Throughout both the Bible, God equates sickness with the sin nature. His treatment of sickness is the same as His treatment of sin – total removal. In my last post we saw that Jesus taught that sickness was a manifestation of sin. During His ministry He went about removing sickness.
This proves that sickness is never God’s will for your life. In the Gospels, there’s no evidence that Jesus refused to heal anybody for any reason.
To prove that God wants you to remain sick, all you have to do is find a verse where Jesus said, “I’m sorry. I would really like to heal you, but it’s the Father’s will that you bring glory to Him by remaining sick.”
There’s nowhere in the Bible where Jesus ever touched someone and said, “Be blind. I need to teach you something that you can’t learn any other way.”
You will not find it. It’s not there. Jesus healed everyone who came to Him.
What about the apostles?
As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.
Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.
When the apostles prayed – ALL WERE HEALED! There are some who say that this was just the infancy of the church. God wanted to start things off with a bang; a lot of healings right at the beginning to get people’s attention.
So really what these people are saying is that God thought, “I’ll get everybody healed now, to get them excited about the church. Then, once they get going, I’ll show them what I’m really like.”
The God I serve does not change! He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. Look at the testimony from the end of the book of Acts when Paul was shipwrecked on the island of Malta. During that time he met an official named Publius.
His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.
When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.
All were healed! What about the next generation of believers?
Based upon my studies, I believe that the book of James was the first book of the New Testament to be written. It’s our first glimpse into the teaching of the church. What does Pastor James tell us about the ministry of healing that took place among his people?
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
According to James, all the sick, not just some, could go to the elders and expect to be healed. Not maybe or most of the time.
We know that confessing sin brings forgiveness. James only mentioned that once. He declared the fact of healing twice.
Just because this isn’t our experience, doesn’t make it any less of God’s will.
We need to relearn our knowledge of God’s plan. God is teaching this truth to the church right now. We need to trust God for the total restoration of this gift to the church.
Question: Why is it easier to believe that God forgives sin than for Him to heal the sick?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014