Lesson 8

CHAPTER EIGHT

THE BIBLICAL BASIS OF HEALING

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this lesson you will be able to:

C Write the Healing Promise from memory.

C Explain the New Testament parable of the sower as it relates to healing.

C Summarize Old Testament teaching regarding healing.

C Using the examples of Jesus and the first Church, summarize New Testament

teaching

regarding healing.

C Identify healing as a benefit of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

C Summarize the Great Commission in relation to healing and deliverance.

C List Bible references which verify that all believers should be involved in the

healing and deliverance ministry.

C Identify three keys to the Kingdom which relate to healing.

HEALING PROMISE TO CLAIM:

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 53:5)

INTRODUCTION

With this lesson you begin a journey of faith into healing and deliverance. The Bible is your passport for this journey. In the natural world, a passport verifies your citizenship and guarantees the privileges afforded by your nation.

As a spiritual passport, the Word of God verifies your citizenship in the Kingdom of God. It guarantees that as a born-again believer you qualify for the privileges afforded by this citizenship , including the privileges of divine healing and deliverance.

THE WORD OF GOD AND HEALING

Read the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23; Mark 4:3-8, 14-20; and Luke

8: 5-8, 10-15. In this parable, Jesus explains that the "seed" is the Word of God. In the natural world a seed has within it the capacity to bring life, but it is powerless until it is planted and nurtured .

The same is true in the spiritual world. The seed of God’s Word has the capacity to bring
spiritual life. The seed of God’s Word on healing has the capacity to bring deliverance.
But until the Word of healing is sown in your life, you will be trying to reap without
sowing. You cannot reap when you have not sown. This is why you must study the
Biblical basis of healing and deliverance. One law of harvest is that in order to reap, you
must sow.

Another law of harvest is that you do not reap in the same season you sow , but you will
reap in due (proper) season. As you begin to sow God’s Word in your life, you may not
immediately experience healing or see results in those to whom you minister. But if you continue to sow the Word of healing, YOU MUST EVENTUALLY REAP–It is the law
of God’s harvest.

The parable of the sower also contains some warnings of which you should be aware as you begin your study of what the Bible teaches about healing. When the seed of God’s Word is sown there is always opposition from Satan.

Some seed falls by the "wayside" of your life and the wicked one steals it from you. You hear God’s Word on healing and deliverance, but you allow it to be snatched away,
perhaps by tradition or by doubt, criticism, and unbelief.

Some seed falls on "stony ground" and you do not allow it to take root in your heart. The stony ground represents a hard heart that is not open to the truth of God’s Word. The
Word is first received with joy, but when affliction comes (perhaps in the form of a
physical attack) or persecution results (perhaps from those who do not believe in divine
healing) the Word wilts and you are offended. The seed of God’s Word on healing may
also be choked out by "thorns" in your life. The cares of the world, riches, pleasures, and lusts strangle its growth .

Man is composed of a triune nature consisting of body, soul, and spirit. The body is the physical part of man. The soul and spirit are the spiritual parts which enable him to act, think, feel, react emotionally , and spiritually respond to God.

All of these are involved in the sowing and reaping of spiritual truth . Through the bodily senses of hearing and seeing you receive the reproductive seed of God`s Word. As you read or hear the Word it enters your spirit. But in order to reproduce in your life, the seed must get into your soul. The process is much like biological reproduction in the natural world. In order for humans to reproduce there must be a male, a female, and the
biological seed which is transmitted through intimacy.

Applying this spiritually, the Word of God is the seed. The spirit is the "male" portion of the spiritual nature and the soul is the "female" portion. (We know the soul is the female part of the spiritual nature , because David said "My soul shall make her boast in the
Lord"). In order to reproduce, the seed must enter the spirit (male) and be transmitted on to the soul (female).

The reason that the Word of God often does not effect change in our lives is that we only allow it to enter our spirits . We never really let it penetrate the deep recesses of our
soulish nature in the mind , will, and emotions.

