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This series on the subject of (supernatural) Healing (by faith, through prayer) is directly related to the person of Jesus Christ, and serves the following purpose(s):
-> to equip the disciples of Jesus with more knowledge and understanding of what the Bible teaches us about it, so that believing in the Truth of the Scriptures we may be better prepared to receive healing and to administer healing to others.
Is healing only for a few? No! healing is for all & through all the believers!
-> to build the unshakeable faith that stands on the foundations of the Biblical Truth, that it is God’s will through the Name (i.e. the Person) of Jesus Christ to heal.
Is it the goodwill of the Lord to heal? ABSOLUTELY YES!
Not only He is willing to heal, but the above report says that Jesus presented healing as part of His Name and identity! In fact, the very concept of “salvation” is not limited to the salvation of the soul from eternal damnation – the Bible shows that God uses the concept of salvation also for the healing of the flesh.
-> to help explain (as much as possible) why some people receive healing by faith and some do not; why even people who have received healing by faith in the past, now cannot be healed, even though they still believe and pray for it.
Is everyone healed all the time through faith in Jesus? Regrettably not…
“If God wants to heal everyone through faith in Jesus, then why so many people who believe in divine healing have not been healed?” This is why to speak about “Jesus Healing” we need a series, not just an isolated article. Through this series we hope to provide a few answers, and help enlarge the scope of our understanding of this subject, which is not as simple as we would have liked it to be.
In today’s article we shall see some of the complexity involved, and the uniqueness of each case that healing is needed. Whilst it is true that God wants to heal us all the time, there are more principles to be aware of and take into account.
The very special case of the blind man of John 9
John 9:1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
The whole chapter 9 of the Gospel of John is very unique. Please study all of it, as here I will only refer to specific excerpts to keep this article shorter. There are several important spiritual principles revealed through this chapter, which are important as we study the subject of healing in the Bible. Because of the significance of personal testimony for the power of the Anointing to flow, I will start the teaching of this chapter with my own experience related to it.
How I was “introduced” to John chapter 9
In July 1996 I had taken a week of vacation from work to spend it with the Lord, studying the Bible on the subject of healing. As I studied every reference to any form of healing from Genesis to Revelation, I was keeping my own notes. It was all flowing nicely until my attention turned to the references of Jesus healing blind eyes; I had two problems:
-> why was the healing of blind eyes so different from case to case?
-> why was the healing of the blind man in John 9 so unique and peculiar?
In Matthew 9:27-31
in Nazareth – according to your faith – touched the eyes
Jesus asked the two blind men if they believed He could do this, and when they said ‘yes’, He touched their eyes and said “According to your faith let it be to you”.
In Matthew 20:29-34
in Jericho – no mention of faith – touched the eyes
Jesus asked the two blind men “What do you want Me to do for you?” and when they said “Lord, that our eyes may be opened”, He touched their eyes and immediately their eyes received sight.
In Mark 8:22-26
in Bethsaida – no mention of faith – first did not respond to the call for healing but led the blind man out of town (!!!) – then Jesus made two (!!!) efforts – first put spit on the eyes and then His hands
Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. He looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking”. Then Jesus put [His] hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clear.
In Mark 10:46-52
in Jericho – your faith made you well – no touch
Jesus asked Bartimaeus “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man answered “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight” and Jesus said to him, “go your way; your faith has made you well”, and immediately he received his sight.
In John 9:1-7
in Jerusalem – no mention of faith – spit, clay on the eyes, wash eyes
John 9:6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
Why was this story in John 9 so different from the other stories? Why did Jesus spit on the ground? Why did He make clay to anoint the eyes with? And why did the blind man need to go to the pool of Siloam to wash his eyes? And what exactly does it mean that he was born blind so that the works of God be manifest in him?
When I came across this “problem” I stopped writing my notes on the instances of healing, because I did not know what to write. I just did not understand, so I started praying and asking the Lord to explain it to me. It was about 3pm when I started praying and waiting on the Lord to give me the explanation.
