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. Eternal Saviour or Eternal Doctor (Part 9)

JESUS, OUR SAVIOUR OR MEDICAL DOCTOR

THE GIFTS OF HEALINGS


We have been busy on this topic for 9 weeks now. That was never my intention. I guess we can go on for a year. I do want to wrap this up today, otherwise we will never end. So, please accept that I am not going to deal with the subject with the depth it requires.

 

 

We have said a lot. We looked at the meaning of miracles and providence and coincidence which come to play. Last week we saw that James did not have physical sickness in mind when he instructed believers to call on the elders, but that the problem was much deeper. He was talking to broken people. That does not mean that we do not pray for the sick. Of course, we do. For today then we get to a very controversial subject. You often hear somebody claiming that somebody with the gift of healing is coming to town and he will heal somebody. My play on somebody is with purpose, to be seen later.

 

 

I have said it before, and I need to say it again at the outset. I have never in my series claimed that God cannot perform miracles, I have never claimed that God cannot heal miraculously, but that He more than often heals providentially. If He wants to do something that is against the normal natural law, He will do it. And we are not putting any limitations on God at all. Remember: A miracle is a supernatural intrusion into the natural law, which can have no other explanation than that God is acting.


We will always pray for the sick and minister to the sick, but we will never be presumptuous by claiming that it is His will that the person must be healed. We know it is His will because the person is healed. We do not decree, we do not speak into being, we do not bind sickness in the name of Jesus. We come humbly before the throne and call on Him understanding that God can do far above what we can think or pray.

 

Now where do we read about the gift of healing. 1 Corinthians 12:28 (ESV) 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.”

 

The Greek renders it as  (charisma) Meaning: a gift of grace, a free gift and iama {ee'-am-ah} Meaning: 1) a means of healing, remedy, medicine 2) a healing.

 

It is in the plural, so it means gifts of healings, which may indicate that there are different gifts of healing. The gifts of healings could mean a very wide range of skills or abilities. This could be from the God given grace to do miraculous or dramatic healing, like making the lame walk, or the use or understanding of medicine by a doctor who is a believer and lives by the Spirit is gifted by the Spirit, and acts by the Spirit. It could even be the ability to empathize, show mercy and show love to others to the point of healing an emotional wound through encouragement or council as seen in James 5.

 

 

If I say something today that is critical of modern faith healers, I want you to understand that it is said in a spirit of gentleness and a spirit of love and a spirit of concern for people who have not understood the truth about the topic of healing.

 

 

What I want you to understand is the difference between healing by God and the gift of healing. There is a great difference between God healing someone immediately even as answer to human prayers, and God healing someone through a human faith healer and that is the distinction that I wish to make.

 

 

Let me say this today. I know the Holy Spirit gives gifts as He desires, but if I could desire one gift out of all the gifts that are available it would be the gift of healing. One of my biggest heartaches is to minister to the sick and struggling and not to have an instant answer for them. Tears well up in my eyes when I stand with parents who have a child dying of cancer. When I visit the hospitals, I often cry in my heart, where are the supposed faith healers, why do they not come and empty the place? So many sick people there, but they come riding into town to pray for sick at the end of a series of church services. Oh, how that man in ICU wishes he could be there at the service. They make such large claims, but I see so little action of men who claim to have the supernatural gift of healing. Think of what it would be like to go to a hospital where all the sick and the dying are and just go down the hall and just touch them and heal them. Fantastic! Think of all the effort that people go through in medicine, all the years that doctors go through to study, all the technology. Think of the millions of dollars that are spent on medical science, and all we need is the gift of healing if we just had it. Just go down the hall, “Be healed. Be healed. Be healed.” Sickness and disease are heart-breaking. It is all over the world, and we all deal with it. If the gift as in the time of the apostles was still functional today, we would be living in a different world. Think of all the Covid cases that they can heal immediately.

 

 

I can spend months telling you what I have seen in hospitals. My heart breaks with the passing of Bernadette. We prayed and prayed, and God allowed His beloved daughter to be called home. There was a video posted with bold claims, decrees, and binding, but as always, that does not work.

 

 

Why don’t we do it? Why is it that the people who claim to have the gift never get out of their tents and auditoriums? Why is it that they always must do it in a controlled environment doing their things, staged their way, run by their operation, begins on time, and ends when it is supposed to. Why aren’t they in the hospital? Why aren’t they out in the areas of our society in our world where people are really hurting? Why aren’t they in India and other places where masses of humanity are wracked with disease?

 

 

It does not happen. It just does not happen. Why? I submit because they do not have the gift of healing that is why. They do not have the gift of healing. Why? Because the gift of healing was a temporary sign gift for the authenticating of the scriptures as the Word of God and the founding of the church, and once that was authenticated, they ceased. It was unique to Christ and the Apostles.

 

 

Do you realise that no apostle ever did what you would call a miracle of nature? For example, no apostle ever fed 5,000 people multiplying bread and fish. No apostle ever walked on water after the birth of the church. No apostle ever did any miracle connected with nature.

