Most people are aware of the healing nature of God and of the accounts of this very personal ministry of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. We read about the marvellous miracles in the gospels with great excitement.
The principle of miraculous healing of personal illness, social problems, and even healing of nations, is clearly described in scripture.
The God of the Bible is a healing God; His very nature is to restore and make whole. Even in the Old Testament God presented Himself to His people as the healer of their bodies. To them He was Jehovah Rapha: the physician, the healer. Often we read of the provision made for the physical well-being of those who followed, obeyed, and believed Him.
Healing of a miraculous nature is intervention by God to accelerate the healing process. This can be instantaneous or it can take time, and it can arrest and reverse conditions that would normally not be reversible. Gifts of healing are listed with the manifestations of the Holy Spirit described in 1 Corinthians 12:6–11, all of which are available to every Spirit-filled person.
Never stop believing or become discouraged – ‘There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit’ (Romans 8:1). God always keeps His promises in His way and in His time. Remember that the primary consideration is staying saved. Then, even if death intervenes, ultimate, eternal restoration will take place when Jesus returns.
Healing of a miraculous nature comes from God alone. Beware of any person claiming special gifts of healing because this is not scriptural and does not happen. Christ made miraculous healing available through His atonement and it is available through none other.
We can certainly pray for each other and for ourselves. Indeed the Bible instructs us to do this: ‘Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him … in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord [not the elders] shall raise him up … Pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’ (James 5:14–16).
(This article was first published in the Voice of Revival, June 1995.)
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