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The subject of healing has been controversial among churches for a long time. Many people do not believe healing is for today. This is one subject to which I have given much thought.

I believe many people are limiting God in the area of healing because of their religious tradition. Many will gladly teach spiritual healing is for today, but they will stop short of saying physical healing is for today.

I believe it is just as much the will of God to heal you physically as it is to heal you spiritually. Jesus' death on the cross paid the price for the redemption of humanity from sin.

Jesus' death settled the sin issue and made a way for us to receive access to the favor of God. I believe physical healing is part of the plan of redemption.

I believe when you deny that physical healing is part of your redemption, you are limiting God. When you deny that physical healing is part of redemption, you are not properly discerning the Lord's body and blood, which was shed for you. Jesus' death on the cross was physical.

The communion we take as Christians is symbolic of the blood and body of Jesus. Paul said many believers did not properly discern the body of Christ that was broken for them and they became sick and died.
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
(1 Cor. 11:28-30)
The Apostle Peter mentions healing along with forgiveness of sins. The Apostle Peter says the broken body of Jesus was for our healing.

The Apostle Peter mentions the bloody marks Jesus had from being whipped were proof for healing.
Who his won 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.
(1 Peter 2:24)
This quotation from the Apostle Peter was based upon a Scripture in Isaiah. Isaiah gives us a picture of the suffering of Jesus on the cross.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
(Isa. 53:4-5)
It is interesting to notice the tense Isaiah used for healing. Isaiah used the present tense. He said, "with his stripes we are healed."

Isaiah was looking forward prophetically to Jesus death. In 1 Peter 2:24, Peter uses the past tense of the same verb when he said, "by whose stripes ye were healed." The Apostle Peter was looking back to the cross.

The death of Jesus on the cross was the focal point of the Bible. Everything in the Bible points to the moment when humanity was redeemed from sin, sickness, disease, poverty and death.

The Prophet Isaiah says Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. The Hebrew word for "griefs" is the word "choliy" pronounced "khol-ee'." This word is translated as "griefs" four times, but in other places this same word is translated sickness (12 times) and disease (seven times).

The word for "sorrows" is the Hebrew word "makob" pronounced "mak-obe'." This same word is also translated as pain in a couple of other places. This word can mean physical and mental pain.

When Isaiah says he "hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows," it would not be inappropriate to read, "Jesus bore our sicknesses, our diseases, our mental and physical pains." When He died on the cross Jesus bore our sicknesses and carried our pains.

Personalize this and repeat it to yourself. Say, "Jesus bore my sicknesses and carried my pains."

I can think of one other good example that shows Jesus died on the cross for our healing. When talking about His death on the cross, Jesus reminded His followers of the time the Israelites put a snake on a pole and were physically healed.

Here's what happened: While they were wandering in the desert, they began complaining about their food and water. Thousands of snakes began to attack them in the desert, and many of them were dying from snakebites.

God told Moses to make a brass serpent and put it upon a pole. When the Israelites were snake-bitten, they could look at the serpent on the pole and live (Num. 21:49).

This serpent on the pole was symbolic for Jesus on the cross. Jesus even said He was like the serpent in the wilderness:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
(John 3:14-17)
Healing is part of redemption. Jesus who knew no sin was made to be sin so that we might have righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). Our righteousness in Christ entitles us to live forever and to have healing for the present.

Source: No More Limits by Happy Caldwell
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Happy Caldwell
Web site: Agape Church
Happy Caldwell is the founder and Pastor of Agape Church, a strong, Spirit-filled body of believers in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is Founder and President of the Victory Television Network, which operates two full-power Christian television stations in Little Rock and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He is also President of the International Convention of Faith Ministries (ICFM) located in Little Rock Arkansas.

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