Jesus the Healer



Matthew 17 v 14-21

Mark 9 v 14- 29


In these passages we read of a boy who was possessed by an unclean spirit which was causing him to be dumb.


Jesus commanded the dumb and deaf spirit to leave the boy and it left him.


When Jesus cast demons out it was by a word of command.  When He healed the sick He would often touch them.


There is a difference between someone possessed and someone sick.


In Mark 16 v 17 we read that Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them that believe, in my name they shall cast out demons, they shall speak in new tongues; they shall take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover”.


In this verse Jesus distinguishes between healing those who are possessed and those who are sick.


It is of course possible that the sickness may be due to an unclean spirit.


In Mark 7 v 31-37 we read of a man that was deaf and had a speech impediment.  In this instance Jesus did not cast a demon out but instead put His fingers in the man’s ears and commanded them to be opened and the man was healed.


Sickness and disease came after Adam had sinned and death was the result.  Satan had the power of death, and sickness and disease represent his works in our bodies to help bring us closer to death.


Smith Wigglesworth, a twentieth century evangelist who had remarkable results in healing the sick by the laying on of hands, would often rebuke the devil because the sickness represented the work of the devil, however he distinguished between demon possession and sickness.


Satan, who is the devil, is not omnipresent but his work is carried out by demons and diseases etc.


In Mark 9 v22 when the man said to Jesus “if you can do anything, please help my son”; Jesus corrected him by saying “it is not if I can do anything but if you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes”.


In Matthew 8 v 1-4 a man with leprosy came to Jesus and said, “If thou wilt, thou canst make me whole”.  This man knew that Jesus could heal him if it was His will to heal him.  Jesus did not rebuke him for unbelief because he used the words “if it is your will”, but instead touched him and said, “I will, be thou clean”.  This man had a terrible disease but Jesus didn’t cast a demon out, He touched him and healed him.


Is it God’s will to heal the sick?  We know that Jesus came to do the Fathers will and He healed all that were under the power of the devil (Acts 10 v 38).   In 1 John 3 v 8 we read that Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one.  Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  There is no sickness in heaven.


So yes it is God’s will that we are healed.  Sometimes after prayer, people remain sick and we cannot explain why.


Smith Wigglesworth suffered for three years with gall stones.  Some say he was more mellow and gentle after those three years.  His daughter suffered from deafness in later life and although many deaf people were healed under Smith Wigglesworth his daughter remained deaf.


Stephen Jeffreys, an evangelist used by God in healing many sick people, suffered in his later years from chronic arthritis.  His brother George was also used by God mightily in the healing of thousands yet he suffered from ill health in his later years.


Harry Greenwood says that faith comes by hearing the word of God but it grows by opposition.


In Acts 3 v 1-12, Peter and John healed a man at the gate to the temple.  When the people came running to them, Peter said, “why gaze intently at us as if by our own power or godliness we have made this man to walk”?


Peter was saying it wasn’t his power or godliness.


When God made Adam it is believed he had a lot more power than we have now.


Man is a being comprised of body, soul and spirit.  When God made man from the dust of the ground, He breathed into him the spirit of life and man became a living soul.


Man’s spirit is the part of him that communes with God who is spirit.

Man’s body is in touch with the earth through his senses.

His soul is the mediator between spirit and body and is the expression of his life.


Man's soul expresses the type of person he is.


Originally man’s spirit was dominant, the soul was submissive to the spirit and the body was submissive to the soul.  Everything was in harmony.


Then man sinned!!!


The curse of sin is death.  Death entered mans body and over nearly 1000years man aged and finally died (a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day with God).


Man is more than his body and the day he sinned he also died spiritually.  In other words his natural communion with God was cut off.  His spirit was not terminated just his communion and fellowship with the Lord (he hid from God in the garden).


However his spirit did lose its dominance and became bound up with the soul.  The soul now was the dominant factor.  The spirit may still influence the soul such as someone having a contrite spirit (Psalm 34 v 18, Isaiah 66 v 2) but it is swallowed up by the soul so that many people think the spirit and soul are one and the same.  The word of God is the one thing that separates them (Hebrews 4 v 12, 1 Thessalonians 5 v 23, Proverbs 20 v 27).         


Man now became more and more dependent on his bodily senses until in Genesis 6 v 3 God said, “My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for he indeed is flesh”.  ‘Flesh’ is a word that describes mans carnal attitude and desires.


Adams original powers, before the fall, had to be many times greater than what they are today.  He named all the different animals, I wonder how many different species there were?  His job was to subdue the earth and have dominion over every living thing, how can one man do this unless he had greater powers than now, how could he get around to the different parts of the earth.  His main job was to take care of the Garden of Eden, unfortunately he messed that one up.


When Adam fell, the soul lost a lot of its abilities.  His powers became latent in his soul, however there has always been those who have managed to tap into these latent powers and display what we would now see as supernatural powers.  A friend of mine could read peoples thoughts.  The eastern religions encourage the destruction of the flesh by different practices and the development of the soul powers by asceticism.  Excessive fasting, prayer and transcendental meditation are some of the methods used. Taking drugs to encourage a trance like state in order to contact spirits is sometimes undertaken.


People can use the power of the soul to do healings and many mighty works, counterfeiting the genuine divine healings  (Matthew 7 v 21-23).


Now if we go back to Acts 3 v 12-16, Peter said that it wasn’t by their power or godliness that this man was healed, but by faith in the name of Jesus, in fact the faith was also from Jesus.


Peter did not tap into the latent power within him but became a vessel for God’s power to minister.  God does not want us to use the power of the soul but to be dependent on Him for everything.  Today there are those who encourage folk to use the latent power of the soul for God’s ministry, no wonder God says to them, “I never knew you”.


When Jesus died on the cross He redeemed man, body, soul, and spirit.


By His stripes (the bruising and mutilation of His body), He gives us healing for our bodies.


By His blood being poured out He saved our souls (the life or soul is in the blood).


When He cried, “My God my God, why hast thou forsaken me”, He lost fellowship with the Father (who cannot look upon sin), so that our spiritual fellowship with God might be restored.  


All this was achieved while He hung on the cross.


When we become Christians, God’s Spirit quickens our spirit and our spiritual relationship is restored.


When we take communion the bread represents His body which was given for our healing.  The cup represents His blood which was shed for our sins.  This is why we must take them in reverence to God and not haphazardly.  


There are two kinds of truth, one is the body saying it is sick and the other is the word of God saying that you are healed.


Once you believe what the word says you can then command the sickness to leave and also act on it.


It is Jesus who died on the cross for our salvation and healing.  We need to get our eyes off ourselves and fix them on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.


When we forget about ourselves and concentrate on Him, take our eyes and mind off our sickness and look to Him, then that which He has done for us will become a reality in our lives.


For further study please see my articles, The Healing Debate and The Belt of Truth


By Mark Greenwood

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