Lesson 12 Divine Healing of the Body
Reading: Psalm 103
it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself
took our infirmities, and bare our
35:5, 6. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6Then shall the lame man
leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall
waters break out, and streams in the desert.
53:4, 5. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did
esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5But 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.
8:16, 17. 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: 17That it
might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took
our infirmities, and bare our
7:21, 22. And in that same hour he
cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many
that were blind he gave sight. 22Then
Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have
seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
4:23. 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.
ON THE LESSON TEXT
35:5, 6. This I a prediction of the
healing work that Christ was to do when he came.
53:4, 5. This is the great atonement chapter. We are here taught that Christ
bore our sickness as well as our sins. The healing of our bodies is provided for
in Christís suffering.
8:16, 17. The healing done by Christ was a fulfillment of Isaiahís
prophecy just referred to.
7:21, 22. John would readily understand these signs as a fulfillment of
Isaiah 35:5, 6. The healer, long foretold, had come.
4:23. Christís work of healing was quite broad in its scope of diseases,
and multitudes were healed by him.
TOPIC: DIVINE HEALING OF THE BODY
WHAT IT IS
Not soul healing.
is the recovery of the soul from its sinful condition which may properly be
called divine healing. Some hold this to be the only kind of healing intended
for us. We are discussing the healing of the body from physical ailments.
Not human means.
Natural recovery. Nature tends to cure our ills. In many instances the afflicted
fully recover through the processes of nature. Such healing is the work of god,
and he should have credit for it, but it is not what we mean by divine healing.
B) Human assistance. Nature may be assisted in the work of recovery by human
skills and the use of remedies. Whatever value these may have they are not
Not mental healing.
The mind has power over the body. In some kinds of afflictions the mental
attitude of the patient has much to do with his recovery. B) Strong minds
influence others. Some with strong minds are able to exercise a beneficial
influence over others. Through this means healings are accomplished. Some
ascribe the healings of Christ to this power alone. In this they are wrong. C)
Mind healing is inadequate. The mental attitude is beneficial in some cases, but
many afflictions are beyond the power of such assistance. The healings wrought
through divine healing prove it to be superior to mental healing.
Not satanic healing.
The devil does heal. He is represented as having power to do miracles. He does
these in heathenism, spiritualism, etc. B) Christ denied the charge that his
healing was satanic healing. To class all supernatural healing with
spiritualism, etc., and attribute all to the devil, as some do, is blasphemy. C)
Divine healing may be defined as the healing of manís physical and mental
ailments by the power of God operating through the Spirit and appropriated by
THE FACTS OF HEALING
Recorded cases. The many cases of healing recorded in the Bible prove that it
was known and experienced by Godís people in all ages. B) The character of the
work. The details given in various cases prove that it was actual physical
healing of the body. In the list of diseases from which people were healed are
many that are counted incurable.
living people testify to having been healed by the power of God. The variety of
these healings is as great as those found in the Bible.
THE PURPOSE OF HEALING
To attest Christís divinity.
It was effective to this end. Jesus said, ďThe same works that I do, bear
witness of me.Ē Nicodemus said, ďWe know that thou art a teacher come from
God: for no man can do these miracle that thou doest, except God be with him. B)
Such an attestation is not now required in the same degree as at the beginning.
The divinity of Christ having been thoroughly established, miracles are not now
always essential to establish faith in Christianity. From this fact some argue
that miracles have ceased. C) Such evidences are still valuable. But if we were
left without such signs we could still be without excuse for refusing to believe
in Christ. Nevertheless healings are a wonderful incentive to faith both in the
unbeliever and in the Christian.
To manifest Godís love.
Any miracle proves Godís power. Had Jesus turned stick to snakes, dried up
rivers, or given signs in the heavens, he could have thus proved his divine
power. B) His healings show compassion. Nearly every miracle of Christ revealed
a compassion for man. He steadfastly refused to perform needless miracles just
to prove that he could. C) Godís love is shown. Christís claim to divinity
is more completely established by the manifestation, in his healings, of two
Godís attributesóomnipotence and love. A higher conception of god is also
THE PLACE OF HEALING IN THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION
Based in the need.
The fall affects the physical body, pain and sorrow are multiplied and the
privilege of the tree of life denied. B) A complete redemption is provided in
the resurrection. At that time all the physical ill effects of the fall will be
A subject of prophecy.
As a characteristic work. It is not an incident in his life but a part of his
mission. B) Associated with salvation. In salvation it has an important and
permanent place in the plan.
Secure through Christís sufferings.
prediction of Isaiah 53:3Ė5 with Matthew reference to it, presents the healing
as secured through the sufferings of Christ.
THE PERMANENCY OF HEALING
The last commission contains it.
Mark 16:18. The commission to all the world and to every creature contains the
promise of healing. B) Matthew 28:18Ė20. The disciples practiced healing at
the command of Jesus. They were to teach the converts to observe. To all nations
to the end of the world.
The Apostles practiced it.
is clearly shown in the Book of Acts.
The gifts were placed in the church.
is listed among the gifts of the Spirit.
The nature of Christ requires that healing continue.
is the same yesterday, today, and forever.