 

 

Now we are aware especially in this period of Covid 10, I think, that disease is the most tragic human reality. Disease is the number one human problem. It is the thing which hits the hardest and hurts the most and especially when it culminates in death. Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, disease has been a reality, and death has been a reality. And since that time the search for cures to alleviate the reality of illness and the suffering that goes with it has gone on. And through the history of western civilization, you have experimentation and all kinds of other things as man continually searches for a cure for the terrible realization of disease and illness.

 

 

And now when Jesus is leaving this world, He does not say to us, “Go into all the world and banish diseases.” He says, “Go into all the world and” – what? – “preach the gospel.” He is more concerned about the soul of a man than He is the body of a man. He did not say, “Go and banish disease.” He said, “Go and banish damnation.”

 

 

Some naïve people think that if we healed everybody that way, like Jesus did, they would all believe the gospel. Do you believe that? If you do then you totally misunderstand the life of Christ. Jesus Christ was on earth for three years and He banished disease from Palestine, and when it was all said and done the population agreed that what ought to be done with Him is to crucify Him. And when it was all said and done after all the multitudes and thousands upon thousands that He had healed, when they gathered in the Upper Room to wait for the birth of the church how many were there? One hundred and twenty.

 

 

Listen, it does not work that way. Saving faith is a gift from God, according to God’s sovereign will, it is given to whom He wills, and it comes from hearing the gospel and mixing it with the divine gift of faith. It does not come by getting healed. In Romans 10:17 it says, “Saving faith comes by hearing the Word of God,” which speaks about Jesus Christ.

 

 

Finally, in our attempt to understand healing we must deal with organic diseases, diseases that are caused not simply by dysfunction of an organ, but by derangement of the structure of an organ or organs. Infections, heart attacks, gallstones, hernias, slipped discs, cancers of all kinds, broken bones, congenital deformities, lacerations, and multitudes of other diseases and sub-divisions of those I have mentioned are included in the organic disease classification. Some organic diseases are self-limited, that is healed by the body itself such as the common cold and minor sprains. But to cure many organic diseases the body needs help. These are the diseases that healers, even the most charismatic, cannot cure. When they attempt to do so, and they all fall into this trap since they know and care nothing of the difference between functional and organic disease, they tread on extremely dangerous ground. When healers treat serious organic diseases, they are responsible for untold anguish and unhappiness. This happens because they keep patients away from possibly effective and life-saving help, and healers become killers.

 

 

Isolated spontaneous cures of cancer occur with or without the ministration of healers. The chances of being cured of cancer by faith healers are the same as the chances of being cured if you do nothing and go to no one at all.

 

 

Next time you see a healer, take a broken leg up to him and say, “Here, heal it and heal it now.” It is not a miracle when the bones join sufficiently a week or two earlier than forecast by the doctor. It is a miracle when you are prayed for immediately and against all logic and science healing takes place and the arm does not end up in plaster.

 

 

And so, one of the reasons that the healers do so well is there is a fantastic market of people who are really sick, and they are desperate. But they do not ever get healed, the organically ill ones. And then there are the other people who are not really sick at all, they just have psychosomatic disorders.

 

 

The best way to approach the rest of this sermon is to look at the Divine Healer, Jesus Christ. Let us look at Jesus. How did He heal? Because He set the pattern for all the spiritual gifts. In Jesus’ day there was a world full of disease. The world was deeply in need of healing, and they did not have any medical science God has given us today. They were really hurting. There was not any way that they could get healed. Diseases were more prevalent than today. Diseases were destructive. Diseases were incurable. Plagues would wipe out cities. And the greatest single problem of man is disease in terms of the physical life. And so, when Jesus came into the world and when He wanted the world to know that He was God, He decided that the greatest way to point attention to Himself was to go through the world relieving disease. And He did. And then He passed that ability on to His apostles. But how did Jesus heal? I am going to give you six points, and I think they are absolutely critical for our understanding. I am going to run them by you fast and we will be done.

 

 

Number one: Jesus healed with a word or a touch.

 

Jesus healed with a word or a touch, and nobody fell backwards being slain in the Spirit as people claim today. All that is emotionalism, autosuggestion, it is psychological force and psychological manipulation. It is the done thing, and anticipated by people, and it is event orientated.  It is in a sense hypnotic.

 

 

Jesus healed with a word, or a touch and He did not need a crowd, or soft music playing in the background. Matthew 8:5-13 (ESV) 5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed (that is an organic sickness) at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Jesus did not even have to make the trip. In verse 13 we read: “13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.”

 

On the day that Jesus fed the multitude, he was healing people since dawn. How many healings did He do? It could have been thousands.

 

 

Matthew 14:13-14 (ESV) 13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”

Matthew 14:34-36 (ESV) 34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick 36 and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.”

Remember the woman who touched His garment. With a word or a touch, He healed all. No dramatics and no theatrics.

