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Healing Now! A Handbook ON DIVINE HEALTH AND HEALING

Healing Now

Healing Now!

 

A Handbook ON DIVINE HEALTH AND HEALING.

By. JOHN L. CHOPORES

Copyright 1988

 

 

IS IT GOD'S WILL TO HEAL ALL WHO COME TO HIM?

The Bible says it is so!

(LUK 8:47) . . . declared in the presence of all the people for what cause she [i]touched him, and how she was healed[ii]immediately. (ASV)

 

 

(LUK 8:48) And he said unto her, ... go in peace. (ASV)

[You will note that Jesus did not put her down for coming to Him for healing!]

(MAT 4:23) And Jesus went . . . healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness among the people. (ASV)

(MAT 4:24) And the report of him went forth into all Syria: and they brought unto him all that were sick, holden with divers diseases and torments, possessed with demons, and epileptic, and palsied; and he healed them. (ASV)

(LUK 9:11) But the multitudes perceiving it followed him: and he welcomed them, and spake to them of the kingdom of God, and them that had need of healing he cured. (ASV)

 

It is a good thing to heal the sick-

(ACT 10:38) {even} Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (ASV)

Jesus never told a single person that his sickness was making him a better person!

 

You will notice, that Jesus always did the Will of God the Father.

Cf. Mt 26:42He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Lu 11:2And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

 

Six reasons why every Christian, should take Christ as their Healer!

 

Reason 1. "Because God used to heal the sick, and He is an unchangeable

God."cf.[Ex.15:26;23:25;Ps.103:3&4;105:37;107:20;MAL.3:6;Heb.13:8;James 1:17.].

(EXO 15:26). . . for I {am} the Lord that healeth thee. (KJV)

(MAL 3:6) For I, Jehovah, change not; therefore ye, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.(ASV)

(HEB 13:8) Jesus Christ {is} the same yesterday and to-day, {yea} and for ever.(ASV)

(JAM 1:17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of

lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.(ASV)

 

Reason 2.Because Christ died to atone for our sickneses as well as our sins.

cf.[Isa.53:4;Matt.8:16,17;Rom.8:11.].

(Matthew 8:16-17 KJV)

(16) When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with {his} word, and healed all that were sick: (17) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare {our} sicknesses.

 

Reason 3. Because sickness came into this world, as the result of the Devilís work. When Sin came, death, and sickness came with it! Jesus Christ was made manifest, to destroythe work of the Devil.cf.[Acts 10:38;Heb.2:14;1 Jn. 3:8.].

 

ACT 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went

about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (KJV)1JO 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (KJV)

 

Reason 4. Because, the Holy Spirit ,who did miracles and raised Christ from the dead, is still working in His Church with life-giving power!cf.[John 14:16;1 Thess. 1:5.].

JOH 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (KJV)

 

1TH 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. (KJV)

 

 Reason 5. Because of : (a) Christ's Great Commission, and (b) The Bible command in James 5:14. 5:14. Cf.[[a]Mk.16:17,18;[b]James 5:14,15.].

(a) MAR 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (KJV)

(18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

MAR 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with {them},

And confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (KJV)

(b) (James 5:14-15 KJV)

(14) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him,

anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (15) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

 

Reason 6. Because of God's superb promises, which we lay hold of by faith! Cf.[Matt.18:19;21:22;Mk.11:22-24;Jn.14:13,14;15:7;1 Jn.3:22.].

MAR 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. (KJV)

 

So, as we can see, it is God's Will, to heal today.

But, does he still do it?

The Answer is Yes! For the following reasons.

 

Some Bible Reasons Why Christ Heals today-

1. Divine Healing is a Statute and an Ordinance Cf.[Exod.15:24-25;2 Kings 20:5&6.].

EXO 15:25 And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, {which} when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, (KJV)

 

2. God has made a Covenant of Healing with His people Cf.[Exod.15:26].

EXO 15:26 And said, 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. (KJV)

 

3. It was CHRIST, AS JEHOVAH-RAPHA HEALED HIS PEOPLE IN the OLD TESTAMENT DAYS Cf.[1 Cor.10:1;(Num.21:7-9;cf. with Jn.3:14-16;2 Cor.5:21;)2 Cor.1:20.]

