Some Christians  who need healing  have said to me, “Maybe  God put  this sickness on me for some purpose.”

Did  Jesus  ever  put  sickness  on  anyone?  When  people  came  to  Him  for healing, did He ever turn even one away saying, “No, it’s not My will. Just suffer a little longer. You’re just not pious enough”?

No! Not once!

And the Scriptures tell us that to see God, we look at Jesus. Jesus  Himself said:

JOHN 14:9,10

9 . . . Have I [Jesus] been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

God at Work

Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus. Do you want to  see God at work? Look at Jesus. Do you want to know the will of God?  Look at Jesus. Jesus is the will of God in action (John 6:38). Did Jesus go about making people sick? No! He went about doing good and healing!

ACTS 10:38

38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. . . .

From the natural standpoint, it is difficult for people to understand that most

of the laws governing this earth today came into being through the fall of man— when Adam sinned and the curse came upon the earth. Because people don’t understand this, they accuse God of accidents, sickness, and the death of loved ones. And God is not the author of any of these things.

People also blame God for the storms, catastrophes, earthquakes, and floods that occur. Even insurance policies call these “acts of God.” No, they are not acts of God. They are acts of the devil. Their author is Satan.

All of these natural laws as we understand them were set aside by Jesus,

whenever necessary, in order to bless humanity. Bear in mind that Jesus  said, “He that has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Well, we don’t see Jesus bringing any storms on people. We see Him calming the storms!

Rebuker of Storms

A storm had arisen on the Sea of Galilee and Jesus was in the back of the ship asleep on a pillow. The disciples awoke Him and said, “Master, carest Thou not that we perish?” They thought they were going down at sea. But Jesus arose and rebuked  the wind. He wasn’t rebuking  something  God did.  He was rebuking something the devil had stirred up.

You see, Adam was originally the god, so to speak, of this world. God made the world and the fullness thereof (Ps. 89:11). Then He made man,  Adam. He said to Adam, “I give you the authority to rule this earth. You are the one who dominates.”  But Adam sold us all out to the devil. (He didn’t  have the moral right to do it, but he had the legal right, because the earth was his—God put it into his hands.)

Adam committed high treason and sold out to the devil. And the Bible tells us that now Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). When did Satan become the god of this world? After Adam sinned.

Under Control?

We need to get some of these things straight in our minds, because many  in the church world are confused. People have all kinds of unscriptural ideas. Some think, Well, God’s got everything under control. But that may or may not be so, according to how you mean it. If you mean that God is ruling the earth right now

—no, He isn’t! He’s going to rule it again one of these days, but He’s not right now.

During the Korean conflict, I read an article by a well-known newspaper columnist. He said, in effect, “I don’t claim to be a Christian, but I’m not an atheist or an agnostic. The atheist says there is no God. I believe there is one. The agnostic says there may be a God; he doesn’t know. I believe there is.

“I don’t believe everything just happened into being,” he continued. “I believe some Supreme Being created everything. But what hinders me from being a Christian is what I hear preachers saying. I’m confused because they say God is running everything. And if He is, He sure has things in a mess.”

Then the man alluded to wars, children being killed, poverty, disease, and sickness, saying, “I believe that there is a Supreme Being somewhere and that

everything He made was beautiful and good. I just can’t believe those things are the work of God.”

Well, the truth is, those things came with the Fall when Adam sinned  and Satan became the god of this world. When Satan is finally eliminated from the earth, there will be nothing that will hurt or destroy. And then it  ought to be obvious where all those things came from.

Jesus’  statement,  “He  that  hath  seen  Me  hath  seen  the  Father,”  and  His description of the Father make it impossible to accept the teaching that sickness and disease are from God. The very nature of God refutes such an idea, for God is love.

Let’s go back to Acts 10:38 for a moment. Who anointed Jesus of Nazareth? God did! And Jesus said, “. . . the Father that dwelleth  in me,  he doeth the works” (John 14:10).

How did God do these works of healing through Jesus? By anointing  Him with  the  Holy  Ghost  and  with  healing  power.  What  did  Jesus  do  with  the anointing with which God had anointed Him? He went about doing good! What was the good that He did? Healing!  So God was healing when  Jesus healed, because it was God who anointed Him.

