1. One of the things God has provided for us through the Cross of Christ is physical healing.
a. Isa 53:4,5–Surely our sicknesses He hath borne, and our pains He hath carried them…and He is pierced for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace is on him, and by his bruise there is healing for us. (Young’s Lit)
b. Sickness is a curse of the law according to Deut 28, and Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Gal 3:13
c. Sickness had the right to exist in our bodies when we were guilty of sin, but now that we’ve been redeemed, sickness has lost that right. It is now a trespasser.
2. Christ’s death removed our sins, and that means the potential is there for us to have physical healing for our bodies. I Pet 2:24
a. All of God’s provisions for us through the Cross are offered, they must now be fulfilled.
b. God has given us His word about what He has done through Christ. Now, it must be brought into the physical realm.
3. There are two ways for this to happen:
a. By an act of God’s sovereignty where He heals someone.
b. Through faith — someone believes God’s promise about healing and God fulfills His word in their body.
4. I Cor 12:4-11 lists what are sometimes called gifts of the Spirit.
a. The term gift can be misleading. These gifts are actually manifestations of the Holy Spirit. v7
1. Manifestation = PHANEROSIS = exhibition; (fig) expression; (by extension) a bestowment.
2. These are all ways in which the Holy Spirit demonstrates Himself.
b. One of the ways the Holy Spirit manifests Himself is through gifts of healings (gifts = CHARISMA = spiritual endowments).
1. Notice, these manifestations are given by the Holy Spirit AS HE WILLS for the common good.
2. Notice, they don’t happen to everyone. v7;11;28-30
c. They are not gifts in the sense that a person has it and can use it when and how he likes. It is up to the Holy Spirit.
d. No one has a promise of being healed by a manifestation of the Spirit.
e. Gifts of healings occurred in the ministry of Jesus. John 5:1-9
1. Sometimes, people use this incident to try to prove it isn’t always God’s will to heal all because Jesus only healed one man.
2. But, they don’t realize that while on earth, Jesus ministered as a man anointed with the Holy Ghost. Phil 2:6,7; Acts 10:38
3. Jesus did no miracles (had no miracle working power) until He was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power. John 2:11; 1:32,33
4. Jesus could heal people one of two ways — through a manifestation of the Spirit or through their faith.
f. There were limits on Jesus’s power during His earth ministry.
1. He was limited in His home town. Matt 13:54-58; Mark 6:1-6
2. We are told their unbelief hindered the demonstrations of His power. (unbelief = no faith)
3. Luke 5:17-26–Power was present to heal, yet only one was healed.
5. On the other hand, in James 5:14,15 ANY who are sick are told to call for prayer and that the prayer of faith will save them.
a. Save = SOZO = deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well, be or make whole.
b. These verses tell us that the prayer of faith SHALL heal ANY for whom it is prayed.
6. Jesus taught about the prayer of faith in Mark 11:24
a. We know this is a prayer of faith because of the context — Jesus is teaching about faith. v12-24
b. First Jesus demonstrated faith. v12-14; 20
c. When Peter expressed amazement at the results of Jesus speaking to the fig tree, Jesus explained what happened.
d. Jesus told the disciples (and us) to have faith in God. v22
1. Faith in God = lit: faith of God (margin note; Worrell’s translation). 2. Believers are to demonstrate the faith of God. Rom 10:17; Eph 2:8,9
e. Jesus then gave two key characteristics of the faith by which God operates.
1. v23–This kind of faith believes in the heart and says with the mouth and things change.
2. v24–This kind of faith believes it receives when it prays.
f. Jesus did both in His demonstration.
1. He believed that what He said would come to pass.
2. He believed it was settled when He prayed (when He spoke).
3. We know this because He went on His way and wasn’t surprised by the results the next day.
7. People were healed by faith during the ministry of Jesus. In 2/3s to 3/5s (12 out of 15) of the specific cases of healing mentioned in the gospels. the faith of the individual was involved. Matt 8:5-13; Mark 5:25-34
8. So, receiving the healing Jesus has provided can come one of two ways:
a. Through a gift (manifestation) of the Holy Spirit — no one has a promise of this. Through faith — all have a promise of this.
b. Many people die waiting for a gift or manifestation of the Holy Spirit. No one dies who prays the prayer of faith.