Embracing God's Promise: Healing in the Atonement

Healing in the Atonement: Embracing God’s Promise and Overcoming Spiritual Opposition

Pastor Duke Taber

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Introduction:

The atonement of Jesus Christ is a cornerstone of the Christian faith, providing believers with forgiveness, redemption, and restoration. One of the powerful promises found within the atonement is the provision of healing—spiritual, emotional, and physical.

In this Bible study, we will explore the depths of God’s Word to understand His revealed will concerning healing and examine the spiritual battle that may hinder us from fully receiving this promise. As we dive into the Scriptures, may our hearts be open to the transformative power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of God’s unwavering love for us.

Key Verses:

– Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV) – “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.”

– 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV) – “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.”

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Part 1: The Atonement and God’s Promise of Healing

In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah and the redemptive work He would accomplish. Isaiah 53 presents a vivid picture of the suffering servant, Jesus Christ, who would bear the sins and sorrows of humanity. Verse 5 powerfully declares, “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” (NKJV).

This prophecy finds its fulfillment in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The apostle Peter, reflecting on the significance of Christ’s sacrifice, writes, “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” (1 Peter 2:24, NKJV). These verses clearly connect our healing to the atoning work of Christ on the cross.

The atonement is the foundation upon which our healing stands. Through His sacrifice, Jesus bore not only our sins but also our sicknesses and infirmities (Matthew 8:16-17). He took upon Himself the consequences of sin, which includes sickness and disease, so that we might be set free and experience wholeness in every area of our lives.

Q1: What is the biblical basis for believing that healing is included in the atonement?

A1: The biblical basis for believing that healing is included in the atonement is found in passages such as Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24. These verses directly connect our healing to the wounds and stripes Jesus endured on the cross. Additionally, Matthew 8:16-17 states that Jesus took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses, indicating that His atoning work encompassed both spiritual and physical healing.

Q2: How does understanding the atonement impact our perspective on healing?

A2: Understanding the atonement as the foundation for our healing shifts our perspective from hoping for healing to confidently claiming it as a promise already provided for us through Christ’s sacrifice. It moves us from a position of passive wishful thinking to active faith, knowing that healing is not just a possibility but a reality purchased for us by the blood of Jesus.

Part 2: God’s Revealed Will Concerning Healing

Throughout the Scriptures, God reveals His desire for His children to walk in health and wholeness. In 3 John 1:2, the apostle John writes, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (NKJV). This verse expresses God’s heart for our well-being, both spiritually and physically.

During His earthly ministry, Jesus consistently demonstrated God’s will to heal. He healed all who came to Him, regardless of the nature or severity of their affliction (Matthew 4:23-24).

The apostle Peter, describing Jesus’ ministry, states, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38, NKJV). Jesus’ actions revealed the Father’s compassion and desire to restore and make whole.

Furthermore, when Jesus commissioned His disciples, He instructed them to preach the gospel and heal the sick (Matthew 10:7-8). This commission extends to believers today, as we are called to continue the ministry of Jesus and demonstrate the power of the kingdom of God.

Q3: How does Jesus’ earthly ministry demonstrate God’s will concerning healing?

A3: Jesus’ earthly ministry provides clear evidence of God’s will to heal. The Gospels record numerous accounts of Jesus healing the sick, casting out demons, and even raising the dead. He never turned away anyone who came to Him for healing, and He often stated that His miracles were a manifestation of the kingdom of God. Jesus’ actions perfectly aligned with God’s desires, revealing that it is always God’s will to heal and restore.

Q4: What is the significance of Jesus commissioning His disciples to heal the sick?

A4: When Jesus commissioned His disciples to heal the sick, He was not only giving them a temporary assignment but also establishing a pattern for the Church to follow. This commission demonstrates that healing is meant to be a ongoing part of the Church’s ministry, not just limited to Jesus’ earthly life. It also shows that God desires to use believers as vessels to bring His healing power to those in need, confirming that healing is still part of His will for humanity today.

Part 3: The Spiritual Battle and Hindrances to Healing

While God’s will for our healing is clear, we often find ourselves in a spiritual battle that can hinder us from fully receiving and experiencing this promise. The Bible teaches that we have an adversary, Satan, who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He opposes God’s plans and purposes for our lives, including our healing.

One of the primary ways the enemy hinders healing is through doubt and unbelief. When we are faced with sickness or pain, the enemy whispers lies, attempting to undermine our faith in God’s goodness and His promise of healing. He may use past disappointments, delayed answers to prayer, or the opinions of others to sow seeds of doubt in our hearts.

Another hindrance to healing can be ignorance of God’s Word and His promises. The prophet Hosea declared, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6, NKJV). When we don’t know or understand the truth of God’s Word concerning healing, we can easily fall prey to the enemy’s deception and miss out on the blessings God has provided for us.

Q5: How can doubt and unbelief hinder us from receiving healing?

A5: Doubt and unbelief are significant hindrances to receiving healing because they undermine our faith in God’s ability and willingness to heal. When we entertain doubts, we give room for the enemy’s lies to take root in our hearts, weakening our confidence in God’s promises. James 1:6-7 tells us that the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind, and should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Faith is the key that unlocks the door to healing, and doubt keeps that door closed.

Q6: Why is knowledge of God’s Word essential in the battle for healing?

A6: Knowledge of God’s Word is essential because it equips us with the truth we need to stand against the enemy’s lies and deception. When we know what God has promised concerning healing, we can confidently claim those promises and resist the doubts that may arise. God’s Word is our sword in the spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:17), and it has the power to renew our minds, strengthen our faith, and guide us into the full experience of God’s healing power.