God is in the healing business, not in the sickness business!  God is in  the delivering business, not in the bondage business!

Jesus Healed All

Notice in Acts 10:38 who was healed by Jesus: “. . . ALL that were oppressed of the devil. . . .” Now, that’s a plain statement—all. A-l-l! That means everyone who was healed under the ministry of Jesus was oppressed of the devil. In other words, the devil had something to do with their sickness. That doesn’t mean an evil spirit was always  present.  It just means  the  devil  was behind  the whole situation. They were oppressed of the devil—every one of them.

Yet to hear some people talk nowadays, even ministers, you would be led to believe that God and the devil had swapped jobs for the last 2,000 years! You’d think God was putting sickness on people and the devil was healing them. No, the devil is the same devil he always was. And God is still the same God.

MARK 16:15,17,18

15 And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to  every creature. . . .

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils. . . .

18 . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Let’s stop and analyze this. Which one of the sick did Jesus say to lay hands

on? He just said the sick, period. Well, if God were the author of sickness, if He did put sickness and disease on people, and if it were His will for some  to be sick, then this statement would be confusing—because Jesus authorized us to lay hands on all the sick and said they would recover.

If it were God’s will for some to remain sick, Jesus would have had to have said something like, “Lay your hands on those whom it is the will of  God to heal, and they shall recover. And those whom it isn’t God’s will to  heal, they won’t recover.” But that wasn’t the case. God set the Church  against sickness, period!

JAMES 5:14,15

14 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:

15 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 forgiven him.

Verse 14 asks, “Is any sick among you?” Among whom? The Church. So  it must be God’s will to heal any of the sick in the Church. Therefore, it can’t be the will of God for “any” in the Church to stay sick.

Suffering With Jesus

“De Edifier,” one individual said, “you’ve forgotten that the Bible said, ‘If we suffer with Him, we’ll reign with Him.’” No, I haven’t forgotten. Let’s look at that verse. “If we SUFFER, we shall also reign with Him . . .” (2 Tim. 2:12). Suffer what?  Pneumonia?  Cancer?  Tuberculosis?  No! What did  Jesus suffer? Persecution! And you will too, if you live right.

You’ll suffer persecution if you preach divine healing, the gifts of the Spirit, and faith. I’ve suffered persecution for preaching the Word in these areas. But I haven’t suffered sickness and disease.

Another person said to me, “You’ve forgotten something else.” “What did I forget?” I asked.

“Why, in the Book of Hebrews it says, ‘Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth’” (Heb. 12:6).

No, I didn’t forget. That’s still in there. But it doesn’t say whom the Lord

loveth He makes sick. You see, people have just put their own interpretation on that verse.

The word “chasten” in the Greek means to child train or to educate. You train your children, don’t you? And you send them to school to be educated. But have you ever told a teacher, “If my child doesn’t do right, knock his eye out”? Have you ever said, “If he is disobedient, break his leg” or “Give him  cancer”? No! That isn’t the way you discipline or train a child. And that’s  not the way God does it.

Job’s Problems

God doesn’t use sickness and disease to teach His children a lesson. “But God made Job sick,” someone said.

No, He didn’t. The devil did.

“Yes, but God gave the devil permission.”

True, but God didn’t commission it. You see, God will permit you to rob a gas station, but He won’t commission you to do it.

No, the Bible is plain about why sickness came upon Job. Job had said, “. . . the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me” (Job 3:25). So he himself had opened the door to the devil by being afraid.

Bible scholars agree that the entire Book of Job took place in nine to eighteen months. And in chapter 42, you can read about the works of God! For example, Job 42:10 says that God turned Job’s “captivity.” That means when Job was sick, he was in captivity to the devil. When he was in poverty, he was in captivity to the devil.

But God turned Job’s captivity and gave him twice as much as he had to begin with (v. 10)! Job lived 140 years after he got healed! That’s God’s work!

Paul’s Thorn

Someone might say, “But, De Edifier, don’t you remember that Paul was sick all his life?”

No, I don’t remember that. And you don’t either. “But he had a thorn in the flesh.”

