Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement wrought by Jesus Christ through the grace of God.
Most of the problems that man faces in life (some say as high as seventy-five per cent) are the result of simply a failure to know how to live. Therefore, by creating an atmosphere whereby the Holy Spirit can reveal Him who is life, Jesus Christ, every individual can come to terms with the reality of living. James seems to imply this when he writes, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members” (James 4:1)?
The implication is that wars occur between people because wars are going on within people. James adds,
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2).
Most struggling people would say that the statement of James is a fitting description of their turmoil. They want to experience real living so desperately, yet it seems never to materialize. They just do not know how to live in the grace of God.
James added further insights to the problem:
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (James 4:3).
It seems that every individual who is fighting a losing battle usually does not ask for help (James 4:2) until they are in the midst of terrible woes. By the time they seek help their asking seems always to be amiss. They desperately seek answers, but they ask the wrong questions.
James labeled them, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses” (James 4:4). He is not referring to sexual sins, but to the adulterating of the ultimate answer,
know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God” (James 4:4)?
They have diluted the gospel, perverted the gospel (Gal. 1:6-8) with the ways of man. Struggling on the inside because of perverted truth, they find themselves at war with others. This scenario is the cause of most problems that people will face in life.
Divine healing occurs when the Holy Spirit has freedom to reveal and to guide the individual into the gospel.
The struggling individual must be brought into a realm where the Holy Spirit has freedom to reveal and to guide the individual into the truth of the gospel. Paul gives the reality of that gospel as
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).
The answer to the wars that occur between people must begin with the peace that is produced by the gospel in people.
It is wondrously amazing to see how the action of other people seemingly changes when an individual truly experiences an inner peace. When there is a cessation of the inner war, there is not only an outward absence of antagonism, there is an actual desire to build peace with others. A realization of the pure gospel in the life of the individual is the foundation for the answer to every problem.
The power of the pure gospel of Jesus Christ is that it not only produces peace, it also produces the capability to live the peaceable life. Paul adds, “
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand . . . (Rom. 5:1,2).
The grace of God, supernatural enablement to be Christian, is the power source for living.
Divine healing is a work of the grace of God.
Although many people associate grace with falling ,Paul associates grace with standing. This powerful truth of Christianity is that all who believe on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are supernaturally enabled to be Christian. They “have access by faith into this grace wherein [they] stand.”
Successful Christian living will depend entirely on the degree to which the individual experiences this supernatural enablement of the grace of God. This healing flow of the Holy Spirit can be manifested on a spectrum from a dynamic instantaneous experience to the dynamic process of life itself. Both are the workings of the Holy Spirit at His own discretion. Healing is provided for all in the atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ did die on the cross to be resurrected from the dead in order that mankind might experience total redemption, body, soul, and spirit to live.
It is impossible, however, for natural man to know the things of God (1 Cor. 2:14). The believer must walk in total sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God knows the mind of God (1 Cor. 2:16). Healing will occur sometimes in an instantaneous moment, sometimes in a gradual process, and sometimes in the reality of the resurrection. Healing will occur for it has been provided for all in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
Divine healing is often in a miraculous, spontaneous display of God’s power.
The mystery of the providence of God reveals his intervention into the affairs of man often with a miraculous, spontaneous display of his power. It is truly remarkable to see the miraculous working of the Spirit in the salvation of the early followers of Jesus. In the history of Acts, covering roughly thirty years, it is recorded that there were thirty-six definite divine interventions by the Holy Spirit in the lives of the people.
Such miracles as in the shadow of Peter heals (Acts 5:15). Philip is transposed from one location to another by the Spirit (Acts 8:39). Tabitha is raised from the dead (Acts 9:40). Healing from sickness occur (Acts 5:16). Demons are cast out (Acts 8:7),. There is even a “miracle in reverse” when Elymas, who was causing some problems, was made blind (Acts 13:11). The book of Acts reveals in that thirty year period how God intervened by the Holy Spirit thirty-six different times (not counting those not recorded) to deliver the people.
In addition to the thirty-six divine interventions, history records how the early followers of Jesus received inspiration and instruction. The book of Acts records six definite visions witnessed by those early disciples. Add to those, five additional experiences and there is a total of eleven manifestations that gave new-born, fresh inspiration of distinctively Christian learning to the people in need of deliverance.
Such visions as the vision given to Peter (Acts 10:10) and Cornelius (Acts 10:30). There are the visions of Paul (Acts 9:3) and Ananias (Acts 9:10). Philip’s experience with an angel (Acts 8:26) also serves as an example. The freedom of the Spirit allowed the people who were in need to receive miraculous spontaneous insight into the solution of their problems.
Also, the early followers of Jesus heard in an audible voice, the voice of an angel (Acts 8:26) or the voice of Jesus (Acts 10:13) fourteen distinct times. Add to that fact, the book of Acts records seven different times signs and wonders (Acts 5:19) were accomplished through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. To say the least, the Holy Spirit, as the agent of divine healing, gave those early disciples a unique experience in deliverance from suffering circumstances. He gifted the Church with supernatural enablement that worked out in an instantaneous display of miraculous power.
Divine healing often occurs in the process of living life.
The Scriptures not only reveal the spontaneous delivering power of God, but it also reveals the miraculous power of God that delivers the individual through the process of life itself. After Paul rejoiced in the glory of God that produced peace and grace as recorded in Romans, Chapter Five, he continued,
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed . . . (Rom. 5:3-5).
The amazing power of the Holy Spirit has the capability to produce joy in circumstances that are not joyful.
Paul illustrates this truth in his letter to the Corinthians,
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:8,9).
The supernatural enablement of the Holy Spirit empowers the believers to be delivered, not necessarily out of tough times, but through tough times (2 Tim. 3:11) with “the peace of God which passeth all understanding. [keeping their] hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).
The understanding of this miraculous deliverance of the Holy Spirit through trying circumstances is also given by James and Peter as well. James says,
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (1:2-4).
The end result of this process is exactly what the struggling individual wants, to live complete, lacking nothing. There is a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit that brings the individual through the process of living to experience all that it means to live.
Peter also states that the successful completion of this process produces a lifestyle of victorious living, “. . . for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall” (2 Pet. 1:10). He also adds, “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins” (2 Pet. 1:9). These things, as recorded by Peter, are:
giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity (2 Pet. 1:5-7).
If the believer can understand the miraculous workings of the Holy Spirit in this process of living, he will understand how God often works in the individual’s life to bring him to where God wants him. In a real sense, God is more concerned with how an individual is going through a situation than he is of the situation itself. Peter says, “. . . if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 1:8).
The following schema reveals the correlation of this miraculous process of divine healing in the writings of Peter, Paul, and James.
If the individual can be brought into a relationship with Jesus Christ that will enable the Holy Spirit to have freedom to guide him into the knowledge of this process of Christian growth, the Holy Spirit then also will have the freedom to produce the peace, the grace, and the joy of abundant life: “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness . . .” (2 Pet. 1:3).
Divine healing can occur throughout the whole spectrum of healing needs.
The divine healing agency of the Holy Spirit moves through the whole spectrum of healing needs. He is the source of miraculous instantaneous intervention and the source of the miraculous process of Christian living. The Holy Spirit is the only power in which divine healing can meet every need of humanity.
Healing is provided for all in the atonement wrought by Jesus Christ. By allowing the Holy Spirit the liberty of moving in one’s life, healing can be experienced by all who are in need. It may be healing in the miraculous moment of deliverance, in the process of life itself, or in the ultimate realization of the resurrection. The grace of God does provide healing for all.