This is an issue that is very complicated and it perhaps really can’t get answered until we meet with the LORD himself.
It’s important to realize that we are a spirit, and we possess a soul, but we live in a body (1 Timothy 5:23). Having said that, our spirit was born again, (John 3:3, James 2:26) but our mind needs to be renewed daily, (Romans 8:7, 12:1-2).
Our bodies are earthly bodies, and even though they will be buried in the ground in corruption, they will be raised up incorruptible, (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).
Therefore, our spirit has been born again, and our mind is in the continual state of being renewed. But our body still awaits its full redemption in Christ.
“For this corruption must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality,” 1 Corinthians 15:53.
Many people were healed while Jesus ministered on earth. While some will experience a physical healing, we are still awaiting for the final greater purposes of God’s plan for us. His plan is for the physical redemption of our bodies. But for now, we still need glasses as we get older. Our bodies wither, as we lose muscle tone and our memory that was once clear and vibrant, will one day suffer loss.
Having said that, James still encouraged Christians to believe for physical healings, (James 5:13-18). But that doesn’t mean that we need to follow a step-by-step pattern in doing this. But God is a creative God, and we can’t manipulate Him into doing these things.
Not too long ago, some taught that those who were not healed lacked faith, and this was why they didn’t experience a full healing. This teaching does not align with the “whole” of Scripture and it punishes people who are already suffering.
Matthew 8:5-10 :- It was the faith of the centurion that healed his own servant. If we apply this today then those who have enough faith for their own healing, then they can apply it to everyone else to be healed.
Mark 5:35-43 :- The daughter of Jairus was healed from the father’s faith
Mark 2:5 :- Jesus healed the paralytic not because of his faith but of the four men who carried him.
John 11 :- Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead certainly it wasn’t Lazarus’ faith he was dead, neither did anyone else believe it could occur then. It was done so they could believe. (also Luke 8:54).
We have examples in scripture, where many continued to experience suffering and affliction. Jacob, father of the tribes of Israel limped (Genesis 32:25,31), Elisha the great prophet died of a sickness (2 Kings 13:14), Paul who saw many healings left his friend sick (2 Timothy 4:20) and Paul himself suffered from an affliction (Galatians 4:13, 2 Corinthians 12:7). Also, the young pastor Timothy often suffered from sickness and Paul told him to take some wine as ‘medication,’ (1 Timothy 5:23).
It can be easy for us to have all the right answers to these questions, particularly when we aren’t the ones who are suffering. We can quote scripture and appear to be acting in wisdom, but in truth, we can only approach this subject with humility, compassion, and a sense of the mystery and sovereignty of God.
Many of the great evangelists of our time have said that if you don’t pray in ‘Jesus’ name’ you won’t be healed. Some have said that if you don’t ‘anoint one with oil,’ then they won’t be healed. But actually, Jesus taught that in prayer we should ask, seek, and knock.
There are countless examples of great men and women of God who have died because of cancer, or some other disease. That doesn’t mean that they had some “hidden sin,” “lacked faith,” or “simply gave up praying about these things.” Let God be God!
Even though we may love to preach about healing, we can learn much through the suffering we experience. In addition to this, we also learn humility and we can then identify with others in compassion. We then acquire a deeper dependence upon God, as we share in the sufferings of Christ, which the apostle Paul himself spoke of. (Philippians 3:10, Galatians 4:13, Colossians 1:24).
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness,” 2 Corinthians 2:9.
Isaiah 53 reveals that Christ Himself shared in our suffering, to comfort us all. Christ embraced suffering, pain, sickness and all that sin let into this world.
In this case Christ can comfort those who weep because He identified with us and ultimately He defeated sin, sickness, disease and death. In addition, in Isaiah 57:1-2 we learn something challenging. In this passage, the Bible reveals that sometimes God takes a righteous person home into eternity, so that their suffering can end and that they may enter into peace.
As we look towards our final future, we see in Revelation 21:4, that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?