“True faith takes its character and quality from its object and not from itself. Faith gets a man out of himself and into Christ. Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!”—Sinclair Ferguson, The Christian Life, page 67
“First, in this age all creation, including our bodies, has been subjected to futility and enslaved to corruption. Second, there is a new age coming when all those who endure to the end in faith will be set free from all pain and sickness. Third, Jesus Christ came and died to purchase our redemption, demonstrate its character as both spiritual and physical, and give us a foretaste of it now. Fourth, God controls who gets sick and who gets well, and all his decisions are for the good of his children even if they are painful. Fifth, we should pray for God’s help both to heal and to strengthen faith while we are unhealed, and should depend on the Holy Spirit’s intercession when we don’t know which to pray for. Finally, we should always trust in the power and love of God, even in the darkest hour of suffering.”
Cancer is a consequence of sin and brokenness entering the world, like all sickness. We still live in this world of sin and we will have to deal with the consequences. I am not saying healing does not happen. My friend gave me a miraculous report of how she was healed of ovarian cysts after being prayed on in a webcam chat. Though I believe in healing, I will make a point in saying that believers are not “entitled” to healing. God chooses whether we are to be healed or not. Plenty of folks commanded John Wimber to be healed and he was a man who enjoyed the power of God and made sure to soak in the Holy Spirit. He still died of cancer.
The biggest problem I have with this article is that it says that the Atonement brings physical healing. The Atonement doesn’t bring physical healing. God has been in the healing business since sin entered the world. But even after that cross, we NEVER gained authority to heal every single person nor did we ever gain the right to be healed. Christ alone has authority and power over sickness and He chooses whether or not to rid us of it.
Our physical perfection shall come in the Kingdom that shall come, do not worry. Sickness isn’t the worst thing possible. Dying isn’t the worst thing possible. God has His purposes :) Till we live in a world with no sin, we shall struggle with the consequences. God, You are glorious!
For those who believe healing is in the Atonement, I suggest you read this article. It is pretty well-written and doesn’t bash any denomination, unlike the article above: http://www.ondoctrine.com/2may0005.htm
With Christ’s first coming, God began the process of reversing the curse of sin and redeeming all things. In Christ, God was moving in a new way. All of Jesus’ ministry—the words he spoke, the miracles he performed—showed that there was a new order in town: God’s order. When Jesus healed the diseased, raised the dead, and forgave the desperate, he did so to show that with the arrival of God in the flesh came the restoration of the way God intended things to be.
Tim Keller observes that Christ’s miracles were not the suspension of the natural order but the restoration of the natural order. They were a reminder of what once was prior to the fall and a preview of what will eventually be a universal reality once again—a world of peace and justice, without death, disease, or conflict.
…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 ESV)
“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you safely home to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”—1 Peter 3:18 (via lovelyparisa)
“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 crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”—Isaiah 53:4-6 (via hiphomiletics)
“True Christ-centeredness is, and ever must be, cross-centeredness. The cross on which the divine-human mediator hung, and from which he rose to reign on the basis and in the power of his atoning death, must become the vantage point from which we survey the whole of human history and human life, the reference point for explaining all that has gone wrong with the world everywhere and all that God has done and will do to put it right, and the center point for fixing the flow of doxology and devotion from our hearts.”—J. I. Packer, In My Place Condemned He Stood. (via godlymusings)
True Christians shall never perish. Kings of the earth and mighty men shall depart and be no more seen; thrones and dominions and principalities, rich men and honorable men shall be swept into the tomb—but the humblest Christian cottager shall never see death everlasting, and when the heavens shall pass away as a scroll, and earth shall be burned up, that man shall be found to have a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
That man may be poor in this world and lightly esteemed—but I see in him one who shall be a glorious saint, when those who perchance had more of this life’s good things shall be in torment; I am confident that nothing shall ever separate him from the love of Christ. He may have his doubts—but I know he is provided for, he shall never be lost.
“A good question to ask a professing Christian who denies or is shaky in their belief of hell:
“What did God save you from?” Remember friends, God saved you from himself (his eternal judgment in hell deserved for all), God saved you by himself (Jesus took upon Himself this eternal wrath of God and the pains of hell in your place), and God saved you for himself (to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever). This is the Gospel.”—
If God is on the side of using alter calls? And I’m on the side of questioning them? Whose side am I on?
I have since repented of my arrogant notions. I was wrong.
The fact is, we only want God to move in a way that we approve or the way we personally experienced. Thankfully, Jesus is not as pig-headed as you and I. Nothing, not even us, can get in between his furious love for his own.
“How to know if you have maturity in prayer: Not how long from the beginning of a prayer till the end. The pharisees were known for their long prayers. But how long has it been since the end of one prayer and the beginning of another.”—
Shredded flesh against unforgiving wood, iron stakes pounded through bone and wracked nerves, joints wrenched out of socked by the sheer dead weight of the body, public humiliation before the eyes of family, friends, and the world — that was death on the cross, ‘the infamous stake’ as the Romans called it, ‘the barren wood, ’ the maxima mala crux. Or as the Greeks spat it out, the stauros. No wonder no one talked about it. No wonder parents hid their children’s eyes from it. The stauros was a loathsome thing, and the one who dies on it was loathsome too, a vile criminal whose only use was to hang there as a putrid decaying warning to anyone else who might follow his example.
That is how Jesus died.
”—Greg Gilbert ~”The Gospel: God’s Self-Substitution for Sinners” in Don’t Call It a Comeback, ed. Kevin DeYoung (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2011), 72
The people of Israel, while escaping Egypt and wandering in the desert, saw more signs and wonders than any of us, but it didn’t change their hearts and they perished in the desert unable to enter the promised land.
Signs and wonders will not alone change anyone. If all you are looking for is signs and wonders then you are like the generation that Jesus spoke to in Matthew 16:4.
Also signs and wonders can come from other than the Lord:
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. - (Matthew 24:24 ESV)
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. - (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 ESV)
Signs and wonders are good, but the greatest sign and wonder is the new birth through Christ by which the Lord says:
And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. -(Ezekiel 11:19-20 ESV)
Being filled with the Spirit and letting the Word of Christ dwell richly in you...
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
(Ephesians 5:18-21 ESV)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
“It is no good giving me a play like Hamlet or King Lear, and telling me to write a play like that. Shakespeare could do it; I can’t. And it is no good showing me a life like the life of Jesus and telling me to live a life like that. Jesus could do it; I can’t. But if the genius of Shakespeare could come and live in me, then I could write plays like his. And if the Spirit of Jesus could come and live in me, then I could live a life like His.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”—