“…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil”- 1 John 3:8
An understanding of divine health (the state of continually being whole spirit, soul and body) and healing is not complete without an understanding of the origin sickness and disease. In looking at the book of beginnings we know that man had a good life in Eden, a life that was whole and complete in fellowship with God. Man was filled with the Life of God[A], he emanated with the glory of God, an overflow of this Life, death was not known to man, sicknesses and diseases were not known to him, grief and pain was foreign to him, he lived a life of eternal bliss. However with the fall, came the introduction of fear[B], man could no longer stand in the presence of God, a “dis-ease” had been set in the spiritual balance in the life of man in Eden, for man had died (being spiritually alienated) onto God[C]. He had become under a curse [D], pain set in, toil set in, grief, sorrow and diseases were to become common with man.
In the events surrounding the fall of man, we see clearly that life absent of the Life of God is subject to pain, sorrows, grief, sicknesses and disease, but indeed “in His presence there is fullness of joy, and pleasures forever more” [E]. We see this awesome truth demonstrated in the institution of the Abrahamic covenant, when God spoke to Abraham saying “in you all the nations of the world will be blessed” [F], He spoke of a restoration of the same Life at the beginning which was a blessing onto man, the life that enabled man manifest God’s glory, it was this Life that really gave man life in the flesh as we know it, the Life in which nothing relating to death could coexist with. In the exodus from Egypt to the promise land, God spoke to His chosen people who were of the seed of Abraham, on the basis of the covenant relationship, saying “I am the LORD who heals you.” As a part of this old covenant, there was the promise of good age and health, Israel had a source of hope for their bodily prosperity, it was in the words spoken in oath by the God of their fathers. Would it not be a mystery today to think that healing in the body or divine health has passed away? For some to think that a God who swore an oath and promised healing in blood covenant will default on His promise is completely absurd, or even to question the notion of healing being for the New Testament believer is a worthless argument. Now if the old covenant, the ministry of condemnation, which was a shadow of better things to come, had the manifest glory of God in the lives and body of God’s children, shall the new covenant, which is a ministry of Life by the spirit not be more glorious[G]? Certainly it will! For the shadow is just a weak semblance of the greater things to come in the fruition of God’s restoration plan for man.
God in reconciling the world to Himself sent His son Jesus to die for the sins of many, by accepting this sacrifice of love man becomes born again[H], born anew into fellowship and relationship with the Father. He receives the nature of God that was originally in the Garden. Many have limited this new birth experience to just a ticket to Heaven, but Oh No! It is more than just a ticket to Heaven, it is total restoration of the Edenic glory to the hearts of men. The prophecy as seen in Isaiah 53 gives us further insight to the mystery surrounding this reconciliatory effort between God and man:
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief [sickness and pain].
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs [sicknesses and pain]
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
Redemption is more than the Father handing out a ticket for man to just make it to Heaven, it is a guarantee for the good life here on earth. Observing carefully the prophecy fulfilled above, we see God’s wrath on Christ, who was mankind’s substitute, the scapegoat for sin[I]. On that great Day of Atonement for mankind, He was made acquainted with the pain, sicknesses, griefs and sorrows of mankind, alongside with the iniquities of mankind He surely bore these setbacks (pain, sicknesses, griefs), yet men reckoned that He suffered for His own sake, but No! We observed His wounds and bruises inflicted on Him by the Roman soldiers, which were just a physical manifestation of the blows dealt on His spirit by the judgment of God that was due man, all of this suffering was for us, “by His stripes we are healed.”
Now, if He carried it all, why bear the burden, why do I have to carry it? If He bore my sicknesses, why should I bear it in my body, if He was afflicted for my sake, why should I succumb to the affliction of my flesh from disease? Evidently, I don’t have to because “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.” [J] Along with the new birth was redemption from sickness and diseases. Legally I was set free from the grip of all forms of sicknesses and diseases over 2000 years ago, the moment Jesus cried out “it is finished”, He had completely satisfied the claims of justice on my behalf, in the eye of the Father it was finished. Man’s redemption was complete, so was my healing perfected.
A revelation of this truth is what keeps one from the temptation of sicknesses and disease in one’s flesh, to know that “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness” [K], so keeping away strife, malice, envy, and every for of bitterness of every kind that “dis-eases” one’s spirit, gives one the right to demand stability and wholeness in their flesh when tempted with sickness by the devil. I have every reason to exercise this right in the Name of Jesus, for at that Name, all must bow at that Name [L]; mountains move, darkness flees, and all chains of bondage are loosed.
Oh that we would rise to the knowledge of omnipotence that the Father intends for the use of the Name of the man who bore it all for us [M], that our eyes will open up to the revelation of “the law of the spirit of life in Christ” which is in operation in the life of the believer, the law which sets us free from “the law of sin and death” [N]
It is my prayer and it would be the joy of the Father that these truths are unveiled in our hearts, set your minds in place, expecting all that the Father intends for us, it is His will that we prosper and be in health, choose now Life!
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A- Genesis 2:7, Psalm 8:5
B- Genesis 3:8-10
C- Genesis 2:17, Romans 3:23; 5:17, Ephesians 4:18
D- Genesis 3:17
E- Psalm 16:11
F- Genesis 12:1-3, Galatians 3:8; 26,27, Deuteronomy 7:15
G- 2 Corinthians 3:7-9
H- John 3:16; 5:24 2 Corinthians 5:19
I- John 1:29, Leviticus 16, Romans 8:3
J- 1 Peter 2:24
K- Proverbs 18:14
L- Philippians 2:9-11, John 14:13, Mark 16:17-19
M- Colossians 2:9, 10
N- Romans 8:2