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Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30, The Message Bible
What Is Gods Will Concerning Healing?
By Steve Corgan
There has never been an age of miracles and healing, but there has always been a miraculous God of healing. In Exodus 15:26 KJV, the Lord declares, "I am the Lord that healeth thee." The literal text says, "I am Jehovah Rapha," the Lord thy healer or physician. Healing isn't just something He does. It's who He is, The Lord our Healer. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8), the Lord who changes not (Malachi 3:6). We change and God's covenant relationship with man has changed, but He never changes. He is GOOD, ALL THE TIME.
Jesus said, "But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplishthe very works that I dotestify about Me, that the Father has sent Me. John 5:36. And, "If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father." John 10:37-38. What were the works that Jesus did? Peter, when asked to explain the Gospel to unbelievers, is recorded as saying, "You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing ALL who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." Acts 10:38.
Who did He heal? Acts 10:38 says, He healed ALL who were oppressed by the devil. Why? Because God was with him. Jesus said that, "The very works that I do testify about me that the Father has sent me." The devil is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He is the oppressor of the sick. Jesus has come to give life more abundantly to whosoever will come and partake of it. Healing isn't just something He does. Healing is who He is.
Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. John 5:19. And, "I can do nothing on My own initiative...because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me." John 5:30. If healing wasn't the Father's will then Jesus certainly was confused because the scriptures says:
He went about doing good and healing ALL who were oppressed by the devil. Acts 10:38
Jesus healed ALL manner of sickness. Matt. 4:23
Jesus healed ALL that were sick. Matt. 8:16
Jesus healed EVERY sickness and EVERY disease among the people. Matt. 9:35
The multitudes followed Him, and He healed them ALL. Matt. 12:15
Jesus saw the multitude, was moved with compassion, and healed their sick. Matt. 14:14
He laid His hands on EVERY ONE of them and healed them. Luke 4:40
Virtue went out of Him, and He healed them ALL. Luke 6:19
He went about preaching the gospel, and healing EVERY WHERE. Luke 9:6
He healed them that had need of healing. [That's ALL] Luke 9:11
To the early church they brought sick folks and those vexed and they were healed, EVERY ONE. Acts 5:16
He heals ALL your diseases. Psalm 103:4
The testimony of the scriptures is clear. Gods will is healing.
But is it really God's will to heal ALL? How do we explain the many people who don't get healed? Isn't God sovereign? If healing for ALL is His will, why aren't ALL healed?
Many times we lose out in life because we focus all of our attention on what isn't clear and on what we don't understand rather than grasping hold of the truth we have which is clear and that we can understand. Being an analytical thinker, I've fallen into this trap many times.
This is what is clear. God is good. All the time. If we look at Jesus, who is the perfect imprint and very image of God; the exact representation of His nature (Hebrews 1:3), we can come to no other conclusion but that God's will is healing for all.
Jesus' portrayal of God leaves no room for any other conclusion. St. John 1:18 Amplified Bible says, "No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known]. John is telling us that no one else who ever lived really had an accurate understanding of what God is really like. They had to rely on what wasn't clear. But Jesus, who lives in God's intimate presence, Who is the ONLY person QUALIFIED to interpret God for us, brought God out into the open where He could be seen. Jesus interpreted God for us, He made Him known, removing all doubt. And what did Jesus reveal about God? That He is good all the time. That healing is His will, all the time.
The Old Testament portrayal of God is presented through the eyes of people who only had a glimpse of God through types and a shadows. What is a shadow? It certainly isn't clear. It certainly isn't the exact representation. It's just an outline with little detail. It certainly isn't a clear, exact representation. Even Moses', David's, and Isaiah's revelations of God puts them in the "No man has seen God at any time" category when compared to the excellence and completeness of Jesus' superior representation of God to us. Jesus is the exact representation of God's nature; who He is. We need to cling to what is clear and to what we can understand and know. Jesus didn't give us a type, a shadow, or a glimpse. He brought God out into the open and made His true intrinsic character known to us. And Jesus said that He only did what He saw the Father do. There is no other testimony of Jesus regarding healing. It made religious people so mad that they wanted to kill Him. And it still makes religious people mad today.
What about all the people who don't get healed? Isn't that an indication that healing isn't always His will? Isn't God sovereign? If healing is His will, why aren't all healed? Those are good questions. Let me try to answer them by following my guideline for clinging to what is clear rather than being unsettled by what is not clear.
The Bible says that by the mouth of 2-3 witnesses let every truth be established. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, for all mankind for all time. Right? His will and plan for salvation is provided for all and open to "whosoever will." God's will is settled. He has already decided. 1 Timothy 2:4 says that God "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." And 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is "patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. There is no doubt about what God's will is regarding salvation. And He has already provided a redemptive plan that doesn't leave anybody out.
God's will is that all be saved. BUT WILL ALL BE SAVED? God's will is that none perish, that all be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth, but will all be saved? Of course not. The Bible tells us that won't be the case. But isn't God sovereign? What about all the people who won't get saved? Does that mean God doesn't love them? That Jesus didn't die for them? Of course not! But we know there are many other factors involved. Some of these factors are clear and obvious; some are not. Some are things of the heart of man that we will never know.
The same principles of truth apply to this issue of healing. I can't explain why some people don't get healed. Neither you nor I know what's in another person's heart. We rarely know our own. Neither can we fully comprehend the unfathomable wisdom of God. And I'm not going to pretend that I do. But I do know some things that are clear and understandable about God and His will. Jesus came to reveal God, interpret Him, and bring Him out into the open where He could be seen. We can understand that. Instead of building our lives around what we don't know and what isn't clear, we need to live in the Son light of what IS clear. I believe that's what God wants us to do. "If you're going to doubt something, doubt your doubts."
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