In the natural world, when male and female unite and biological seed is planted, its effects are evident. The cells of a new life are produced and a child is eventually born. The
same is true in the spiritual world. When the Word of God regarding healing is
transmitted from the physical senses of eye or ear to your spirit and is then planted in
your soul, its effects will eventually be seen in your physical body.

THE OLD TESTAMENT RECORD

Our study of the Biblical basis of healing and deliverance begins in the Old Testament
record. (As the various references in this lesson are discussed, please read them in your
Bible).

Originally, man was created sinless and healthy in body, soul, and spirit. You already

learned in Chapter Four that death entered the world as a result of the sin of the first man and woman (Genesis 3). You also learned that when the curse of death came upon man, Satan entered man’s genetic system and began his destructive mission of sickness,
disease, bondage, and death.

But in this dark moment of history, the first promise of spiritual and physical healing was given. In Genesis 3:15 God said that the "seed" of the woman would bruise the head of Satan . This "seed" was a prophetic promise about Jesus who, through His earthly
ministry, death, and resurrection, would defeat Satan.

The Genesis record contains two accounts of divine healing. In Genesis 17:18-19 God promised to heal Sara’s barrenness. In Genesis 21:1-7 this was fulfilled. Genesis 20:17 records the healing of Abimelech.

In the book of Exodus, disease and divine healing more clearly enter the Biblical record. After the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, the people marched for several days without finding water. When they finally came to Marah, they could not drink of the water
because it was bitter.

God showed Moses a tree which , when cast into the waters , made the waters sweet. Following this God revealed Himself as Healer of His people. He said:

. . . If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statues, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
(Exodus 15:26)

A more accurate translation of this is "I am the Lord your physician." This indicates a habitual, continuing action.

Because this promise was first given to Israel in a specific situation, some say it applies only to them and that Christians cannot claim it. We must remember, however, that the names of God are revelations of His nature and character, and God does not change. If He was by nature a physician and healer then, He is the same today . Other specific references to healing in Exodus are the healing of Moses’ leprous hand (Exodus 4:1-7) and God’s promise to take away sickness from among his people (Exodus 23:25 ).

The book of Leviticus might be called the "health care manual" of the Bible. God reveals
regulations regarding the treatment of disease (for an example see Leviticus 13:1-46;
14:1-32) and gives directives regarding healthy living (see Leviticus 15:1-33 for an
example).

The book of Numbers records the healing of the leprosy of Miriam and Aaron (Numbers 12:1-15) and the healing of plagues that affected Israel (Numbers 1 6:41-50 and 21:5 -9).

Deuteronomy 28 is a very important chapter related to healing. It explains the relation of obedience to physical health. Other passages in Deuteronomy stressing this truth include 7: 15; 29:22; 30:20.

Manoah’s wife was healed of barrenness in Judges 13:2-24. There are several records of healings in the book of I Kings. There are stories about a man with the withered hand in I Kings 13:4-6 and the raising of a dead child in I Kings 17:17-24. The record continues in II Kings with the healing of a child by Elisha in II Kings 4:8-37 and the healing of Naaman in II Kings 5:1 -14 . Study also the case of King Azariah in II Kings 15 :1-1 2.

From the healing of Hezekiah in II Kings 20:1-11 we learn that God can heal terminal
illness and add years to life (see also II Chronicles 32: 24- 26 and Isaiah 38 :1-1 2,16 ). We also learn from II Kings 13:14 and 21 that death comes to all men, even those with a ministry of healing.

A great prayer of repentance related to healing is recorded in II Chronicles 6:26-31. II

Chronicles 20:9 promises that God hears when we cry in affliction. In II Chronicles 16 you can read the story of Asa who died because he did not seek healing from God . His sin was not going to medical doctors, but ignoring God and His healing power. In II Chronicles 26 you can read about Uzziah’s leprosy and in II Chronicles 30:20 of the healing of the people through the prayers of Hezekiah.

