A fourth reason, why all Society People should expect God (the Holy Ghost) to heal our sick bodies today, is because He is the very same Holy Spirit who did all of Christ’s miracles, and raised Him from the dead, and is still in the earth, and has all His old time, life-giving power.
John 14: 16 declares emphatically that the Holy Ghost will abide with us forever. 1 Thessalonians 1: 5 asserts, “For our Gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power (dunamis) and in the Holy Ghost.” This word for power (dunamis) is the Holy Ghost power of Luke 24: 49 and Acts 1: 8.
Paul also declares (2 Tim. 1:7), “For God hath not given us (the Society) the Spirit of fear, but of power (dunamis—Holy-Ghost power).”
Then the Holy Ghost, who is now abiding in us, is the Holy Ghost with power (dunamis), the very same Holy Ghost who inspired all of Christ’s actions while he was on earth. Luke 4: 14, “And Jesus returned in the power (dunamis) of the Spirit into Galilee.” This same Holy Spirit, who is now in the Earth, is He who anointed Christ and gave Him the power to work all His miracles.
Acts 10: 38, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power (dunamis), who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the Devil.” Remember, Christ did all His miracles in the power of the Holy Ghost, and not in His own power as the Second Person of the blessed Trinity. Christ has assured us that this same Holy Ghost power, called “dunamis,” is for each of His saints today. Acts 1:8, “Ye shall receive power (dunamis) after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.”
Paul too has assured us in 2 Timothy 1: 7, and else where, that God has given to His church “the Holy Spirit of power” (dunamis), the very same Holy Spirit who controlled Christ’s life (Luke 4:14) and wrought all His miracles (Acts 10: 38), and the very same Holy Spirit who worked all of Paul’s miracles. Romans 15:18, “For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me . . ., (19) Through mighty signs and wonders by the power (du-namis) of the Spirit of God.”
Since then the very same Holy Spirit did all of Christ’s miracles and all of Paul’s miracles, is in the church today with all His old time power (dunamis), why should we not expect Him to heal the bodies of the sick today?
In (Rom. 8:26), “The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (astheneiais).” This Greek word “astheneiais” is the dative plural of “astheneia,” the commonest word in the Greek language for “sickness.” But note well the word here translated “helpeth” (sunantilambanetai). This is the present tense, 3d person singular, of the deponent verb “sunantilambanomai,” and comes from “sun”—together with, “anti”— against, and “lambano”—I take hold of. This word therefore means “to take hold against together with.” Then in Romans 8: 26 we are told that the Holy Ghost takes hold against our sicknesses together with some one. With whom? Why, with ourselves of course.
Yes, Romans 8:26 teaches us that it is just as much the work of the Holy Spirit today ‘to take hold against our sicknesses,” as it was before.
Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead, will also quicken (zöopoiêsei) your mortal (thnëta) bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
“Thnêtos” (mortal) is an adjective derived from “thnêskö”—I die, and always means “liable to, or subject to death.” The Greek word for a dead human body is “nekros.” “Thnetos,” always refers to something “subject to death,” but never, never to a dead body. This is important because your body is now subject to sickness and death. It is now that He does his life-giving work, healing and delivering you from all sickness and disease.
The Greek word “thnetos” simply means mortal. Romans 6: 12, “Let not sin reign in your mortal (thnetos—same word as in Romans 8:11) body,” etc. If Paul said, “Let not sin reign in your dead body,” it would have been utter nonsense.
Again Paul gives us the true meaning of “thnetos” (mortal) in 2 Corinthians 4: 11, “For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” We are now to manifest forth the life of Jesus Christ in these bodies which are subject to death, for the word mortal (thnetos) never, never, means a dead body, but always something which is subject to death, but not yet dead.
John Calvin, that superb Greek scholar, is therefore correct when he says of Romans 8:11, “The quickening of the mortal body here cannot refer to the resurrection of the saints, but must mean a giving of life to their bodies, while here upon earth, through the Spirit.”
So… Romans 8: 11, “If the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive, heal) your mortal bodies (these bodies subject to death, but not dead) by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” The word for quicken here is “zöopoiêsei.” This word comes from “zöê”—life and “poieó”—I make. Then it is the work of the Spirit “to make life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6 says, “. . .; for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life (zöopoiei).”
Since it is the work of the Holy Spirit, as Paul assures us, to keep making life in these mortal bodies of ours, no wonder this apostle asserts (Rom. 8: 26), “The Spirit takes hold against our sicknesses together with.” This verse proves that, while it is the work of the Spirit to keep making life in our mortal bodies (bodies subject to sickness and death), yet He will not do this blessed work unless we, God’s saints, do our part, and take hold together with Him, What is our part? Praying in the Spirit (other tongues) and holding fast to our confession of faith. Much teaching, on both of these important topics, can be found here on this site. MHGS.org
If we do our part He (the Holy Spirit) will do His “will take hold against our sicknesses together with” ourselves (literal reading of Rom, 8:26). The result will be that He will keep making life (the exact meaning of “zöopoieo”) in these mortal bodies of ours.
Yes, you as a Society Person should expect God to heal your physical body today, because the very same Holy Spirit who did all of Christ’s miracles (Ac. 10:38), and all of Paul’s miracles (Rom. 15: 19) is still in the Earth today as “the maker of life” (zöopoieo), and He is here “to take hold together with us against our sicknesses.”
As adapted from the work of… T. J. McCrossan, B.A., B.D.