~ Agathos Church is a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio. This blog post is a summary a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can read the whole sermon, Divine Healing (part 2), by clicking here.
It is God’s will to heal everyone without exception and immediately. It is God’s will that every single person would be healed now, immediately, and without hesitation. If you or I pray for someone and healing does not take place, the issue is always on the part of man –without exception. Those two statements are the framework for this teaching on divine healing.
Healing is real. It is for today and we are seeing it happen at Agathos right now. Just this past Sunday, Erin had tweaked her neck and nothing was making it better. It was going on for two weeks and she had run out of medicine for the pain prior to Sunday church service. She was in so much pain that she was trouble functioning. She asked Brad to pray for her and as he prayed for her he could feel a vertebrae in her neck that was out of joint moving. Additionally, Erin’s back was hurting so bad that it was making her nauseous and unable to eat. So Brad said “back be straightened” and she could literally feel the vertebrae clicking back into place down her back. The nausea completely went away and she immediately had no more pain! The pain was at about an 8 (on a scale of 1-10) prior to being prayed for and immediately after prayer it was at a 0.5! She is completely pain free.
Later that same day (Sunday), Brad had the opportunity to pray for a lady with Guillain-Barre syndrome – a syndrome which attacks the sheath around the nerves and it eats those sheaths away so that the nerves are not able to operate correctly and then the muscles fail and it can cause you to become completely paralyzed. She had been basically paralyzed, bed ridden for two months, and could not even feel her legs. She had just had a “major physical therapy breakthrough” in that she could now barely raise a glass of water to her mouth as long as she used two hands. Despite being personally exhausted, Brad ministered to her about healing for about 30 minutes and then after helping her ease the pain of her aching shoulder with a pillow he prayed for her healing for about 2 minutes. After he finished praying for her healing, he turned to another lady in the room who was not receptive to the idea of God healing people and asked if he could pray for her hurting knee. She reluctantly allowed him to. Within minutes, the lady’s knee was completely better as she exclaimed with delight that it had been healed after 50 years of pain! Shortly thereafter, Brad thought to ask the bed-ridden lady about her shoulder, which was now completely better! The very next day the physical therapist was stunned to see the patient pushing with her legs and lifting both arms 180 degrees over her head! Praise God! But that’s not all! Within 3 days she was beginning to stand out of that bed she had been confined to for two months! Jesus is the Healer!
Healing is real!!! What really matters is that we will all step into this ourselves – that our life is one where we are going around praying for people and seeing people healed. Each of us is as capable of healing anyone as Brad is, or Peter is, or as John G. Lake is. Generally speaking, there is no difference between any of God’s children in their ability to pray for healing. The provision has been made the same to all of God’s people. The only exception is there is a gift of healing that God puts on some people, that is different, that is a radical thing. That is the thing you’ll see on people like Kathryn Kuhlman while she is on stage, but that is temporary, it comes on when they’re on the platform,and then they leave and they don’t have it; it is God’s temporary anointing. While the gift of healing is different, God has commissioned all believers to pray for the sick!
It is imperative to know that God’s will is to heal everybody all the time or you will never ever reach any successful level in the area of healing. You may get lucky every once in a while, but I want you walking in it consistently. But consistency will never happen unless you become convinced that healing is God’s will 100% of the time. Why? Because your faith cannot rise above your knowledge of God’s will. If you don’t know that healing is His will you will doubt. And doubt is a faith destroyer. Doubt brings fear. Fear contaminates faith.
To that end, lets look at the relationship between sin and sickness. If you get this, it will go so far in you never doubting God’s will. Romans tells us that “the wages of sin, is death.” Sickness is the beginning stages of death. That is all it is. It is just the beginning stages of that thing called death taking place in your body. The immune system is the only reason sickness does not always take people out. Sin leads to sickness which leads to death.
Psalm 103:1-3 says “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,” Is it a coincidence that He put iniquities and sin together? It is not. Look also at Isaiah 53:4-5 which says “Surely He hath borne our griefs.” That Hebrew word rendered “griefs” is almost always translated “sickness or disease” and that translation is reinforced by Mathew 8:17 which quotes this scripture in Greek ““He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” Sin and sickness are again linked.