The book of Job, especially chapters l and 2, permits us to see behind the scenes to

identify the source of Job’s problems, including his sickness. Study the book of Job to learn about his response in the time of sickness, the reaction of his friends, and how God healed and delivered him .

The book of Psalms contains many promises, revelations, and prayers concerning healing . Study the following passages:

6:2 -3: "O Lord heal me."

27: 1: "The Lord is the strength of my life ." 30: 2: "I cried and you healed me."
32:3-5: Acknowledged sin results in healing.

34:19-20: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all."

38: 3,7: Anger and sin affects your health ; disease is called "loathsome."

41:1 -8: "Heal my soul for I have sinned against thee." Disease is called evil. 42:11; 43:5: God is the health of our countenance.

42:1 -5: Healing for a downcast spirit.

55:1-2: Persevering prayer and healing.

67: 2: "That thy way may be known upon earth , thy saving healing among all nations." 72:13: We are to pity the weak.

91: 9,10 : "Neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."

103:1-5: "Forget not His benefits. . . Who healeth all thy diseases." In this passage God is revealed as the forgiver of sins and the physician for all diseases.

105 :37: Israel came forth without one feeble person among them . Three million people were all well and strong.

107 :17 -20 : "He sent His Word and healed them ." 119:25-28: We are strengthened by the Word. 119 :67 : "Before I was afflicted, I went astray ."

147 :3: "Who healeth all thy diseases." Healing for a broken heart. 105 :37 : "He brought them forth . . . not one feeble among them ."

The book of Proverbs provides wisdom regarding healthy living. Proverbs 3:7-8 explains how to be healthy. Proverbs 4:20 -23 reveals that the issues of life are affected by the heart attitude and that God’s promises bring life and health .

Proverbs 15:4 and 30 confirm that wholesome talk results in health and Proverbs 16:24
shows that God’s Word brings healing. Proverbs 16:24 indicates that the Word of God
brings healing to the bones and Proverbs 17:22 reveals the physical affects of spiritual
problems.

Ecclesiastes 3:3 confirms that there is a set time for healing and Ecclesiastes 5:17 demonstrates how sorrow and wrath are related to sickness.

Isaiah 6: 10 explains the relationship between spiritual understanding, conversion, and

healing. Isaiah 19:2 2 confirms that when God is entreated He heals ("entreated" means to "ask earnestly and solicit pressingly").

Isaiah 32:3-4 is a great prophetic promise of healing being part of the Kingdom of God. Isaiah 33:2 4 and 35:5 -6 tells of healing during the Millennium and how the inhabitants will say "I am not sick ."

In Isaiah 53:5 we are promised healing and deliverance through the atonement. Isaiah

57:1 8-19 encourages us to draw near for healing and Isaiah 58:8 confirms that our "health shall spring forth ."

In Isaiah 61:1 we learn that Jesus was sent to bind up the brokenhearted. This speaks of an inner, emotional healing.

In Jeremiah 8:14-15; 20-22 the bitterness of sin is tied to physical illness and Jeremiah

15:1 8 explains how to deal with an incurable wound . Jeremiah 17 :14; 30 :12-1 7; and 33:6 confirms God is the source of healing.

Lamentations 3:33 confirms that "God does not willingly afflict." Ezekiel 17:14; 30:17; and 33:6 confirm that God can heal and restore health.

Ezekiel 30:12-13 speaks of incurable wounds medicine cannot heal. Only spiritual

healing can cure these types of wounds. Ezekiel 3 4:4,16 ,21 and Zechariah 11 :16 contain warnings to shepherds (spiritual leaders) who have ignored the sick sheep (people).