NUM 21:8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. (KJV)

 

4.  Jesus CHRIST PROMISED HIS PEOPLE HEALTH in the Old Testament.

Cf.[Exodus 23:25;Deu.7:15;Psa.105:37.], some examples [a]-Moses

Cf.[Deu.34:7;[b]Caleb Josh.14:10-11(see Prov.15:30).].

EXO 23:25 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. (KJV)

PSA 105:37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and {there was} not one feeble {person} among their tribes. (KJV)

 

5. CHRIST HEALED BECAUSE SICKNESS WAS A CURSE of the law, AND CHRIST HAS REDEEMED HIS PEOPLE FROM THE CURSE of the Law. Cf. [.Gal.3:13;Deu.28:58-61.].

GAL 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed {is} every one that hangeth on a tree: (KJV)

(Deuteronomy 28:58-61 ASV)

(58) If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou

mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, JEHOVAH THY GOD; (59) then Jehovah will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. (60) And he will bring upon thee again all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. (61) Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will Jehovah bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

 

6.  Christ showed and did the WILL of God in all things. He Healed the sick, as part of that!Cf.[Matt.4:23-24;10:1,7-8;Lu. 10:9,17.].

(Matthew 4:23-24 KJV)

(23) And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (24) And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

7. Because Christ give The promise of Healing in the Great Commission cf.[ Mk. 16:15-18;

Matt.28:18-20.].

(Mark 16:15-18 KJV)

(15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 

8. AFTER CHRIST LEFT THE EARTH, HIS HEALING MINISTRY WAS CARRIED ON BY

THE NEW TESTAMENT (and some of today's) CHURCH Cf.[JN.20:21;MK.16:20;Acts 3:1-2;5:12,16;8:7- 8:Rom.15:19;Heb.2:3-4.].

JOH 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace {be} unto you: as {my} Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (KJV)

[One of the things Jesus was sent to do was to heal].

(Acts 8:6-7 ASV)

(6) And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did. (7) For {from} many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed.

ACT 28:8 And it was so, that the father of Publius lay sick of fever and dysentery: unto whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laying his hands on him healed him. (ASV)

 

9. BECAUSE THE ORDINANCE OF healing the sick, was given to the Church a while back.

Cf. (James 5:14-16 KJV)

(14) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him,

anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (15) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (16) Confess {your} faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

 

10. BECAUSE God has given many gifts of healing to the Church. Cf.[1 Cor.12:9:1:6-8.].

1CO 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; (KJV)

 

11. Because He has promised to give us whatever we ask in His Name, if we abide in Christ and His words abide in us cf.[Jn. 14:13-14;Mk.11:22-24;Matt.7:7-8;Jn.15:7.].

JOH 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (KJV)

 

12. Because Divine Healing is in and a part of the Atonement Cf.[Isa.53;Matt.8:16-17.].

ISA 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (KJV)

Isa 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs-sickness, weakness and distress-and carried our sorrows and pain...(AMP)

ISA 53:5 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. (KJV)

(Matthew 8:16-17 KJV)

(16) When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with {his} word, and healed all that were sick: (17) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare {our} sicknesses.

 

13. Because whenCHRIST Healedthe sick, He was clearlyFulfillingPROPHECY Cf.[Isa.53;Lu.4:18-19;Heb.13:8.].

HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (KJV)

 

14. When CHRIST HEALED, He was fulfilling aSCRIPTURAL TYPE. Cf.[Jn.3:14-15;Nu.21:5-9.].

(Numbers 21:5-9 KJV)

(5) And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for {there is} no bread, neither {is there any} water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. (6) And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. (7) Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. (8) And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. (9) And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

(John 3:14-15 KJV)

(14) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 

15. The healings of Jesus, helped Proved HIS MISSION" Cf.[Jn.10:37-38;Jn.3:2;4:53;9:35-38;(see also 1 Kings 17:24;Mk.16:17-18);Lu.7:21-23.].

