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Do you know the cut on your finger could never heal without the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Here is an excerpt from The Miracle of Healing in Your Church Today that dicusses the subject:

We love to tell the old, old story, don’t we? And certainly the story of the Cross, the Gospel story, will live in the hearts of man forever. But while we love to tell the story of Jesus and His love, we often overlook what Jesus overpowered, what died with Him on the cross. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, the power of sin and its effect died with Him. In rising from the dead, Jesus arose victorious leaving sin and its effect in the grave (hell).

This is what makes healing possible in the world. Without the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus from the grave, there can be no healing in the world. Corruption would have long ago prevailed over God’s divine glory. Without the Gospel event, there could not be a healing process (either physical or spiritual) set in motion from the time of creation.

 

Without the Gospel, simple cuts and injuries would not heal. Disease brought on by unclean spirits would have long ago overpowered all life on earth. For remember that Jesus Christ holds and reconciles all things (including healing) through His body and blood (Colossians 1:15-20). I sincerely hope the reader grasps this most important precept.

In order to provide healing, the sin problem had to be answered first. We may wonder how all of this could be since Jesus did not appear in the flesh until several thousand years after creation. But remember, we live in a natural world, constrained by time. In eternity, such things as time cease to exist. Because of this, God saw Jesus on the Cross even before creation. In his mind’s eye, the Gospel was already accomplished.

This is the reason why God could tell Satan, after Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden, that He “…will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15 NIV). The idea of “will” in this verse is spoken of in the venue of time.

This was the great mystery wise men searched in knowledge of before the coming of Christ. Satan sought this man who would crush his head as well. Who would be that man? If he knew the genealogical ancestors of this man, he could kill them off and foil God’s plan. But God prevailed, even in the death of His Son.

This ancient mystery, now made known (Romans 16:25-27; Ephesians 3:1-12), is the key to our freedom, both physical and spiritual. The ability to overcome sickness and sustain health for our entire lifespan, hinges on the Gospel—the suffering, death, burial, and resurrection of the man-God, Jesus Christ. This is God’s great victory over Satan.

The mark of sin on the world requires a righteous and just God to condemn it. This He has done, but it is God’s love that redeems that which is condemned (creation) back to Himself. This is done in the person of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:15-20).

Before the Gospel event occurred, all of nature and mankind were sustained by the promise of God for a deliverer (Genesis 3:15). After the Gospel event occurred, all of nature and mankind are sustained by the promise fulfilled. This is how the healing process can exist in nature both physically and spiritually. For everything hangs on Jesus Christ and Him crucified for our sins and infirmities (Isaiah 53:4-5).

All healing is divine and spiritual by its nature. To think otherwise is to believe a lie of Satan. That a cut seemingly heals by itself is an act of divine healing. That nature recovers from its own disasters is an act of divine healing. Every breath of air we inhale and every blink of the eye are acts of divine love sustained in the person of Jesus Christ. That we should believe otherwise shows what great influence Satan has in our hearts.

Your comments are welcome!

Submitted by Jim Lynn

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Recently a question was posted on a Christian forum asking why so few churches practice anointing with oil to heal the sick (See James 5:14). That’s a good question.

An even better question is why do so many Christians struggle with the reasons given for why their Church does not practice anointing with oil? Christians struggle because, like it to not, James 5:14 is part of the Book our faith is based upon.

Agree or disagree, the lack of Church sanctioned healing ministries is the number one reason why most Christian Churches are either stagnant or dying. That is a bold statement coming from a Christian minister with a very structured, strict, fundamentalist background.

Allow me to put on my marketing hat for a moment to illustrate my claim. People involved in marketing have long known the best way to market goods and services is to do so through the customer’s eye. Customers could care less about features (i.e. church doctrine), what customers want are benefits (what’s in it for me).

If what a Church offers is no different from what the world (people) currently buys into (i.e. secular medicine, social services, community groups), why should a Church expect the world to rush inside?

Sure, there is need for saving of souls, but the world looking in compares the Church to the world, and does not see anything different or strong enough to attract them.

Biblically speaking, Jesus understood this marketing principle well. No, Jesus did not heal to attract people to his message. He healed, because He is a healer and His mission is to heal the sick: To restore people back to wholeness, free of Satan’s effects.

For years, I had this truth backward. I was taught that Jesus healed to prove He is the Son of God. For sure Jesus is the Son of God, but proving Himself so was not the primary reason He healed the sick. Jesus healed the sick because healing is what Jesus does. God is our Healer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen! (See Exodus 15:26; Isaiah 53:4-5)

When Jesus first appeared on the scene with His ministry, He was what Broadway show producers today would call a smash hit! As news spread about His teaching and healing, people literally swarmed Him. And why not?

The message Jesus brought to the world was something no one had ever heard. He proclaimed the kingdom of God drawing near and then did something most amazing. He healed people—as many as could get close to Him. The lesson was clear. God is breaking through to the physical world (into the affairs of man) to heal. Jesus never wavered in this teaching. He preached the kingdom of God and healed the sick.

The more one studies the ministry of Jesus, the more one realizes the importance Jesus placed on healing the sick. For nearly one-fifth of the four Gospel accounts is devoted to Jesus’ healing and the discussions raised by it. In fact, the emphasis on healing is greater than any other experience in the narrative.

Out of 3,779 verses in the four Gospels, 727 relate specifically to the healing of physical and mental illness and the resurrection of the dead. And those healings that are recorded represent only a small fraction of the total (John 20:30). Compare this to the 165 verses that deal in general with eternal life.

What people searched for 2,000 years ago is what people search for today…healing! Never mind that Church doctrine prevents many churches from anointing the sick with oil. Until churches understand the true nature of Jesus and the #1 need in the world today, they will continue to alienate themselves from the very people they seek.

Jim Lynn is a minister in the church of Christ, and Author of The Miracle of Healing in Your Church Today. http://godshealingword.org

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