Daniel chapter 4 records King Nebuchadnezzar’s sickness and healing. Hosea 5:13 warns of the danger of going elsewhere for healing and Hosea 6:1 and 7:1 confirm that God can and will heal both physical and spiritual conditions. Hosea 11:3 records God’s sad words about Israel: "They knew not that I healed them." The Old Testament record of healing closes with the promise in Malachi 4:2 that Jesus will arise with "healing in His wings ."

THE NEW TESTAMENT RECORD

Healing and deliverance are expanded to a new dimension in the New Testament record through the examples of Jesus and the first Church.

THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS:

In the New Testament, Jesus is the believer’s model of faith and practice. His healing and deliverance ministry is the pattern which you should follow in your own ministry. Out of 3,774 verses in the four New Testament Gospels, 484 relate specifically to the healing of physical and mental illnesses and the resurrection of the dead. In Mark, 209 verses out of 666 relate to the miracles of Jesus. Of the 1,25 7 narrative verses in the Gospels 4 84 ( 38.5 percent) are devoted to describing healing miracles.

Jesus spoke the words of God in His ministry:

. . . I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. (John 8:28)

Jesus did the work and will of God:

For I came down from Heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me. (John 6:38)

I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. (John 9:4)

. . . My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work. (John 4:34)

The purpose of Jesus was to destroy the works of the enemy including sin, sickness, and bondage:

. . . For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. (I John 3:8)

The works Jesus did pleased the Father:

. . . for I do always those things that please Him. (John 8:29)

This means that when you minister healing and deliverance as Jesus did, you are pleasing the Father, speaking His Word, doing His will, and destroying the work of the enemy.

There are several New Testament references where Jesus healed everyone present:

-Acts 10:38

-Luke 4:40; 6:17-19; 9:11

-Matthew 4:23-25; 9:6,35; 10:1; 12:15; 14:14,34-36

Jesus healed many types of diseases:

-Epilepsy

-Dropsy

-Deaf and dumb
-Palsy or paralysis
-Chronic hemorrhage
-Demonized

-Withered hand (deformities or paralysis)

-Blind

-Infirmities

-Restoration of an ear that was cut off
-Raising of the dead

-Maimed (as used in Mark 9:43, clearly this indicates a limb gone)

Compassion was the motivating emotion in the healing ministry of Jesus (for examples

see Matthew 9:36; 12:9-13; 14:14; 18:27; 20:29-34; 29:34; Mark 1:41; 3:1-5; 5:19; Luke 6:6-1 0; 7:12 -15;1 0:33 ; 14:1-6 ; and John 11:3 8-44 ). Other emotions Jesus expressed in the healing ministry were grieving, anger, sighing, and weeping.

Jesus used various methods in healing. Sometimes Jesus called the sick to Him (Mark
3:1-6 ). Other times they called for Him (see the story of the Centurion’s servant in
Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10 and the healing of Jarius’ daughter in Matthew 9:18-19;
23- 26) .

Jesus dealt with the whole man, not just the physical condition. He taught forgiveness of sin and healing together. Sometimes He healed first, then forgave sin (see Luke 17:9 and John 5:1 4). Other times He forgave sins first, then healed (see Mark 2:1-12 ).

Sometimes healings occurred without faith on the part of the sick person (at least it was not mentioned):

-Lazarus: John 11:1-44

-Malchus’s ear: Luke 22:50-51

-Gadarean maniac: Mark 5:1-20

-Deaf and dumb man: Mark 7:32-35

-Peter’s mother-in-law: Luke 4:38-39

-Widow’s son: Luke 7:12-15
-Man with withered hand: Mark 3:1-5

-Man born blind: John 9:1-7

-Daughter of Abraham: Luke 13:10-13

-The nobleman’s son: John 4:46-50

-Centurion’s servant: Matthew 8:5-13

-Syrophoenician’s daughter: Matthew 15:21-28

-Jarius’ daughter : Mark 5:35-43

Sometimes healings occurred because of faith on the part of an individual:

-Two blind men: Matthew 9:27-31

-A leper: Matthew 8:2-4; 20:29-34; Mark 1:40-44

-Ten lepers: Luke 17:11-19

-Two blind men: Matthew 20:29-34

-Blind Bartimaeus: Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43

-Woman with issue of blood: Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48

Sometimes healing occurred because of faith of others:

-The Centurion’s servant: Matthew 8:5-13 -The nobleman’s son: John 4:46-53

-Four who brought the palsied man: Matthew 9:1-8; Mark

-The Syrophoenician’s daughter: Matthew 15:21-28

-Dumb possessed with devil: Matthew 9:32-33

-Blind/dumb, possessed: Matthew 12:22-23
-Jarius’ daughter : Mark 5:35-43

-Deaf and dumb man: Mark 7:32

-Blind man: Mark 8:22-262: 1-12; Luke 5:17-26


Jesus used different verbal methods in healing. Sometimes He spoke the word of

pronouncement only:

-Daughter of Abraham: Luke 13:10-13

-Nobleman’s son: John 4:46-50
-Blind Bartimaeus: Mark 10:46-52

-The two blind men: Matthew 9:27-31

-Centurion’s servant: Matthew 8:5-13

Sometimes He spoke the Word of command:

-The man with palsy: Luke 5:17-26

-Jarius’ daughter : Mark 5:22-24, 35-43

Sometimes Jesus combined command and touch:

-The leper: Matthew 8:2-4

-The two blind men: Matthew 9:27-31

-Peter’s mother-in-law: Luke 1:38-39

-Deaf and dumb man: Luke 7:32-35

-The widow’s son: Luke 7:12-15
-Daughter of Abraham: Luke 13:10-13

Sometimes Jesus prayed:

-Peter’s mother-in-law: Luke 4:38-39

-The deaf and dumb man: Mark 7:32-35

-The widow’s son: Luke 7:12-15
-Lazarus: John 11:38-44

-The man with withered hand : Mark 3 :1-5

It was not necessary for Jesus to be physically present with the ill in order to heal . He healed from a distance:

-The Centurion’s servant: Matthew 8:5-13

-The nobleman’s son: John 4:46-50

-Daughter of Syrophoenician woman: Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus often commanded the sick to do something as part of the healing process:

-The man with the withered hand was told to "stretch it forth": Luke 6:6-11

-The paralyzed man at Bethesda was told to "rise, take up thy bed and walk": John 5:1-9

-The nobleman with a sick son was told "go thy way": John 4:46- 54
-The ten lepers were told to show themselves to the priest: Luke 17:11-19

-A blind man was told to wash in the pool of Siloam : John 9:7

Jesus ministered healing in both public (groups and in the synagogue) and in private settings (homes and individual contacts ).

Jesus used unusual "material" items such as:

-Spit

-Mud

-Fingers in ears

-Hem of His garment
-Washing in water

Sometimes the sick touched Him :

-Daughter of Jairus: Mark 5:23-24
-The multitudes: Luke 6:17-19
-The multitudes: Mark 3:10
-Whoever touched Him: Mark 6:56

Sometimes He touched the sick:

-Two blind men: Matthew 9:27-31

-People with various diseases: Luke 4:40 -Leper: Luke 5:13

-Woman with spirit of infirmity: Luke 13:10-13

The instructions Jesus gave following healings were varied . For example, Peter’s

mother-in-law got up from her bed and ministered to those in the house. Jesus called for food to be given to Jarius’ daughter.

The healings of Jesus occurred in various locations:

-In and around homes

-Open meetings: In streets, by pools, hillsides, boats -Funerals

-Graveyards
-The temple

-At mealtime gatherings

-Enroute to other destinations
-In gardens

There were varied responses to the miracles and healings:

-Amazement
-Fear of God
-Controversy

-Rejection by family and religious leaders

-Demons crying out

-Anger

-Popularity

-Glorifying God

-Questioning "What is this?"

