Being convinced that healing is part of the atonement is essential to our victory in overcoming sickness in our lives and developing faith that we might heal the sick and raise the dead. If we think of healing as an ‘add-on’ blessing or promise, this may limit our faith to just hoping on His mercy.
A. Jesus and the atonement.
Jesus quotes and translates the passage in Isaiah 53, showing that His atoning work would include healing. We know that the atonement was for our sins, (here called transgressions and iniquities) but it was also for our sicknesses (by His stripes we are healed).
Surely He has borne our griefsIsaiah 53:4-5
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
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.
B. Healing is more than a promise.
It could be argued from this passage that the healing is ‘just a promise’ from God to show that His kingdom had come.
However this is not the case.
C. Jesus showed that healing is part of His atoning work;
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:Matthew 8:16
“He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”
Jesus is quoting Isaiah 53, and making it very clear that He as the sacrifice was not only bearing our sins but our sicknesses as well.
D. Jesus ‘as the lamb of God’ took our sins and sicknesses on the cross.
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
Peter again uses the word – ‘bore’ the sins away, yet still brings healing into the atoning work..
Isaiah, Matthew and Peter are all referring to the Day of Atonement that occurred under the Old Covenant once a year. Jesus death means, it only occurs once.
Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man.Leviticus 16:21-22
The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.
We can now see that we can guarantee our sicknesses are healed as much as we can guarantee our sins are forgiven and forgotten!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,Psalms 103:2
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
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