Healing Part 1: Why Sickness?
In the beginning God created all things, and all physical things were created subject to vanity [decay].
Romans 8:20 For the creature [physical creation] was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature [the whole physical creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption [vanity, decay, destruction] into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
This scripture defines the second law of thermodynamics hundreds of years before modern science came up their explanation of physical things. A thousand years before Paul Solomon told us the same thing; the lesson of the book of Ecclesiastes being the transitory nature of physical things.
All physical things were created subject to a continual process of degrading until all physical things without outside intervention will ultimately perish.
My friends that includes US! We are physical and subject to sickness, injury, decline, aging and DEATH! We were MADE THAT WAY!
We were made that way for a purpose! We were made that way IN HOPE that we might learn during our physical lives to seek our and love the whole Word of God which reveals they way to live and get along together for all eternity so that God could give us His Gift or eternal life! In this physical life we are developing embryonic children of God!
We were made flesh so that could make our mistakes and LEARN from our mistakes; so that people could learn, as a young child learns to talk and walk and then grows up learning many things.
If we were created powerful spirits we could cause immense destruction as we make our own mistakes, therefore God created us physical so that we could make our own mistakes and learn from them that all things apart from God’s ways are meaningless vanity bringing suffering and destruction.
Then after we have finally had enough of the suffering that our own ways contrary to God bring, we will begin to hunger and thirst after the Word of our God.
The first cause of our suffering, but not the only one; is our own sins and the sins of others
We war and main and kill one another; we pollute the earth, air and water; we bully each other, persecute and make others suffer, and we try to force our own ways on others.
Then we seek to fulfill our lusts with things that engender to our own destruction; like smoking, alcoholism, drug addiction, homosexuality, whore mongering and refusing the instructions of the God who made us and has countless millions of years more experience, knowledge and wisdom that all mankind put together.
Yes, our many great mistakes and sins are the cause of unimaginable suffering in the family of man. And as we suffer at each other’s hands, we are learning that the way of selfishness, or organizational or national unity, is not the way to peace, harmony or lasting life.
Our sins are a major cause of our sufferings, and what is sin but living contrary to the way of God which is the way to peace?
The second reason for sickness is the natural decay that God built into the physical creation including mankind
This to restrict the time of our sufferings in the flesh. In the beginning man lived close to a thousand years, and then after the flood the lifetimes of men were drastically reduced until during the days of Moses the lifetime of mankind was set at 70 -80 years.
Num 32:10 And the Lord‘S anger was kindled the same time, and he sware, saying, 11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me:
12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the Lord.
13 And the Lord‘S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the Lord, was consumed.
If we add forty years to the twenty years we get sixty years for that generation of Israel. Now some in Israel may have already been sixty when this began, but no one who was 21 at the time would live more than another forty years or a total of sixty years.
Later David was inspired to reveal that man was to be given seventy or eighty years of life. However our many sins have often reduced that significantly.
Some suffer to show forth the glory and power of God. John, 9, “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? And Jesus answered: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Others suffer [like Paul] that God might do a work through them and that the people might know that it is God doing the work and not the person himself; so that no flesh might glorify himself.
The fifth reason for sickness is as a means to teach us what God wants us to learn and to mold us as God sees fit
God is the Master Potter molding us into the vessels that he intends for each of us, and sometimes that molding includes things that must be suffered to accomplish God’s will.
As fasting is a means of voluntarily seeking God; sickness and injury tend to HUMBLE our pride and force us to spend time with God. Indeed fasting is often called “Afflicting the body” like sickness afflicts us.
When God is working with the proud he humbles them as he humbled Job, by removing the source of their pride and afflicting the body. This same thing will happen to today’s pride full COG leaders and elders in the tribulation; like Job all they have will be taken away and they will be afflicted until their pride has been humbled.
The first lesson is humility, followed by understanding and empathy with the sufferings of others. In addition sickness gives us the time to think on the things of God if we have been neglectful. Sickness especially when healing is delayed teaches us patience, endurance and the faith to wait on God.
Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation [including sickness] worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope [faith]:
While it is absolutely true that sickness and injury often come because of our sins or the sins of others; that is not the only cause of physical afflictions.
Those who say that all sickness is the result of personal sin, are very wrong; and are wrongly oversimplifying a very complex subject with many facets and causes.
Healing Part 2: The Gift of Healing
Healing is a gift of God’s spirit to certain people. Like the other gifts of the spirit; not everyone the gift of ability to heal by the power of God.
