Is Healing in the Cross?

Having been nudged by the Holy Spirit to take the pathway of hormone and radiation treatment the question of Gods healing has been uppermost in my mind.  As I was pondering this mystery of Gods healing ,I recalled a significant lecture that my theological principal gave concerning, beyond doubt that there is no healing in the atonement.  Having been immersed in theological and 'higher criticism' reasonings for the past four years I gravitated towards his view.

But deep down in my inner-most being I had questions and this blog is my attempt to  present a conclusive case for a positive Yes: there is physical healing in the blood.  In doing so I pray that others will be strengthened in their faith.

I wish to dive right in by 'rightly dividing the word' found in Matthew 14:35-36. As an aside I believe this generation is lax in spending time in robust deep study of Gods word; rather they are relying on others to do their spade work.  I see this as producing a generation of believers still on the 'milk;' ripe for the delusions and falsehoods that the enemy is bringing in 'bucket loads' to the church.

People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.  NIV

The word translated healed is the Greek word - sozo.  This word can be translated as saved, made whole or healed.  Sozo also forms the basis for our word salvation.  Therefore, I believe that we can rightly say that salvation includes forgiveness of sin etc. and health, healing, deliverance. 

Taking this further the Hebrew word translated salvation is yeshuw'ah this Hebrew feminine noun can be rightly translated as deliverance, health, help(-ing), salvation, save, saving (health), welfare.

I am aware that Isaiah 53:5 can be argued away thus making the cross null and void; but Peter quotes this verse in his epistle chapter 2:24 rightly diving this OT passage as meaning not only healing of sins but also the body.  Peter used the Greek word iaomai translated as cure, heal or make whole.  To me this includes the body, soul and spirit.  To me the evidence is clear there is healing in the atonement.

As I see it to draw the conclusion that there is no healing in the atonement is to diminish the work of the cross.  Is not the cross the final word from our Father concerning his plan of restoration and the redemption of mankind?  If so healing needs to be and must be part of the shed blood.

I need to remember that in my scripture reading, in the synoptic gospels we can se the face of God at work in the words and acts of Jesus.  This being the case I wish to draw your attention to the account in Matthew 8 when Jesus healing a man of leprosy.

 A man with leprosy[a] came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.

Jesus is more than willing to heal therefore God our Father is more than willing to heal.

But here is a dilemma for many believers.  I have came to Gods throne and I am still not healed; therefore' there is the temptation to moan and 'grouse,' that God is unfaithful.

Here is a revelation that is bubbling in my spirit that needs enlarging.  In the miraculous amazing healing that we all long and hope for, Gods power and glory is on display.  Could this demonstration of Gods power and glory be confined to the unbelievers  This is my understanding of    Luke 11:20.  But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.  Whereas Believers are called to walk by faith having experienced the greatest miracle, that of being born again.  Can I include 1 Corinthians 14:22 in this developing revelation? 

Whereas believers are healed as a process by hearing the Word.  Psalm 107:20 hints at this and coupled with Matthew 4:4 - Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'  There are numerous scriptures where the 'rhema' can be our word for healing. prosperity, deliverance etc. that we are called to stand on and press into.

I will leave you with the above thoughts/revelations as I have exceeded 500 words.  Maybe more expansion on the above some other time.

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Les Braswell @doneuntotheleast ·

Challenging blog as I too have been taught, researched and believed much of what your college professor espoused. Even the Isa. 53 passage being made whole to explain why major illnesses fought since childhood are still present and more significant 50+ yrs. later. Thanks for your thuoght provoking/challenging word.

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

I cannot explain why sometimes there is healing while other times it seems there is not. I only know that in this world, we will all face death whether due to a worn-out body or from a broken or sick one. Whether we like it or not, that's the way it is. A very good friend of my mom's was healed of stage 4 cancer about 30 years ago. I saw her a few months ago actually. They had given her no hope. It was over. She felt the healing power of Christ, went in for an exam and there was no trace of cancer. In my own case, my prognosis was not good. I prayed but I also had very clear direction from God that I needed to have chemo. Over 13 years later I have some understanding as to the why I had to walk that road but I don't know the whole story. It was a very aggressive form of breast cancer with a poor prognosis and a very high rate of recurrence. Nearly 14 years later, I am still labeled as No Evidence of Disease. Then there was my ruptured brain aneurysm. So many things lined up that terrible night in order to keep me safe. Yes, I ended up in the hospital for 12 days and yes, there are some “reminders” of what happened. However, even my neurosurgeon told his colleagues that I was a miracle. As of this date, I have not found a single account of someone having a brain aneurysm rupture in their sleep, having a subarachnoid hemorrhage and waking up again. They don't but I did. I firmly believe that was the hand of God. I don't know all the whys but I firmly believe God is my Healer whether it happens according to my plan or not.

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

I cannot explain why sometimes there is healing while other times it seems there is not. I only know that in this world, we will all face death whether due to a worn-out body or from a broken or sick one. Whether we like it or not, that's the way it is. A very good friend of my mom's was healed of stage 4 cancer about 30 years ago. I saw her a few months ago actually. They had given her no hope. It was over. She felt the healing power of Christ, went in for an exam and there was no trace of cancer. In my own case, my prognosis was not good. I prayed but I also had very clear direction from God that I needed to have chemo. Over 13 years later I have some understanding as to the why I had to walk that road but I don't know the whole story. It was a very aggressive form of breast cancer with a poor prognosis and a very high rate of recurrence. Nearly 14 years later, I am still labeled as No Evidence of Disease. Then there was my ruptured brain aneurysm. So many things lined up that terrible night in order to keep me safe. Yes, I ended up in the hospital for 12 days and yes, there are some “reminders” of what happened. However, even my neurosurgeon told his colleagues that I was a miracle. As of this date, I have not found a single account of someone having a brain aneurysm rupture in their sleep, having a subarachnoid hemorrhage and waking up again. They don't but I did. I firmly believe that was the hand of God. I don't know all the whys but I firmly believe God is my Healer whether it happens according to my plan or not.

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