Divine Healing - How Can God Heal People?

In Jesus Christ we do not just have the promise of salvation of our souls, we also have the assurance of divine healing for the body! We read: “Surely He has borne our griefs 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”(Isaiah 53:4-5).

Jesus fulfilled this promise when He lived on earth. He healed people with fever (Matthew 8:14-17), paralysis (Mark 2:1-12), and leprosy (Luke 5:12-14). He healed the lame (John 5:5-9) and the blind (Mark 10:46-52). He even cast out demons (Matthew 8:28-34). This is a very small selection of Scripture passages where we can see the healing power of God. During His years of ministry, Jesus healed so many people that the Scripture cannot contain their names: “Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well” (Mark 6:56).

But Jesus was not the only one that healed. He also gave this power to His disciples. “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick” (Luke 9:1-2). The disciples retained this power even after Jesus ascended to heaven. We read in the Acts of the Apostles: “And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed” (Acts 5:14-16).

We read in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 that this power did not stop with the end of the apostolic era. The gifts of the Spirit are listed here, and among those we find the gift of healing.

We also know about divine healing from the testimonies of the saints in history and in our time today.

But what exactly is Divine Healing? In order to answer this question, we need to take a step back and look at diseases and their sources. We will find that they have three root causes. Whatever the cause, we may say without hesitation that Almighty God can cure any disease!

1. Natural Causes: These include illnesses that come with age, injuries, or viral diseases. These diseases can usually be easily diagnosed by modern medicine. They may be treated and sometimes cured by the body’s defense mechanisms or the use of natural or chemical agents.

2. Demonic Causes: Please read Luke 13:10-17 and pay particular attention to the 11th and 16th verses. Dark powers can afflict people with illnesses. Conventional medicine is helpless in such cases. Doctors are at a loss when they diagnose these, and treatment usually has no effect. By using occultic methods, such diseases may sometimes be cured. These evil forces even have the ability to cure some diseases with a natural origin. However, the healing of the body by the forces of evil has a high price: the soul.

3. Divine Causes: God too can lay us up with illnesses and disabilities. Please read John 9:1-4. No people or dark forces can accomplish anything against these diseases. Only God can cure them. And He can also heal every disease with a demonic or natural cause.

Divine healing is a supernatural process. It is a miracle that has neither scientific nor psychological explanation. In contrast to most medicinal methods of treatment, God does not treat the symptoms, but miraculously cures the cause of the disease. For example, a person who is born blind cannot be cured by modern medicine. But just as God can supernaturally open our blind spiritual eyes, so He can by divine intervention cause the physically blind to see.

As children of God, we can be assured that even today the Lord wants to manifest Himself through divine healing: “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17-18).

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