, in other verses, Isaiah associates nsh and sbal with atonement and forgiveness.

    And the mean man is bowed down, and the great man is brought low: therefore forgive (Hebrew nsh) them not. [Isaiah 2:9]

    and even to old age I am he, and even to hoar hairs will I carry (Hebrew sbal) you; I have made, and I will bear (Hebrew nsh); yea, I will carry (Hebrew sbal), and will deliver. [Isaiah 46:4]

    He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear (Hebrew sbal) their iniquities. [Isaiah 53:11]

    And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven (Hebrew nsh) their iniquity. [Isaiah 33:24]

    In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried (Hebrew nsh) them all the days of old. [Isaiah 63:9]


rph
In any case, the words 'sickness' and 'healing' in the Old Testament by no means always refer to physical ailments, but are often used of spiritual healing and forgiveness.

    I said, O Jehovah, have mercy upon me: Heal (rph) my soul; For I have sinned against thee. [Psalm 41:4]

    Then they cry unto Jehovah in their trouble, And he saveth (rph) them out of their distresses. He sendeth his word, and healeth them, And delivereth them from their destructions. [Psalm 107:19-20]

    Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they sea with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn again, and be healed (rph) . [Isaiah 6:10 ]

     For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him; I hid my face and was wroth; and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal (rph) him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace, to him that is far off and to him that is near, saith Jehovah; and I will heal (rph) him. [Isaiah 57:17-19]

    I will heal (rph)their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him. [Hosea 14:4] 

In chapter one of his book, the prophet Isaiah describes Israel as a sinful nation stricken with wounds and bruises that are in need of being bound and healed.

    A sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity (Greek vn), a seed of evil-doers, children that deal corruptly! they have forsaken Jehovah, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are estranged and gone backward. Why will ye be still stricken, that ye revolt more and more? the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and fresh stripes: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil. [Isaiah 1:4-6]

Jeremiah echoes the thought.

    For thus saith Jehovah, Thy hurt is incurable, and thy wound grievous. There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not: for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the greatness of thine iniquity (Greek vn), because thy sins were increased... For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith Jehovah; because they have called thee an outcast, saying, It is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. [Jeremiah 30:12-14, 17]


Philip and The Eunuch
Besides which Acts 8 recounts the incident of Philip who was instructed by an angel to go towards Gaza, where he meets an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading the prophet Isaiah, specifically chapter 53 verses 7 and 8. When Philip asked the eunuch is he understood what he read, the eunuch invited Philip to sit with him and explain it, since he needed someone to guide him. How much detail Philip went into is unknown, but what we do know is that he proclaimed the good news of the Gospel to the eunuch which had the desired effect... The eunuch convinced of the truth of what Philip told him, requested to be immediately baptized. It is quite apparent that both men understood Isaiah 53 to be in reference to sin. [Acts 8:26-40]


1 Peter 2:24
The Apostle Simon Peter was obviously referring to Isaiah 53:5 when he said [Emphasis Added]

    who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed (Greek iaomai) [1Peter 2:24]

Too many people read the word "heal" and assume that Peter is talking about physical healing. However when we examine the context it becomes clear that Peter quoted Isaiah, not in reference to physical healing, but spiritual. There are two points to be taken into consideration which make it a stretch to interpret the healing Peter speaks about as anything other than spiritual healing. .

    1) The context of this chapter is how a believer should follow Jesus' example of bearing unjust situations. From verse 18 on Peter addresses his comments to Christians servants or slaves who could very well have been beaten just as Jesus was. Peter urges them to follow Jesus' example and not retaliate in any way (2:21), which is the very opposite of what is being taught today in modern Word-Faith churches... Christ suffered so we should not have to.

    2) People usually quote verse 24 which is a quote from Isaiah 53:5, but do not seem to realize that  Peter 2:25 is a quote from Isaiah 53:6. This verse throws more light on Peter's meaning.

      "For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls" (1 Peter 2:25).

      All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

How could it get more clear. We were like a flock without a shepherd and, following our own paths, had wandered far away from the true fold and were exposed to much danger. However we are now returned unto Christ, the Shepherd who came to seek and save those who were lost, leading them to the best pastures away from their enemies. Peter is saying that Jesus has healed the diseases of the soul, not that physical healing is guaranteed to every believer. We have been healed from sin. Also the context of the entire chapter indicates that Peter was urging his audience to endure suffering.

Note: While there is no question that the Greek word iaomai translated healed (verse 24) is usually used in the New Testament in reference to physical healing, there are a few notable exceptions. In Luke 4:18 it is used of healing of brokenness and in Acts 28 of spiritual healing.

