- If Jesus' ultimate goal for our bodies is total destruction and then
transformation through resurrection, then why does He heal us on this side
- What does relationship with Jesus guarantee?
Does relationship with Jesus through worship and praise and in Spirit and
truth guarantee that every one that we share the Gospel with will get saved, and
that everyone we pray for will get healed? No. Why?
THE PROBLEM OF THE FLESH
The Apostle Paul states in the book of Galatians,
"For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and
the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so
that you may not do the things that you please." (Gal 5:17).
We live with a soul and flesh which from time to time clouds
our reasoning and understanding whether we like it or not, and so there are
going to be times when we are going to minister flesh whether we like it or not.
I believe as we grow and mature in the Lord our success average will get better
and better as compared to our failure average, but as long as we are on this
side of heaven whether we like it or not our flesh from time to time will out
wit us and thus we will have failures as we strive to bring Jesus to a dying
world in the Spirit.
MANíS FREE WILL
Second, there is the problem of manís free will. Jesus
created us with a free will. The Bible plainly says that not all will be saved.42
I personally do not believe that anyone is in hell by surprise, from my own
experiences in ministry, because of the extent to which Jesus will reach out to
a man to keep him from being lost. I have seen Jesus literally reveal Himself to
men in a clear vision that they could not deny when no other approach would work
and express His love to them. But some men in the face of blatant truth will
still reject Jesusí love and plan for their lives. I do not believe anybody
dies and wakes up surprised in hell. I believe people who end up in hell knew
they were going there in plain truth before they ever died. They knew they were
going there and knew why they were there when they got there. They may not have
known how terrible it was going to be, but they knew beyond a shadow of a doubt
that that was their destiny and they knew while living, Jesus was real and
wanted to come into their hearts. These people reject Jesus because they love
their dark deeds and have no interest in repenting or coming to Jesus lest their
deeds should be exposed. Jesus said in John 3:19-21
"And this is the judgment, that the light is come into
the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds
were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the
light, lest his deeds should be exposed."
As far as healing is concerned, some people do not want to
get healed. Harold Hill in his book, How to Live Like a Kingís Kid,
shares the story about a woman in a wheel chair Jesus wanted to heal. He shares,
"We did remember that Jesus asked permission before He
healed people, and so we did not just run over and begin at once to pray. We
asked permission first.
"I was in for the greatest shock of my life when she
indignantly replied, ĎI certainly do not.í The expression on our faces must
have showed we didnít understand, because she proceeded to explain: ĎFor
thirty years, I waited on that husband of mine hand and foot. Now heís going
to wait on me as long as I live. I like it this way. You keep your hands off of
1 CORINTHIANS 13
The purpose of spiritual gifts, no matter what they are, are
to manifest and glorify Jesus and reveal to us who Jesus is through the work of
the cross which involves the redemption of all that man is: spirit, soul and
body. Paul says, though, about spiritual gifts,
"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when
the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. . . . For now we see in a
mirror in a riddle, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall
know fully just as I also have been fully known." (1 Cor 13:9-10, 12).
Paul plainly tells us in this section of Scripture that
though the spiritual gifts are given to us so that we can know Jesus
intellectually as well as experientially, yet they are only a partial reality of
who Jesus is, not a perfect reality of who Jesus is and what He has done for us
on the cross. Paul says that the full redemptive work of the cross
intellectually and experientially will not be realized until we see Jesus face
to face and the resurrection of our bodies. As long as we are in our old sin
nature we will only experience a partial reality of the full work of the cross.
Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer says that on this side of heaven we have what He calls
"Substantial Healing." He shares,
"Let us notice that even when God does heal a person
perfectly in one illness, that person may not be in perfect health. Here is a
person with a hernia, let us say, who is completely healed of the hernia in
answer to prayer. God has done this miracle in answer to prayer, in response to
faith, and according to his own purposes. But this does not mean that this
person is now at all points physically perfect. He may have a headache that very
night! Thus, even such a miracle falls properly under the term
"substantial." It is exactly the same with psychological healing. A
person may be healed psychologically but that does not mean he will be
psychologically perfect the rest of his life. I often think of Lazarus after he
was raised from the dead. He surely had physical sickness after this; he may
have had psychological depression; and we must remember that eventually he died
again. The results of the fall continue until the second coming of Christ."16/134
We need to understand also that Jesusí ultimate goal for
our flesh is not redemption, but a total destruction through transformation and
resurrection. "Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot
inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the
imperishable." (1 Cor 15:50). Paul continues to explain, though, in this
same passage that when Jesus comes back our bodies will be changed in the
twinkling of an eye to a totally redeemed body like the one Jesus has now.
If Jesusí ultimate goal for the flesh is total destruction
and then transformation through resurrection, then why does He heal our mortal
flesh? First, through Jesusí death on the cross we are freed from the curse of
the Law. Paul states in Galatians, Christ redeemed us from the curse of the
law, having become a curse for us--for it is written, "cursed is every one
who hangs on wood." (Gal 3:13). All diseases and sicknesses are part of
the curse of the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. But since Jesus has
become a curse for us; and since, according to the prophet Isaiah, this includes
all of our physical infirmities, there is no reason for us to presently suffer
in the flesh needlessly since Jesus already suffered for us.43
Second, Jesusí Word promises that through believing prayer
we will be healed and Jesus cannot lie.44 Jesus states in the Gospel
of Mark about those who believe,
"And these signs will accompany those who have
believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new
tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it
shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will
recover." (Mk 16:17-18).
