Lesson 13 Conditions for Obtaining Healing
Reading: Psalm 107:15Ė21
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.
9:23. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are
possible to him that believeth.
8:13. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the
9:22. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of
good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from
16:17, 18. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they
cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They 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.
5:13Ė16. Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.
Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14Is 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: 15And 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. 16Confess 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.
ON THE LESSON TEXT
9:23. A father desires healing for his
son. Jesus makes the healing conditional on believing.
8:13. The faith of this centurion obtained healing for his servant.
9:22. It was the touch of faith that brought healing to this woman. Others
touched him but were not benefited. Jesus knew with one had touched him with
16:17, 18. Healing is one of the signs following believers. Doubters will
not have this sign. Laying on of hands is a means to be used in healing.
5:13. The afflicted are expected to pray for themselves. This frequently
brings healing. V14. Those too sick to be healed through their own faith
are to send for the elders. Prayer and anointing with oil are the means to be
used. V15. It is God who heals through the prayer of faith. Sinners may
be healed and saved at the same time. V16. Sometimes hindrances must be
removed. Afterwards, the earnest prayer of faith will bring the desired result.
TOPIC: HOW TO GET HEALED
CAUSE OF DISEASES
seeking a remedy it is wise to first find the cause that it may be removed.
God afflicts people.
Directly as a punishment. God so afflicted the Egyptians and other enemies of
Israel. B) Indirectly by permission. God permits affliction to come upon his
people for their good. This he could prevent, whatever its source. The
affliction is intended to draw the afflicted nearer to God.
The devil afflicts.
bent woman was bound by Satan. Various afflictions are the result of devil
possession. There is a spirit of infirmity that afflicts people. Needless to
say, in either of these cases physical remedies cannot be relied upon for a
in most cases, afflictions are due to natural causes. The violation of laws of
health result in suffering and disease.
MEANS TO BE USED
Conformity to nature.
natural laws are violated, thus causing disease, this should be corrected.
affliction has come from God let there be a surrender to him or a drawing nearer
to him that he may remove the hand of affliction.
Faith for oneís self. The afflicted is expected to have faith and exercise
faith if in a condition to do so. Frequently the faith of the afflicted person
is successful to obtain healing. B) Faith for others. We are taught to pray one
for another. Agreement in faith is very effective in bringing healing. In some
instances, such as the affliction of infants, idiots, etc., the faith of others
must be relied upon entirely. C) The faith of the elders. They are expected to
pray the prayer of faith. The afflicted place confidence in them and look to
them to exercise faith that will bring results.
is essential to healing though prayer may not always be. Prayer is of great
value as a medium for exercising faith and for the increase of faith. One may
pray for himself or may have the prayer of faith offered to him by others.
Anointing with oil and laying on of hands.
acts, in themselves, have no curative power. They are acts of obedience through
which faith is exercised. They are works to be done as an expression of faith or
as a help to oneís faith. These are to be done by elders, however, any one
having the gift of healing may feel at liberty to do them.
Confession and repentance.
confession of faults is sometimes an effective way of getting healing. A fault
of some kind may hinder faith and thus hinder healing. Where s sinner is seeking
healing he should come with repentance. He may then find healing and forgiveness
at the same time. Perhaps some sinners are healed without getting saved but they
should repent and be saved.
was required to dip seven times. The blind man must first go wash, then he came
seeing. The lepers were sent to the priest to offer a sacrifice. The man with
the withered hand was required to stretch forth his hand. The sick man was
required to get up and take his bed. None of these acts accomplished the
healing. They were required as acts of obedience expressive of faith.
THE USE OF REMEDIES
It is not divine healing.
God has no need of remedies. His power to heal is not circumscribed in any way
by natural means. He heals as a direct act of the Spirit. B) Christ and the
Apostles did not use them. The clay put on the blind manís eyes was not to
heal him but was a test of faith and obedience. Luke, a physician, traveled with
Paul, but there is no hint of his practicing medicine in connection with
It is not condemned as sinful.
The Bible does not forbid their use. Some references to physicians and medicines
are not very commendatory but their use is nowhere prohibited. The degree of
light on healing, and the conscience of the individual, has some bearing on the
question. B) There is a legitimate use. For those who have not faith for healing
physicians and remedies often render good service. The services of dentist,
surgeons and nurses are frequently quite necessary for Godís people as well as
Is not recommended.
There is an uncertainty of drugs. B) There are ill effects of drugs. C) Faith is
offered as a better way.
Does not work with divine healing.
It does not increase faith. Those who use remedies place faith in them. To that
extent they lack undivided faith in God which is so much needed in healing. B)
Faith does not help the remedies. Their curative powers inhere in their chemical
qualities. Faith neither increases for diminishes their powers. Whatever power
faith has it has independent of the remedies.
HOW HEALING IS RECEIVED
Instantaneous or gradual.
most Bible instances people were healed instantly. Some began to amend from that
hour. Modern experiences show that healing may be immediate or gradual.
Partial or complete.
blind man was partially healed by Christ. He returned and was healed completely.
Temporary or permanent.
whom Christ healed threatened with worse.