Scripture reveals the nature of God to us. It also reveals the attitude of God toward sin, sickness, and disease. God’s nature has not changed through the ages. Neither has His attitude changed toward sin, sickness, and disease.
You need to know this in order to understand divine healing. In fact, the first principal fact you should know about divine healing is: It is God’s will to heal you, because healing is in His redemptive plan.
The Bible says that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established (Matt. 18:16). Notice that the following texts from Isaiah, Matthew, and First Peter all agree that Jesus took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.
4 Surely he [Jesus] hath borne our griefs [sicknesses], and carried our sorrows [diseases]: 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.
This passage of Scripture is taken from the King James Version. A good reference Bible will have a marginal note by the words “griefs” and “sorrows” (v. 4) to tell you that the Hebrew words are literally “sicknesses” and “diseases.” Dr. Isaac Leeser’s translation of The Hebrew Bible, a translation authorized for use by Orthodox Jews, reads: “Our diseases did he bear himself, and our pains he carried: while we indeed esteemed him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
This text is clearer yet. Matthew is quoting Isaiah. If you check the reference, you’ll find that he is quoting Isaiah 53:4. I like to say it this way: “Jesus took my infirmities and bare my sicknesses.”
I read this verse for years before I understood what it was saying: Jesus actually—literally—took the cause of our sickness and disease. He took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.
We know that Jesus was made to be sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21). The object of His sin-bearing was that we might be free from sin, and the object of His sickness- bearing was that we might be free from sickness. This truth is also reflected in First Peter 2:24:
1 PETER 2:24
24 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.
Thus, three witnesses—Isaiah, Matthew, and Peter—tell us not only that Jesus shed His blood for the remission of our sins but that with His stripes, we were healed. Some people do not believe this. I once read a commentary whose author said that “by whose stripes ye were healed” does not mean physical healing; it means spiritual healing. So according to the commentary, your spirit is healed by His stripes.
God, however, does not heal the spirit of the sinner. He recreates it and makes the person a new creature.
Jeremiah and Ezekiel, prophesying in the Old Testament, said, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel. . . .”; “. . . and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh” (Jer. 31:31; Ezek.
Those who believe that God heals man’s spirit do not believe that man ever failed or sinned. Their unscriptural propaganda says that all of us have a spark of divinity that God needs to perfect. No! A sinner needs to be born again to become a new man—the new creature described in Second Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a NEW CREATURE: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (The marginal note here says that he is a “new creation.”)
When a person gets healed, however, old things do not pass away and become new—just the sickness passes away. The part that was diseased becomes new. (If I have a boil on my nose and that boil gets healed, I don’t get a new nose. It’s the same nose I always had. Just the diseased part is gone.)
Therefore, First Peter 2:24 does not mean spiritual healing; it means just what it said. As I read further from this gentleman’s commentary, I thought, If this means spiritual healing, then the Lord Himself didn’t know it and He made a mistake. I was recalling an incident that happened during a meeting I held in Oklahoma.
If We Were, Then I Am!
One of the seven cooperating churches was pastored by a couple I had known in Texas. They said, “We’re going to bring a woman from our church for prayer one night, Brother Hagin. She’s crippled and hasn’t walked a step in four years. We’ve taken her to the best specialists in the state, and they all say she’ll never
walk again ‘the longest day she lives.’”
Ordinarily I minister under the anointing. But on the night she came, I had ministered to so many people that by the time I got to her, I was exhausted. (The Lord is the same all the time, but I am not. Potentially, the anointing is present all the time, but in manifestation, it’s not—and when I grow weary, it is difficult to yield to God.)
Since the anointing was no longer in manifestation by the time I got to this woman, I couldn’t conscientiously minister to her as I normally would. Her pastors had brought her to the meeting from a distance, and what was I to do? Just send her away?
No, there was still a way to minister to her—because God’s Word never fails! The manifestation of the anointing may wane, disappear, and be gone. But the Word of God is anointed forever, and His words are Spirit and Life! Hallelujah!
So I sat down on the altar beside the woman, opened my Bible to First Peter
2:24, laid the Bible on her lap, and asked her to read it.
