Healing is a “Hot Topic” in the body of Christ today. Many are seeking to be healed of a variety of sicknesses and diseases. There are healing revivals, healing seminars, and healing schools around the country, yet only a fraction are being healed.
There are many conflicting messages being taught:
“God wants everybody healed.”
“It’s God’s will to keep some people sick.”
“You can’t know if it’s God’s will to heal you or not.”
“If you’re not healed, it’s because you lack the faith.”
What’s the truth?
The Scripture is clear in its teaching on healing. Hopefully, this new series will provide you with simple, clear, and easy to understand principles from the Word of God.
Before we can truly grasp God’s purpose in healing, we must first have a basic understanding of sickness. Sad to say, but most Christians are ignorant of the true nature of sickness. I’ll start by giving you a God’s eye view of sickness and disease.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned…
To understand sickness, we must go back to the beginning when sin entered the world through Adam.
What is sin? The words we translate as sin in both the Old and New Testaments mean to miss the mark. Sin misses the mark of God’s glory. According to the above verse, death is the penalty for missing the mark (sinning).
Adam missed the mark of God’s perfect will for him. It was through Adam that the tendency to sin, and the resulting death penalty was transferred to the human race. Here’s the curse was pronounced against us in the Garden of Eden…
To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
The word pains, in this verse, literally means intense labor. The curse against the woman was that her reproduction process would be labor intensive.
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
The words painful toil in this verse is the same Hebrew word pains found in verse 16. Adam would produce food through labor intensive work. The curse, therefore, was that for man and woman, the very things that they were created to do, would only be accomplished through painful toil.
There’s one thing that’s obviously absent from the curse. In spite of anything taught to the contrary, Scripture is clear – sickness was NOT a part of the curse!!! God was not the author of sickness.
In my next post, I’ll show where sickness actually comes from.
Question: What are your views on divine healing?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014