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The importance of Healing

See also Healing, Healing Practical advice, Healing case studies, Authority, Casting out Demons, Healing Toolkit, Opposition to Healing

( beyond merely preventing Satan oppressing us or killing us to take us out of God's purposes)

If you go through the Gospels (including Acts) and note every account of healing, you will probably be amazed how many there are. If you highlighted them all you would probably be surprised how many column inches concern healing. But more than that, see how many link healing with preaching the Kingdom and validating the authority of Jesus.

Healing and Preaching the Kingdom of Heaven

Here is a list of healing narratives, with emphasis added to show the association between healing and preaching the gospel – preaching the Kingdom of Heaven.

Looking through the New Testament you find these incidents. (at least)

 

Matthew 4:23 - Yeshua preaching and healing

8:1 - man with leprosy - "Lord if you are willing...." Jesus said, "I am willing...Be clean"

8:5 - the centurion - faith for healing associated with authority and place in kingdom (v11)

8:14 - Peter's mother in law healed - got up and waited on them.

8:16 – demon possessed - quote fulfilling Isaiah 53:4

8:28 – 2 demon possessed men healed

9:6– paralytic man healed - “but that you may know that son of man has authority”

9:18 – Jairus' daughter raised and woman healed - News of this spread through all the region

9:27 – Two blind men receive sight - but they spread the news

9:32 – demon dumb man healed - crowd said nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel

9:35 - Jesus preaching the Kingdom and healing every disease

10:1 & 7 – disciples called - to preach the Kingdom & heal the sick

11:4 - "tell John what you see happening" – people healed and good news preached

11:21 - Jesus condemns towns for not believing on account of his miracles (healings)

12:9 - man with shrivelled hand - lawful to heal on shabbat? - the issue of authority

13:14-15 - quote Isaiah 6 on hearing and believing and thus healed.

15:21 - Canaanite woman argues her case

17:14 - demon possessed boy disciples couldn't heal - if only we had faith like a mustard seed.

20:29 - two blind men healed - "What do you want me to do for you?"

21:14 - healings in the temple - draws praise and upsets leaders

 

Mark 1:21 and 29 - Jesus in the synagogue - healed many

1:38 - he travelled throughout Galilee preaching and driving out demons

1:40 - Man with leprosy - “I am willing” - went out & talked freely

2:1-12 - Paralytic through roof - healing validated Jesus authority to forgive sins

3:1-6 - Healing on Shabbat - the religious significance of healing

3:10 - He had healed many so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.

3:14 - Disciples appointed - sent to preach and given authority to drive out demons

5:12- - Legion healed - go home and tell

5:21 - Jairus' daughter and woman with haemorrhage - daughter your faith has healed you, go in peace

6:5 - Yeshua unable to do miracles in his home town, "except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them" because of their lack of faith. People did not believe so they did not bring many sick people to him.

6:12 - went out, preached, and healed them - " They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.” (predates James' letter)

6:56 - and all who touched him were healed – Jesus has the power and people believed.

7:24 - Syrphonecian mother of demon possessed girl - "for such a reply....."

7:31 - healing deaf & mute man - people overwhelmed with amazement

8:22 - blind man at Bethsaida healed - begged Jesus to touch him.

9:14-27 - boy with evil spirit - “I do trust - help my lack of trust ” cries father.

9:38 - not one of us performing miracles in Jesus' name

10:46 - blind Bar Timaeus - “faith has healed you”

11:22 - faith for miracles - does not doubt

16:17-18 - Jesus' last words before his ascension - "And these signs will accompany those who believe....... place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

 

Luke 4:18 - Jesus quotes Isaiah on his ministry - preach and recovery of sight for the blind

4:31 -37 - drives out evil spirit - what is this teaching – with authority

4:39 - Peter's mother in law healed - then people brought the sick to Jesus and he healed them.

5:12 - man with leprosy healed - news spread

5:23 - Paralytic lowered through the roof - easier to say sins forgiven or get up and walk?

6:6 - right to heal on shabbat?

6:18 - to hear him and be healed

7:1 - healing in relation to authority - centurion

7:14-17 - raises dead man – this news spread throughout.....