Where did you ever read in the Bible that a thorn in the flesh is sickness? Nowhere. Go back to the Scriptures and see how that term is used. In the Old

Testament,  God said to Israel,  “If you don’t kill those Canaanites  when  you possess the land, they will be thorns in your side. They will torment you” (Num.

33:55; Joshua 23:13; Judges 2:3).

Paul tells exactly what the thorn was—the messenger of Satan sent to buffet him (2 Cor. 12:7).

Everywhere Paul went to preach, this evil spirit stirred up everything he could. He buffeted  Paul in the flesh. And Paul couldn’t  command  him to  leave the earth, because he has a right to be here until Adam’s lease runs out.

You can’t separate sickness and disease from Satan. Disease came with the fall of man. The Fall was of the devil. Sickness and sin have the same origin—the devil.

Jesus’ attitude toward sickness was an uncompromising  warfare with  Satan. His attitude toward sin and sickness was identical. He dealt with  sickness the same way He dealt with demons. Since sickness and disease are of the devil, we must follow in the footsteps and attitude of Jesus and deal with disease as Jesus dealt with it.

Healing Is God’s Provision

God always has been opposed to sickness, not in favor of it. Even in the Old Testament, He always made provision for His covenant people to be  healed. If sickness was His will, He wouldn’t have made that provision.

When Israel crossed the Red Sea and started toward their homeland, the Lord said:

EXODUS 15:26

26 . . . If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put [literal  Hebrew,  “I  will  permit”]  none  of  these  diseases  upon  thee,  which  I  have  brought [permitted] upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

Notice it isn’t the Lord who made them sick. He said, “I am the Lord that

healeth thee.” God didn’t put diseases upon Israel, nor upon the Egyptians. It is Satan, the god of this world, who makes man sick. Jehovah declares that He is Israel’s Healer.

EXODUS 23:25,26

25 And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

26 There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I

will fulfil

As long as Israel walked in the Covenant, there was no sickness among them. There is no record of a premature death—no babies, young people, or  middle- aged  people  dying.  With  sickness  taken  away  from  the  midst  of  them,  the children  of Israel  lived  out their lives  without  disease.  They  just  fell asleep. When the time came for them to go, they would lay hands on their children and pronounce blessings upon them. Then they would gather their feet up into bed, give up the ghost, and go home.

“What does that have to do with us?” someone asked. “That was back then.” Well, God is the same God now as He was then. The Bible says He doesn’t

change (Mal. 3:6). God was against sin in the Old Testament, and He is against

sin in the New Testament. He was against sickness in the Old Testament, and He is against sickness in the New Testament. He made provision for healing in the Old Testament, and He made provision for healing in the New Testament.

Deuteronomy 7:13 says, “And he [God] will love thee. . . .” Love thee! Love thee! Love thee!

But some people must not be reading the same Bible. They read, “And He will put sickness upon you and cause some of you to be stillborn and some of you to die when you’re babies and some of you to be sick and crippled all your life.”

No! No! No! That’s not the Holy Scriptures. Here is the Word of God:

DEUTERONOMY 7:13-15

13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of  thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.

15 And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put [permit] none of the  evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee. . . .

“But that promise is not for us today, De Edifier,” someone said.

Are you sure? First Corinthians is in the New Testament, isn’t it? Well, First Corinthians 10:11 says, “Now all these things happened unto them [Israel] for ensamples [examples or types]: and they are written FOR OUR ADMONITION .

. .”!

Examples for Us

Glory! Deuteronomy 7:13-15 was written for my benefit! I think the Holy

Spirit knew there would be those who would jump up and say, “That’s just for the Jews. It’s not for us!” So He wrote that what happened to them happened as examples  to  us.  Those  things  “written  aforetime,”   talking   about  the  Old Covenant, were written for our learning (Rom. 15:4). Deuteronomy 7:13-15 was written for my admonition!

Do you think those people back then would be more blessed than the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you think they could be blessed  financially  and could  prosper  and  be  well,  but  the  Church  couldn’t?  Do  you  think  that  the Church—the  Body  of Christ,  the Body  of the Son of  God, the Body  of the Beloved—would   have  to  struggle   through  life   poverty-stricken,   sick  and afflicted, emaciated, and wasted away with starvation, singing, “Here I wander like a beggar through the heat and the cold”? No! That’s not us!

