Healing: A “Different” God Than You Thought
This is a conclusion, or bookend to a small series I’ve been writing on Fire Press lately. The point was to help establish a foundation that God is a healer, because frankly in the Scriptures He says He is.
And He is NOT like other supposed gods, deities or other religious systems, and therefore helping his “credibility”–not that He needs it–when it comes to our need to trust Him. This goes without saying and the posts were intended to focus on healing.
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5
Act 10:36-38: “As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing ALL who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”
Jesus never changes. By his deeds He showed what He wanted to do – so we could see what He was and is. Jesus said God the Father sent him to do such works.
He is not like the world, going through phases – one day in the mood to heal, other days not. He doesn’t tell anyone “no I will not heal you, you have this disease because you’re reaping what you’ve sown”, but He healed them. He would say “go and sin no more lest something worse comes on you”, but He still healed them!
He is the Son of righteousness with healing in his wings.
Healing proves the essential truths of Christianity and distinguishes God from other religions and concepts, and shows who He is. James 1:17 says:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
That expression “variation or shadow due to change” is like saying there is no shadow left by God because He changed and moved from one place to another. He does leave a shadow because He moved from how He normally is. It literally means not only will He not change, but it doesn’t even LOOK like He will! He never inclines or declines, rises or sets – he is always at His glory. He always was and always will be the Healer and the Saviour.
Healing originated with God, it wasn’t the charismatic or Pentecostal church’s idea. In Genesis, before saying anything, God healed Abimelech when Abraham asked Him to—where did Abraham get the idea God would heal if he asked Him to? (Gen 18:27) Intimate relationship with God caused Abraham to know He would. Not dry orthodoxy and “correct doctrine” like today’s church, resulting in a powerless Gospel.
Does healing NOT sound characteristic of God? God did it because it was His nature, if you enjoy doing something you tell people of it. If you don’t, you will keep quiet. God didn’t keep quiet about healing – neither did He merely just talk about it, but rather He did it! And He didn’t just DO it, He had it written in the Bible so years later we’d know He did it! And if He doesn’t change, but healed then, He heals now as well!
The Gospel of John records Jesus healing people without them specifically asking Him to such as the man at the pool, and the blind man in John 9 – Jesus asked him, not vice versa.
So to tie this all up: It is nothing like God’s character to say He is a God who makes us sick or puts diseases or cancers on us to teach us a lesson. To say so would make a sadistic God, like the Greek gods or other mythological views of a supreme being. But we know He is not. And if God is all loving, which He is, then He would not have sent His Son to die for our sins and sicknesses, and then turn around and put it on us ‘to teach us something’.
To sum it up, His character doesn’t permit Him to not be a healer. And, being driven by divine pathos, why would we not expect Him to have compassion and heal His children who are in right relationship with him?
It just doesn’t make sense. Trust Him, and go heal the sick.