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: James 3 v 14
Is Healing for Today I will say unashamedly YES. no doubts as A
“double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1 v 8
This is one Christians and Atheists seem to always mention “Jesus was a good intelligent man” they say ” But don’t believe in all that miracle healing stuff” They also say. Then you get your Cessationists That agree with all you say just that “God Does still heal” BUT this “Layng on of hands finished wth the disciples” you know your Brethren type or rebranded Evangelicals that think Pentecostals are all crazy that they all believe that there’s no Trinity and we all Preach the Prosperity Gospel. I personally have laid hands and took away albeit minor ailments but healed just the same but won’t build my Theology on personel experience like some for and against healing do.”I laid hands on 5 people all 5 were healed meaning healing works” verses “Our Church prayed for someone they never got healed it finished with the disciples”The latter wouldn’t know what hit them if the Holy Spirit fell. Let’s have a look at some Scripture.
THEN AND NOW.
Not by might nor by power but by my spirit.
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 1 Corinthians 12 v 4-11
Well to Start off we will say that the gift of Healing was not just for the Disciples only.
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12 v 28.
The Gifts were given to edify the Church and to glorify Jesus a few things that I will say here I believe that the Spirit operates in the Believer as he will’s circumstance permitted. Some people might be more prone to certain Gifts but I still say the Spirt is circumstance permitted. One Spirit one Body many members as God pleases. And I’m not saying that Healing is like an incantation and a wave of a magic wand, in other words, I don’t believe that it is automatic not on demand and not in all cases. Yes, there have been some who abuse this like some of the televangelists I could name that walk into the crowd walk past the man in the Wheelchair and up to an influential with a sore back. God uses anyone regardless of Character as he done with those in Corinth as they were showing spiritual superiority over one another, Problems with Adultery lack of love but Pride was their main Issue I’m bringing this up as God will use YOU as the Word Charisma 5486 is another name for Grace, as well as its Gods “undeserved favour”. The Church of Corinth was overflowing wth the Gifts.
So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 1 Corinthians 1 v 7
As well as the 12 in Matthew 10 v 1 Jesus sent out, we also have the 70.
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Luke 10 v 1
He tells them.
And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. Luke 10 v 9
And they return.
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. Luke 10 v 17
And James mentions if there is any sick among you bring the Elders.
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: 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. James 5 v 14 – 16
The Gifts were for the Church and the New Testament shows this no if’s and’s or but’s from individuals like Stephen the first Martyr Who done great miracles and Philip the evangelist who healed and had four daughters who Prophesied. From group’s of 12 and 70 to whole congregations in Corinth and Rome (Romans 12 v 6 – 8) Also Macedonia and Achaia (Romans 15 v 26-28) up till today the Church or individual who Let’s The Holy Spirit Guide them and being a willing Vessel to be used the gift of Healing will be evident.
A BIT DEEPER.
When Peter s Preaching in Acts 2 at Pentecost he quotes.
And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. Joel 28 – 32
Pentecost and Peter’s preaching is the fulfilment of the above verse and This is till the End of the age as Jesus says.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world”. Amen. Matthew 28 v 20
Till the End of the World/Age and When he says all have commanded it’s not the Mosiac Law as the Greek is entellomai 1781 Meaning, I give orders (injunctions, instructions, commands). And even if it said nomos 3551 it isn’t always Referring to the Mosaic Law as it can mean usage, custom, law; in NT: of law in general, plur: of divine laws; of a force or influence impelling to action; of the Mosaic law; meton: of the books which contain the law, the Pentateuch, the Old Testament scriptures in general. Anyway..! Jesus says he will be with us to the End of the Age but he is seated at the right hand of the Father. That’s where the 3rd Person of the Triune Godhead comes in and for the record the early Jews were well aware of Two powers in Heaven. Why do you think they could except a second in the first place (Jesus) for instance in Exodus 33 when Moses asks to see God He (God) replies to Him.
And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee and,will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. Exodus 33 v 19
And I will Proclaim the Name of Yhvh before you. Strayed again..! Christ says to his disciples that he will send another.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; John 14 v 16
Jesus says I (1) will pray to the Father (2) and will send Another Comforter(3) English here doesn’t do this verse a lot of justice as the greek here is Allos 243 for Another meaning another of the same kind; another of a similar type. Comforter in Greek paraklétos 3875 an advocate, comforter, helper, it is from parakaleó and the paraklétos is a compound word that means “one called alongside to aid, comfort, Commentators seem to be agreed that paraklētos is passive in form, “called to the side of” for the purpose of helping, And can mean a Lawyer Jesus is Implying that there is already a Paraclete with them one to guide them and he is sending Another Guide parakletos a small Ship that draws alongside a larger ship that’s lost to guide it to shore. The Holy Spirit The Allos paraklétos = The same but different called to one’s side to guide them. And that this 3rd person of the Triune God Head will be with them forever.
