Biblical Healing Part Two
As an introduction:
And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And, behold,
there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him,
saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse
him. And he said unto them, What man shall there
be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the
sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much
then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on
the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch
forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored
whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council
against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it,
he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and
he healed them all;
Let's get down to the theological truth of Biblical and therefore supernatural
healing and casting out of devils by studying this next passage of Scripture:
22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb:
and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow
doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every
kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city
or house divided against itself shall not stand:
26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against
himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom
do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God,
then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's
house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then
he will spoil his house.
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that
gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and
blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against
the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son
of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy
Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in
the world to come.
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good;
or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known
by his fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil,
speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart
bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth
forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that
men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and
by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
In the first passage above we understand that great multitudes followed
Jesus and He healed them all.
If we go back to the beginning of this gospel, we read of John the Baptist
and what he said of himself, Jesus, and the Pharisees, Sadducees, etc.
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is
he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying
in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism,
he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee
from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after
me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize
you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his
hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into
the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Then
cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But
John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest
thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer
it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.
Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway
out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw
the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo
a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
From Part 1 we read of a blind man who called Jesus the son of David. The
term is repeated in verse 23 above. This can only mean that some, if not
all, of those who followed Jesus in His public ministry knew of His worldly
lineage. It went so far that they believed Him to be the Messiah when He
entered Jerusalem on a donkey, and called out "Hosanna to the son of David:
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."
We also know that the word "hosanna" means "please save". Which means that
they were expecting to be saved (from the oppression of the Romans).
In verse 24 above we see the reaction of the Pharisees to the healings.
They were deep in their traditions and also for various other reasons,
didn't want Jesus to upset the worldly apple cart of the temple religion
and the Roman occupation.
This is confirmed:
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee,
O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things
from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so,
Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto
me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth
any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will
reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest.
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will
have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Now we come to the accusation in verse 24:
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth
not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
The reply of Jesus is most revealing and brings us right up to date to
the worldly traditions in the churches today:
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy
shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy
Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Using the context of the above two main passages of Scripture only, what
did Jesus of Nazareth mean about blaspheming the Holy Spirit?
Firstly, as we already know, Jesus received the Holy Spirit with
Power as He came out of the waters of baptism. So He knows the Holy
Secondly, He knew that the Pharisees did not.
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that
he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them,
When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair
weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul
weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites,
ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs
of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign;
and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.
And he left them, and departed. And when his disciples were come
to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said unto
them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees
and of the Sadducees.
Thirdly, He foreknew that there would be those, who claimed
to have the Holy Spirit living in them but sinned against the Holy Spirit
by being unholy and disobedient in this name.
That is what is happening in the "christian" churches today
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart
bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth
forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall
speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy
words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Fourthly, there are those reborn of the Holy Spirit who are too
worldly and affected with luxurious living to get up out of their comfort
zones and honour Him who saved mankind from the wrath to come.
They want to receive the love and protection of the Loving Living God without
having to respond to that initial love. Some are not even aware that they
have a God inspired destiny to fulfil.
He that is not with me is against me; and he
that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and
in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth
on him shall not be ashamed.
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace
in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For
we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
These four points reveal the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit not so?
Wow! Does this include Me?
Keeping this knowledge with us, let's see how the traditions of Jesus'
day hindered the power of faith and the working of the Holy Spirit. Consider
this in the lack of Biblical healing of today.
Please bear in mind the fact that our God can do anything He pleases,
from creating the known universe to the knowledge of the number of hairs
on your head.
Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of
the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned
among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.
Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them,
O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought
no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of
the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Neither the seven loaves
of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye
do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that
ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue,
insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man
this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's
son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses,
and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence
then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him.
But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without
honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did
not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
To clarify verses 25 to 26:
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every
kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city
or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out
Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
If this was done it's pretty clear that Satan would soon be powerless not
so? Unless we know of other circumstances where Satan could overcome this
problem that he is faced with.
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he
walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith,
I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come,
he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh
with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter
in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than
the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
However the unclean spirit would be powerless to return if Someone stronger
than he occupied the house:
Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house,
and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will
spoil his house.
Who is this Someone?
Who is stronger than the god of this world, the prince of devils, Satan?
The Lord Jesus Christ.
He overpowered the power of Satan when He fulfilled His earthly destiny
and then was raised from the dead by the Power of God.
Jesus Christ defeated the power of death.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also
himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy
him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Just think on it. No one can force you or me to be obedient to their will
with the alternative of being killed, if you are confident that you will
be going to a better place. (John chapter fourteen).
When Jesus Christ had ascended into heaven, He allowed the Holy Spirit
to come, who would be able to dwell in us, to replace the emptiness with
However, if there is no Fullness. . . . .
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater
is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world:
therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of
God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not
us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
(1 John 4:4-6)
This means that anyone who has worldly fruits like those of the Pharisees
cannot spiritually heal anyone in the power of the Triune God.
