In the Old Testament the prophet Isaiah prophesied of Jesus, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5) And in the New Testament, the apostle Peter testified of Christ, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
Jesus Christ came to heal the heart (Luke 4:18) and the body (Luke 9:11). He offered both physical and spiritual healing (Mark 2:5, 10). This was illustrated in the story of the paralytic who was physically helpless and spiritually hopeless, until he came to Jesus. The Lord gave him both a new body and a new heart.
It’s God’s desire that we have both forgiveness of sin (1 John 1:9) and good health (3 John 1:2). Of God, the prophet David declared, ”who heals all thy diseases” (Psalm 103:3). Whatever the believer asks in Jesus’ Name the Father honors, if it is according to His will (John 14:14).
When Jesus was on earth, He offered healing to all that came to Him (Matthew 4:24) and had faith (Matthew 9:22). Today, this healing of soul and body is available for the believer. The apostle James wrote to the NT church, “Is anyone among you sick? 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 will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgive” (James 5:14,15).
But those who are seeking healing must also be walking in compliance to both the laws of health (Exodus 15:26) and God’s moral law (Exodus 20:3-17) not breaking them. Paul wrote, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20).
In His service,
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