You Can Be Saved, Healed And Delivered!
O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. Psalm 30:2
Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:17-20
Yes, God saved, healed and delivered His afflicted people from their destructions under the Old Testament and under the New Testament. Yes, the cross of Christ shows how earnestly God desires to heal us. Yes, it’s true that healing of the body is linked with forgiveness of sins and a covenant relationship with God. Yes, we need to realize that Jesus redeemed us from all effects of the sin and fall of man, and that as a result we can be healed if we acknowledge Christ as our Savior and Lord. Physical death and sickness entered the world through sin, the cure is salvation in Jesus. By coming to Christ in sincere repentance, we can know Him as Savior, Healer, and Deliverer. His word is unchanging:
I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3
It is a fact that the Old Testament types and prophesies, and the New Testament fulfillment of those types and prophecies, prove that through the atonement of Jesus we can be saved and healed. It is also a wonderful fact that the lovely God of love died to redeem us from all the effects of sin. The cross of Jesus causes us to confidently expect miracles, healing and deliverance from God. The God who gave His Son for us will also with Him freely give us all things. The redeeming work of Jesus is the basis of every blessing the Christian receives. Christ’s death was the foundation of creation, of redemption and all the blessing of the new covenant and makes us complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. God’s word is unchanging:
As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:6-10
But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah- “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:6-13
Jesus said that His delivering love and power in the age of grace was to be likened to “the acceptable year of the Lord,” that is, the year of Jubilee. Well every fiftieth year, or more precisely, on the tenth day of the seventh month of the 49th. year, on the great day of atonement, the sounding of the trumpets proclaimed the year of release and redemption. Every inheritance throughout Israel was restored to its former ancient family owner. All prisoners, captives and slaves were given their freedom, and all debts were absolved. The land, as on the Sabbath years, enjoyed a year of rest, and was not sowed or reaped, its natural produce was the property of all, to partake as they needed it. The blessing of God gave an abundant harvest to make up for the deficiency of food due to the suspension of work in the seventh year. The sixth year yielded a miraculous supply sufficient to meet the need of three years. (Lev.25v8-23.)
However God’s word, ‘Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land, ‘And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family,’ Leviticus 25:9-10, tells us that no blessing of the year of Jubilee was to be announced by the sounding of the trumpet, until the blood of the bullock slain as a sin offering was sprinkled upon the mercy seat on the day of atonement.
And now through the death and shed blood of Christ, the slaves and prisoners of sin, sickness and Satan can know complete release and deliverance, rejoicing in the forgiveness of their sin. Through Christ’s atoning death salvation and healing can be ours. So we come to Jesus for salvation and healing and He will give it to us on the grounds of His atoning death. Throughout the Scriptures we see that it was the blood of the atonement that was the grounds of healing. In Leviticus 14:18,19, we read that atonement was made for the lepers cleansing, and we read in Numbers 16:45-50., and 2 Samuel 24:10-25., of plagues being stayed because of the atonement. God’s word is true:
And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.
Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”
So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. Numbers 21:5-9
The Word of God tells us that the bronze serpent was a type of Christ’s atonement, and the Israelites were healed through looking at it. If forgiveness and healing came to all who looked at the brazen serpent, the type of Christ’s atonement, then, surely, by looking to the fulfillment of that type, our dear Lord Jesus, we can expect greater blessings than the Israelites experienced through the type of Christ’s atonement? God’s word is unchanging:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:14-16
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” John 12:32
This proved true in the ministry of Jesus, He healed all that came to Him of every disease and sickness. Christ’s death is now the basis of every blessing that we receive as Christians for Jesus is the Savior who forgives ALL our in iniquities and heals ALL our diseases.
In Exodus 15:26, God promised to be “God the healer,” and though it is a conditional promise, like all the promises of God, it reveals God as the healer of His people. Also similar promise is in Exodus 23:25,26, where God promises His obedient children, “I will take sickness from the midst of thee and the number of thy days I will fulfill,” and again Psalm 91:6, promises those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High long life. (Psalm 90:10.) These promises are conditional upon the keeping of the moral law, and law of health laid down in the law.
