Greetings Brethren:

Let no man tell you of the power of him and then God. The Truth is available to all that walk and crawl the planet earth.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal September 5, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



PART 40: HEALING DOES NOT DEPEND ONLY ON FAITH (Mark 16: 17-18, 1 Corinthians 13:10, James 5:13-15)

In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

Many of the Faith-Healers claim that if one has faith they can be healed. Thus, they argue that lack of faith will block your healing. Here we see a clear mis-conception in the healing process and the will of God. Even though healing may be a priority for someone suffering from a deadly disease or ailment it is not the priority of the informed believer.

The informed believer is one that understands the relationship of faith and healing. This person also understands that healing does not depend on faith. More specifically the lack of faith may hinder healing but faith alone cannot bring on healing. Faithful prayer is noted in the healing process. The following scriptures reveal more about faith and healing:

Mark 16:18. "They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

We also call your attention to the verse preceding verse 18.

Mark 16: 17. "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues."

In verse 17 "them that believe" refers to the believers noted in verse 16. Follow means to accompany and has reference to the spiritual gifts bestowed upon the Christians during the first years of the Gospel Age. (See: Acts 6:8, 19:6, 1 Corinthians Chapters 12, 13, 14, Ephesians 4:8-14 and James 5: 14-15).

As we now look at verse 18, there are times that God has intervened to perform miracles to protect his followers. God also at times will give them special powers. However, we should not use this scripture to justify testing God by putting ourselves in dangerous situations. (See Acts 28:5. Paul handled a snake safely. Matthew 10:1, Acts 3: 7-8 Disciples healed the sick.).

We also call your attention to Paul revealing the end of the spiritual gifts. Here we are talking about the gifts of healing, speaking in tongues and the restoration of life.

1 Corinthians 13:10. 'But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away."

For the record there are various meanings to this verse and/or discussion. Thus, there are different views on what perfect means.

1. Perfect means the New Covenant New Testament. According to this, the gift ceased once the New Testament was completed.

2. Perfect looks to the second coming of Christ. Then the special gifts will no longer be needed.

3. Perfect means mature. Mature individuals or a mature church then there will no longer be a need for the gifts.

Meanwhile, the most prominent interpretation of this passage is the following. "That which is perfect (complete) means the completed New Testament. This is called "the perfect law of liberty" and noted in James 1:25. When this was given to the church, the temporary (partial information) that came through spiritual gifts would no longer be necessary and cease to exist.

In the Book of James we see an additional scripture that reveals the practice of praying for the sick as noted in Mark 16:17-18. Here we see the evidence of faithful prayer and healing.

James 5:13-15. "Is any among you afflicted Let him pray? Is any merry? Let him sing Psalms.

Here the word afflicted refers to evil, hardship and troubles; it does not refer to physical diseases. Thus when believers are confronted with trials in life, they should go to God in prayer for strength. Merry in this passage does not mean gay or composed of a frivolous attitude. It means to be of good cheer.

James 5:14. "Is any sick among you? 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."

The word sick in this passage refers too bodily disease and not a figurative or spiritual condition as is often gleaned from this passage. Again we note that during the early years of the church Almighty God granted miraculous powers to many of his disciples to confirm the truth that had been preached while the New Testament was being completed. Among the miracles granted was the healing of the sick. The elders are mentioned here because they (Pastors) were among the people who received the gift of healing.

Oil is noted in this passage. Also, many of the so-called Faith-Healers and other mis-informed False Prophets use anointing oil in the various services. The Bible tells us that oil was both a medicine and a symbol of the Spirit of God. Therefore, oil can be in reference to the medical and spiritual realms of life. As believers we should be aware of the physical and spiritual realms, because Jesus Christ is the Lord over both the body and spirit.

James 5:15. "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."

Prayer of faith means miraculous faith which was one of the spiritual gifts as noted in 1 Corinthians 12:9. However, this gift has ceased to exist. Therefore, prayer of faith is seen in a different sense. Thus, prayer of faith does not mean the faith of the sick person. It means the faith of the church. Clearly God heals, faith does not. Also all prayers are subject o Gods will.

However we should always be mindful of the power of prayer and how it affects healing. Our prayers are thusly part of the healing process. God in turn waits on our prayers of faith before He intervenes to heal.

Cont. Part 41: All that Endure To The End are Healed (Hebrews 12: 1-4)




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