The sixth reason why we should expect God to heal our sicknesses today is because of His marvelous promises, the fulfillment of which depends altogether upon the exercise of our own faith.
Here are just some of these promises:
Matthew 18:19, “Again I (Christ) say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven.”
Does “anything that they shall ask” include bodily sickness ? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer.
Matthew 21:22 (Christ says), “And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Does “all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing” include bodily sickness? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer.
Mark 11:22, “And Jesus answering saith unto them. Have faith in God. (2) For verily I say unto you. That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (24) Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive (have received) them, and ye shall have them.” Does “what things soever ye desire, when ye pray” include bodily sickness? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer.
John 14-: 13, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do; that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (14) If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.” Does “whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name,” and “If ye shall ask anything in My Name” include bodily sickness? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer.
John 15: 7, “If ye abide in Me and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto “you.” Do these words, “Ye shall ask what ye will” include bodily sickness? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer.
1 John 3:22, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him (God), because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” Does “whatsoever we ask” include bodily sickness? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer, for He is no “respecter of persons.” What He did for John, who made a practice of keeping all His commandments and doing only what was right in His sight. He will also do for you.
James 5:14, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (15) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” Do you believe the book of James is inspired of God ? Yes, Then obey James 5:14, and take Christ as your Healer.
If bodily Healing was not in the Atonement—as we have clearly proven it is—we would still have a perfect right to pray for the sick and expect Christ to heal on the authority of these wonderful promises just quoted.
The very same faith that saves the soul will also heal the body.
In Matthew 9: 22 Jesus said to the woman with the issue of blood, “Daughter, , . . thy faith hath made thee whole.” This expression, “thy faith hath made thee whole,” reads in the Greek, “He pistis sou sesóken se,” and literally reads, “the faith of thee has saved thee.” The verb “sesóken” is the perfect tense, 3d person singular of “sözö”—I save.
Now examine Luke 7: 50. Here Christ says to that poor sinful woman of the street, who had anointed His feet with oil and wiped them with the hairs of her head, “Thy faith hath saved thee.” This reads in the Greek, “Hê pistis sou sesöken se,” and literally reads, “The faith of thee has saved thee.” These are the very same words exactly which Christ spoke when He healed the woman with the issue of blood.
Now we’ve given the sixth reason why all God’s saints today should expect Him to heal their sicknesses, let us here remind you of the five reasons already given:
(1) Because God used to heal the sick as “Jehovah-rapha” (the Lord our Healer), and He is “the same yesterday and today and forever.”
(2) Because Christ died on the cross to atone for our sicknesses just as He died to atone for our sins.
(3) Because all sickness is the result of Satan’s work, when he introduced sin into this world, and “Christ was manifested to destroy the work of the Devil.”
(4) Because the very same Holy Ghost is in the Society today who did all of Christ’s miracles, and
all of Paul’s miracles; and the very same Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead. Since this is true, why should we not expect Him to still heal the sick?
(5) Because of Christ’s last great commission in Mark 16: 17,18, and because of His direct command in James 5: 14, 15 to pray in faith for the sick.
(9) Because of His marvelous promises, the fulfillment of which depends altogether upon the exercise of our own faith.
If you will continue to feed on these six scriptural reasons and let them go down deep into your heart, you will be able to act on them and you will receive deliverance and healing from any and every sickness and disease past present and future. Healing belongs to us.
As adapted from the work of…
T. J. McCrossan, B.A., B.D.