A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are
the ways of death.
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well
to his going. A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the
fool rageth, and is confident.
Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of
you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth
me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain
they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me,
he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto
him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which
If you are in a church and you perceive that the denomination and or the
Pastor are following tradition and not the word and the Holy Spirit you
must obey the will of Him who is your Saviour:
Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him
the lips of knowledge.
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that
ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and
not after the tradition which he received of us.
(2 Thessalonians 3:6)
This surely means therefore that anyone who doesn't have the cherished
Holy Spirit dwelling in them, cannot heal anyone by the power of the Triune
Does this sound way out?
Yet this is exactly what is taught from God's word.
Any other healing therefore, today, must be by the prince of devils even
if it's done in a "christian" church! The purpose? To cast a smokescreen
of deception, confusing the name of Lucifer(Beelzebub) with that of Jesus.
Those who are "healed" in the power of Beelzebub will receive more devils
(see Matthew 12:43-45)
Jesus knew the thoughts of those men and instructed us how to know modern
Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth
in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart;
and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,
adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are
the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth
not a man.
In verse 27 Jesus was not stating that their sons were casting out demons,
but was emphasising that they could not. In other words, asking them "do
you know anyone else who is casting out demons in the name of Beelzebub?"
The answer has to be no, from what we have previously seen, and also from
the following passages of Scripture:
And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain
man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for
he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire,
and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could
not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless
and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I
suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil;
and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast
him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your
unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard
seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and
it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this
kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his
body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases
departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Then certain
of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which
had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus
whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew,
and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered
and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in
whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed
against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And
this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and
fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And
many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of
them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned
them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found
it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
It may appear at first glance that there is a contradiction here, and this
is another deception of Satan.
Once, when in our mid forties, before becoming converted and while we were
returning from a caravan holiday, my wife asked me if I would ever leave
her for a younger woman. The question came out of the blue and was a shocker,
it woke me out of the holiday mood and before there was time to think the
answer passed my lips "Never, you are my wife.". This spontaneous answer
satisfied her and the subject has never come up again. You see, I made
a covenant with her on our wedding day, and unbreakable agreement and the
possibility wasn't even contemplated.
The above incident serves to illustrate the relationship that the Living
God made with me the day I willingly submitted my body, soul and spirit
to Him believing that He would fulfil all the promises that He has
made in the Bible.
It's easy for me to trust in my Master, but what is so wonderful is that
God trusts in me and lets me use of His supernatural Power, knowing
that it will be used for His glory, as is fitting.
Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up
the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that
I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these
This is true Christianity and anyone who is disobedient to His will cannot
be in Covenant with the Living God.
The whole purpose of the Bible is to show us this Truth.
This means that God does the healing or casting out of unclean spirits.
The disciple is just the willing vehicle, glorying in the privilege of
In the time of His public ministry, Jesus of Nazareth performed uncounted
miracles of healing, casting out unclean spirits, etc. (John 21:25), where
those who were made whole had no faith, glorified God, or had faith. It
didn't seem to matter much because Jesus was God with us. Jesus of Nazareth
(the man) had received Power from on high.
As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with
a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes
marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said,
He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto
him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter
is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his
disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth
after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent
but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and
worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It
is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from
their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her,
O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.
And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Do you notice here that faith in Jesus caused the healing? But God performed
Here are some New Covenant examples of how ordinary people were used by
God for His glory:
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto
them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which
Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean
spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with
them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
And there was great joy in that city. But there was a certain man, called
Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the
people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom
they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is
the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long
time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip
preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus
Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed
also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered,
beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles
which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God,
they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed
for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen
upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy
Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power,
that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter
said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that
the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor
lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent
therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought
of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the
gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon,
and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye
have spoken come upon me.
Simon did not receive the Holy Spirit because of his lack of submission.
He wanted to buy the power without knowing where it came from, or how to
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom,
seeing he hath no heart to it?
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate
me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when
they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent
them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed
unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. And when they were
at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews:
and they had also John to their minister. And when they had gone
through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet,
a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: Which was with the deputy of the
country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul,
and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is
his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy
from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with
the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and
all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all
righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt
be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on
him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by
the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished
at the doctrine of the Lord.
Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave
testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to
be done by their hands.
And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple
from his mother's womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak:
who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy
Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us
and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and
Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles
Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation
is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which
she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died:
whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And
forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that
Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he
would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When
he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows
stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made,
while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down,
and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And
she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her
his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and
widows, presented her alive. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and
many believed in the Lord.
And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on
the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand,
they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though
he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook
off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when
he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had
looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds,
and said that he was a god. In the same quarters were possessions of the
chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged
us three days courteously. And it came to pass, that the father of Publius
lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and
prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. So when this was done,
others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and
revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago,
(whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot
tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew
such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God
knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable
words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I
glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though
I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth:
but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which
he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should
be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there
was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet
me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the
Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace
is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power
of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in
reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's
sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
(2 Corinthians 12:1-10)
It would seem that the sick require the laying on of hands.
