This is a question many have asked. We see the day of Atonement occur, once a year, when the High Priest would offer sacrifices for the sins of the people, as well as himself.
This is a question many have asked. Before going further, we must understand that the word “atonement” is an Old Testament word. We see the day of Atonement occur, once a year, when the High Priest would offer sacrifices for the sins of the people, as well as himself. This is only a covering of sins. In the New Testament, or New Covenant, our sins are not covered. They are washed away. That’s why the writer of Hebrews states that we have a better covenant, established upon better promises. (Hebrews 8:6) Our sins are removed from us, never to be remembered again!
So the question people have is, “Was healing provided in the Atonement?” Or in New Covenant language, “Did Jesus redeem us from our sicknesses at the same time He paid for our sins?” Assuredly yes! Let’s look at God’s Word a little further. Exodus 15:26 says, “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.” Exodus 23:25 reads “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”
Psalms 103:3, “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.” God is still forgiving sins and He is still healing diseases. Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” The same words we see translated griefs and sorrows, in the KJV are translated “sickness” and “pain”. A more accurate rendering from the Greek language would be, “Surely he hath borne our sicknesses and carried our pains.” How did Jesus do this? He did it as our substitute. Just like He bore our sins, He took our sicknesses as well.
Looking in the New Testament we see Jesus healing the sick. Matthew 9:35 says, “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”
Even if we’re not Hebrew and Greek scholars, notice what Matthew said. The same Holy Spirit that inspired Isaiah, also inspired him to write in Matthew 8:17, “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the Prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.” In the work of redemption, Jesus took our sicknesses as well as our sins.
Notice 1 Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.” If you asked most people, “Did Jesus purchase our freedom from sin?” They would say, “Yes.” Yet people stop there and never consider the fact that God makes no distinction. We can receive both forgiveness and healing in our lives to the Glory of God. Next week I’ll be sharing part two on this subject.
There are many things that will endeavor to steal from our lives and try to hinder our faith walk. One, in particular, is very destructive.
We established the fact last week that Jesus died for our sins. Most everyone will agree with that fact. However, the Bible also says that He paid for our sicknesses and diseases; at the same exact time. Everything Jesus did for us, He did as our substitute.
In the heart of every person is a Plan-A chosen for us, specifically tailored just for us. Many times people will understand the importance of vision, yet they go on to make their own plans without consulting with God.
The Bible is PLAIN-Jesus shall come back for His church. The question is, are you ready? We need to walk close to Him. Stay in close fellowship daily and if you miss it, run back to Him quickly.
This is a debate that has gone on for centuries in the church. What is the answer? What does the Bible say concerning this?
One of the greatest things about the Lord is His compassion. He’s not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
God is not to blame for the calamities we face. It started with Lucifer and Adam. Everything has been altered.
We are where we are today because of the words we spoke yesterday and tomorrow will be a result of the words that we speak today.
The Gospel accounts are proof and evidence of what Jesus began to do and to teach. (Acts 1:2) The same miracles we see in the book of Acts should occur today. The Book of Acts is actually the Acts of the Holy Spirit through the Church.
We as the Body of Christ need each other. Sometimes, in the midst of trials, people feel alone, forsaken and overwhelmed. That’s where a church family comes in...
God is only in control to the extent that we pray and ask Him to do certain things. "You have not, because you ask not.” It’s a very simple idea, but we must ask.
God promises us that if we hunger and thirst after Him, we shall be filled. Spiritual Hunger is the number one ingredient to receiving from God.
In a world that is constantly changing, it’s imperative that believers are established in God’s Word. God’s Word is our sure foundation.
Whenever we hear the good news of Jesus Christ, we have an option. To embrace it or reject it. If we accept it, repent and receive Jesus as our Lord & Saviour, then we are saved.
In our lives, we have to make the decision to believe God’s Word – above everything else. If He said we’re blessed and not cursed then we should agree with Him.
Things in life will come to steal our joy and cause us to be offended. But it’s entirely our choice whether we take the offense.
Ps. 92:10 says, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” The Anointing is the Presence of God. It’s one of the most important things in our lives.
Many times it’s easier to accept everything in life as the will of God than to take responsibility to find the will of God. God doesn’t send sickness to people to teach them something.