There are many different gifts of God’s spirit which are given to various different individuals; Why? For the obvious purpose of teaching the Ekklesia to cooperate and work together for the good of the whole body of the espoused bide!
As each person is united in mind and deeds with Christ and God the Father, they collectively are united with God. Then as each person receives his gift from God, and contributes to the edifying of the whole body of the bride; the various members of the bride learn to work together and all being in unity with God and working together, there is a unity of the brotherhood!
This is how God unites his bride! Corporate organizational unity apart from unity with God is anathema to Christ!
1 Cor 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of [godly] wisdom; to another [greater understanding of the Word of God to help others also grow in understanding] the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another [extra] faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues [ability in various languages]; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he [God] will.
1 Cor 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets [The apostles and prophets who wrote the scriptures. By saying this Paul puts the scriptures as paramount. After that there have been many apostles and prophets who have come and whose words are not recorded in scripture.], thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
No each person has his or her own special gift from God through God’s spirit!
Today our focus is on God’s gift of healing.
We all know that Jesus healed very many and even raised the dead. That also being an instructional allegory that all who die in Christ shall likewise be healed from physical existence and raised up to eternal life in spirit.
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Jesus had the gift of healing and he gave that gift to the twelve
Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Then Jesus gave the same power to the seventy that he sent out:
Luke 10:8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Later Jesus gave the 11 his final instructions long with power:
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
We see that there is a gift of God’s spirit of healing. It is God that heals however he does give certain people a gift that if they ask God to heal, God will heal. The mechanics of this are revealed in John 20:22 where Jesus gives his disciples the power to forgive sins in his name.
John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
It is self evident that we are not to forgive sins which have not been sincerely repented of, but rather.
This forgiving of sins is for the sincerely repentant that resolve to sin no more, and this authority to forgive sins, manifests itself in the administration of baptism and anointing with oil, including the elder’s prayers for the sick; neither of which are to be done for the unrepentant.
The first instruction of James is that we pray [the prayer of sincere repentance] when we are afflicted, and then to call for the elders to anoint us.
God’s instructions to the sick: James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted [includes sickness] ? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 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:
15 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.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5 is generally misunderstood. James does not say that a person will be immediately physically healed; he said that IF there are sins they will be forgiven and that the person will be raised up [in the resurrection].
In this passage James first tells the afflicted to pray v 13 then in v 16 he says to confess your faults to one another. It is important to understand what is meant by these two interrelated instructions. First we are to pray, but pray for what? When we are afflicted by any trial including health issues we are to pray:
1. That God will make clear to us what we are to learn from the situation.
2. That God will show us where we are wrong and will help us to forgive others, and that God will be merciful to and forgive us.
3. That God will provide us a way of deliverance and show us how to handle the situation.
Now we come to the instruction in v 16 to confess our faults to one another. This does not mean to stand up and confess before a priest or before the congregation; rather it is an encouragement to obey the instructions of Christ in Mat 18 and go to the one we have offended or who has offended us, to forgive and do our very best to work the situation out.
Jesus even gives priority to reconciling with others even over, coming before God. Mat 5:22 the reason being that we will be accepted and forgiven by God only as we forgive others.
Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the [judgment] council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
It is because we will be forgiven only as we forgive others that James echoes the instructions of Christ to reconcile with our adversaries, and that if we are afflicted and we have ought against another, that we go to them and confess our fault to the person we are at odds with. God knows all and we are to confess even to a secret sin against our neighbor that he may have no knowledge of.
The first step in our deliverance from affliction is to go to those we have sinned against, or who have sinned against us, and confess our sins to one another and forgive and reconcile; and along with that we are to repent before God in prayer.
One may ask “what if I am blameless and he is the one who sinned against me?” I reply “Have you harbored hate in your heart over the offense? Have you failed to try to reconcile?” Then you are guilty of sin. How do you know that the matter was not just a misunderstanding or that you have unwittingly done something to provoke the offense; unless you communicate and try for a resolution?
The first point to healing is to repent of our own faults before God and those we have sinned against, even if our offense is to harbor a grudge or some animosity; and to ask Go d to help you to learn what God wants you to learn from the situation.
Beyond this, if we suffer from persecutions, we are to forgive our persecutors and those who hate us, as Jesus and Stephen did; leaving the matters in the Most Capable Hands of God the Righteous Judge.