Nothing bad comes from Jesus, only good comes from Jesus.
Anything bad comes from Satan or man.
The other part of John 10:10 states about Jesus, I came
that they might have life, and might have it abundantly. Sicknesses and
diseases cripple us and keep us from reaching our full potential in Christ and
living fully for Him. While we live on this earth God wants us to be able to
fully operate for Him as a whole man.
This is not to say that Jesus does not allow sickness at
times for a higher purpose, but that is for Him to decide. His command to us in
His Word, concerning the sick, in the Epistle of James, is,
"Is anyone among you sick? 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; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and
the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven
him." (James 5:14-15).
The writer of Hebrews states, "And inasmuch as it is
appointed for men to die once, and after this comes judgment." (Heb 9:27).
We all have an appointed time to die. Some times our prayers are not answered
because it is Jesusí time to take his son or daughter home.22
As to other reasons why Christians are not healed of some of
their afflictions I would suggest reading chapter eighteen in Francis MacNuttís
book, Healing. It is titled, "Eleven Reasons why People are not
If Jesus ultimate goal for my flesh is total transformation
at the resurrection, does this mean we should not take care of our bodies and
attempt to keep them in good health? Paul answers this question in 1 Corinthians
3:17: "If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the
temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." Jesus lives inside our
bodies, and through our bodies He wants to manifest Himself to the world. The
healthier our bodies are the greater potential of use they will be to the Lordís
work and purpose. Our soul potential can only be fulfilled through the avenue of
a healthy physical body. Weak bodies have small potential in service to Jesus.45
WHAT RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS DOES GUARANTEE
Even though relationship with Jesus does not guarantee
one-hundred percent success in our ministry pursuits, it does guarantee that
your ministry pursuits will be as successful as Jesus means for it to be. It
will be one-hundred percent more successful than without this approach.
The author Francis MacNutt, in his book, Healing,
shares that by using this approach to the healing ministry, relationship with
Jesus, that he has a much larger percentage of healings take place in his
meetings than do Evangelists who stress only a formula as the reason for a lack
of healings taking place.46
In Evangelism, though, it does not guarantee that you will
see every person you share with receive Jesus in your presence, but it does
guarantee that what you share will minister Jesus to the person and that what
you minister will be ministered in love and surely received in love. It also
means that you will have been as effective as God wanted you to be in bringing
that individual to the eventual place of receiving Jesus Christ as savior and
Lord without bruising the fruit in the process. Jesus said in the Gospel
"Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is
gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice
together. For in this case the saying is true, ĎOne sows, and another
reaps.í" (John 4:36- 37).
Another thing about approaching ministry in this way, it puts
the responsibility of failure onto Jesus and not yourself since both you and the
person you are praying for are looking to Jesus for the answer through worship
and praise in Spirit and truth. If failure results it is Jesusí fault because
beforehand you have made plain to the inquirer that Jesus is his answer and has
the answer. If Jesus does not give an immediate answer, which will happen from
time to time, then Jesus is wanting the person to just trust him at present and
realize that He has a time and special way He wants to take care of their
problem. This puts the focus on Jesus and their continuing to look to Jesus for
the answer, not to you. Also they are not bruised or put under condemnation by
flesh reactions of statements like, "You just do not have enough faith to
believe God for the answer." I am not saying that this may not be the
problem some times, but unless Jesus Himself shows us this is the problem, we
will only end up putting the person under condemnation and strife and do more to
push them away from the answer to their need than closer to their answer: JESUS!,
since now the focus is on themselves, and their supposed lack of faith or
Failures are to be expected in ministry. If you only want to
go into ministry with the guarantee of no failure, your only kidding yourself.
The most successful ministers in the world fail from time to time in their
ministries. Normal percentage failure is not failure, it is called being human.
The Psalmist states, "For He Himself knows what we are made of; He is
mindful that we are but dust." (Ps 103:14). The longer you practice this
approach to ministry the easier it will become for you to discern what is truly
Jesusí voice through failure and experience.
It is not natural for the flesh to approach Jesus through
worship and praise, so expect it to be awkward at first. But as you in obedience
to Jesusí commands approach Jesus in this way concerning all your needs, you
will find that it will eventually become natural and even become a habit without
thinking about it. Also as you obey Jesus in your approaching Him you are
assured an answer to your need and not just an answer, but the right answer.
Approaching Jesus through worship and praise and in Spirit
and truth guarantees that you will make the least mistakes possible in your walk
with Jesus, because to the best of your ability in the flesh, you are opening up
your heart to Him. It also guarantees the greatest success possible.
Recommended Further Reading:
Rebecca Brown, MD. Prepare
For War. chino: Chick Publications. Copyright 1987 by rebecca Brown.
Macnutt, Francis. Healing.
New York: Bantam Books, 1977.
- Hill, Harold. How
to Live Like a King's Kid. Plainfield: Logos, International, 1974.
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