By Mark A. Finley
Many people are perplexed about the subject of miraculous healing. They wonder why God apparently heals some people and not others. Some believe that if you are sick and not healed, it is because of a lack of faith. Others are convinced that miraculous healing was a New Testament phenomenon that launched the Christian church but that is no longer part of God’s overall plan.
What’s the truth about miraculous healing? Does God still heal disease today? Will He heal all who pray in faith? What is God’s ultimate purpose in healing? In this month’s lesson we will discover some answers.
What three elements are combined in Christ’s ministry? Read Matthew 4:23 and 9:35.
Jesus was concerned with the total person: physically, mentally, and spiritually. In His healing ministry He combined teaching, preaching, and healing. Healing was not an isolated component, separate from the saving power of the gospel. Christ’s wholistic healing ministry continues in His church today.
What vital spiritual truths about the healing ministry of Jesus do we discover in the story of the paralytic in Matthew 9:1-8?
In more than half of the miracles in the New Testament somebody brings somebody to Jesus. The truth is that many will never come unless we bring them. Jesus used this instance of healing to forgive the man’s sins and lead multitudes to marvel and glorify God.
What was Christ’s purpose in coming to this world? Read Mark 1:34-39. Why did Jesus leave Capernaum without healing all who desired physical healing?
Jesus had spent much of the evening healing those who came to Him. Evidently there was still more healing to do, but to everyone’s surprise Jesus left town. Why? He was more than a wonder worker and miraculous healer. His prime purpose was to preach the gospel. The prime purpose of divine healing is to glorify God.
What was the result of the healing of the lame man at the Gate Beautiful in Peter’s experience? See Acts 3:2-9.
Why didn’t God heal Paul of his affliction? Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
Evidently the apostle Paul had a serious problem. He pleaded with God to heal him; but God had a better plan. The issue was not Paul’s faith; he was filled with faith. God deepened Paul’s trust and strengthened him in his affliction. Paul was led to depend on God daily.
What instruction did God give the early church regarding the healing ministry of the Holy Spirit? Read James 5:13-16.
Anointing the forehead with oil indicates complete submission of the mind to the will of God. In Gethsemane Jesus prayed, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39). Christ was totally committed to doing His Father’s will, knowing that God would strengthen Him to face every trial. Here is an eternal truth: God desires us to be healthy and whole. Sometimes healing is immediate, sometimes it is gradual; sometimes those who are sick have to wait until the resurrection to be totally healed. The issue is never if an individual will be healed, but is always when they will healed.
When will ultimate healing take place, and sickness be gone forever? Read Isaiah 33:24; 35:5, 6; and Revelation 21:1-5.
The day is coming when suffering and sickness will be gone forever. Christ has triumphed over all the forces of evil. In His stripes, at the cross, we are healed. By faith we can receive our gift of healing, knowing that one day, when He comes again, disease will be gone forever and we will be whole. Until then, we can absolutely trust the One who loves us more than we know, with confidence that He will give us strength to cope with whatever challenges life hands us.