Healing, Part One (sample)
An excerpt from the iTi Level One, Session One course "Healing Part One." All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. All other material is ©Copyright 1994, Dove Ministries International.
Before we can understand healing we must understand the origin of disease, sickness and death. As a result of Adam's sin, spiritual death gained an entrance into the spirit of Man.
Genesis 2:15-17 (KJV) And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The spiritual death of Man opened the door to his physical death. Spirital death is the separation of Man's spirit from the life of God. Without life there is nothing but death. When Adam sinned, physical death entered in because spiritual life was no longer the ruling force in Man. Man's union with God was severed, therefore Man's ability was also severed from God's ability, and his word from God's Word. Man has fallen from the realm of God to the realm of human ability. In this realm he is dependent upon his own ability and resources. He is limited to what his mind and body can accomplish. His spirit is dead to God, so he is limited to his five senses to discern his world. Though his physical death did not come immediately, sin began to take its toll. Just as a plant plucked from the ground does not immediately appear dead, the effects of the separation are taking place in the plant. It is dying, and soon the final results will be seen. So it was with Adam and Eve.
Romans 5:12 (KJV) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
God did not intend for our bodies to live under the condition of death. They were made to rejuvenate themselves, to mend themselves, and heal themselves. The effects of sin take their toll on the body. It wears out, it ages, and eventually it dies. Sickness, disease, and death are the physical manifestations of the condition of Man's spirit-death. They are the outward manifestations of the inward state. Sin and disease are both born out of spiritual death. They are the work of Satan. Sin is the disease of the spirit and sickness is a disease of the body.
It is interesting that one of the words used for health, barea, comes from the Hebrew root word bara which means "to create." Man was created to be in health. Health means the state of an organism fuctioning without disease or abnormality. Man's body was created to be in harmony and apart from all sickness and disease.
Jesus was sent to redeem Man from sin and sickness. His purpose was to bring Man back to the state in which he was created, the state of life and of fellowship with God.
Acts 10:38 (KJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and healing all that were opressed of the devil for God was with him.
An important observation about this last Scripture is that Jesus was able to "do good" because the Holy Ghost was with Him. As Spirit-filled believers, we are also commanded to "do good" and for the same reason: the Holy Ghost is with us, too. The healing miracles that Jesus did were possible because God was with Him. Jesus was endowed with spiritual life from His birth; God was with Him throughout His earthly ministry, and the healing power of God's presence was transferred through Jesus to those to whom He ministered.
In John's (the Baptist) first encounter with Jesus he recognized something different about Jesus and declared:
John 1:29 (KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John is foreshadowing the sacrifice of Jesus. He is also using a familiar phrase which the Jews could readily understand. The Lamb that was sacrificed is the Passover lamb that atoned for the sin of the people. John declared that this Jesus is that Passover Lamb.
I Corinthians 5:7b (KJV) For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Furthermore, because our spirits have been revived by the indewlling presence of God, we must align our lives with the promises of the Word. We must live lives that continually proclaim the certainty of our "passover" from death into life.
I Peter 1:18-20 (KJV) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.
The cost of our "passover" was extraordinary: the very Blood of Jesus Christ. This was not a second thought on the Father's part; it was not "Plan B" in case Man did not fulfill his original purpose. No, the Father had it on His heart from the very foundation of the world that He would have relationship with the men He created, and Jesus, being God, was in agreement with this plan from the beginning as well.
Revelation 13:8b (KJV) The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Romans 9:12 (KJV) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
The question comes, "When was the preparation of the redemption of Man first conceived?" The answer is at (before) the foundation of the world. God was not taken unaware by Man's sin. Provision had been made before Man was created.
In the beginning of time God made provision for Mankind's redemption from sin and sickness before Man was even created.
Isaiah 46:9-10 (KJV) Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me. 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.
God sees all eternity from one perspective, thus He is able to declare the end from the beginning. His constant perspective makes it possible for the counsel He speaks to be valid for all eternity, regardless of the point in "time" when we perceive it. God declares that He will accomplish all of His pleasure. How blessed we are that a portion of His pleasure is our redemption from sin and its deadly effects.