And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, Which shall stand for an ensign of the people: To it shall the Gentiles seek: And his rest shall be glorious.
Song of Solomon 6:9
My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
GOLDEN TEXT: Psalms 103:2-3 -- Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy disease.
Divine healing is accomplished by the power of God without the aid of medicine or surgical skills. This healing virtue is available to all who believe. This does not mean we are against going to a Doctor. Sometimes God works through them.
Isaiah 53: 4-5 – 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.
Notice it says “AND with his stripes we are healed”. Through His stripes we are healed both spiritually and physically. The description of Christ’s suffering in the New Testament clearly indicates the severity of His physical suffering.
Matthew 8:16-17 – When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES, AND BARE OUR SICKNESSESS.
Devine healing was provided for all in the atonement. Physical healing is one of the benefits of Christ’s atonement. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, provided not only for the salvation of the soul but also the healing of our physical ailments.
James 5:14-16 – Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Forgiveness and healing go hand-in-hand. The faith of the sick person may be weak. The persistent prayer of both the sick person and an elder is more effective. Prayer produced by faith will heal. Prayer resulting from true faith is effective.
This pray must be a prayer in harmony with the will of God and it is not always His will to heal in every case. If that were true all Christians would be healthy and alive. True faith can discern and accept that.
The effectual fervent prayer is one with power behind it, one that produces results. The prayer that results from true faith is effective. Prayer is our communion with God, whether it be worship, repentance, praise, or thanksgiving. God knows our minds and hearts.
1 Corinthians 12:9 – To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit.
Jesus gave power to the twelve and all that follow Him to cast out devils and heal the sick. God has equipped His Church with power through the Holy Ghost. Healing was but one of the gifts Christ gave to the Church to meet a specific need within the body of Christ. God gave power to His Church to do great things. The gift doesn’t produce “divine healers” but divine healing.
Romans 8:26-27 – Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Just as faith sustains the believer in suffering, so the Holy Spirit helps him in prayer. We don’t always have the words to express our very human emotions but God knows our every thought and what is in our heart.
1 Peter 2:24 – Who his own self bare our sins in his body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: BY WHOSE STRIPES YE ARE HEALED.
The redemptive work of Christ goes far beyond that of setting an example. Christ’s death brings salvation to those who trust and believe in Him. Physical healing was included in the atonement.
God’s benefits include forgiveness, healing, redemption, a crown of loving-kindness, tender mercies and satisfaction. The greatest of these are the removal of our sins. As far as the east is from the west. It also shows us the greatness of His compassion as a father who has sympathy for his children. Christ, like the sacrificial lamb of the Old Testament, died for our sins, the innocent for the guilty.