Jesus came to redeem us from the consequences of the fall – Part 24
What Has Christ Done For Death? Contd.
“The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25). Jesus here contrasted eternal life with the present life. Believers are to guard their persons or souls by serving Christ and following Him (John 12:26). Such servants will be where Christ is, and the Father will honour them (John 12:26). To be where Christ is means to come into eternal life—a life freed from sin or moral evil.
Paul declared, “the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit” (Gal. 6:8). Eternal life is given by Jesus and the Holy Spirit. This future reality, already experienced to some limited degree in the present, involves the Father, Son, and Spirit. Fellowship in life eternal means fellowship with the triune God.
What Has Christ Done For Sickness And Disease?
God Provides Divine Healing
What Is Sickness?
“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.” (James 5:14)
“Sick,”Gkasthenei, includes more than physical sickness. The verb’s basic meaning is to be weak. The Bible uses it for a variety of weaknesses, such as being weak in faith (Rom 14:1-2), fearful (2 Cor 11:29), in financial need (Acts 20:35) or suffering various diseases (Luke 4:40). The corresponding noun astheneiais used of the moral helplessness of sinners (Rom 5:6), weakness that gives up too easily (Mat 26:41), as well as weakness that gives too much attention to externals and is constantly troubled in conscience.
Divine Healing: An Overview
“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, 17that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Mat 8:16-17)
God’s Redemptive Provision: (1) The problem of sickness and disease is intertwined with the problem of sin and death—i.e., the consequences of the fall. Whereas medical science views the causes of sickness and disease in physiological or psychosomatic terms, the Bible presents spiritual causes as the underlying or basic problem: (a) sin, which has affected our spiritual and physical makeup (e.g., John 5:5,14), and (b) Satan (e.g., Acts 10:38; cf. Mark 9:17, 20,25; Luke 13:11; Acts 19:11-12).
(2) God’s provision in redemption is as extensive as the consequences of the fall. For sin, God provides forgiveness; for death, God provides eternal and resurrection life, and for sickness, God provides healing (cf. Ps 103:1-5; Luke 4:18; 5:17-26; Jas 5:14-15). Thus, during Jesus’ earthly life, His threefold ministry was teaching God’s word, preaching repentance (the sin problem) and the blessings of God’s kingdom (life), and healing every kind of sickness, disease and infirmity among the people (Mat 4:23-24).
Revelation Concerning God’s Will: God’s Will concerning healing is revealed in four main ways in Scripture. (1) God’s own pronouncement. In Ex 15:26 God promised health and healing for His people, if they remained faithful to His covenant and commands (see Ex 15:26). His pronouncement was twofold: (a) “I will put none of these diseases upon thee [as judgment], which I have brought upon the Egyptians” and (b) “I am the LORD that healeth thee [as Redeemer].” God continued to be the doctor or healer of His OT people, whenever they earnestly sought His face and obeyed His Word (cf. 2 Kgs 20:5; Ps 103:3).
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