Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God, through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15); it is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is available to all who truly believe.
The Scriptures dealing with the doctrine of divine healing are abundant. It would be impossible to cover all Scripture dealing with divine healing in one short study, so we will try to touch some highlights on this large subject. This doctrine has been one that the Pentecostal movement has emphasized. A sensible understanding of this particular doctrine will lead us to praise, to faith and to rejoicing in the goodness of God’s provision.
The doctrine of healing is one that all Pentecostals believe. But, it certainly isn’t limited to Pentecostals. Many Christians believe in the healing of the sick through the prayer of faith. Anyone can find many Christians who have proof in their own bodies.
HEALING IN THE ATONEMENT
The Christian community, in the most part, accepts the shed blood of Christ as the atonement for their sins. For it is stated by the writer in Hebrews, “…without the shedding of blood is no remission” (Heb. 9:22). In John’s epistle, he says, “But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
We feel that the Scripture teaches that in the atonement there is provision made for physical healing, as well as deliverance from sin and its penalty.
The prophet Isaiah connects physical healing with Christ’s suffering. He says, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).
Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, and the same day He cast out devils, and healed all that were sick. “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sickness” (Matthew 8:17). This was done in fulfillment to the prophecy that was dealing with Christ’s suffering for the sin of the world. But, in His suffering, His stripes purchased our healing.
The apostle Peter, writing about this great promise of divine healing, makes the same connection between Christ’s suffering for our sins and physical healing.
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).