I was not receiving any answer, so I kept reading the story over and over again, but still nothing! By about 11pm I fell asleep while I was still praying. It was 1am after midnight, when I suddenly woke up and sat up in my bed… there He explained the story saying:
“Do you not understand that this man was born without eyes? He was eyeless and I created his eyes out of the dust of the ground, just like when I first created man” (‘man’ in the sense of human, in my language, Hellenic, “anthropos”-that is what I heard).
As I saw a vision of a blind man at that time, I concluded that there were no eye-balls inside his eye-lids which were closed and stuck together, like when the eyes of a person have been removed. I am sure the Lord said more after that, but nothing else is specifically registered in my memory. I only remember that I went back to sleep and woke up the next morning when I continued my study and notes on the subject of healing, having a lot to write about.
1) Physical problems may be the fruit of personal or generational sin
His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned”
-> This conversation reveals that a condition of physical ailment or disability may be directly related to, and the fruit of, sin in a person’s life, or, the parents’. Jesus said that it was not the case where that blind man was concerned, but His answer reveals that it is indeed possible for sin to cause such physical problems.
-> This principle is confirmed in the healing of the man with the infirmity (John 5:14), to whom Jesus said “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you”.
Therefore, when seeking God for healing, we need to seriously consider the possibility that the source of the problem may have been sin. For healing to come in such case, one needs to start with confession, repentance, asking for forgiveness of sin and then casting out the spirit-persons (demons) who were sent to torment the person who needs healing.
Experience shows that some of the most commonplace sins that lead to physical problems in many people’s lives include unforgiveness and bitterness, abortion and other kinds of murder, envy, hate, etc.
Important note: after having received God’s forgiveness for the specific sin(s), the spirit-persons associated with it must be cast out for the healing to manifest in the body (eg. abortion = spirit of Death).
God’s forgiveness of our sin does NOT automatically lead to deliverance from the spirit-persons who have been sent to cause the ailments, illnesses, infirmities, etc. The Lord gave to us the commission to bind them and cast them out. So He will not do it for us because it is our job, and they will not go by themselves either.
-> The disciples asked Jesus “who sinned?” – His response was to explain that it was not the case and to reveal the reason that caused that blindness. Let’s think of this conversation as a model that we may apply.
If we are disciples of Jesus and we need to deal with a situation of a physical problem, we may ask the Lord to reveal to us the source of sin, or any other potential cause that we need to deal with. Then we know how to pray effectively.
In a past series of articles on “Unbelief” we have shared several real-life examples of people who were bound by illness or other manifestations of Darkness and Death in their lives, who believed that God wanted to heal them but their prayers were not heard – as long as the Adversary continued to hold legal rights against them, they could not receive the healing power of God.
Then, we applied this principle here above, and asked the Lord to show us who sinned that caused the physical problem, and He responded. I have shared at that time how a 27 year old young man in Oslo was dying from a degenerational disease. The Lord said it was because his grandmother had murdered a baby through abortion. After we had asked for forgiveness of that sin, we cast out the spirit of Death, and that young man was healed. Later we also cast out the spirit of Death from his sister’s womb who did not have children. Very soon after that she was found pregnant and gave birth to a healthy boy. Jesus still speaks today!
2) Physical problems may be for the cause of serving God’s purpose
Jesus said that this man had been born blind “so that the works of God should be revealed (or, become manifest) in (or, through) him”
-> I am sure no one would like to have lived many years of his/her life in blindness, only to find out one day that God did that… to serve His own purpose! I suspect that many would be furious if someone told them that God caused their physical problem because HE wanted to reveal His glory or accomplish something through that. I am also sure that all humanists would explode at the thought! Nonetheless… the words of Jesus are clear! That man had been born blind specifically for the purpose of God’s works becoming manifest through him!
-> I understand that this principle destroys the romantic theologies of all those who think that “God” is their own servant. They have sentimentally and intellectually “constructed” such a “God” after their own image and likeness, to use “Him” as a servant of their needs, desires or ambitions.