 

Second, He healed instantaneously. I am not even going to read the verses. They are all over. When Jesus healed it was immediately. You never got progressively better as we see today. Now, providentially you can get better through medication and medical assistance. That is true, and it is all God’s providence. But that is not the sign gift or how Jesus worked. When He sent away the lepers they were healed as they went, but that was instantaneous on the road. When He sent the blind man to the pool, as soon as he washed his eyes, instantly he saw. In raising the dead, Lazarus did not need 4 days to smell better. He came out of the grave immediately. That is how Jesus worked. That is how the apostles worked.

 

 

In the Gospel of Mark, they bring a deaf man who also had a speech impediment, so obviously he could hear a bit or was not always deaf. Mark 7:34-35 (ESV) 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.”

 

I have watched enough You Tube clips of healings to know that this does not happen with the modern-day healers. I am not impressed with the claims of past healings that nobody saw, we must just take their word for it. It is like Todd Bentley who talks about a man who came into the building on a wheelchair and no legs, but with a pair of shoes on his lap in faith, and he walked out on two legs. No witnesses??? He claims that he made a glass eye see, instantly, no witnesses?? He claims to punch people with Bowel cancer in the stomach to receive their healing, no evidence. All of these would be recorded in all the scientific journals of the world if it were true.

 

 

The miracles that Jesus did was to prove that God was intervening and there was no other explanation possible, otherwise the miracle ceases to have its significance.

 

Thirdly, Jesus healed totally.

We have seen some examples already. Let us add one. Luke 4:38-39 (ESV) 38 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.”

 

Totally healed, and able to serve them immediately. This is our Jesus. Todd Bentley once again claims healing for a man who came into the service with prosthesis in the place of his legs. I watched the video. Todd pulled the prosthesis off his legs, you could see the scars from a vehicle accident. He prayed for him after much bragging about previous healings, claimed that his one leg has grown by an inch, the audience going crazy. He then pronounced him healed and said that very soon his knees will grow back and the rest of his legs until he walks on to feet. What a shame, what a dishonor to the name of Jesus. The man left the way he came. There was no healing. You can watch the videos of Todd White, another false teacher who with the slight of hand always makes legs grow. Amazing how many people have one leg shorter than the other. And they get away with it. I was prayed for with my blind eye. I was not healed, but the faith healer told me to tell the audience that I was, as this is a declaration of faith, otherwise my healing will not come. My comment to him, was that God could surely handle honesty.

 

Fourthly, Jesus healed everybody.

 

So many faith healers do not pray for people with organic diseases. You never just walk onto the stage. You get screened by helpers. Jesus did not do that. Some do pray for those with organic diseases simply as they have no choice, but they leave the way they came.

 

 

Luke 4:40 (ESV) 40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.”

 

 

He healed with a word and a touch, instantaneously, totally everybody. Not just a few. That is why He did not have to do it in His own environment. He could go where they were. They did not have hospitals. Jesus went where the sick were. They did not have to wait for a Sunday evening service that started at 19:00 and ended at 21:00 where you must wait for the healing on the back of emotional stirring through music and autosuggestion. You know what to expect and what to do.

 

Luke 9:11 (ESV) 11 When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.”

 

Jesus healed with a word and a touch, instantaneously, totally everybody. Do you know anybody that has that ability today? I do not. And that is the way the apostles healed.

 

 

Fifthly, Jesus healed organic disease.

 

You can study that yourself. Go through all of them. People who were crippled from birth could walk. People who were blind could see. People who were deaf and dumb could speak and hear. These are organic things. Jesus did not go around healing low back pains and palpation of the heart and breathing problems. There are so many illustrations of that we do not even have time to begin.

 

 

Sixthly, Jesus raised the dead.


Jesus raised the dead. This is the ultimate display of God given ability to deal with the effects of sickness in the body. I am not even going to give the verses. You know all the events. The one that is special to me is in Luke 7, where there is a funeral procession marching down the street, carrying a casket with the son of a widow in it. Luke 7:15-17 (ESV) 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17 And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.” What a quick way to end a funeral and start a party.

 

Why did Jesus do this? John answers us in John 20:30-31 (ESV)30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

So, in closing, I am not saying God does not heal, He does heal, and he can do anything that He wants to. All healings are from God, whether they are miracles or providentially by His grace. Miracles are neither impossible nor necessary. That is up to God. But I will tell you one thing, there is no evidence biblically and there is no evidence practically that anybody today is operating the gift of healing that I can see as we saw in Christ and the apostles. If God wants to heal, that is His business, that is His privilege and He may do it, and He may do it through the prayers of an individual, and He might do it in the ministry of a particular individual more, but that individual does not have the power to go around healing like Jesus or the apostles did. Let us not confuse God’s healing in response to prayer with the ability to go around and heal everybody at will as Jesus could do and as the apostles could do. I think over 9 sermons we have said enough, so I think we must end here. There is so much more to add, but I trust that in the little we did, that we have learnt something.

 

Amen!

Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church: - 25 July 2021