The Bible says that anyone who hangs on the tree is accursed. When God had Jesus go to the cross, He went to the cross to take the curse that was on man. Why did Jesus become accursed for us? So that the blessing of Abraham might come upon us! So, anything that got put on Jesus on the cross was a curse – meaning it is not of God, God hates it. So, if it is on Jesus on the cross, it is not of God. In other words, anything that you can see that is on Jesus on the cross God doesn’t want on you! Otherwise what was the point what in Jesus taking it on Himself if it wasn’t to get it off of us?So, what are the things that we see that were put on Jesus according to Isaiah 53? Sin and sickness. “Surely He hath borne our sicknesses and carried our diseases!”
In Matthew 8, we see that Jesus healed all who were sick. Notice He did not stop pray ask the Father “which one today, who do you want to heal today, who do you not want to heal today?” You will never find Him pray such a prayer, because it doesn’t exist. Jesus always healed every single person without exception who came to him in faith for healing. 1 Peter 2:24 says “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.” What does it say right after the part about bearing our sins? It talks about our physical healing! This is not a coincidence; instead, God is showing us the relationship between sin and sickness. If you take care of the source, which is sin, then you take care of its symptom, which is sickness. When Jesus took care of the sin, He took care of the sickness.
With that background, now Matthew 9:1-8 will make a lot of sense to you. Here, Jesus tells the paralytic on the lowered-through-the-roof bed to “be of good cheer your sins have been forgiven you.” At this point, the Sadducees and the Pharisees are furious at such a statement because only God can forgive sins. Jesus perceived their thoughts and therefore said to them,(wait for it!) “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” (Luke 5:23-24) THIS MAN’S HEALING is how Jesus proved He could forgive sin! How does the man’s healing prove that Jesus can forgive sins? Because sickness is the result of sin, that is the point Jesus is making! Likewise, in John chapter 5 Jesus heals a man at the pool of Bethsaida, where he had been for 38 years. Jesus sees the healed man later and listen to what Jesus says to him: “Go and sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you.” What did Jesus just do? He connected sin and sickness. Sin is the source of all sickness – all of it!
One more proof of the connection between sin and sickness is found in the Lord’s supper. Jesus told us “this is the cup of my blood of the new covenant.” And what was it for? The remission of sin! The Jesus said “and here’s the bread, broken for you.” What was the bread? His body. It heals the body. Again our sin and sickness are connected! Since God has already taken care of the entire sin issue, its byproduct, sickness, is also done with! When sin was dealt with, sickness was dealt with! Not only is it God’s will to forgive you, but He already has, and, as a result, not only is it His will to heal you, He already has! Your healing is already done, that’s why 1Peter 2:24 says, “By His stripes you,” what? “were healed.” Were – past tense. It is already done; your healing is already done! This is why it is not even a question about God’s will to heal – any more than it’s a question about God’s will to forgive! He’s already done it. Every time you get sick you think “I’m not sure if God would want to heal me.” That should be as ridiculous in your thinking as I’m not sure God wants to forgive me. They are one and the same. There wasn’t a second cross. Jesus didn’t get up there and die for your sins and then get off the cross and then come over here to another cross and get nailed to another cross for your sickness. It is one cross and when He dealt the death blow to sin, He simultaneously dealt the death blow to sickness because sickness is the offspring of sin. Both sickness and sin are done, they are over with.
The Spirit of God dwells in every single born-again believer. The life of God is so powerful it created the universe. Do you think a cold can withstand that power that created the universe? No way! Romans 8:11 says this, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” It is His Spirit that gives life to your mortal body. Healing is real, it is for us now. Faith is what activates what God has already done. You say “well Jesus already paid the price for everyone, so why is not everyone saved?” I’m not saying everyone is saved when I say everyone is forgiven, they are forgiven but they are not saved, there is a difference. And what does it take to get saved? Faith is what appropriates what Jesus did. Faith in His forgiveness causes the new birth. Faith in the fact that He’s already healed you causes the healing to take place.