-Discussion (both report and rumor)
-Household salvation

In summary , as we consider the healing ministry of Jesus as the example for our own

ministries we find that Jesus spoke the words of God and did the works of God during His earthly ministry. Healing and deliverance were part of His words and work.

Sometimes Jesus healed everyone present. At other times, He healed specific individuals.
He healed many different types of diseases and used various methods of ministry .
Sometimes healings occurred without faith on the part of the sick . At other times it
occurred because of the faith of the sick or their friends or relatives. Jesus ministered
healing wherever He went and His ministry was marked by compassion. His ministry
received a variety of reactions from the people and the religious and political leaders of
the time.

This same Jesus moves among us to save and heal today. Remember that "as many as received Him. . . were born of God" (John 1:12 -13) and as "many as touched Him were made whole" (Mark 6:56).

THE EXAMPLE OF THE EARLY CHURCH:

The example of the early Church also provides a model for our healing and deliverance ministry. The disciples were both commissioned and sent by Jesus to the healing
ministry. The disciples did as they had been commissioned to do, and expected Jesus to do what He promised (for examples see Acts 3:4-7; 8:4-8; 28:3-6 ).

The disciples understood that power and authority to heal was not their own but from Christ (Acts 3:4-7; 9:17-18). Prayer was part of their healing ministry (Acts 4:23-31; 9: 40-41; 28:8; and James 5:16). There was both intercessory and charismatic healing prayers (Acts 3:4-7 and James 5 :14-16).

The disciples experienced delayed healings. Study the examples of Epaphroditus in Philippians 2:25-30; Timothy in I Timothy 5:23; and Trophimus in II Corinthians
8: 18-22.

Like Jesus , the disciples experienced persecution because of their healing ministry (Acts 4:3,29; 5:17-1 8; 6:9-15; 7:1-6 0).

There were various methods of healing recorded in Acts which include: -Laying on of hands : 5:12; 1 4:3; 19 :11; 28 :8

-Words combined with laying on of hands: Lame man, 3:1-10

-Words combined with lifting up by hand: Lame man, 3:1-42; Paul’s eyes, 9:36-43


-Speaking the Word (command of authority): Slave girl, 16:18; Lystra cripple, 14:10 -Prayer: Paul’s eyes, 9:36-43; Publius’ father, 28:8-9

-Prayer clothes: 19:11-12

-Shadow: 5:12-16

-Embrace: 19:12

-Surrounding: 14:19-20

-No method at all: 14:19-20

-Word and a command to act: Aeneas, 9:33-34; lame man, chapter 3. Sometimes healing resulted because:

-The sick took the initiative: Lame man at the temple gate, Acts 3 :3

-Friends took the initiative : Tabitha, Acts 9:38

-The apostle took the initiative:

-Peter: Aeneas at Lydia: Acts 9:34

-Paul: Cripple at Lystra: Acts 1 4:9

-Paul: Philippian slave girl: Acts 16:18

-Paul: Eutychus: Acts 20:10

-Paul: Publius’ father: Acts 2 8:8

The disciples ministered to individuals. Study the following chart:

Individual Healings By Disciples

Event Acts Type

Healing of lame beggar 3: 1-4:22 Physical

Paul’s eyes 9: 10-19; 22:10-21 Physical

Peter heals Aeneas 9: 32-35 Physical

Peter heals Dorcas (Tabitha) 9: 36-43 Raising Dead

Lame man at Lystra 14:8-18 Physical

Paul raised at Lystra 14:19-20 Physical

Slave girl at Philippi 16:16-40 Demonic

Deliverance Eutychus 20:7-12 Raising Dead

Paul’s Snakebite 28:3-6 Physical

Publius’ father 28:8-9 Physical

The disciples ministered to groups. Study the following chart:

