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BIBLICAL HEALING: THROUGH THE CROSS

Is 53:4-6   Surely He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities.  The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and YHVH has laid on Him the iniquity of all of us.  

v. 5  Pesha and avon signify to revolt or refuse subjection to rightful authority, and the perversion or distortion of nature caused by evil-doing.  

Pr 10:12b   Love covers all sins (pesha).             על כל פשעים תכסה אהבה.

2Sam 7:14   (Regarding the son of David):  I [YHVH] will be his Father, and he shall be My son.  If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the blows of the sons of men.  But My lovingkindness shall not depart from him. . . .  

1Pt 2:24; Mt 8:16-17   Having now returned to our good and great Shepherd and Keeper of our souls, the apostle Peter teaches us here of healing from God, quoting from Is. 53:4-6.  The apostle Matthew also records that this same passage refers to physical healing, and not only to spiritual healing or healing of the soul.  

There is something to be said here:  just as on the cross Jesus became a curse for us – taking it in His own body – and we receive by faith salvation and the righteousness of God, so, too, does it say that Jesus bore all our diseases and pains through His stripes – through His pain.  Before God in Christ, we are made righteous; before God in Christ, we are healed.  To live in the reality of this good news to the glory of God the Father and of His Son is the challenge of our walk of faith led by the Holy Spirit.  

God will normally work through others to bless the sick by healing them in Jesus’s name, but the basis for healing – both praying for and receiving – is not in the person through whom it comes, but rather in the sufferings of Jesus which He endured for our benefit 

In Dt. 28:61 God threatened all kinds of diseases against Israel under the curse of not keeping His Law.  In Gal 3:13-14 we read, “Messiah has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’) that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”  

2Pt 1:1-11   We have been given the blessing of Abraham, great and precious promises pertaining to life and godliness. 

Therefore, because of this, God expects us to live lives of thanksgiving, worthy of such love that we should be called sons of God.

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