2. The second point is to ask God to work everything our for the best for all concerned. It is very important to understand that those who hate us and hate this way now, have been deceived and think they are doing God a service. We are to repent for our own faults before God, and that may be that we did not handle a situation in a proper and godly manner, and we are to pray for our enemies that may be saved.
3. When we pray for healing or anything else, God will not hear us if we are compromising with His Word. Therefore the first order of business to make sure we are right with God and man according to the whole Word of God. We are to live by every Word of God Mat 4:4 and we must continually grow in the knowledge of the Word of God to learn it and to keep it, sincerely repenting of all error.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
We must have faith that God hears us and will heal us in God’s own good time; which may be immediately or at the resurrection. We must TRUST the wisdom of God in all things, and understand that everything that happens to us is for the purpose of perfecting us in godliness.
If God determines that we endure for a time, then we are to patiently endure, growing in humility, faith, patience, mercy for others and godliness.
There is no promise from God that his faithful will live a life free from affliction; rather we are promised the opposite. The Master Potter is working hard at molding us into the people he wants us to be, guiding and training us as a loving father for our own good, and that sometimes means painful correction.
The many afflictions, including sickness like Job suffered, of the children of God in this physical life, are tools in the hands of a loving God.
Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
WHY are there no apparent people with the gift of healing in the Ekklesia today? Because the vast majority of the COG has quenched God ‘s spirit among them and have rejected any zeal to keep the whole Word of God in favor of their own false traditions and idols of men.
There is not enough of God’s spirit left in us to receive God’s gifts; our light of godliness is flickering out and is almost gone, as we like the ten virgins spiritually slumber on. We will not listen to God therefore he does not listen to us.
The call is gone out to Awake, Arise and acquire the oil of godliness before we must seek it in great distress.
1. God heals, yet HE will give the gift of healing to some of those who are faithful to him, for the edifying of the whole bride.
2. There is no promise of physical healing or of eternal life as physical beings; the promise of healing is a promise of spiritual healing and eternal life as a spirit.
3. Sickness and injury are used by God as an instructional tool to make us into the people that God wants us to be. We are to seek God with all our hearts; confess our sins and seek reconciliation with our brothers, and to diligently ask God and to search the scriptures to learn the lessons that God is teaching us; and to patiently accept [like Paul] whatever answer God gives in terms of immediate physical healing.
4. Nevertheless we are to do our very best to take care of the physical bodies that God has given us.
5. We are to go to the true godly elders and ask for their prayers; yet today in terms of organizationally ordained persons, true godly elders are extremely rare.
A. The true elders of God are those persons who are older in the faith and have proved their zeal and faithfulness for God; not men ordained because they have talent and are loyal to some person or organization.
Coming “Healing Part 3: Healing and Medicine” including the Sabbath
Healing Part 3: Physicians
Even though there were many physicians in Judah in those days Jesus Christ never taught that it was wrong to go to a physician. Yet the lesson is clear that physicians are not God and are limited to the knowledge they have at any particular time in history. God heals with full knowledge and power, while the physical is limited to using limited knowledge and physical tools to treat physical ailments. Even today Physicians can work apparent miracles in certain situations and yet are helpless in other situations.
Far from rebuking physicians and the going to physicians, Jesus said:
Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not physician, but they that are sick
In another place Jesus used the example of caring for another’s wounds as an example of Godly love and righteousness.
Mark 5:24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
This was a classic teachable moment. At that moment, Jesus Christ the very Creator God, the Husband of Israel could have said to the woman: Why did you go to physicians? Jesus could have used this moment to teach His disciples that it is wrong to go to physicians. Did he say any such thing? No, he did not! He did not use this opportunity to teach any such thing!
In the following lesson the word “physician” is not mentioned, but the actions of a physician in binding up wounds and caring for the suffering are described as being godly.
The fact that today we have advanced in medicinal knowledge and that we now have an organized system to care for the sick and injured, notwithstanding; the principle of caring for the sick and injured the very best that we can is made absolutely clear by Jesus..
Luke 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
This is an example of how we should treat other human beings, even people we do not know. Nowhere in this parable did Jesus say it was wrong to bind up this man’s wounds or that it was wrong to engage in medical practices or to act like a physician
Quite the contrary, He said that it was our duty under the law of love and under the commandments of God, to help our brothers who are injured, or hurt, or ill, or in need. It is our duty to have love in our hearts, the love of God and to care about other people and to do our very best to help them out according to our means and ability. No, it is not wrong to seek help, and it is not wrong to give help.