Some would say that we cannot claim these Old Testament promises, however, Jesus showed by His ministry that these promises are to be extended even to the Gentiles in this new dispensation. Many such lovely promises as Deuteronomy 33:25,27. Joshua 1:5,9. Isaiah 40:31. Psalm 23 etc., given originally to Israel, comfort and encourage Christ’s Church today. We can also find comfort and healing through such Old Testament promises as Exodus 15:26, 23:25, Psalm 103:3. These promises are “Yea and Amen” in Christ, when we fulfill the conditions that God laid down with them. God’s word is unchanging:
Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us-by me, Silvanus, and Timothy-was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 1:17-22
We read in the Gospels that Jesus healed all the sick in the multitudes that came to Him. The inspired exposition of Isaiah 53:4 in Matthew.8:16-17., informs us that Jesus healed all in the light of His atonement. Like the scapegoat, Christ has borne away the sins and sicknesses of all who trust in Him and His redeeming blood (Leviticus 16:22). It is foolish and unscriptural to say that healing is not in the atonement. Jesus died to deliver us from our sicknesses and pains as well as our transgressions and iniquities. He comes to give us peace of body as well as peace of soul.
The truth is indisputable, Christ’s substitutionary death extends to healing of the body as well as the soul. Delitzsch, one of the greatest Hebrew scholars of all time, states there is a substitutionary and “mediatorial sense” in the words of Isaiah 53:4. In Isaiah 53:4, the same two verbs, “nasa,” borne, and “sabal,” carried, which are used to tell us that Jesus “bore our sicknesses and carried our pains,” are the identical verbs that are used in Isaiah 53:11,12., to state that Jesus bore our sins and iniquities for us as our substitute. This proves that healing is one of the “all things” that are given to us through our Lord’s atonement.
In Isaiah 53:4., “surely,” is “aken,” which means, surely, indeed, certainly, and truly. It is worthy of note that the only “surely” in the redemptive chapter of Isaiah53, is before the promise of healing for the body, so we can “surely” expect healing for our bodies as well as for our souls. This “surely” is emphasized in Matthew 8:17, when Matthew says that the prophesy of Isaiah 53:4. was “fulfilled”, it means that it was “filled full,” that is, the full extent of its promise was revealed. The full extent of the promise of Isaiah 53:4, is healing for ALL who come to God for healing.
The Christ of the cross is the perfect remedy for all our needs, both spiritual and physical. Through the shedding of Christ’s blood, all who believe are redeemed from the curse of the law. Galatians 3:13. We can claim healing on the grounds of Christ’s atonement, just as we can claim salvation from our sins, it is part of our salvation, it is a privilege for all who believe in Jesus. Jesus said that most people will not believe that God wants to heal them, so He did miracles to confirm that it is God’s will to heal those who come to Him for healing (John 4:48).
When the angels came to the shepherds, they brought the best tidings possible, “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”. (Lk.2v10,11.) The angelic choirs told of the intense desire of God to bring peace to mankind because of His goodwill and love. They proclaimed the greatest event of all history, God manifested in flesh to save mankind. When Jesus came to show His goodwill and to give His peace and salvation, what did He do? The gospels reveal that Jesus saved and healed all who came to Him in faith, confessing their need, He showed the wonderful goodwill of God, we never read of one needy person being refused, the only stipulation that Jesus made was that people came to Him in repentance and faith.
When Jesus preached the sermon at Nazareth in Luke 4, His message proclaimed the perfect benevolence and goodwill of God. He said, in effect, “Today, you can prove the truth of Isaiah 61:1,2 and 58:6, you can prove the goodness of God in saving and healing power.” TODAY He tells YOU that there is deliverance for all the captives because of His atonement.
When Jesus read these Scriptures in the synagogue at Nazareth, He showed the will of God in relation to deliverance from sin and sickness. Christ came to preach salvation, to heal the sick and broken hearted, to deliver Satan’s captives, and set mankind at liberty. Christ came to bring salvation, health, and happiness, He could say, “This day, is the Scriptures filled full in your ears, through my ministry”. Jesus showed God’s will for them and for us. He explained and demonstrated God’s strong desire to bless them.
The tragedy was that they did not receive the promised blessings offered to them by Jesus, because of their prejudice, contemptuous familiarity, unspiritual carnal outlook, and rank unbelief, and we can miss enjoying the promises of God and the blessings of Christ by the same unbelief, ignorance, and unspiritual carnality. God’s word is unchanging:
Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! “Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” And they were offended at Him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. Mark 6:1-6
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