As we have been saying that the Gift of Healing was not just for a select few but for all who the Disciples taught the ways of Christ (above in Matthew 28 v 20).Jesus also says to his Disciples when he is prayer in John 17.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; John 17 v 20
HEALING OLD ‘N’ NEW.
And 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 statutes, 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 v 26
The Scripture above Reveals God as Israels healer “The Divine Physician” if Gods People walked in obedience to hm he would lift sickness from among them this is echoed in
And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. Exodus 23 v 25
And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. Deuteronomy 7:15
And if we look at the Covenant curses in
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Deuteronomy 28:15
Also, Sickness and illness can come by way of covenant curse and that healing was a covenant blessing God promised these things. Think of When you Marry you don’t say “I hope you get sick and Die” We hope for health and well-being and these were simply covenantal blessings. As a side note, there is power in sound and sound effects water and we are 70 % water what you say to someone can have a lasting effect BE careful what you say to your Children calling them Stupid all the time will not do any good.
So in the Old Testament, there were Godly people who were sick healing as I have said was not a case of waving a magic wand and saying abracadabra this word has a Hebrew root and means “I create like the word.” now there’s a blog in itself. Healing was a good thing promised by God where as Sickness and Disease were very often more than not associated with Sin and disobedience. Psalm 6 and 41 and 103 in these psalms we can see a connection with forgiveness and healing as they were often linked together.
When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Mark 2 v 17
When Jesus came on the scene he came and spoke to expand things like “The Sermon on the mount” he says if you have me you have seen the father. Jesus brings healing to the sick and demon possessed in the New Testament covenantal curses take a back seat and we know have a strong link to Demons and Disease. Please do not think if you’re ill it’s always a Demon as if you read the New Testament some are caused by Demons.
Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. Matthew 12 v 22
And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. Luke 9 v 39
And others Just illness Jesus healed many who were ill and not through Demons
The Healing of the Leper Luke 5 v 12-16
The Healing of the Paralyzed Man Luke 5 v 17-26
The Healing of the Immobile Man John 5 v 1-16
Demons are not always the cause but they sure are doing all they can to ensure the believer doesn’t have a full relationship with the Father through the Son. Our walk is not in the Flesh but in the Spirit.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Once again if you are sick it doesn’t automatically mean you have a demon but on the other hand, I will say Sin and Demons are often associated with negative things and conditions nowadays but the link of Sin and health was Old Testament. We have Pharma and that in itself is Demonic weakening your resolve opening up Doors for the Demonic and we have G.M food that’s causing Cancer.
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble, you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12 v 15
Now Jesus’ Ministry was big on casting out Demons and Healing the Sick. Jesus Healed all who came to him (Bar the lack of Faith in his hometown). Jesus doesn’t go around making well people sick he makes sick people well. In the New Testament Jesus is the reflection of the Father he is moved by compassion to heal the sick and he still is to this day. Healing is a sign of that the Kingdom is here. As Jesus Quotes Isaiah 61 v 1 in Luke
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, Luke 4 v 18
Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians.
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 1 Corinthians 2 v 4
He says his preaching is a demonstration of the Spirits power then he says in later n the same letter.
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20
This is the Gospel in action the sick being healed and Demons being driven out and Christ being exalted. The Dunimas “Gods healing power” Jesus comes in the power of the Spirit the same Spirit that dwells n US.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8 v 11
And His Disciples the 70 the 7 that included Stephen and Philip by the time of Corinth we see it still in Action and by the time James wrote his letter it was the norm to be expected away of Life.
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4 v 30
The Spirit of God does not Lose its power it can be Quenched and Grieved but once you are blood bought redeemed “Born from above” you have the Spirit till the day of Redemption and if people are still being healed today as they were through the ages that Day has yet to come.
First, we shall talk about the Bible and the verses the Cessationists (those who believe the gifts ceased …When..?).
We have in the Letters of Paul to Timothy the mention of Paul leaving a friend.
Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I left sick at Miletus. 2 Timothy 4:20
Bearing in mind I have said that people were still sick with that said the word for Sick in Trophimus’s case Sick 770 is astheneó and means I am weak (physically: then morally), I am sick so this can mean he is Tired, done in or sick. Also in the Letter Paul tells Timothy too.
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. 1 Timothy 5:23
Here the word for infirmities is asthenopia 769 and means want of strength, weakness, illness, suffering, calamity, frailty. and he could have easily had a stomach that was prone to feeling unwell and substituting wine for water is wise as the water at times throughout History has caused a lot of Ailments in itself.