    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal (iaomai) the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, [Luke 4:18. KJV]

    For this people's heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest, haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal (iaomai) them. [Acts 28:27]


Matthew 8:16-17
is another major passage used to support the "healing in the atonement" teaching.

    And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed, and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed (Greek therapeu)all who were ill in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, He Himself took (Greek lamban) our infirmities, and carried (Greek bastaz) away our diseases. [Matthew 8:16-17]

In this passage Matthew refers to Isaiah 53:4 which says "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted". Since this section of Isaiah deals quite explicitly with the atonement, many have come to the conclusion that this provides irrefutable proof that healing is guaranteed in the atonement. However there are several points that are often overlooked.

The first is Matthews choice of words.

Therapeu:
The Greek word therapeu is used some 44 times in the New Testament, always in connection with physical infirmities.

lamban and bastaz
In chapter 53:4, Isaiah uses the Hebrew words nsh and sbal, which he has, in other verses, associated with atonement and forgiveness. However in 8:17, Matthew uses the Greek words...

    lamban (translated took) which means to "lift up, to "bear away, to "remove".

    bastaz (translated carried) which means to, literally or figuratively, "lift", "carry", "take up"

Neither word is ever used in the New Testament in the sense of atonement or propitiation.


Fulfillment When?
However while there is no question that Matthew is applying Isaiah's words borne our griefs and carried our sorrows" to physical healing and deliverance, we can not escape the fact that he is saying that this prophecy was being fulfilled right then and there in Jesus' healing ministry.. at least one year before He was crucified. In other words, Jesus bore the sicknesses and infirmities of people long before the atonement ever took place.

Also note that Matthew says people were healed in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled. Matthew uses this phrase seven other times in his Gospel... in every instance  to illustrate that a particular prophecy was being fulfilled during Christ's earthly ministry, before His death and resurrection. [All Emphasis Added]

    And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins. Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, And they shall call his name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us. [Matthew 1:21-23]

    and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt did I call my son. [Matthew 2:15] 

    and came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets, that he should be called a Nazarene. [Matthew 2:23] 

    and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, Toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, The people that sat in darkness Saw a great light, And to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, To them did light spring up. [Matthew 4:13-16]

    And Jesus perceiving it withdrew from thence: and many followed him; and he healed them all, and charged them that they should not make him known that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; My beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon him, And he shall declare judgment to the Gentiles.  He shall not strive, nor cry aloud; Neither shall any one hear his voice in the streets. [Matthew 12:15-19]

    All these things spake Jesus in parables unto the multitudes; and without a parable spake he nothing unto them: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world. [Matthew 13:34-35] 

    Now this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, Meek, and riding upon an ass, And upon a colt the foal of an ass. [Matthew 21:4-15]  


Christ was made sin, not sickness
Besides which, which Paul writes that Christ was made sin, not sickness

    Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him. [2 Corinthians 5:21]

 and that He gave Himself for sins, not sickness

    Grace to you and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us out of this present evil world, according to the will of our God and Father: [Galatians 1:3-4] 


The Word Save in Luke 19:10
According to Joyce Meyer

    In Luke 19:10, Jesus said, For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost. Interestingly, the word save here, as well as in numerous other places in Scripture, is taken from the Greek root word sz, which means "to make wholespirit, soul and body. In other words, physical healing is like salvation for our body. In addition to believing that God is doing a good work in our spirit and soul, we can also trust Him to do a good work in our body. [9]

In the first place the Greek word translated into the English save in Luke 19:10 has not, as Meyer says, been taken from the Greek root word sz. Luke actually uses the word sz, which is derived from saos, an obsolete Greek word.

Secondly Sz does not mean "to make wholespirit, soul and body", but simply means to, literally or figuratively, save, deliver or protect. Just like the English save, which can be used in widely differing contexts, without overlapping implications... (one can physically save a child from falling off his high chair, save or rescue an animal from the pound, or spiritually save a person by preaching the Gospel).

Similarly sz is used in a variety of contexts in the New Testament... in terms of salvation from sins (Matthew 1:21, Romans 10:9), physical rescue from a dangerous situation... a storm in this case (Matthew 8:24-25), exorcism from demons (Luke 8:36), physical healing (Matthew 9:20-21), deliverance (or rescue) from Egypt (Jude 1:5) etc.

Sz does not mean, nor imply, that complete spiritual, mental and physical healing takes place at one time.

We can take it as a given that Paul had, according to his own words in Romans 10:9, confessed with his mouth Jesus as Lord, and believed in his heart that God had raised him from the dead, and was therefore saved. Yet he was not healed. Nor was Timothy who, as mentioned, had recurring stomach problems. 

