Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Why All Christians Should Take Christ as the Healer of Their Bodies

Hello dear friends! I am really loving this classic below and wanted to share a small excerpt from within its pages to give you all a taste and maybe influence you on purchasing a copy for yourselves. I believe it is worth every penny I spent to obtain it for my own reading and mind renewal purposes. I hope it blesses you all and sets you more free to live the life and life more abundantly that Christ put inside each and every one of us as new creations in Him (John 10:10, 2 Cor. 5:17, Eph. 1:16-23, Gal. 2:20, Col. 1:27, 2 Peter 1:1-4).

Reason 1 of Six Great Biblical Reasons Why All Christians Should Take Christ as the Healer of Their Bodies

excerpt from Bodily Healing and the Atonement by Dr. T.J. McCrossan

Reason 1

    Because God used to heal the sick, and He is an unchangeable God.
    (a) In Old Testament times, God was man's Healer.
    In Exodus 15:26 KJV we read, "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee."
    In Exodus 23:25 KJV we read, "And ye shall serve the Lord your God ... and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee."
    Psalm 103:3 KJV, "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases." God is still forgiving sins, and He is still healing diseases, or else He is not the same God He used to be.
    Some Bible teachers tell us the Psalmist is here only speaking of spiritual diseases. These all quote Psalm 103:4 KJV, "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction," and then say (Modern Religion — Healing, page 139), "Present time healing of a sick body does not redeem it from destruction, but healing the life or soul of the sin, disease, death, does redeem both body and soul from destruction, through the resurrection."
    Now these friends are wrong for three reasons:
    (1) Because the word for "disease" in Psalm 103:3 KJV in the Septuagint is nosos. This word is used nine times in the Septuagint and twelve times in the New Testament, and it always refers to physical disease.
    (2) Because the word for "healeth" in Psalm 103:3 KJV in the Septuagint is iaomai. This word is used twenty-eight times in the New Testament, and always for physical healing.
    (3) Because the expression "who redeemeth" (Septuagint) is ton lutroumenon, the one constantly redeeming (the present participle middle of lutroō). The use of the present participle here teaches the blessed truth that God is now constantly employed keeping life in our bodies (keeping our hearts beating — something we have nothing whatever to do with). We know this redemption is going on now and does not refer to the Resurrection, because of what follows in the Septuagint. It literally reads, "The one redeeming thy life from destruction [decay], the one crowning thee with mercy and compassion, the one satisfying thy desire with good things." etc.
    The use of the present participle here, as all Greek scholars know, brings out the blessed thought that God is right now constantly doing all these things mentioned. The redemption spoke of therefore, in Psalm 103:3 has nothing whatsoever to do with the Resurrection of the future, but tells us of something the Lord is now doing on our behalf.
    Psalm 105:37 KJV, "He brought thee forth also with silver and gold; and there was not one feeble person among their tribes." Why? Because God was their Healer.
    Psalm 107:20 KJV, "He [God] sent [forth] his word, and healed them ...."
    (b) In the New Testament times, God was man's Healer through the Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh.
    Matthew 9:35 KJV, "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching ... and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people." Note, Christ preached and healed publicly.
    Then Mark 6:12 KJV informs us that Christ, God in the flesh, gave power to His disciples to heal the sick. Mark 6:12-13 KJV says, "And they [the disciples] went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them." Note, these disciples, like their Lord, also held great preaching and healing campaigns.
    Has God changed, or is He the very same God today that He was in the Old and New Testament times?
    In Malachi 3:6 KJV we read, "For I am the Lord, I change not."
    In Hebrews 13:8 KJV we read, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." The Greek expression here for "the same" is ho autos, and means the very same identical person in every respect.
    Again, James says (James 1:17 KJV), "Every good gift [including the gift of healing] ... is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." The Greek word here for "variableness" is parallagē.
    Here, then, James declares that God does not change even slightly. Now, God used to be:
    (1) Jehovah-shammah — "The Lord ever present."
    (2) Jehovah-jireh — "The Lord our provider."
    (3) Jehovah-nissi — "The Lord our banner."
    (4) Jehovah-shalom — "The Lord our peace."
    (5) Jehovah-raah — "The Lord my shepherd."
    (6) Jehovah-tsidkenu — "The Lord our righteousness."
    (7) Jehovah-rapha — "The Lord that healeth." (Exod. 15:26 KJV)
    All admit that God is still:
    Jehovah-shammah — "The Lord ever present."
    Jehovah-jireh — "The Lord our provider."
    Jehovah-nissi — "The Lord our banner."
    Jehovah-shalom — "The Lord our peace."
    Jehovah-raah — "The Lord my shepherd."
    Jehovah-tsidkenu — "The Lord our righteousness."
    Then, beloved, He is still Jehovah-rapha — the Lord our Healer, for James 1:17 KJV declares, "With [Him] is no variableness" (He does not change even slightly); or, as Hebrews 13:8 KJV expresses it, "Jesus Christ [God] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."
    Since God (Christ) is just the same today as in the past, we ought to expect Him to have the same healing power.

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