“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
This is a question that we all hear constantly in the Christian faith. It can come in many different packages as well, such as “What did they do to deserve that?” or “Healing was for the Apostles.”.
We spend a lot of time dealing in our own interpretation on this matter. Meaning that we take what we think makes sense, and decide that must be true and how God simply must work. God gives a simple formula for when we are not sure what to do or what He means. That formula is that if you seek God, you will find Him. Like it says in Deuteronomy 4:29 “…But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Finding God is synonymous in many contexts to finding truth. Finding the answer to our question about whether or not God’s will is to heal in this day and age at this point, using this formula, becomes very easy. You can boil it down to this question, “Does this match the character and personality of God as He presents Himself in His Word?” The Bible is not a revelation of what God wants us to do or a rule book to abide by while we live, it is a love letter to us and a revelation, or a revealing of God Himself to us, through His Word.
What does God say about healing? Let’s look into it, starting in the old testament and going all the way through to the new. There are many passages in the Old Testament, especially in Psalms, where God reveals himself as a healer, like in Isaiah 53:5 out of the New King James Version of the Bible, which is a literal translation it says “…But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” This is an excellent example because it is a passage from the Old Testament that displays the intent of God before Jesus was on the earth to fulfill this scripture. In the new testament God continues to show us even more how He is a healing Father to us. Jesus while He was on this planet had 12 disciples whom He sent out to make more disciples who were then sent out to make more disciples and so on and so forth. Jesus said this to them in Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” The scripture that really puts it over the realm of doubt and sends this believe sailing into cold hard truth for me is John 14:12 also in the New King James version Jesus gives a message, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
God shows himself as a God who heals like what we saw in both the Old and New Testaments, we saw Jesus command us, his modern day disciples to cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead, and heal the lepers. Then we saw that not only will we do the same things that Jesus had done, but also do the much greater works. Not because of who we are mind you, but because Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. He says it in that last verse we read, “…because I go to My Father.” He didn’t say because you’re Peter, my most famous disciple. He even assured us at the beginning which even means that it is protected from ending, to be assured it be confident in that thing you’re assured of to continue. Healing is certainly for today, you can be assured of that.
“Assurance after all is no more than a full-grown faith; a masculine faith that grasps Christ’s promise with both hands – a faith that argues like the good centurion, if the Lord “speak the word only,” I am healed. Wherefore then should I doubt? (Matt. 8:8).”
- C. Ryle