The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
With His Stripes We Are Healed?
Yesterday, I had a headache. I took
some aspirin so now since with
these aspirins I have been healed, I need never to worry again about
my polycythemia....it was healed. I need never worry about high
blood pressure or diabetes, cancer, heart disease or a host of other
things because the aspirin healed me. Since I have been healed, I
guess I never need to go to the doctor again and I can forget those
far too frequent blood checks to check my CBC....for by these
aspirins I have been healed.
What? You say that is absurd and I have gone off the deep end? It
is no more absurd than those that say we are cured of all diseases
because "with his stripes we are healed"
First of all, let us look carefully at this statement found in Isaiah
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and
acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he
was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we
did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to
his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his
mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep
before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare
his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for
the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his
death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:
when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his
seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall
prosper in his hand.
Tell me, where in this passage does it say anything about "Physical"
healing? Does it not specifically talk about "transgressions"
and "iniquities"? We can not add meaning to GOD's Word and come out
with something that is not there. ALL of this chapter is talking
about healing from SIN. Christ died for our SIN...not our tummy
Need more evidence of this? 1 Peter 2:24 also points out that it
was SIN...."Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the
tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by
whose stripes ye were healed". It does not mention illness once in
More evidence? There were many that were healed before our LORD was
beaten. They could not have been healed if it was by his stripes
that they were healed. It had not happened yet.
Let's look at James also. In chapter 5 verse 14 and 15 we are told
what one should do if they are sick.
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: 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
If we were healed by "HIS stripes" Why did James not say one word
about this? Why did not James talk about the lack of faith on the
part of those that were sick for not being healed by "HIS stripes"?
We have seen many "faith healers" talk about the lack of faith on the
part of those that go to their "healing services" and were not
healed. Folks, if a person is not healed from sickness, we can not
place the blame on THEIR lack of faith. Look at James again.
"the prayer of faith shall save the sick" Where does the healing
come from? The person who is sick? Or from those that do the
PRAYING? We can see many other times it was not the faith of those
that were sick. The nobleman's son in John 4: 46-52 was healed and
he did not even know his dad went to Jesus for help. For that
matter, when an infant is healed...does that infant have faith?
In Matthew 8: 5-13 a centurion came to Jesus to ask healing for his
servant. His servant did not know it but he was healed. In fact,
this centurion was praised by Jesus for acknowledging that Jesus did
not even have to go to his servant...all HE had to do was say the
word and it was done.
"With his stripes we are healed" has never been used in Scripture to
suggest physical healing. It is always used in connection
with "transgressions" and "iniquities". It is used to show that
there IS a Balm in Gilead that can heal the sin sick soul.
We might add here also that there is no reason to believe that Jesus
only had 39 stripes. The restriction to 39 was for the Jews...not
the Romans. It may have been many more. The Romans only stopped
short of death.
YES....I do believe that GOD is still in the healing business. I do
not believe we can demand this healing. I have full faith in my LORD
that if HE chooses to let me be ill, somehow it will be for my good.
I do believe that HE is in control.
What possible good could it do for a Christian to be ill? For one,
it is not what happens to a Christian that matters, it is how they
react to what happens that does. If a Christian has a disease that
needs a lot of medical attention, it will give a chance to talk to
many people who may not otherwise hear the good news of Jesus
Christ. When the medical staff sees the peace and joy in the face of
one that is ravished with disease, then they can be told why that
peace is there and they are more likely to listen.
If every Christian could demand full healing of all diseases, Peter
James and John and the rest of the gang would still be alive on earth
because death is a result of disease. If every Christian were
healed, would it not be like a billionaire advertising for a spouse
by saying....BILLIONAIRE LOOKING FOR WIFE... (or husband) Oh the
line would be very long..but all for the wrong reasons.
Jesus wants us to go to HIM because we know we have SINNED...not
because we are sick. HE would know of course, but it could give a
false sense of security but that can happen now. According to
Matthew 7 we read:
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into
the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which
is in heaven.
22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied
in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name
done many wonderful works?
23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from
me, ye that work iniquity.
It would appear that many can be healed and even have demons cast out
of them but GOD did not do it. Being able to heal the sick does not
prove one even belongs to GOD.
If we can not count on knowing that those "ministers, healers or
whatever really do know the LORD we may well ask what does bring
salvation. Please look at verse 21 for the answer....He that doeth
the will of my Father which is in heaven. This does not add works
to the plan...if we know what the will of the Father is.
John6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God,
that ye believe on him whom he hath sent
John 6:40: And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one
which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life:
and I will raise him up at the last day.
To have eternal life..we need to believe on Jesus Christ. His stripes
brought SPIRITUAL healing. Any physical healing is a bonus!
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