7:22 - report to John what they see (including healing and good news preached)

8:26-39 - demon possessed man – return home and tell

8:40-56 - Jairus' daughter and woman - never too late or too difficult

9:1 - disciples called to preach and heal

9:37-43 - rebukes evil spirit - all amazed at greatness of God

9:49 - not one of us - healing in the name of Jesus

10:1-9 - 72 sent out - heal the sick and tell them the Kingdom of God is near you.

13:10 - heals on Shabbat - asserts authority to the upset of opponents

17:11 - ten lepers - healed as they went - one returns and praises God

18:35 - blind beggar - your faith has healed you

 

John 2:23 - "there were many people who "believed in his name" when they saw the miracles he [Jesus] performed

3:2 - to Nicodemus - "No one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him."

4:43 - official's son healed - he and all his household believed (53)

5:1 - Healing at the pool - "pick up your mat."

5:36 - testimony weightier than that of John - “work I am doing”

6:2 - "and a large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miracles he performed on the sick."

9:1 - man born blind - “that the work of God might be displayed in his life

9:13 - Pharisees investigate - is he from God? (Shabbat healing) healing is part of ministry

"if he was not from God he could do nothing"

10:10 - "The thief comes to kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

11:1 - Lazarus - v15 “so that you may believe”

20:30 - Jesus did many other miraculous signs - and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

Acts 2:22 - Jesus of Nazareth … accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs

3:1-10 - Peter & John heal in name of Jesus - filled with wonder and amazement ..

3:16 - It is in Jesus' name and faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him

4:13 - took note men had been with Jesus with healed man standing there .. people praising God

5:17 - Apostles performed many miraculous signs .. 5:14 - men and women believed

6:8 - Stephen .. full of grace and power .. great wonders and signs

8:5 - Philip proclaiming Messiah and doing signs of healing

9:32 - healing - all who lived in Lydda and Sharon believed and turned to the Lord.

9:42 - became known over Joppa and many people believed

10:38 - Peter preaching Jesus - went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him

14:1-3 - Paul & Barnabas . confirming the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders

14:9 - Paul heals man having perceived he had faith

16:16 - slave girl delivered of demon possession - commanded "in the name of Jesus the Messiah"

19:11 - God did extraordinary miracles through Paul - aprons he touched healed people 19:17 name of Jesus held in high honour

20:7 - Eutychus raised from the dead

22:12 - Saul's sight restored – validates his call

28:5 - Paul shakes off poisonous snake – people thought him a god

28:7 - Publius' father healed - then the rest of the sick on the island.

 

Romans 8:11 - "...will also give life to your mortal bodies"

1 Peter 2:24 - explaining gospel – quotes Isaiah 53 as accomplished - “you have been healed” - - Isaiah 53 - The Suffering Servant prophecy of Messiah - prophesies both salvation and healing in his sufferings.

Many of the above specifically link healing with preaching, although not all do.

The healing verified the authority of the message and caused people to believe. John makes this link for all the incidents that he records in his gospel account. John 20:30

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

So why does the mainstream / denominational church generally not uphold this truth and teach it?

See Unbelief.

 

Then there is the "Old Testament" or Hebrew Bible.

Exodus 15:26

He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you." (Ani YHVH rofekh)

Exodus 23:25,26

Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

Deuteronomy 7:14,15

You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor any of your livestock without young. The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.

Deuteronomy 30:19

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

Joshua 21:45

Not one of all the LORD's good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled

 

Psalm 103:1-5

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--

who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Psalm 107:20

He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

Psalm 118:17 - a messianic psalm

I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

Psalm 91:14-16

Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

Proverbs 12:18

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 15:4

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

(Be careful how you talk about illness)

Proverbs 4:20-22

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.

Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;

for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.

Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Jeremiah 30:17

But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the LORD,

Nahum 1:9

Whatever they plot against the LORD he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time.

Joel 3:10

Let the weakling say, "I am strong!"

Zechariah 3:2

"The Lord said to Satan, 'The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you!'"

(encouragement for those who love Jerusalem)

Malachi 4:2

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

 

These are all useful scriptures for those pursuing Healing from the LORD. Like the New Testament scriptures above, they emphasize God's desire that his people be healthy.

As Christians, we are grafted into God's people, - in case you were wondering who these promises belong to .

 

Updated 16/02/12

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