Last week in my blog “Jesus Our Savior, Our Salvation,” we looked at the Greek word Soteria which means deliverance, preservation, and safety as well as salvation and the Greek root sozo: which means to deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well, be whole and make whole. Sozo not only means saved but healed:
But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well (sozo).” And the woman was made well (sozo) from that hour. Matthew 9:22 (NKJV)
This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently, and seeing that he had faith to be healed (sozo), said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked. Acts 14:9, 10 (NKJV)
Are you sick, have a disease, bound by worry or anxiety, brokenhearted, or emotionally wounded by past hurts and unresolved issues or relationships? There is good news. God wants you healed!
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-19, 21 (NKJV)
If there is one thing that God the Father wants us to know and believe, it is how much He loves us and wants us healed. His Beloved Son Jesus was given for all mankind (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4, 5). God the Father not only gave His best, so that we will never be cut off from Him but Jesus went to the cross to die for our sicknesses and diseases as well (Isaiah 53:4, 5). He only has good things for us (Matthew 7:9-11; James 1:17; Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 27:13, 14; 34:8; 86:15; 136:1; 145:9)! There is no evil or darkness in Him (1 John 1:5).
When we have a fresh and greater revelation of the Father’s love toward us (Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 5:5, 8; 8:38, 39; 1 John 4:8-10, 16), we won’t be afraid that He may be keeping His healing power that we need from us. God is our healer and Jesus’s ministry showed us that. Healing is in God’s nature and His Name is Healing i.e. Jehovah-Rapha (Exodus 15:26). Jesus represented the Father perfectly and He hasn’t changed (John 1: 1; 5:19; 14:9; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3; 13:8). We need to have a greater revelation of God the Father’s Heart and Christ’s perfect representation of Him.
God unveiled His nature through His many Names seen in the Old Testament but it wasn’t until Jesus came that He was disclosed as our Father. Jesus taught His disciples to pray beginning with “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9). Jesus revealed the love, compassion, grace and goodness of our Heavenly Father.
See previous blogs about God’s love and goodness – https://alexiscarucci.com/2018/12/24/gods-love-revealed-jesus-our-savior; https://alexiscarucci.com/2018/12/31/god-has-good-plans-for-you-in-2019; https://alexiscarucci.com/2019/01/07/believing-in-gods-love-is-another-key-to-living-the-abundant-life-jesus-came-to-give-you)
Whether you need healing in your body, mind, emotions or relationships, catch a fresh revelation of the Father’s Heart to heal you and to restore you today as you read the following verses:
My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it, spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:20-23 (NKJV)
There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians for I am the LORD who heals you.” Exodus 15:26 (NKJV)
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name! Bless the LORD O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. Psalm 103:1- 5 (NKJV)
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:19, 20 (NKJV)
For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the LORD. Jeremiah 30:17 (NKJV)
Jesus also made visible the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14, 15). He is the King of it and His purpose was to proclaim it (Luke 4:43; 8:1). He declared repent (or change your mind) for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17) and that the Kingdom of God is in the midst of you (Luke 17:21)! We need to embrace a new way of thinking about God, ourselves and what’s possible in His Kingdom. Repentance doesn’t just apply to changing our mind about turning away from our sin toward God but can also apply to what we think and believe about healing.
Jesus preached about the Kingdom and how to think according to the Kingdom. We need to have an understanding and revelation of the laws of the Kingdom of God. God operates in a higher law than the laws of nature that we currently know and which supersedes them. The Holy Spirit can help us when we ask Him.
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 (NKJV)
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 (NKJV)
He demonstrated and deployed the Kingdom through the works that He did (Luke 11:20) and through His followers that He sent out (Luke 10; Matthew 28:18-20). There is no sickness, disease, bondage, poverty or lack in the Kingdom of God and heaven. Jesus taught us to pray “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Matthew 4:23, 24 (NKJV)
Healing is part of God’s redemptive plan
Through the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, we lost everything. Jesus recovered all through His Atonement (the reconciliation of mankind to God). Sin, death, disease and poverty are part of the curse that Christ redeemed us from through His Atonement on the cross. He was the Passover Lamb as seen in the Old Testament types of atonement with the sacrifice of animals for sin and for healing. However, these sacrifices were only temporary.
Christ died once for all and for all time (1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 10). What we lost, He has returned to us i.e. peace with God through forgiveness; healing and prosperity; and He gave us His righteousness (right standing with God the Father) in exchange for our sin.
Not only is there the remission or cancellation of sin but Jesus also provided healing for our physical bodies and souls. Salvation and healing are based on the same work of redemption i.e. what Christ did on the cross. We have the full benefit package! (Psalm 103:1 – 5).
Surely, He has borne our griefs (diseases) and carried our sorrows (pains); yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 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. Isaiah 53:4, 5 (NKJV)
When evening had come; they brought to Him many who were demon possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” Matthew 8:16, 17 (NKJV)
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV)
We see in Isaiah 53:4, 5 that He carried our sins and sicknesses. Healing in these verses doesn’t refer to spiritual healing since God doesn’t heal the spirit but re-creates it and makes a new creation when a person asks Jesus to come into his heart and be his Savior and Lord (2 Corinthians 5:17). His spirit is born again. The finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross brings healing to the whole man because Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law, which is sin and death.
