Isaiah 53:4-6 – “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by 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 has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” NKJV
Most Christians believe in the Atonement for Salvation and while some believe it includes bodily healing others do not. I fall in the group that does and feel that the Holy Spirt would have me invest some time in explaining why and what I believe. If you agree or disagree that is your choice and I hope you will hear the conclusion of the whole matter before rendering a judgment on my presentation and subject. I am not trying to be controversial but helpful.
How did sickness enter the world? I believe that is a valid question and one I have been asked on numerous occasions. It is a question that, in my understanding, has been answered clearly and definitively in Scripture. Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” No controversy there I would hope. Physical death and all that produces it are the direct results of the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden or SIN. Therefore, we know that Satan is the originator of sin and thereby sickness and death.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND, I am in no way suggesting that if you encounter sickness it is specifically and directly connected to some sin in your life. RATHER, I want to convey the understanding that sickness entered the world as a result of sin and is the product of THE FALL. I will acknowledge that it is possible to open the door to sickness through sinfulness that is not necessarily the cause of you being sick at any given time.
In Jesus’ day many questioned whether He had the power to forgive sin, he responded by demonstrating His power over disease and as He healed the sick He demonstrated His power and authority over all the power and authority of hell. In Mark 2:9-11, Jesus addressed that very question of the power to forgive sins saying, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you’, or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk?’ But that you may know that the Sone of Man has power on earth to forgive sins – He said to the paralytic, “I say to you arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up his bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never say anything like this!”
I suggest another factor, indicating that the devil is the cause of sickness, as well as sin, can be found in the fact that Jesus always used the same harsh Greek word to rebuke sickness as He did to rebuke evil spirits. Luke 4:35, “And Jesus rebuked [epetimesen] him, saying hold your peace, and come out of him.” Luke 4:39, “And He stood over her [Simon Peter’s Mother in law] and rebuked [epetimesen] the fever; and it left her.” Acts 10:38, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with Power: Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” Jesus healed those “oppressed” of the devil and the word OPPRESSED comes from two meanings: Down under and I hold power or Lordship. Therefore, the verse could be translated, “Those under the domination or lordship of the devil, Jesus healed.”
Further, I not only suggest that the devil is the originator of sickness but he is the propagator of it. In Luke 13:11 we read of a woman with a “spirit of infirmity” and in verse 16 Jesus asked, “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” The word INFIRMITY is the most common Greek word for SICKNESS. In Mark 9:25 we read of “deaf and dumb spirits”. In Mark 1:23 we see a man in the Synagogue with an “unclean spirit.” Then in Acts 16:16, a girl with a “spirit of divination” and Ephesians 6:12 encourages us, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against power, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
I am attempting to lay a foundation and hope that you see that SICKNESS has its cause and origination in the devil. I believe very strongly that Bodily Healing is part of our Covenant and is the Children’s Bread. It has been a part of every covenant of God up to and including the New Covenant. Therefore, it is my conviction that God’s perfect desire is for us to be well and healed. No, I cannot explain why all are not but will not stop praying for healing and believe in divine healing because some do not receive healing in this life. However, I will continue to ask God, if there was something more I could have done to have brought about healing for those whom we pray. Knowing that sickness entered the world and affected man as a result of the Fall in the Garden, in my view, is enables us to understand the source of this enemy and the source of our help in fighting it.
I will venture further into this subject in the next devotional and pray that you will be open minded and open hearted as we seek to receive all God has for us today and be all He wants us to be. Blessings abundantly are my prayer and desire!