Collective Healings By Disciples

Acts

Many wonders and signs 2: 42-47

Prayer for confidence and healing signs 4: 23-31

Many healed in Jerusalem 5: 12-16

Stephen performs many miracles 6: 8-15

Philip heals many at Samaria 8: 5-25

Paul and Barnabas work signs and wonders 14:3

Paul heals sick at Ephesus 19:11-12

Sick people healed at Malta 28:8-9

There were many types of illnesses healed. Study the following chart:

Types Of Illnesses Healed

Acts

Fever and bloody flux: Plubius’ father 28:8

Blindness: Paul 9:8

Head injury (dead): Eutychus 20:9

Fatal illness: Tabitha 9: 37

Paralysis: Aeneas 9: 33

Lameness: "many lame" 3: 2; 8:7; 1 4; 8

Demonic possession: Philippi 16:16-40

Snakebite: Paul 28:3-6

(Many other unidentified illnesses in the crowds were also healed.)

Healings were sometimes performed in response to a request:

-Of a sick man lame: Acts 3 :2

-Of friends (Tabitha): Acts 9:38

Healing resulted as response to a need:

-Aeneas the paralyzed: Acts 9:33

-Eutychus: Acts 20:10

-Publius’ father: Acts 2 8:8

-The sick on Malta: Acts 2 8:9

Healing resulted as a response to faith:
-Cripple at Lystra: Acts 14 :9

Healing also resulted as a reaction to vexation:
-Philippian slave girl : Acts 16:18

From the examples of the disciples we learn that they were commissioned and sent by Jesus to the healing ministry. They understood their power and authority was from
Christ. Prayer was part of their healing ministry and they experienced both delayed and instantaneous results.

Like Jesus, they experienced persecution because of their healing ministry. They used

various methods of healing and dealt with a variety of diseases. Sometimes healing

resulted because the sick took the initiative, friends took the initiative , or the apostles took the initiative. The disciples ministered to both groups and individuals.

From the New Testament record, it is clear that miracles, healings, and deliverances did not end with the ministry of Jesus Christ. These signs followed "them that believed."

HEALING AND THE ATONEMENT

We want to consider one of the most important Biblical references to healing in detail:

Surely, He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

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 53:4-5)

Isaiah 53 is a prophetic chapter referring to Jesus Christ. Verses four and five definitely link healing to the atonement of Jesus by His death on the cross. The only use of the
word "surely" in this chapter, which is a word of emphasis, precedes this provision for our salvation and healing.

Sin and sickness are Satan’s twin evils. Salvation and healing are God’s twin provisions

for deliverance. Before Calvary people were saved and healed by looking forward to it in faith . Afterwards, salvation and healing comes by looking back to it in faith.

Disease and death entered by sin and are penalties for iniquity, so their remedy must be found in the atonement of Christ. Jesus bore your sicknesses and carried your diseases at the same time and in the same manner that He bore your sins.

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses. (Matthew 8:17)

God laid both sin and sickness on Jesus in the same atonement. Peter speaks of salvation and healing as being an accomplished fact:

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 ye were healed. (I Peter 2:24)

Since Jesus bore your sins, it must be God’s will to save when you come to Him. Since He bore your sicknesses, it must also be His will to heal when you come to Him. The same God who forgives all your sin also heals all your diseases:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases. (Psalms 103:2-3)

The redemptive name "Jehovah-tsidkenu" reveals God’s redemptive provision for your soul. The redemptive name "Jehovah-rapha" reveals His redemptive provision for your

body.

The word "saved" in Romans 10:9 is the same word used by Mark when he said "as many as touched him were made whole.” The Greek word "sozo" used in these passages means salvation from sin and its penalty. Sickness is part of the penalty, so salvation is part of the atonement for sin.

While the atonement of Christ has guaranteed the believer’s final perfection, both physical and spiritual human imperfections continue. The believer continues to suffer attacks of sin and sickness. The ultimate benefits of Christ’s atonement are yet to be revealed:

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be

revealed in the last time. (I Peter 1:5)

The benefits of salvation to be revealed in eternity are those of physical and spiritual perfection.