Part 4: Overcoming Opposition and Receiving Healing

To overcome spiritual opposition and receive the healing Christ has provided, we must actively engage in the battle through faith and the power of God’s Word. Here are some key strategies:

  1. Stand firm on God’s promises: In the face of sickness or pain, we must choose to believe and declare God’s promises over our lives. The Bible tells us that all of God’s promises are “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). When we align our thoughts and words with God’s Word, we create an atmosphere conducive to healing.
  2. Resist the enemy’s lies: When doubts and fears arise, we must take a stand against them using the authority we have in Christ. James 4:7 instructs us to submit to God and resist the devil, and he will flee from us. We resist the enemy by speaking the truth of God’s Word and refusing to give place to his lies.
  3. Exercise faith in Christ’s finished work: Healing is not something we earn or achieve through our own efforts; it is a gift made available to us through the finished work of Christ on the cross. As we place our faith in what He has already accomplished, we open the door for healing to manifest in our lives.
  4. Pray in faith: Prayer is a powerful weapon in the battle for healing. James 5:14-15 encourages us to call for the elders of the church to pray over us when we are sick, declaring that the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up. As we pray in faith, believing in God’s power and goodness, we release His healing touch into our lives.

Q7: How can we practically apply God’s promises in the face of sickness or pain?

A7: Practically applying God’s promises involves several steps. First, we must seek out and meditate on specific promises related to healing, such as Isaiah 53:5, Psalm 103:2-3, and James 5:14-15. As we fill our minds with these promises, they begin to shape our perspective and build our faith. Second, we must verbally declare these promises over our lives, agreeing with what God has said about our healing. Third, we act in faith, making decisions and taking actions that align with our belief in God’s healing power, such as praising God for His goodness and continuing to serve Him despite our circumstances.

Q8: What role does perseverance play in receiving healing?

A8: Perseverance is essential in the journey of receiving healing. Sometimes, healing may not manifest instantly, and we may face ongoing symptoms or challenges. In these moments, it’s crucial to keep standing on God’s Word, resisting discouragement, and continuing to pray and believe. Galatians 6:9 encourages us not to grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we will reap if we do not lose heart. Perseverance demonstrates our trust in God’s faithfulness and keeps us positioned to receive His healing power in His perfect timing.

Part 5: Trusting God’s Sovereignty

As we contend for healing, it’s important to remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). While we can have confidence in God’s desire to heal, we must also trust in His sovereignty and the perfection of His plan for our lives.

There may be times when healing is not immediately manifested, despite our prayers and faith. In these moments, we are called to lean into God’s presence and find comfort in His Word. The psalmist declares, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18, NKJV). God promises to be with us in our trials and to provide the strength and grace we need to endure.

Ultimately, we have the assurance that complete and permanent healing will be ours in eternity. Revelation 21:4 promises that in the new heavens and new earth, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (NKJV). Our present sufferings are temporary, but our ultimate healing is secure in Christ.

Q9: How can we maintain trust in God’s goodness when healing is delayed?

A9: Maintaining trust in God’s goodness during times of delayed healing requires a deep-rooted faith in His character and a long-term perspective. We must remind ourselves that God’s love for us is unchanging, and His plans for us are always good, even when we don’t understand the timing or the process. We can find encouragement by reflecting on past experiences of God’s faithfulness and meditating on His promises. It’s also helpful to surround ourselves with supportive believers who can pray with us, speak life-giving words, and point us back to the truth of God’s Word.

Q10: How does the promise of ultimate healing in eternity impact our perspective on present struggles?

A10: The promise of ultimate healing in eternity gives us hope and perspective in the midst of present struggles. It reminds us that our current circumstances are not the end of the story and that God has a glorious future prepared for us. This eternal perspective helps us to endure trials with patience, knowing that our light and momentary afflictions are working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17). It also shifts our focus from the temporary to the eternal, enabling us to find joy and purpose in God’s presence, even in the face of ongoing challenges.

Conclusion:

Healing is a precious promise that flows from the atonement of Jesus Christ. As we have explored in this Bible study, God’s Word clearly reveals His desire for us to walk in wholeness and health. The spiritual battle we face may attempt to hinder us from receiving this promise, but we have been equipped with the truth of God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome every obstacle.

As we stand firm on God’s promises, resist the enemy’s lies, and exercise faith in Christ’s finished work, we can experience the healing God has provided for us. Let us also remember to trust in His sovereignty, finding comfort in His presence and the assurance of our ultimate healing in eternity.

May we continue to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and may His healing power be made manifest in our lives as we walk in obedience to His Word. Let us pray with confidence, knowing that our God is faithful and that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to His power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20).

Closing Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we come before You today with hearts full of gratitude for the healing You have provided through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We thank You that by His stripes, we are healed and that Your desire for us is to walk in wholeness and health.

Lord, we acknowledge the spiritual battle we face and the opposition that seeks to hinder us from receiving Your promise of healing. But we declare that no weapon formed against us shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against us in judgment, we condemn (Isaiah 54:17).

We choose to stand firm on Your promises, resisting the enemy’s lies and exercising faith in Christ’s finished work. We trust in Your sovereignty, knowing that Your ways are perfect and that You are working all things together for our good.

Father, we ask that You would strengthen our faith and help us to persevere in the face of challenges. May we find comfort in Your presence and hope in the promise of ultimate healing in eternity.

We declare that by Your Spirit, we are empowered to live in the reality of the healing You have provided. We receive Your healing touch now, and we thank You for the manifestation of Your power in our lives.

We give You all the glory and honor, for You alone are worthy. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, Amen.

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