Then I asked her, “Is the word ‘were’ past tense, future tense, or present tense?”
A look of recognition flashed across her face like a neon light lighting up in the dark. “Why,” she said, “it’s past tense. And if we were healed, I was healed!” (That is believing in line with God’s Word.)
I said, “Sister, will you do what I tell you to do?” “Well,” she said, “I will if it’s easy.”
I said, “It’s the easiest thing you ever did in your life. Just lift up your hands
and start praising God, because you are healed—not going to be—are!”
I wish you could have seen that crippled woman. She had no evidence of healing. She had not yet walked a step. But she lifted her hands, looked up, and as a smile broke across her face, she said, “Oh, dear Father God—whooo! I’m so glad I’m healed! Oh, Lord, You know how tired I got sitting around these last few years. I’m so glad I’m not helpless and I don’t need to be waited on anymore.” (You see, she was acting on the Word. That’s what faith is.)
I stood and told the congregation, “Let’s all lift our hands and praise God with her, because she is healed.” (And yet, from all observation, she was still sitting on the altar, crippled.)
After we stopped, I turned to the woman and said, “Now, my sister, rise and walk in Jesus’ Name!”
God and hundreds of people are my eternal witnesses that she instantly leaped
to her feet, and she jumped, ran, and danced—just like the lame man who went into the Temple, walking, leaping, and praising God (Acts 3:8).
We all shouted and cried with her. Then someone went and told a lie about me! He said, “That fellow, Hagin, healed a crippled woman last night.”
But I didn’t have any more to do with it than you or anyone else could have. Jesus healed that woman nearly 2,000 years ago, and she just found out about it that night!
The point I am making is that although that so-called minister said, “First Peter 2:24 doesn’t mean physical healing,” it was the only verse I gave the crippled woman! I thought to myself, If that verse means only spiritual healing, then God made a mistake. He should have healed her spiritually, not physically!
Friends, First Peter 2:24 means just what it says, and it belongs to us now. Bless God, by Jesus’ stripes we were healed!
Our Rights To Be Healed
Jesus not only redeemed us from sin, He redeemed us from sickness. So it is God’s will to heal you. Never doubt it, because healing is in His redemptive plan.
Not only is healing in God’s redemptive plan, but because Jesus sealed the New Covenant with His own blood, we also have a legal right to divine healing (Heb. 8:6; 12:24; 13:20)!
The New Covenant guarantees us the rights and privileges that Jesus secured for us, which include divine healing. In Mark 11:24 He said,
“. . . What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Therefore, we have a prayerful right to divine healing!
Then in Psalm 23, the psalmist talks about Jesus as our Redeemer, saying,
“Thou PREPAREST A TABLE BEFORE ME in the presence of mine enemies . .
.” (v. 5). Therefore healing is our provisional right—our Heavenly Father has prepared a table of provision for us, and it includes healing!
Incline Your Ear
The Master is calling you to take your place at the banqueting table and dine! He invites you to partake of divine healing and every other privilege that belongs to you in Christ! How? By inclining your ear to God’s Word, because God’s Word is His will.
Since God’s Word is His will, you could say, “The Bible is God personally
speaking to me.”
Someone said, “Yes, I know what the Bible says about healing. But I don’t believe it just that way.”
Well, if you have that attitude, you are not inclining your ear to God’s sayings
—to His Word. Instead, you are inclining your ear to your own beliefs and opinions.
Some Christians don’t incline their ears unto God’s sayings because they always want to hear something new from the Word. When someone preaches or teaches on the subjects of faith and healing, they say, “Oh, I’ve heard all that before.” But those folks aren’t inclining their ears to God’s sayings!
You see, the Word doesn’t work for you because you have inclined your ear once or twice to God’s sayings. No, “incline your ear” is present tense. That means it’s an ongoing, continual action.
Proverbs 4:20 and 22 says, “. . . INCLINE thine ear unto my sayings. . . . For they are life unto those that find them, and HEALTH [medicine] to all their flesh.” Why should you incline your ear unto the Word of God? Because God’s Word is medicine. It’s a never-failing remedy for all your flesh, which includes everything that pertains to your life.