We’re Not Beggars

The Bible says we are joint-heirs with Christ, sons of God! We’re not beggars! We’re new creatures, blessed above all people!

You  can  see  from  the  Scriptures  that  it  was  God’s  plan  for  everything connected with Israel to bear the stamp of prosperity and success.

Disease and sickness were not to be tolerated among the Israelites, so the Church shouldn’t  tolerate  sickness  and disease  either.  Everything  connected  with  the Body  of  Christ—the   New  Testament   Church—should   bear  the  stamp  of prosperity, success, healing, surplus, and health.

What God said concerning Israel, He said in so many words concerning  the Church. Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation. . . .”

I don’t agree with all of Dr. Scofield’s notes in his Reference Bible. But  he was a Greek and Hebrew scholar, and his footnote on this verse in reference to the word “salvation” is excellent. Dr. Scofield says, “The Greek  and Hebrew words translated salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety,  preservation, healing, and health.”

Glory to God! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto deliverance! The Gospel is the power of God unto safety! It is the power of God unto preservation! And it is the power of God unto healing and health!

God Was Israel’s Healer

The Psalms were Israel’s prayer and song book, and they continually mention that God was Israel’s Healer. Psalm 103 is a classic example.

PSALM 103:3-5

3 Who [the Lord] forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Disease came to Israel through disobedience  of the Law. So forgiveness  for their disobedience meant healing of their diseases.

After God told Israel that the reason for their sickness and disease was  that they had rebelled against His words and against the counsel of the  Most  High (Ps. 107:11), He said:

PSALM 107:17-20

17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.

20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

You see, the children of Israel took themselves out from under the protection of their covenant by wrongdoing.  Well, we have a New  Covenant. The Bible says that it’s better than the Old Covenant (Heb. 8:6). And we too have divine protection.

But  it  is  possible  to  take  ourselves  out  from  under  the  protection  of  this covenant.

I’m  not  judging  you.  I’m  judging  me.  I learned  the  truth  years  ago  as  a teenage boy on the bed of sickness. I was raised up after sixteen months of being bedfast: I was healed of two serious organic heart conditions, an incurable blood disease, and almost total paralysis. In the years following, the  only time some physical disorder touched me was when I got out from under  the protection— from under the cover. And, brother, I got back under it in a hurry!

When I say I got from under the cover, I don’t mean that I stole something or told a lie on somebody. I just wasn’t obeying God as I should. Perhaps He said to do something, or He told me to minister a certain way, and I went ahead and ministered the way I’d learned to minister instead of the way He said to minister. So I had to repent and get back in line. And the minute I did, I was immediately all right again physically.

For more than sixty-five years I haven’t even had a headache. I’ve walked in

health. And I’m not planning on being sick—I could be, but I’m planning  on obeying God until I die. If Jesus tarries, I don’t mind telling you that I’ll live to a great age.

I’ll know before I go, and I’ll tell everyone good-bye before I leave. I’ll look over on the other side and say, “There it is, folks!” And then I’ll be gone! I want to leave everyone shouting and happy, because that’s the way I’m going.

“But, De Edifier, you can’t ever tell.”

Oh, yes, you can tell. You can have exactly what God said you can have!

We  have  a  better  covenant  than  Israel  had.  If  it  was  God’s  plan  for  the Israelites to live out their full length of time without sickness (who, by the way, were servants and not sons, under a covenant not as good as ours!), then imagine what His plan is for us, the sons of God! If God didn’t want His servants sick, I don’t believe He wants His sons to be sick.

I believe it is the plan of God that no believer should ever be sick. I believe every believer should live out his full length of time and, if Jesus tarries, actually wear out and then fall asleep in Him. It is not—and I state boldly,not—the  will  of  God  that  we  should  suffer  with  cancer  and  other  dreaded diseases which bring pain and anguish. No! It is God’s will that we  be healed. How do I know? Because healing is provided for us under the New Covenant