In our most recent article, “To Heal or Not to Heal,” we put to rest the age-old question of whether or not it’s God’s will to heal you. The answer to that question, a resounding yes! It is His will to heal everyone. Period.
In this article, we’re going to show you that not only is it His will to heal you, but that He has already healed you. He has done everything that He can do, and fulfilled every single promise He’s made, through the finished works of Jesus Christ on the cross. His work is done.
Think on this:
You’re not waiting for God to heal you.
He’s waiting for you to receive what He has already provided for you.
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provided complete remission of your sins. This means that the debt you owed because of your sins has been completely cancelled – wiped out. There is no longer a penalty you have to pay. Because of His sacrifice, a way was made for you to be restored to right-standing with God so that you could receive all the blessings and promises that He has provided for you in His Word.
Not only did Jesus make amends for your sin, as if that weren’t enough, but He carried your diseases at the same time, making healing a done deal for you. This means that you are just as free from sickness and disease as you are from the bondage of sin.
Let Me Show You
“He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.”
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
David, the author of Psalms, wrote that God sent His word and healed you. In John 1, it defines what that “word” is. Jesus is the Word. David could just as well have written that God sent Jesus and healed you, because that is exactly what happened. We’re going to look at three key scriptures that will clearly show that.
You Were Healed
1 Peter 2:24
“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”
This is the quintessential “past-tense” verse, but first, I don’t want you to miss a minor detail that holds major weight in this discussion. Notice that the verse says you were healed. Not only does this verse apply to everyone, but God wants you, specifically, to understand that Jesus took the stripes for your healing. You are not insignificant. You were not overlooked in the masses. Healing is for you!
It also says “you were healed.” You were healed. Not, maybe someday. Not, possibly tomorrow. No. You were healed, which means you are healed. When you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, you were forgiven and you were healed. We saw in the “Discover the Real You” teaching that it is your spirit man that was created brand new, and that is where all the forgiveness, healing, and freedom lies. It’s all there on the inside of you, like a treasure chest just waiting to be discovered!
Whether you see it or feel like it in the natural or not, and no matter what the doctors say, the truth is that you are healed.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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.”
First Peter 2:24 was taken from this prophecy from Isaiah. It describes the death that Jesus would endure and what His sacrifice actually meant for us. The phrase “borne our griefs,” when translated from the Hebrew, means that Jesus carried away/received all your anxiety, disease, grief, and sickness. The phrase “carried our sorrows” means that He was burdened with your pain, grief, and sorrow.
This means that he lifted up and took away sickness from you and that he carried away your mental and physical pain. He literally took every sickness, disease, and associated pain, named and unnamed (Deuteronomy 28:61), into His own body, which caused it to be deformed beyond recognition as human. He covered every illness imaginable, both mental and physical.
Let’s look a few verses back at Isaiah 52:14. It says, “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.”
Jesus’ face was marred more than any man before him or since, and His body didn’t even look human. This same verse in the New International Version paints a vivid picture: “his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness.” Even the harshest beating from the Roman soldiers couldn’t have caused such disfigurement.
When Jesus was hanging on that cross, he literally took into His body every single form of sickness that the enemy has to throw at you. He took cancer, lupus, arthritis, scoliosis, liver disease. He took whatever it is that you’re dealing with right now, and He carried it so that you wouldn’t have to.
A Dynamic Duo
“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
‘He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.’”
Isaiah prophesied it and Jesus fulfilled it. If there is any doubt that what Jesus did for you on the cross included healing, then these verses should squash that doubt. Matthew, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, quoted Isaiah to say Jesus took your “infirmities” and “sickness.”
Forgiveness of sins and healing, it’s all one deal. Two things were accomplished simultaneously on the cross. Psalm 103:2-3 says that you shouldn’t forget all His benefits, and then goes on to list some of those benefits. The top two named are forgiveness of all your sins and the healing of all your diseases. They are a dynamic duo, an inseparable combination!
Let’s look at it from one more angle before we close this thing out. In Romans 10:9, it says that if you confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you would be saved. This means that the minute you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, you were saved. I think you would agree with me that the meaning of “saved” here is extremely important, because whatever it means is exactly what you got.
“Saved” is the Greek word sozo, and it means forgiven, delivered, rescued, made prosperous, whole, and healed! You weren’t just forgiven of your sins and delivered out of darkness. You were also healed and made whole. Healing is yours as a part of Jesus’ sacrifice and it is guaranteed to you in writing. It is part of your inheritance and part of the blessing of Abraham (Galatians 3:13-14).
You receive your healing in the same way you received forgiveness, and that’s by faith. You have faith that you’re forgiven, even though you can’t see it. Have faith that you’re healed, even if you can’t see it. Look to the Word that says that Jesus took what you’re dealing with so that you don’t have to. He took it, defeated it, and there wasn’t a single thing He missed.
This teaching should change your perspective about sickness and disease and how you relate to it. You aren’t the sick trying to get well, you’re the healed fighting to keep what was freely given to you. Stop waiting on God to heal you (because He already has) and claim the healing that is rightfully yours and already in your possession. He can’t give you something that you already have. His work is done, and your work is to have faith that it is finished.