And Pauls Thorn and the surrounding verses in 2 Corinthians 11 and 12 mentions astheneia 769 like in 2 corinthians.
Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory but in mine infirmities. Corinthians 12 v 5
Pauls thorn for one was not Physical it was Spiritual “A Messenger from Satan ” gives that away and if you read the previous Chapter 11. And at the end he mention’s five times he received forty stripes, beaten with rods three times, once stoned, three times suffered shipwreck, a night and a day he was in the deep; this was his weakness/Suffering the word in 2 Corinthians 12 v 5 astheneia 769 For sure seems to point more to weaknesses.
Then you get these people saying the healings died down in the book of Acts is that what the book of Acts shows…?
In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously. And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. “So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:” Acts 28 v 7-9
Paul did speak of in 1 Corinthians 11v 30
For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
Others assume Paul was sick in Galatians this one 100% conjecture “large letters” to me is the length of the letter. Once again ill say healing was not automatic. Jesus said in john
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14 v 12
We saw echoes of this all through Acts and the New Testament when peters shadow was healing and Pauls touch on Aprons and Hankies Where in the Bible does it say the Dunimus Spirit will lessen in power..? James 5 is a general run down what to expect back in the early days Prayer offered in Faith we should expect faith.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21 v 22
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that.The Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14 v 13
We should pray expecting to be healed God wants his Sons and Daughters to be well and be walking in good health.that might not be the case with Bitterness, The Demonic, Pharma, G.M food, Vaccines and inhaling hazardous material they can be a drawback. It can be like We are Promised Victory over sin but nearly all the time we all miss the Mark. God does not want you to suffer. This Physical thorn of Paul Doctrine has been twisted and used and Christians think if they fall ill it’s his Will now that ain’t what I see from scripture.
The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: (Satan)
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10 v 10
HEALINGS THROUGH THE AGES
I have a friend that let’s say Condemnation before investigation is an understatement and you throw all the logic and proofs at him he can’t see the wood from the Trees. That can truly affect the Christians witnessing as most are pre-programmed to say Man wrote the Bible your response should be yes but under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit if they still humf. Most are New agers or Atheists that believe in Aliens mention Mediums and that Aliens can speak through the medium (we know there Demons). Others no matter what you say and what proof you give them they hit out with well that’s your faith when you have just given them a wealth of Statements scientific truths and not Mentioned your faith YET. Some people need their eyes opened a lot to think outside the Evilution paradigm others your casting pearls but one thing I have noticed. For the ones who aren’t interested if you give them something to think about they will come back maybe to mock but that is a good sign, you have touched a nerve they are now on your web so to speak.
When we talk to people about Healings its the First to be shot down no Evidence outside the Bible they say apart from the Bible being a collection of Books we have a few out of the 27 New Testament Books that talk on healings. They won’t be satisfied with that as they want a youtube clip although they can be manipulated now as well these same people moan when you give them Evidence especially if you have a lot.
Irenaeus c. 130 – c. 200 Bishop of Lyons
“Those who are in truth his disciples, receiving grace from him, do in his name perform miracles, so as to promote the welfare of other men, according to the gift which each one has received from him. For some do certainly drive out devils, so that those who have thus been cleansed from evil spirits frequently both believe in Christ and join themselves to the church. Others have foreknowledge of things to come: they see visions and utter prophetic expressions. Others still, heal the sick by laying their hands upon them and they are made whole. Yea, moreover as I have said, the dead have been raised up, and remain among us for many years.”
Against Heresies II Ch XXXII
He wrote in his book “Against Heresies”, Book V, vi.: “In like manner do we also hear many brethren in the church who possess prophetic gifts, and who through the Spirit speak all kinds of languages, and bring to light, for the general benefit, the hidden things of men and declare the mysteries of God, who also the apostles term spiritual.”
“And some give evidence of their having received through their faith a marvelous power by the cures which they perform, invoking no other name over those who need their help than that of the God of all things, and of Jesus, along with a mention of His history. For by these means we too have seen many persons freed from grievous calamities and from distractions of mind and madness and countless other ills, which could be cured neither by men or devils”
Contra Celsum Book III Chapter 24
Mosheim c. 150
That those gifts of the Spirit which are commonly termed miraculous, were liberally imparted by Heaven to numbers of the Christians, not only in this, but likewise in the succeeding age, and more especially to those who devoted themselves to the propagation of the Gospel among the heathen, has on the faith of the concurrent testimony of the ancient Fathers, been hitherto universally credited throughout the Christian world. Nor does it appear that in out belief as to this we can with the least propriety be said to have embraced anything contrary to sound reason. Only let it be considered that the writers on whose testimony we rely were all of them men of gravity and worth, who could feel no inclination to deceive; that they were in part philosophers; that in point of residence and country they were separated far from each other; that their report is not grounded on mere hearsay, but upon what they state themselves to have witnessed with their own eyes; that they call upon God in the most solemn manner to attest its truth (vid Origen contra Ce1sum, L. 1. P.35), and lastly that they do not pretend to have themselves possessed the power of working miracles, but merely attribute it to others: and let me ask what reason there can possibly be assigned that should induce us to withhold from them our implicit confidence.