When Jesus died on the cross did He take away your sins? Do you, as a believer, still

battle against sin ? The same is true of sickness. Jesus died for your sickness, but as long as you are in an imperfect world and Satan is not yet bound, you must also war against
sickness.

There is a past, present, and future tense of salvation:

-Past: You are saved from the penalty of sins committed in the past.

-Present: You are saved from the power of sin in the present.

-Future: You will be saved from the presence of sin in the future (eternity).

The same is true of healing . You are saved from the penalty of sickness for your sin.

You can overcome the power of disease in the present time and be saved from the actual presence of disease in eternity.

Since healing is a benefit of the atonement, you should accept Jesus not only as Savior, but also as Healer. How can He keep you from sin if you have never accepted Him as Savior? How can He keep you from sickness if you have never accepted Him as Healer?

THE COMMISSION TO HEAL

Jesus commissioned His followers to preach and teach the Gospel of the Kingdom of

God and demonstrate its power by healing and deliverance. Study the following chart and look up each reference in your Bible:.

Matthew Mark Luke Acts

Sending of 12 10:1-42 6: 7-13 9:1-6

Sending of 70 10:1-24

Power to bind and loose 16:17-19

Final commission 28:16-20 16:14-20 24:44-53 1: 1-11

From the accounts of Matthew 10:1-42; Mark 6:7-13; and Luke 9:1-6, here is a combined list of the instructions given to the first twelve disciples commissioned:

-Go by twos

-Go to Israel

-Preach the Kingdom message, including repentance

-Heal the sick and cure all manner of diseases
-Raise the dead

-Cleanse lepers
-Cast out demons

-Do not wait to prepare clothes or money to go

-Freely you have received, freely give

-Power and authority was given over evil spirits and Satan

Luke 9:6 and Mark 6:12-13 records the results of their ministry.

In Luke 10:1-24, we read of the commissioning of the seventy disciples. The instructions given were:

-Go your way: Their ministry was not restricted to Israel. They were to go to every city where He would come.

-Preach the message of the Kingdom .
-Heal the sick.

-Do not wait to prepare clothes and money to go.

-They were given power to tread on serpents, over all the power of the enemy , and nothing would hurt them .

The results of their ministry are recorded in Luke 10 :17 and the response of Jesus to it in Luke 10:18-20.

The final commission of Jesus to His disciples is recorded in Matthew 28 :18-20; Mark
16:1 6-20 (known as the Great Commission); and Luke 24:4 4-53 . This commission is to be fulfilled by all believers . From the combined references, here is a summary of the
instructions:

-Go ye and teach all nations; into all the world; among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem; to every living creature.

-Preach repentance and remission of sins in His name .

-Teach the Gospel, then after conversion teach converts to observe all things whatever Jesus commanded.

-Power for the task is promised. These signs will follow those who believe : Casting out devils, speaking in new tongues, taking up serpents without
harm, drinking deadly things without harm, laying hands on the sick and
they shall recover.

-Jesus will be with those who fulfill this commission.

Every true, born again believer, should be involved in fulfilling this commission to reach all nations with the Gospel of salvation, healing, and deliverance. The healing and
deliverance ministry is not optional for the Church. It is a vital part of the Great
Commission.

KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

In New Testament teachings, Jesus gave many truths or "keys" to understanding the

Kingdom of God. Three of these are vital in ministering and receiving healing. The first is that if your primary concern is with God’s Kingdom, all other necessary things
(including healing ) will be provided:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

The second is that in order to receive, you must give:

Give, and it shall be given unto you. . . (Luke 6:38)

If you want to receive healing, begin to minister healing . As you give, you will receive . Abraham prayed for the barren wife of Abimelech and she was healed despite the fact that his own wife, Sara, was still barren. Later, Sara conceived and bore Isaac.

The third important principle is that nothing is impossible with God:

And He said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. (Luke 18:27)