I am the LORD who Heals you
One thing I know, God is a loving,
compassionate and merciful God!† His
greatest miracle is that wonderful work on the cross.† It is a source of unending joy to me and a
literal treasure trove of wonder and knowledge.†
That work on the cross rent the heavens just as it rent the veil between
the Holy of Holies and the
We will explore one of the compound names in this study and it is Jehovah-Rapha.† It is found in Exodus 15: 25 Ė 26.
There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, 26and said, ďIf you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.Ē
makes a promise.† He promises the
Israelites as they leave
A Psalm of David.
1†† Bless the LORD, O my soul;
††† And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2†† Bless the LORD, O my soul,
††† And forget not all His benefits:
3†† Who forgives all your iniquities,
††† Who heals all your diseases,
Yes bless the Lord!† Here we see a pivotal verse in our study.† Notice that forgiving all your iniquities is first.† The forgiveness of the cross is eternal and always the greatest miracle.† In fact many of the other miracles such as healing is to lead to salvation for those healed or those whose loved ones are healed.† This is one of the main reasons for Godís healing.
Here God says that He heals ALL your diseases.† Not some, not a select few, not just the easy ones, not just for the young, not just the ones in history but every one today and forever.
1†† Who has believed our report?
††† And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2†† For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
††† And as a root out of dry ground.
††† He has no form or comeliness;
††† And when we see Him,
††† There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3†† He is despised and rejected by men,
††† A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
††† And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
††† He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4†† Surely He has borne our griefs (diseases)
††† And carried our sorrows;(pains)
††† Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
††† Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5†† 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.(Rapha)
Here is the set of verses that securely place healing in the atonement.† Oh that phrase sets some into anger.† I donít understand it.† Todayís church has the salvation by faith part of the atonement figured out.† We have no doubt that the person who accepts Jesus and fully lets Him into their spirit will be saved, but we balk at any who say that with the same faith we can reach out to be healed.
Here are the Hebrew words that show what the text says about what the cross does.†
Griefs - H2483
From H2470; malady, anxiety, calamity:ódisease, grief, (is) sick (-ness).
Sorrows - H4341
Šŗ ŽņÓ« †††ŠBŗŽņÓ« †††šŠŗ ŽņÓ«
makĀoÚb †makĀoÚb †makĀoÚbaÚh
mak-obe', mak-obe', mak-o-baw'
From H3510; anguish or (figuratively) affliction:ógrief, pain, sorrow.
Many will even acknowledge that this is so but still languish in sickness because they believe God has the power but He lacks the will.† Jesus came to show forth the Father.† He only did what the Father showed Him.† What ever Jesus said or did was what the Father said and did.† Matthew 8 presents some healing pictures we need to look at to see what the promise of the cross is.
1When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ďLord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.Ē
3Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ďI am willing; be cleansed.Ē Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4And Jesus said to him, ďSee that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.Ē
This should put to bed the faith sapping prayer of ďIf it be your willĒ to heal, as this is what the leper said.† He knew of Jesus power, but he questioned his worthiness to receive such healing.† So often we think we are such paupers in Godís kingdom.† We think that God is somehow too busy to attend to our healing, or that He wants us to be sick and oppressed by the devil.† What did Jesus say?† ďI AM WILLING, BE CLEANSED!Ē† Oh the grace of our Lord, He is always willing to touch and heal.
Now we see another story of faith for healing as this is so important.
5Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6saying, ďLord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.Ē
7And Jesus said to him, ďI will come and heal him.Ē
8The centurion answered and said, ďLord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ĎGo,í and he goes; and to another, ĎCome,í and he comes; and to my servant, ĎDo this,í and he does it.Ē
10When Jesus heard it, He
marveled, and said to those who followed, ďAssuredly, I
say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in
This is a wonderful story of faith.† Not extraordinary faith, but strong ordinary faith.† Faith YOU can have.† Look at Jesus, He marveled at this faith, because the man understood authority and faith and how God works.† There is only one other time where Jesus marveled at faith and that was at His home town when He could not do many works because of their unbelief or lack of faith.† They were looking with the eyes of this world.† We need to look into that other world all around us, the spiritual world where God works with all authority and power.
Here is another important verse in the same passage for our study of our healing God.
14Now when Jesus had come into Peterís house, He saw his wifeís mother lying sick with a fever. 15So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.
16When 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:
††† ďHe Himself took our infirmities
††† And bore our sicknesses.
Infirmities - G769
G772; feebleness (of body or mind);
by implication malady; moral
frailty:ódisease, infirmity, sickness, weakness.
Sicknesses - G3554
uncertain affinity; a malady (rarely
figurative of moral disability):ó
disease, infirmity, sickness.
This is a quote of Isaiah 53:4 showing the clear connection in the New Testament writers minds of this verse with the healing of Jesus on the cross.† They believed that healing was in the atonement but we in our modern churches have lost that belief. We need to gain the truth back and avail ourselves of the mighty power of God to heal our diseases and cure our sicknesses.†
Here is Peter again, whose mother had been healed speaking again of the atonements purposes.† Jesus saved us and healed us.† He bore our sins just as surely as he bore our sicknesses.†
24who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousnessóby whose stripes you were healed.
Now we have the story of Peter and John and the lame man in the temple.† This is powerful and should be looked at closely.
3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. 4But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, ďLook at us!Ē 5And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6But Peter said, ďI do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazareneówalk!Ē 7And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. 8With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
What caused Peter to stop and gain the manís attention?† He was listening to the Holy Spirit he had just freshly received.† Oh people, the Holy Spirit is within and wants you to see such things as this.† Listen to Him!