Notice what Paul says in Colossians, 4:14. “Give greetings to Luke, the beloved physician.” Now, why didn’t Paul tell Luke it was wrong to be a physician? Why? Because it was not wrong. Luke was clearly converted and he was clearly a physician, doing the best he could with the knowledge that he had to care for others. Was it wrong for people to go to him? Of course not, else Paul would have corrected him!
There is nothing wrong with caring for other people and trying to do your best to heal them. Luke was beloved in the eyes of Paul and probably in the eyes of a great many other saints because he sought to heal physically and also to heal the spirit, to turn people toward God. There is nothing wrong with being a physician, and there is nothing wrong with going to a physician when we have need of him.
God gave man this earth and commanded him to take care of it, we have utterly failed. God also gave us our physical bodies and we are to take care of them.
There is a godly principle that God takes care of those who take care of themselves. if we are not willing to do anything to take care of our physical needs, why should God do it for us? Do we pray for bread and then sit at the table all day waiting for it to miraculously appear? Or do we go out and work and expect God to help us with our deficiencies?
It is the same with our health. We can be moderate in all things physical, eating a wide variety of the most wholesome foods available to us, drink plenty of pure water and take daily exercise; and when we have health problems we should seek professional advice while going to God as posted about yesterday.
We should take care to check out the advice we receive from physicians as it is we who will reap the benefits or suffering from the results. Physicians are not God, but a few stitches to repair a hernia can save a life. If a woman hemorrhages during child birth a physician might be able to stem the flow and a blood a blood transfusion might save a life.. Do accept well proven treatments, but be careful to get all the facts before taking decisions.
No, physicians are not God, but they are performing a godly service in helping the suffering.
On the other hand much of modern medicine is unquestionably appallingly wicked, as they heartlessly murder children, try to change sexes, splice genes between people and animals; and drug companies who try to get us addicted to their products and not to heal the disease.
Today modern medicine has become so mixed with monstrous evils that it is best to stay as far away from it as possible, and to only go to them for genuine needs. Thank God that he is going to correct us in the immediate future. In a few short years the medical profession will undergo a radical change away from today’s satanic mix of a little good and much evil, and will be purified with the evil removed.
In the Kingdom of God the medical profession will be concerned with caring for the injured and childbirth; and after that its primary focus will be on educating people to wisely care for their health.
Medical Work on the Sabbath
We all know that Jesus healed on the Sabbath and that is right and proper to perform acts of mercy on the Sabbath, but the question arises about working in the Sabbath as a part of regular employment in the medical profession.
Today’s medical profession is organized to provide 24/7 care for which its workers are paid, which brings an apparent moral dilemma to some.
The very first thing I want to say is that no one should ever sear their conscience by doing what they regard as sin. That does not mean that they should do nothing; they should pray, study and do their best to find out and resolve their issue of conscience.
Second, if they know that the medical profession works on the Sabbath and they have a problem of conscience performing medial duties on the Sabbath; they should NOT enter that profession.
Did people have babies in ancient times? Were they delivered on the Sabbath by midwives who were paid for their help? Yes! Did the midwives say that since this was their regular job they would not do it on the Sabbath? NO! Did Jesus correct this? NO!
Does the ministry work on the Sabbath and is guiltless because they are doing what God has commanded on the Sabbath? Are they paid for what they do? Is their ministry their regular work during the week as well as on the Sabbath? YES! Therefore to do what God has commanded us to do on the Sabbath is lawful, regardless of whether its also our regular work!
Mat 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
In the next verses Jesus speaks specifically about healing
Mat 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
This world with its organized health care systems is different from the social situation in 30 AD, yet the biblical principles are the same. It is lawful and it is commanded by God, to love and do good to all people; therefore it is right to care for the sick and injured of man and beast on the Sabbath, even if it is part of our regular vocation.
We are to learn to love others by caring for them, and in that the medical profession is noble and godly; however today’s medical profession has mixed with its nobility much vile stomach churning evil.
Repent and seek the Eternal, wholeheartedly learning and keeping the whole Word of God; and do what you can to maintain your health. Then if you are injured of fall ill do what you can to help yourself and others; and then patiently wait on the LORD and seek him always!
Brethren these studies are not meant to replace your own bible studies.
They are meant to provide some basics and motivate people to do their own studies. When I teach people to prove out the words of all men by the scriptures I include myself in that, do search the scriptures and prove these things out.
Some have mistakenly used the story in 2 Kings a to claim that the story was about medicine when it was not. The story was about inquiring after false gods, in this case specifically the god of Ekron and not inquiring of the Eternal.