I image there have been some double takes from those who have read the title of this message and hopefully you are reading this because I have peeked your interest on some level. Let me just tell it like it is right from the start, ‘God is not going to heal you! He’s not going to bless you and He’s not going to save you! Now before you get too overwrought and upset and write me a letter or comment you may regret later, read the entire article!
Why do I say God is not going to do these things? Because He has (past tense) already healed us (1 Peter 2:24) and saved us (Ephesians 28 & John 3:16) and blessed us (Ephesians 1:3) over 2000 years ago. Yet, I still hear believers today praying and asking God to heal them or to heal a loved one. I hear ministers proclaim with a loud voice as they lay hands on the sick say, “we just ask you, Father, in Jesus’ name to please send your healing power now.” It makes me sad and angry all at the same time. Why? Because it sends a confused message to the body of Christ and a confused message to the world. When believers are continually waiting on God to heal or to bless in some way or other, continually waiting on a deeper revelation or greater understanding so that they might obtain their healing they completely miss the simple truth of the gospel of Christ, and try to get Jesus to do something that has he has already done and said was finished.
What does that mean? It is finished! That means God has completed His part or done His part. When Jesus cried out in (John 19:30), “It is finished’, He really meant what he said. His work on earth was done. The Atonement for sin, sickness and disease was complete. He provided everything we could ever need. We aren’t waiting on Him to give, He is waiting on us to receive. People are always trying to find out what their part is. Well your part is to R-E-C-E-I-V-E. Receive what? To receive the healing that belongs to you, to receive the blessings that belong to you, and to receive the salvation that is yours.
Let’s look at some scripture starting with the Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” do you know what the word “spiritual” here means? In the original Greek text, it is pneumatikos, which in this context means having properties and characteristics belonging to the Spirit of God.(emphasis mine). Paul in writing the book of Ephesians he wrote it by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit from the perspective that all things are ours in Christ. Any blessing you or I have or need is not something we must strive and fight to get. It is something we already have! Listen, God provided for us before we had the need. It is just a matter of receiving what has already been provided or what has already been done.
Nothing Yet To Be Done
This is so important! I cannot emphasize it enough! The understanding that any blessing you could ever need or desire from the Lord is done, and when this is understood it brings an assurance that is enormous. It completely destroys legalism and the performance mentality, and takes all the pressure off. Why? Because how are you going to doubt that God our Father will do something for you if He’s already done it!
Let me illustrate it this way: When I was going to Bible school, before I started I found out I had to pay $1100 on the day of orientation, and I did not have any of the money. So I did the only thing I could do, I went to the Lord about it. On the night before school was to start I still did not have the money needed. I had ask already and had it settled in my heart that God wanted me to go to this Bible school and I figured if He wanted me to go then He would have to supply what was needed.
Now, if you think I did not have any opposition from the devil, oh boy, it was intense or if you think I had no doubts about it, you would be wrong. The devil fought me saying ,“you’re never going to get the money” and “what kind of a man are you, you brought your whole family out here to go to Bible school and you will not even get to go”… on and on Satan harassed me. That night I was at a friend’s house and his roommate, who I had never met, came home. He had been visiting family. He was also a student and was to start his second year. As we talked and got to know each other he happened to ask, “so are you all ready to start in the morning?” I said, Yes, I was ready. Then he asked, “Do you have all your money for orientation?” I said not all. Well, how much do you lack yet? He asked. I said, “Well, all of it.” At that point he kind of laughed and said, “I have enough to cover it, and will give it to you if you can pay me back in a few weeks” and he did and I did.
So the next morning I paid the $1100 to the school for my tuition and the moment I did every doubt, every harassing thought, and every negative thing disappeared from me. You’re probably saying, “Well, of course they did! You had it, no need to wonder if you are going to get it now! That would be dumb” and you would be 100% right and that is my point. Have you ever prayed to be healed and then in your next thought wondered if you would really get healed? If you said yes, I can tell you why. Because you don’t view healing as something that has already been done but as something that has yet to be done or accomplished in you or for you.
