Healing, Signs and Miracles

It is human for anyone inflicted with illness or disease to ask, “Why me?”
It’s equally understandable for the sufferer to seek a cure. In these days of deception, of which the Scriptures have warned us, many “faith healers” make bold claims about the power to heal. The list of these proponents grows longer year after year. The truth is that many of these so called healers, have died and even current ones will also die. Yet they propagate that the gift of healing belongs to them.
The healing movement has its roots in heresy with cultlike origins. Modern healers are notoriously known for exploiting the emotions of desperate people seeking a miracle. Manipulation and indoctrination is a lucrative trade and gullible people part with their money to secure a healing or blessing.
Why did Jesus heal? The healings and signs and wonders Jesus performed validated his claim to be the Messiah:
Matthew 10:7-8 “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give .” The prophesied Kingdom was at hand.
Matthew 11:2-5 “When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” The sign giver to John testified of Jesus as Messiah.
He gave delegated authority to the apostles to heal in order to authenticate His resurrection. The Kingdom on Earth necessitated a cleansing of demonic powers and an eradication of disease. The fact is that the Kingdom on Earth Programme was postponed because Israel, as a nation, failed to repent:—
Acts 3:19-21 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. “
Did Israel repent? No—so the Kingdom was suspended.
God then revealed His secret plan, namely Christianity through the Apostle Paul.

Ephesians 3:1-4 “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentile. Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ.”
Galatians 2:8-9 “(for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. “
When God’s Kingdom on Earth is restored, healing will be a norm. Now is the church age, not the Kingdom age.
NOTE: When Paul faced infirmary he was not healed. Why didn’t Paul claim his healing?
2 Corinthians 12:7-12 “..or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing. I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.”
What about Epaphroditus—see Philippians 2:25-27 “But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. “
Why was Trophimus left sick? 2 Timothy 4:20 “Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus.” Why didn’t the apostles heal Trophimus? Because the sign gifts were in abeyance.
Can God heal? Definitely! Does He have to heal today? No.
The sign gifts have ceased, however it’s not faith healing we need, it’s Divine healing.
The healing of the soul and spirit first, then the promise of immortality in the resurrection when we receive a new body—1 Corinthians 15:19-22 “ If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
As Paul prayed three times for healing then left the results to God. So should we.

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