Is Physical Healing God's Will?
We all relate to anything that goes on in our physical bodies…good or bad. I’ve had the good and the bad and the good is so much better! As Christians, we know that God loves us. We know that He wants the best for us. We know that He wants us to be successful while on this earth. However, sometimes we question whether or not it is God’s will for us to be physically healed. I remember when I was in my late teens and my dad was very sick that I prayed something like “if it be Your will Father, please heal my daddy”. Well, it wasn’t too long after that that my dad passed away. So my assumption was that it must not have been God’s will for my daddy to be healed. My next few years were spent with the idea that sometimes God heals and sometimes He doesn’t. I found that all the Christians I knew believed the same way. I did get around some who said that death is the ultimate healing because the Christian goes on to be with the Lord where there is no sickness. Then one day I became aware of 1 Peter 2:24 which reads, “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes you were healed”. The last 6 words jumped out at me, “by Whose stripes you were healed”. I’m reading this in the Bible. This is not from some book that a religious person wrote, it is right out of the Bible! And it says, “…you were healed”. So the logical question came to my mind that if the Bible says that we were healed, then why are so many Christians sick? I “toiled” over the meaning of 1 Peter 2:24 for quite sometime after that. Then one day I mentioned this scripture to a good Christian family member of mine and he said, “Oh, that means ‘spiritual’ healing”. In other words, his interpretation was that 1 Peter 2:24 was not referring to physical healing but to spiritual healing. I honestly did not know how to answer him!I wanted to know the truth about this. Is it God’s will for us to be healed or not? Does He still heal? Does He choose to heal some and not heal others? I just wanted to know what is God’s will concerning physical healing. Was my family member right that 1 Peter 2:24 is referring to spiritual healing?I began to do studies in the Word of God about healing. I wanted to know the truth! I remember an occasion when I was “feeling” very sick. I had been praying and decided that I would look up and read all the scriptures in the Bible that I could find that pertain to healing. I still have them all written in the front of my Bible. That day I found over 170 scriptures that speak about healing. What really got my attention was that when I was finished reading all those scriptures, the sickness I had been feeling…was gone! This really got my attention and I began to really believe that it is God’s will for us to be healed. It happened to me as I simply read His Word! Now my pursuit of the truth in reference to healing was really revved up! I began to do Word studies and discovered that God really does want us to know His will. I remember years ago I was getting ready to preach the following day and was going to preach on “God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform”. However, I was startled to find that it wasn’t in the Bible. Nowhere in the Bible does it says that God works in mysterious ways. In fact, it says the opposite! In Psalm 103:7 it says, “He made known His way unto Moses…”. In Ephesians 1: 7-9 it says, “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; Wherein He has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself…” Simply put, God does not work in mysterious ways to those who know Him! The Holy Spirit corrected my very flawed theology concerning God’s will. So, was it possible that His will concerning physical healing should not be a mystery either? The answer was obvious. So, I go back to my study in God’s Word really believing I can know His will concerning physical healing. Now that my heart was really open to receiving, the Holy Spirit took me to a scripture I had been reading for years! Matthew 6:9-10 which says in part …”Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven”. It says it right there in Matthew 6: 10…”Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven”! There are no sick people in heaven…or it wouldn’t be heaven. There are no poor people in heaven, no unhappy people in heaven, etc. Jesus expresses His Father’s will….there are no sick people in heaven. He does not want any sick people in earth! So it became very plain to me that the will of God concerning healing is that He wants us all to walk in health. Are there sick people, sick Christians on earth? Certainly, but not because it is God’s will or because He has chosen not to heal them. In Hosea 4: 6 we can see why so many Christians don’t walk in health…lack of knowledge. The lack of knowledge of God’s will. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”. There is a principle (not a scripture though it lines up with scripture) which states that “faith begins where the will of God is known”. You cannot have faith in the area of healing until you know God’s will concerning healing! With this understanding, let’s go back to 1 Peter 2:24 that says “by His stripes you were healed”. My family member was wrong. This does not refer to spiritual healing. The Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 2:1 to Christians, “And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…”. Paul is referring to our spirit which because of sin was “dead”, not sick. Spiritual death is to be separated from God and we were separated from God by our sin. 1 Peter 2:24 is a reference to the prophecy in Isaiah 53: 5 which says about Jesus, “But 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”. This was an Old Testament prophecy which was fulfilled by Jesus Christ. When Peter wrote 1 Peter 2:24 it was after the resurrection of Jesus. Leading up to His death on the cross, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers with a “cat of nine tails”, a flagrum which was a whip. This is where He received the stripes. His stripes were for our physical healing. This happened over 2,000 years ago. Jesus said on the cross, “it is finished”. He Who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). He not only paid the price for our salvation, but also for our physical healing. Therefore, it is not only God’s will that we be healed…..the truth is, we are already healed. We don’t have to ask Him to do what He has already done! 1 John 5: 9 says that “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater…”. The witness of God is God’s Word and God’s Word says that we were healed. Obviously, there is much more to cover on this subject. I encourage you to go to the following link to get a copy of a book the Lord led me to write several years ago titled “Wind Of Strange Doctrines”. I hope this has helped you. This understanding of God’s will totally changed how I help people when they are under physical attacks! I no longer ask God to heal them….I thank God that He has already healed them!