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Lesson 12 Divine Healing of the Body

 

Devotional Reading:   Psalm 103

 

Memory Verse:           Matthew 8:17.

 

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

 

LESSON TEXT

 

Isaiah 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.

 

Isaiah 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.

 

Matthew 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 sicknesses.

 

Luke 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.

 

Matthew 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.

 

COMMENTS ON THE LESSON TEXT

 

Isaiah 35:5, 6. This I a prediction of the healing work that Christ was to do when he came.

Isaiah 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.

Matthew 8:16, 17. The healing done by Christ was a fulfillment of Isaiahís prophecy just referred to.

Luke 7:21, 22. John would readily understand these signs as a fulfillment of Isaiah 35:5, 6. The healer, long foretold, had come.

Matthew 4:23. Christís work of healing was quite broad in its scope of diseases, and multitudes were healed by him.

 

LESSON TOPIC: DIVINE HEALING OF THE BODY

 

I. WHAT IT IS

 

1. Not soul healing.

 

There 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.

 

2. Not human means.

 

A) 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 divine healing.

 

3. Not mental healing.

 

A) 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.

 

4. Not satanic healing.

 

A) 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 faith.

 

II. THE FACTS OF HEALING

 

1. Bible examples.

 

A) 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.

 

2. Modern experiences.

 

Many 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.

 

III. THE PURPOSE OF HEALING

 

1. To attest Christís divinity.

 

A) 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.

 

2. To manifest Godís love.

 

A) 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 revealed.

 

IV. THE PLACE OF HEALING IN THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION

 

1. Based in the need.

 

A) 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 overcome.

 

2. A subject of prophecy.

 

A) 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.

 

3. Secure through Christís sufferings.

 

The prediction of Isaiah 53:3Ė5 with Matthew reference to it, presents the healing as secured through the sufferings of Christ.

 

V. THE PERMANENCY OF HEALING

 

1. The last commission contains it.

 

A) 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.

 

2. The Apostles practiced it.

 

This is clearly shown in the Book of Acts.

 

3. The gifts were placed in the church.

 

It is listed among the gifts of the Spirit.

 

4. The nature of Christ requires that healing continue.

 

He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.