Historical Commentaries, Century II, sect 5, Note.
Justyn Martyr circa. 165
“For numberless demoniacs throughout the whole world and in your city, many of our Christian men exorcising them in the Name of Jesus Christ, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate, have healed, and do heal, rendering helpless and driving the possessing devils out of the men, though they could not be cured by all the other exorcists and those who used incantations and drugs”
Origen c. 185 – circa. 254
“They expel evil spirits, and perform many cures, and foresee certain events … the Name of Jesus … can take away diseases.”
“Let them (young ministers) therefore with fasting and prayer, make their intercessions, and not with the well arranged and fitly ordered words of learning, but as men who have received the gift of healing confidently, to the glory of God. Epis C. XII
St. John Chrysostom circa. 347 – 407
“He that believeth on me the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works” etc. appeals to the miracles recorded in the Acts of the Apostles in proof of the truth of this promise. But if anyone assert that these were mere smoke and a fictitious wonder unworthy of credit, let us view those of the present day which are calculated both to stop and to put to shame the blaspheming mouth, and to check the unbridled tongue. For throughout our whole habitable world, there is not a country, nation nor a city, where these wonders are not commonly spoken of, which if figments, would never have occasioned so much admiration. And you, yourselves, indeed, might testify to this. For we shall have no occasion to receive confirmation of what we assert from others, seeing that you yourselves, our opponents, supply us therewith.
Logos pros Hellenas – Ed. Par, 1621, Tom 1, p. 728-732)
St. Augustine of Hippo c. 354-430
We still do what the apostles did when they laid hands on the Samaritans and called down the Holy Spirit on them in the laying-on of hands. It is expected that converts should speak with new tongues.” “Significantly, St. Augustine in his early writings claimed that healing had ceased in the church and was no longer necessary. But experiences in his own life changed his mind. Notably, in his diocese nearly seventy attested miracles took place within a space in two years. In 427, just three years before he died, Augustine, in his book “Retractions” refuted what he had published in his early writings (De Vera Religione) about the age of miracles being past, and described miraculous cures which he had seen and which were enough to change his mind. CfMorton T. Kelsey Healing & Christianity; Francis MacNutt – Healing For more see hear City of God: Book 22:8-10.
Mopsueste c. 429
“Many heathen amongst us are being healed by Christians from whatever sickness they have, so abundant are miracles in our midst” Christlieb –
Modern Doubt p.321
Some six years before his death Luther experienced a miracle after praying for his friend Me1anchthon who was dying. Five years later, in response to a request for help with a mentally ill man, Luther wrote instructions for a healing service based upon the letter of James adding, “This is what we do, and that we have been accustomed to do, for a cabinetmaker here was similarly afflicted and we cured him by prayer in Christ’s Name.” Perhaps like Augustine, Luther became more aware of the healing power of the Spirit in his later years. By faith alone –
the life of Martin Luther – W J Kooiman
Lee Stoneking ~ United Nations General Assembly Address
Jesus showed his credentials in every town he went too with Healing casting ot Demons and proclaiming the Gospel and that is exactly what we have to do. Why do we not see it as much as we should..? Constantine made sure that the Spirit was Quenched by dictating his own way at Nicea 325 A.D. Then burning other people’s writings that didn’t fall into the universal Church he then made sure that Himself and others following him that the Bible is not to be taken Litteral remember faith comes by hearing the Word Romans 10 v 17. If you start teaching man’s interpretation the Spirit is quenched. If you don’t allow man to have a copy of the Bible the Spirit is Quenched if you put the Bible into Latin a language only known by a few compared to the masses you quench the Sprit. And when you mix Paganism in with the Bible who guessed it you Quench the Spirit for more on this read What Is The Bible…?
Please push in with the Word and believe for your Healing change your diet and remove heavy metals from your System. Our path is marked with suffering but our whole walk isn’t just one big long suffering life as I see some quoting David in the Psalms about him Suffering but do you know there is plenty about him rejoicing..? I hear Job suffered this Job suffered that have you read the last page he gets double Everything except Children as he will see them again. Or Joseph he did have a hard time but he never moped around God lifted Joseph above his cares and he prospered in everything he Did we shall suffer for his name sake yes but to suffer indefinitely Nope I’m not convinced as the Enemy
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10 v 10
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