If You Were, Then You Are
Now quickly let’s look at 1 Peter 2:24 and see how it applies to our life today.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV): Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. First, we must understand that when Jesus died for our sin, it was not a token gesture. He did not take a sample of sin and use it as an example. No, when He died the Bible teaches us that Jesus became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). He took every sin for every person (the entire human race) for all time into His own body on the cross. You know the scripture teaches us that His face was so disfigured, more than any man and He didn’t even look human. You would scarcely recognize Him as a man. (Isaiah 52:14). Sin and all the toll it takes on mankind (sickness, disease, age, and pain) came into the sinless body of Jesus, who had never ever sinned or had His body ever know the effects of sin and corrupted it. Jesus knew this was going to happen and that’s why He ask His Father to, ‘let this cup of suffering pass from Him’. It was not only what was to happen to Him physically but He did not want to become sin. But Jesus, our Pure Holy Savior, knew this was what He came to do. Truly the religious leaders who fought to have Jesus crucified said when they were taunting Him “He saved others; himself he cannot save….” (Matthew 27:42). If he would have saved himself, we would be forever lost.
This is a very interesting verse and so packed with truth we could teach on this one verse for weeks, about righteousness and what it means to be “dead to sin” and much more. But that is for another time. But this verse does put the healing that Jesus obtained for us in a very special place. It puts it in the past tense. What does that mean to you and me? It means it’s a done deal, a completed fact of the agreement, it’s in the will and it belongs to me! It means if we were healed then we are healed and we are not waiting for it to happen or for God to heal us. That’s why it is really incorrect to pray for healing. Instead, we are supposed to just receive the healing that the Lord has already provided. We are not waiting on God to heal us. He’s already done His part. He is simply waiting on us take what He has provided for us and command His healing power to manifest in our bodies. I am here to witness I have done this so many times and it works. You and I must understand there is a fight but there is a difference between fighting to get our healing and fighting because we have already been healed. And that is the difference between success and failure.
How are we saved? Did it just fall on us like ripe cherries off a tree? No, Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves.” We are saved by grace, but not by grace alone, we are saved by faith but not faith alone, it is the combination of both. Faith is not true biblical faith unless it’s used in receiving what God has already fully provided for us by grace. Grace is the unearned, unmerited favor of God that He has provided to us, independent of any worth or work or value on our part. If it is in any way attached to some goodness of ours, then it is not true grace. God, on His own or by grace, has already provided all the things we will ever need.
Because the word saved or salvation has been called the great inclusive word of the Gospel (see my article “The Ultimate Word) (The Hebrew, and Greek, “sōtēria”, meaning “safety”, “preservation”, “healing”, and “soundness”), it gathers to itself all the redemptive acts, such as justification, redemption, grace, propitiation, imputation, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification. We could say:
- For by grace are ye healed through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- For by grace are ye justified through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- For by grace are ye redeemed through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- For by grace are ye sanctified through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- For by grace are ye glorified through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- For by grace are ye safe through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- For by grace are ye sound of mind through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- For by grace are ye preserved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
So you see my point here! God has a master plan and it is all of His doing for us whom He loves with an eternal love. What I am saying is this, if God has not already moved or supplied by His grace, then we can’t make Him or force Him by our faith. (After all, where do we get the faith from in the first place?) No, faith simply appropriates what God has already provided for us by His grace. So if He’s already provided all these things for your needs and my needs by His grace, then as one man has so aptly said, “faith is just our positive response to what He has already done and not something we do to get God to respond to us.
These things have become more and more real to me of late, and I am seeing more of the manifold blessings of God not because of something I have done to deserve or earn them. These come by revelation from the Holy Spirit. He makes these truths come to life on the inside of us. One thing that has helped me tremendously, though, is the study of Spirit, Soul and Body. As I understand more that I am a spirit, that one third of me is full of the Holy Spirit of God, wall to wall and tree top tall, the more I understand and meditate on these truths of who I really am in Christ ,the more the Holy Spirit, our teacher, brings revelation. My prayer is that you will bathe yourself in His word and let the washing of the water of His word (John 15:3) overtake you and be thoroughly furnished unto every good work (II Timothy 3:16-17).
Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone
Reference works include
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of New Testament Words
King James Bible