Man is a triune being like God since we were created in His image (Genesis 1:26). We are a spirit, possess a soul and live in a body, as we see from 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Our spirit must be born again as Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:5 – 7. Our soul (mind, will, emotions and imagination) is renewed and restored as we meditate on the Word and follow Him (Psalm 23:3; Romans 12:2). Our body and soul receives physical healing (1 Peter 2:24; 3 John 2).
Christ 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. Galatians 3:13, 14 (NKJV)
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2 (NKJV)
Sickness, disease, death, sin, poverty, and bondage are all curses. God calls sickness and disease oppression from the devil.
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 (NKJV)
Satan is the oppressor – Jesus is the Deliverer and Healer! By Jesus’ stripes we were and are healed (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24). Satan is the author of sickness; Jesus came to redeem us from Satan’s power and give us abundant life (Matthew 28:18; Luke 10:19; John 10:10; Colossians 1:13; 2:15).
We don’t deserve healing because we receive it 100% by God’s grace through faith. God’s grace is the undeserved, unearned favor, Blessing of God and His ability or power to carry it out (Titus 2:11 ) . It is based on what He has done through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross not on what we have done or our works. It is a gift (Ephesians 2:8, 9). However, we do have a legal right to divine healing i.e. it belongs to us, because Jesus through His death and resurrection sealed this new covenant we have been given with His own blood (Hebrews 8:6, 12:24, 13:20).
God the Father made a new and better covenant with us through Jesus, His Son. He had made a covenant with Abraham in the Old Testament, but this new blood covenant is a better one because it is between God and Jesus through His death as a substitutionary sacrifice for us. The new covenant went into effect when Jesus was raised from the dead. It can never be broken because it is not between God and us (sinful man who may break it) but between God and Jesus who is the perfect Son of God. Our God is a covenant keeping God. He will not break His covenant or His Word (promises).
My covenant I will not break, nor alter the Word that has gone out of My lips. Psalm 89:34.
It is God’s will to heal
Believing in healing is not enough. We must believe it is God’s will to heal us!
When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:1-3. (NKJV)
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” Matthew 8:5-7 (NKJV)
Remember, God’s Word is His will and Jesus (God come in the flesh – John 1:1, 14) is the will of God in action (Matthew 8:1-3; 14-17; John 14:9; Acts 10:38). There is not one instance in the Gospels that Jesus put sickness on anybody! Jesus was willing to heal and He healed everyone that came to Him or was sent to Him by the Father. This is the Father’s Heart! He is the perfect Father and He is good, He is good to us and He is good at being God.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19. (NKJV)
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness, and every disease among the people. Matthew 9:35 (NKJV)
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)
The goodness of God is not based on our circumstances. We need to see life through the goodness of God (Psalm 27:3; Jeremiah 33:9) or when bad things happen to us in this world (John 16:33), we will question Him or ourselves which will undermine our faith and trust in Him.
Jesus has to be our example. He healed all! If we don’t see our healing manifested right away, we must not blame the Father or ourselves. Ask Him to show you from His perspective and what do you need to do now?
It has to be OK to live in mystery. Trust is developed in mystery (i.e. the things you can’t explain, understand or control); by believing that He is good, and that He is able to turn our circumstances around and use it for our good and for His glory (Romans 8:28).
Remember, God isn’t the cause of the problem but He has the solution (John 10:10; 1 Corinthians 2:2). We must keep our eyes focused on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)! We need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us a greater revelation of who Jesus is, the price that He paid for our salvation and healing, and of His grace and goodness! Healing belongs to us, if we belong to God and are His child (See Matthew 15:21 – 28). Healing is the children’s bread.
But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” Matthew 15:26 (NKJV)
So, we can see in the Bible that Jesus can and is willing to heal. However, we need to have this question answered; “Jesus went about healing people in His day but is He willing to heal today”?
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)
For I am the LORD, I do not change. Malachi 3:6 (NKJV)
Then Peter opened his mouth and said; “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.” Acts 10:34 (NKJV)
It is God’s will for people to be completely whole! He provides salvation which includes forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7); preservation, safety and deliverance (Psalm 91), and total wellbeing including healing (3 John 2). Healing and forgiveness brings peace (Luke 7:50; 8:48)!
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32 (NKJV)
Next week we will see how to receive our healing and answer questions about hindrances to receiving all that God has provided for us through Jesus’ finished work on the cross. In the meantime, meditate on the Scriptures mentioned above as well as the following ones listed below; to build up your faith to receive because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, The Word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Our standard is to believe God’s Word! It is not based on what we see or on our experience (2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:1).
As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. 2 Samuel 22:31 (NKJV)
Exodus 23:25; Deuteronomy 5:33; 7:14-15; 28:1-14; 30:19-20; 1 Kings 8:56; Job 33:24-25; Psalm 34:19; 41:3; 91:9-10; 14-16; 118:17; Isaiah 40:29, 31; 41:10; 46:4; 58:8; Jeremiah 1:12; 17:14; 33:6; Nahum 1:9; Matthew 18:18-19; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 10:27; 11:22-24; 16:17-18; John 10:10; Acts 5:16; Romans 4:16-21; 8:11; 2 Corinthians 4:18; 10:3-5; Galatians 3:14; 29; Ephesians 6:10-17; Philippians 1:6; 2:13; 4:6-7; 2 Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 10:23; 35-36; 11:1, 6, 11; James 5: 14-16; 1 John 3:21-22; 5:14-15; 3 John 2; Revelation 12:11.