16ďAnd on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.
When the people start seeing the man leap and shout they were looking at Peter and John with wonder.† Peter tells them that it wasnít by their strength or piety that this man was healed, but on the very wonderful name of Jesus that the miracle occurred.† Yes that most magnificent name, that most holy name, that most powerful name, the name of Jesus!
8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ďRulers and elders of the people, 9if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, 10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the deadóby this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11ďHe is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. 12ďAnd there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.Ē
Now Peter must stand before the same group of men who illegally sentenced Jesus to death.† They were dangerous men!† But look at Peter with a holy boldness on him.† He was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke with authority and they couldnít answer him.† Peter was the most dangerous man in the room at that moment.† He had a power overshadowing him that made any earthly power nothing in comparison!† It is the wonderful name of Jesus that made the man well or sozoed him.† The words in green are part of the study of the Greek word Sozo we will see a little later.
Now we look at some more verses explaining our authority in Jesus, our promised in Jesus and our destiny in Jesus.
1And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
5These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: ďDo not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a
city of the Samaritans. 6But go
rather to the lost sheep of the house of
18And He said to them, ďI saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Hallelujah!† This is a wonderful story here.† Jesus is sending out the twelve to do the things Jesus is doing.† Jesus is proclaiming the kingdom of heaven is here and healing, casting out devils, cleansing lepers, and raising the dead.† Jesus in this verse is telling us we are to do the very same things He does!† Not by our own strength, or charisma, or piety, but by the name and authority of Jesus!!† See He said he gives us authority over all the power of the enemy, not some of his power, but all.† We will trample him and he canít do anything about it.† Praise Jesus, donít you think the devil fears that word getting out!† Why does he hold so many in the church in his thralldom and rules over them with contempt?† It is because he so fears them realizing their authority and power in the mighty name of Jesus!
14Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15And He said to them, ďGo into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18they 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.Ē (Note not maybe, not if it is Godís will but they WILL be healed!!!)
Signs will follow those who believe!† I have some cesessionist friends, these are those who believe that the gifts, works and power of the Holy Spirit to do miracles are dead today and died out with the Apostles.† This is a sad belief that is based on a paucity of spirit.† These are people who look to the scriptures and read the power of God in them but do not see it in their lives.† They have two choices: 1. Move up to what the scripture says we should be, seek the Holy Spirit to remove the impediments and roadblocks to our receiving His power and authority.† 2. Deny the scriptures and create a doctrine that explains their weakness.
This is a sad truth today that there are those who do not want these parts of the Bible to be true for today because it would point out that they need to get out of their comfort zones.
People of God, let God be true and everyman a liar.† We need to read and believe the Word of God!† Let us get close to the living God and stop playing games with ourselves.† He is a consuming fire and He will consume all your dross and give you a life of pure joy and adventure you always wanted!
38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Remember that authority over all the works of the devil up above?† Well here is the verse which shows that all sickness and disease are works or oppression from the enemy.† Jesus moved with the Holy Spirit and power and we can move in the very same authority and power because He lives in us!
Now we will look at the Greek word sozo.† Sozo means salvation, healing, deliverance and raising from the dead.† It is a word of the complete and full salvation of God for every man.† It shows that healing and deliverance are in the atonement of Jesus. I will have a selection of verses to look at but not very instance of the word sozo.† If you want to see the full list go here.
soŰzoŰ† (Translated Salvation or Healing)
primary word ůßÚ soŰsŰ (contraction for the obsolete ů‹ÔÚ saos,
ďsafeĒ); to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively):óheal,
preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.
21For she said to herself, ďIf only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.Ē 22But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, ďBe of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.Ē And the woman was made well from that hour.
Here is the woman with the issue of blood.† Her faith saved her or made her well.†
24Then Jesus said to His disciples, ďIf anyone
desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and
This is salvation of a life.† This is the greatest miracle in the scriptures, every other healing, deliverance even raising from the dead are only temporary waiting for the final salvation when every enemy has been put under our feet.
Here is blind Bartimaeus receiving his sight or being saved from blindness.† Salvation so full and free.† How can we deny it?
36Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well.
This is when a man was delivered from the demons who were tormenting him.† He was saved or cleaned up and made well.† Jesus came to bring heaven near and we are to do the same.† We say in the Lordís prayer ďYour kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.Ē.† There is no sickness in heaven, there is no demon possession in heaven and there is no sin in heaven!† We have authority for all because Jesus bore them all at the cross!
50But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, ďDo not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well.Ē (Raised from the dead)
Here are the wonderful lines of Jesus to Jairus as He was going to his house to heal his daughter.† Remember how Jairus came to Jesus and asked for Him to come and heal his daughter who was close to death.† Jairus was in a hurry and wanted Jesus to come before his daughter died.† But Jesus was delayed by the woman with the issue of blood.† She had touched him in the crowd around Jesus and He stopped feeling that faith somewhere had accessed His power.† As the story unfolded I am sure Jairus was very worried and wanted to get Jesus out of there to his beloved daughter.† How his heart must have fell when the people cam and said; ďDo not trouble the Teacher anymore, your daughter has died.Ē† All hope was extinguished in a moment of time and sorrow like a billow was overwhelming his soul.† Too late, too late coursed through his mind.† But Jesus was saying something.† ďDo not be afraid any longer, only believe, and she will be saved.Ē† You see Jairus thought he had just a healer there, what he didnít know until know was that he had the Lord of life with him.† And so brothers and sister so do we!† Yes the Lord of all life is in our spirits and He wants us to not be afraid any longer, only believe!