(John 10:37-38 KJV)

(37) If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. (38) But if I do, though ye believe not me,believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father {is} in me, and I in him.

 

16. Because Jesus IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER.

Cf. HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (KJV)

LUK 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. (KJV)

 

17. Becauseof the fact that, THE love and CHARACTER OF GOD IS AGAINST sickness and DISEASE cf. [Gen.1:3,4;Job.2:7;Acts 10:38.]. ACT 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (KJV)

 

18. Jesus Christ HEALS people, BECAUSE OF HIS COMPASSION for them!Cf.[Mk.1:41;Matt.14:14;20:34.].

MAR 1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth {his} hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. (KJV)

MAT 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. (KJV)

 

19. BECAUSE DIVINE HEALING IS "THE CHILDREN'S BREAD" of Christians..Divine healing is not just for a few "super" Christians, but for all Christians. Cf.[Mk.7:27.].

 

20. CHRIST HEALS to DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL

The Scriptures are explicit concerning sickness and disease being associated with thedevil works of the devil.It was Satan who smote Job with sore boils. The woman who was a daughter of Abraham had been bound by Satan with a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years(Luke 13:10-17)." cf.[Acts 10:38;1 Jn.3:8.].

ACT 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went

about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (KJV)

 

21.Even, our COMMON SENSE TEACHES US THAT HEALING must be THE WILL OF GOD. God does not send sickness to bless His people. Deuteronomy 28 shows that disease is a curse."...when miracles of healing take place, people glorify God. So it was in the days of Christ:

"...And he healed them. Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see; and they glorified the God of Israel" (Matt. 15:30-31).

When a person, reads the Bible, you will see that when people saw healing they gave the glory to God. You will notice that, in the case of Lazarus, Jesus said that his sickness was for the glory of God. It was after Lazarus was brought back to life, that God got the glory! cf. [John 11:40-45.].

 

22. The right time for Christ to heal is now!

There is no need for healing in heaven. There is no sickness there! Cf. 1CO 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (KJV)

During the Millennium, all who love God, will be well! Cf. ISA 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner {being} an hundred years old shall be accursed. (KJV)

 

23. Jesus heals us so that we have the strength to witness and work for Him.

Cf. MAR 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. (KJV)

 

24. Divine Healing is a good and powerful means to win souls for Christ

Cf.[1 Ki.17:20,24(?);2.Ki.5:15-17.].

(2Kings 5:14-15 KJV)

(14) Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (15) And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that {there is} no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

 

25. God gave to mankind, to rule the earth and be in health. Mankind gave that up in the Fall into sin.. But Jesus has redeemed us from the Fall.

Cf. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them, have dominion...And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it..."(Gen. 1:26,28).

Ro 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

 

26. As members of the Body of Christ, Christians are not to be defiled with sickness.

For we are part of His Holy body.

Rom. 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

...no professing Christian can envision Christ's physical body being subject to sickness.

Jesus said that Satan, " hath nothing in me" Joh 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

[cf.Rom.12:5;1 Cor.1:27;Eph.1:22-23;4:12.].

 

27. Because, Jesus came into the world, to save the whole person.

N.S.V. "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirety; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete,"...(1 Thess.5:23 "Man is a trinity: he is body, soul, and spirit.That the soul and spirit are not identical is shown by the fact that they are divisible (Heb. 4:12).Through his spirit, man is capable of a God-consciousness. Because he... [has] a soul he has self-consciousness, Because he has a body, he, through his senses has world-consciousness.

 

 



[i] aptomai, "to apply one's self to, i.e. to touch" [BULLINGER. PAGE. 814.]. Luk 8:47 - Trembling (tremousa). Vivid touch of the feeling of this sensitive woman who now had to tell everybody of her cure, "in the presence of all the people" (enwpion pantoj tou laou). She faced the widest publicity for her secret cure. [Rob.].

[ii] parachrema, "with thing itself, at the very moment, on the spot" [BULLINGER. PAGE. 401.].