It would seem that those possessed with unclean spirits need not be touched,
but that the spirits are commanded to come out.
Jesus also gave ordinary people of this power as explained in the gospels
as an example to us to learn from.
We see firstly that He was anointed with the Holy Spirit and received power:
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power:
who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil;
for God was with him.
Secondly, Jesus gave some of that power to His followers:
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them
power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all
manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Now the names of the twelve
apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his
brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip,
and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son
of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite,
and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent forth,
and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of
the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach,
saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers,
raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for
your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves:
for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town
ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go
thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be
worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your
peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your
words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of
your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land
of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Behold,
I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise
as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver
you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony
against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought
how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour
what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your
Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother
to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against
their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be
hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the
end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into
another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities
of Israel, till the Son of man be come. The disciple is not above his
master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that
he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the
master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them
of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered,
that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell
you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the
ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which
kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which
is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold
for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your
Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore,
ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess
me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my
Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth:
I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance
against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter
in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they
of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not
worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy
of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not
worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth
his life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me,
and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth
a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and
he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall
receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto
one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of
a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority
over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom
of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take
nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread,
neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter
into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you,
when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for
a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the
towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them
two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself
would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest
truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore
the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither
purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever
house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son
of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn
to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things
as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house
to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat
such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein,
and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever
city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets
of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on
us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that
the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But I say unto you, that it shall
be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. Woe unto thee,
Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done
in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while
ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum,
which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. He that heareth
you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth
me despiseth him that sent me.
This power is available to us through our Heavenly Father's Holy Spirit.
You who are crying out to be healed, while it may be that you can become
whole again, it should have become clear that the healing of the sick is
primarily for the glorification of God.
Remember, we were made in the first place for God's pleasure:
Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea,
let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure
in the prosperity of his servant.
Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom
thou madest strong for thyself.
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure
in the legs of a man. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in
those that hope in his mercy.
The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked
for the day of evil.
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him
for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
*A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.*
I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made
my foes to rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou
hast healed me.
Do you yet realise that your future Way in the next world, the real world,
is in your hands?
Do you realise that if you had not become sick you may never have been
given the opportunity to learn what you have now learned?
Do you now realise that it makes no difference as to what you used to be,
how evil you were in the past?
Neither you nor I realise the extent of the love that our Merciful, Perfect,
Holy, Righteous Living Heavenly Father has for each of us!
Are you willing to submit your life to God's purpose? Are you willing to
make an unending Covenant with your Creator?
This will entail putting God's will first and yours last. If God should
want you to go to Ethiopia or China, will you go?
You have to become His willing creature. You shall have to submit
your will into His hands, place your future plans for yourself in His purpose.
And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard
thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts
to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people,
which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek
my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall
be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this
(2 Chronicles 7:12-15)
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh
them shall have mercy. Happy is the man that feareth alway:
but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest
in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and
set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I
say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye
shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble
himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you,
That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man
shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses,
or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or
lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased;
and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. But woe unto you, scribes
and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against
men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that
are entering to go in.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace,
whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For
our God is a consuming fire.
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting
covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in
you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom
be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh
to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
(1 Peter 4:2)
Here's something vitally important that has not been mentioned before:
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which
art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the
power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For
if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive
you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father
forgive your trespasses.
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against
me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him,
I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would
take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was
brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as
he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and
children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore
fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and
I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion,
and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out,
and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and
he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me
that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought
him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would
not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So
when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came
and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he
had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all
that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had
compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord
was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all
that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto
you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every
one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver
us from evil.
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this
which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power
upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,)I
say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every
one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that
knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that
is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will
he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer
him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto
your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the
Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
If you now believe that God is who He says He is and is able to
save you from the wrath to come, you will have to get on your knees believing
that God can hear you and beseech Him to become your Covenant Partner through
the blood of your Covenant representative, Jesus Christ.
Nobody can do this for you. You must do it yourself.
God has promised that He will change your life forever:
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in
the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive
the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children,
and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another,
and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
(1 Thessalonians 3:12)
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from
evil. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do
and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord direct your hearts
into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
(2 Thessalonians 3:3-5)
Here is the basis of all Biblical healing!!!
And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom
ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect
soundness in the presence of you all.
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful
shall be under tribute. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop:
but a good word maketh it glad. The righteous is more excellent
than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
*To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.* Hear
me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when
I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. O ye sons
of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long
will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. But know that
the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear
when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own
heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
and put your trust in the LORD. There be many that say, Who will
shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance
upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that
their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace,
and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
*A Psalm of David.* LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?
who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh
righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth
the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Such as sit
in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction
and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned
the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with
labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried
unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their
bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his
goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!