“For by grace you are saved through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
Today, we are going to address a topic that is a bit controversial. But it really shouldn’t be. The Bible is very clear when it comes to the truth and application of God’s healing power to our lives.
That power is connected with God’s provision of salvation.
Any serious study of Scripture reveals that sickness, disease, and brokenness (in all its forms) is directly tied to sin (and its effects on us). It is part of the curse on this world. It is the fruit that all of us reap – to varying degrees.
But Jesus came to reverse every aspect of the curse. He came to restore the broken back to wholeness. He came to bring the healing touch of God to all the maladies that sin had unleashed on humanity. And He came to do it with gentleness, tenderness and compassion.
The earthly ministry of Jesus is often best described as a ministry of healing. Matthew summarized this truth: “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (Mt. 4:23) Everywhere Jesus went, the crowds flocked to see Him, to hear Him, and to receive healing for their many needs.
All this tells us something critically important. God is not just interested in spiritual things… God cares about each of us deeply – spirit, soul AND body. That’s what we notice most about the earthly ministry of Jesus – and that fact is intentional.
At the very core of salvation is wholeness… in spirit, in soul (mind, will, emotions) and in body. Salvation doesn’t just address our need for forgiveness for sin, and our need for deliverance from sin, it also addresses what the curse of sin has done to us.
Every one of us.
Every human being is broken to some degree. Our need to be whole is universal. Whether it is a physical illness, a debilitating disease, a psychological issue, or an emotional trauma – we ALL need the healing power of God.
And God’s provision of healing is ours… in our salvation.
This is better news than we have often realized. Many Christians treat God’s healing as something we must continue to seek from God. Apply your faith. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep on knocking (pounding!) on the closed door of Heaven.
But, in salvation, divine healing is already ours! The door is always open.
It is as promised through Isaiah: “the punishment that brought us peace (wholeness) was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (from Isaiah 53:5)
Two things of note… Jesus not only carried our sins to the cross, He carried our sicknesses, and diseases (physical, mental, psychological)! In the same way that we receive forgiveness for our sins, we receive healing for the maladies of our lives.
The work needed for our healing is NOT something God is going to do… it is something He has already done. As in forgiveness and deliverance, our faith is applied to Christ’s completed work for us. It is already ours… to receive by faith!
Salvation includes the provision for our healing from the curse of sin… so it may be rightly said: “For by grace you are healed through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”