Joyce goes on to say [Emphasis Added]

    How else can we know that it's God's will to heal? John 5 sheds some light on the subject. In verse 30, Jesus said He did not seek to do His own will but only the will of the Father who sent Him. And in verse 19, He said, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn]. What did Jesus do? Scripture says He went around healing all who were oppressed by the devil. (1) Obviously, before coming to earth, Jesus had seen the Father heal people. So when He came to earth, He imitated His Father's will and healed people too.

    Now, let's take this one step further. If Hebrews 13:8 is true and I believe it is and Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, then we have to believe that He is still doing the Father's will today. This means He still desires to heal people in their spirit, soul and body. So from Scripture, we know that it is God's will for His people to be healed. What we don't know for sure is when or how our healing is going to manifest. But whether it's one minute, one hour, five weeks or five years, it is important for us to believe that it's God's will to heal. It is also essential that we develop and maintain the right attitude toward healing while we wait. When we do, we will be able to enjoy our life and walk in peace. [9]

1) The assumption is being made that all those that were sick, were being oppressed by the devil. Scripture does NOT back this up. No, doubt demons can and do cause physical affliction. Matthew speaks of two incidents where a demon caused a person not to be able to speak and/or see.

    And as they went forth, behold, there was brought to him a dumb man possessed with a demon. And when the demon was cast out, the dumb man spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. [Matthew 9:32-33] 

    Then was brought unto him one possessed with a demon, blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the dumb man spake and saw. [Matthew 12:22]

However, there are clear instances where the casting out of demons and healing of diseases were entirely different matters. Note especially quote number three. [All Emphasis Added]

    1) And he called unto him his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of disease and all manner of sickness. [Matthew 10:1] 

    2) And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. [Mark 6:13]

    3) and he came down with them, and stood on a level place, and a great multitude of his disciples, and a great number of the people from all Judaea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; and they that were troubled with unclean spirits were healed. [Luke 6:17-18]

    4) In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and on many that were blind he bestowed sight [Luke 7:21]

When the Jews accuse Jesus of breaking the law by healing on the Sabbath, His defense was simply that He was only carrying out His Father's work. To the Jews there was no serious offense than blasphemy and they then sought to kill Him, not only because He broke the Sabbath, but made Himself equal with God. [See verses 17 and 18].

When Jesus said "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doeth, these the Son also doeth in like manner", He was responding to a charge of blasphemy by even more boldly reaffirming His earlier claim to be the Son of God since he could not do the things He did apart from His being the Son of God. He was, in effect, saying that it was not possible for the Son of God to be any different from God, or so anything different from what God would do.

He would raise the dead just as the Father raised the dead,

However note that Jesus then goes on to say that He will do even greater works than the Father, which is judging the world, which the Father will not do.

    [20] For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and greater works than these will he show him, that ye may marvel. [21] For as the Father raiseth the dead and giveth them life, even so the Son also giveth life to whom he will. [22] For neither doth the Father judge any man, but he hath given all judgment unto the Son; [John 5:20-22] Emphasis Added

Absolutely nothing is said about healing.

But what about Hebrews 13:8 which Joyce Meyer (above), and every other Word-Faith preacher inevitably refers to..

Continue on to Part II HERE


End Notes
[1] Frederick K.C. Price. founder and pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC), California. Is God Glorified Through Sickness?" (Los Angeles: Crenshaw Christian Center, n.d.), audiotape #FP605

[2] Kenneth Copeland, The Great Exchange, Believer's Voice of Victory, February, 1996, Pg. 7

[3] Charisma Magazine. TBN's Jan Crouch "Well" After Cancer Surgery. Thursday, 31 July 2003. http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/component/content/article/268-people-and-events/7860-tbns-jan-crouch-well-after-cancer-surgery

[4] Joni Parsley. And a lot about my kids. http://joni.rodparsley.com/AboutMyKids.aspx

[5] Paul Yonggi Cho, Salvation, Health & Prosperity Our Threefold Blessings in Christ, (Altamonte Springs, Fl.: Creation House, 1897) Pg 132.

[6] Kenneth E. Hagin, Seven Things You Should Know About Divine Healing, (Tulsa: RHEMA Bible Church, 1983) Pg 54.

[7] Rod Parsley, The Backside Of Calvary, Results Publishing, Columbus, OH, 1991, Pg. 55.

[8] ibid. p. 72.

[9] Joyce Meyer. Practical Steps to Understanding and Experiencing Healing.

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