But these words of Jesus show the exact opposite; that we have been created for the purpose of serving Him whom created us. God is not there to serve us; we are called to serve Him with our whole life, even to the death of the flesh.
When Jesus said that this man had been born blind for the purpose of God’s works be revealed in that, He established a very important spiritual principle which may help explain (and solve) many problems and challenges we face in life.
The entire Bible bears witness to this principle when we have the eyes to see it in the lives of everyone who was born to serve God. That was the case of Jesus who suffered and died to serve God’s purpose. It was the case in the life of Apostle Paul, as it is written in Acts 9:16 “I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake”.
The same was true in the life of Hannah in 1st Samuel for whom it was written “the LORD had closed her womb” (1 Sam.1:5). She had suffered tremendously as we read in verse 10 “and she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish” – why? Because the Lord needed a Prophet that would be dedicated to Him from birth, so that he might serve the Lord with purity and obedience, which was lacking among the other priests who were corrupt.
Finally Hannah reached the point to dedicate to the Lord the male child that He would give to her, if the Lord would open her womb, saying (verse 11): “I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head”.
That is how Samuel was born, who was a Nazirite (i.e. dedicated to the Lord) from birth, and for his entire life. God needed him because without him there could not have been King David, on whose throne Jesus sat when He was resurrected. So the suffering of Hannah served a Kingdom purpose which was for the sake of salvation of many, through Jesus Christ, the “son of David”.
-> Ap. Paul said something very challenging along the same lines of this principle that we are examining here: “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church” (Colossians 1:24).
In other words, there are afflictions which cause suffering, which serve God’s purpose concerning the Body of Christ, the Ecclesia. Such afflictions are not only caused by other people (e.g. persecution), but also by the spiritual forces of Darkness, which may manifest in our physical body as ailments or illnesses; can sometimes also manifest in the form of psychological issues.
Even Paul suffered from such a physical ailment, which we read in 2 Cor. 12 (it was “the angel of Satan who tormented Paul through a thorn in the flesh”). God either permits, or instigates such sufferings, to serve His Kingdom purposes, as it is written also about the afflictions of Jesus:
Isaiah 53:4 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… 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief.
Obviously there is a great deal more to say about such sufferings which “fill up the measure that is lacking in the afflictions of Christ”, how and why this is the fulfillment of the priestly role of the Ecclesia of Jesus Christ, and how to put that to practice through intercession for the forgiveness of sin; but we cannot expand more on that here.
The key point to remember in the light of this study is that healing in such cases cannot come through any other means except when we have fulfilled God’s purpose in our lives. No medical help can save us when it is God who has afflicted us for the specific purpose of serving a Kingdom cause, which is greater than our little lives on earth. In fact, our sufferings for the purpose of the Kingdom have greater value than our lives, and give meaning and purpose to our lives.
Now, that is when that is God’s calling and doing for a person – this is not for everyone. Still, all the believers are called to carry the cross of Jesus daily, which in some rare cases may turn into such instances of physical sufferings.
-> Therefore, when confronted by physical problems, and simple prayers of faith do not cause healing to manifest, it is good to ask the Lord “How may I serve You, Lord, through this situation, condition, challenge?”
There can be many sources causing health problems; it is not wise to assume that it is always an enemy attack, or, sin (personal or generational). We must always ask the Lord for clear instruction as to the source and cause of our health problems, so that we may know how to deal with them.
If our problems have been instigated or permitted by God to serve a Kingdom purpose, it is pointless to pray for healing unless we have first fulfilled God’s purpose for which He led us in the first place to that place of confrontation with the forces of Darkness (which have manifested through that particular ailment, illness, or infirmity).
If we ever find ourselves engaged in such kind of confrontation, it is good to remember that Jesus is always our healer, and that God always wants to heal us through the power that is in the Name of Jesus.
For that to happen we must first fulfill our purpose on earth as we overcome the forces of Darkness by faith which gives all the glory to God. Sometimes that is the very purpose that we are called to fulfill through the specific challenge.
There is so much more to study in John chapter 9 that we shall continue next week.