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Healing IS Part of the Atonement!” - June 2007

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 By Michael C. Gaudiosi - The Noble Berean

AND WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED This is just part of the passage of Isaiah 53:5, which is quoted over and over by the Word of Faith Movement to support their doctrine which claims physical healing, along with eternal life, is available to all believers because of the Atonement work of Jesus Christ. Here is the entire passage in Isaiah:

Isaiah 53:5 - But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

In this article I will answer the question which many have debated in times past: “is physical healing included in the Atonement?” The answer is…YES! Before you think that I have jumped on the Word of Faith bandwagon, let me explain, because there is basis in scripture to support this claim…however, it’s not quite the same as the Word of Faith Movement teaches, in fact, it’s the exact opposite of what Word of Faith teaches!

To really understand what is being stated in Isaiah 53:5, one needs only to look at the verse. It is obviously referring to Christ and His atonement work of the cross. The question that must be asked: is Isaiah 53:5 speaking of our physical healing in this life when it says and with his stripes we are healed?” Let’s answer this question by going directly to the source…the scriptures themselves!

1 Peter 2:23-24 - Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Peter is speaking of Jesus in this verse. Notice how he emphasizes how Jesus bore our sins in His own body? Also note it refers to all of us being “dead to sins” can now “live unto righteousness”. Why? Peter answers this question by quoting Isaiah 53:5 "by whose stripes ye were healed”. This by no means speaks of physical healing! It is very clear and evident this verse is speaking of spiritual healing. It is the sickness of sin in which by His stripes we have been healed…healed of the disease of sin!

Note the similarities in Isaiah 53:5…”wounded for our transgressions”…”bruised for our iniquities”...”with his stripes we are healed.” Healed of what? Our transgressions and our iniquities, that’s what! In other words, by His stripes we are healed from our SIN! To answer our initial question…” is Isaiah 53:5 speaking of our physical healing in this life when it says and with his stripes we are healed?” The obvious answer is no. It speaks of the healing of our sin-sick souls! The Word of Faith proponents will use Matthew 8:16-17 to try to justify their doctrine of physical healing in the Atonement for the here and now:

Matthew 8:16-17 - When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

They will say “see, it says Jesus healed all that were sick, and took our infirmities and bore our sickness!” But as I have pointed out, SIN is our TRUE disease! The infirmities and sickness spoken of here in Matthew is spiritual. Physical sickness is just a symptom of this spiritually fatal disease of sin. Note that Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 8:16-17 and 1 Peter 2:23-24 all tie in together and speak of the very same thing. Not once do we see any reference to physical healing in these verses. When it comes to Bible study, consistency is important!


Now I did say healing IS in the Atonement. This may sound like I am contradicting myself, but I am pleased to say there is no contradiction. Healing is in the Atonement, yes I mean PHYSICAL healing! However, the major difference between what I am saying and what the Word of Faith Movement teaches is total and complete physical healing is not for the here and now, but after we are gloriously resurrected and changed:

Romans 8:11 - But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

1 Corinthians 15:52-55 - In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 - For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

It is very clear from the evidence of scripture we will one day have a new and incorruptible, immortal glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:52-55). Then…AND ONLY THEN will we be forever free of sickness and disease, both physically and spiritually. There will be no aging, no pain and no suffering. We will never experience the aches and pains we have now in out mortal, corruptible physical bodies. This is all a result of the work of Jesus Christ in the Atonement! Because of what Christ did for us, we have eternal life!

To be clear, I am not saying God cannot, nor does not heal people anymore. I truly believe God can and does heal people miraculously. However, God is sovereign in this, not man! I believe it is God’s will if He should so choose to heal an individual. This is very evident from scripture:

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 - For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Paul spoke of glorying in his infirmities, his weakness and hardships. If physical healing is in the Atonement for the here and now, why didn’t God miraculously heal Paul? Consider this passage:

1 Timothy 5:23 - Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

Why didn’t Paul simply heal Timothy of his stomach ailment instead of suggesting he drink a little wine to help ease his stomach?

2 Timothy 4:20 - Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

Why did Paul, whom God used mightily by healing people with his handkerchief and apron (see Acts 19:12), leave Trophimus sick? Why didn’t God heal him if healing in the Atonement was for the here and now? These passages clearly shows God will do as He pleases without the intervention of man.

Another passage of scripture Word of Faith proponents point to is James 5:14-15 - Is any sick among you? 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: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

They will argue see? It says the prayer of faith shall save the sick!” But what they do not consider is verse 14. If God were to unconditionally heal everyone that were brought to the elders, then verse 14 should have said something to the effect of the elders of the church command the sickness to leave, rather than praying to God and petitioning Him to heal the sick.

Word of Faith preachers have taught you can have total and complete healing now! That it is every believers right to be completely free of all sickness and no Christian should ever be sick, because sickness is a curse that was removed by the Atonement work of Jesus Christ at the cross. As I have pointed out, the scripture provides no basis for this erroneous teaching.

The Word of Faith Movement cannot wait, they want to have it NOW! A perfect example is Benny Hinn, once quoted as saying: "I'm sick and tired about hearing about streets of gold [in heaven]. I don't need gold in heaven. I got to have it now."

If the Word of Faith Movement teaching is true, then there should be a record number of healings taking place in hospitals all over the world, so many healings even the secular media could not ignore. To date, this has not occurred. Clearly, physical healing IS part of the Atonement, but not for this life, but in the life that is to come when we are with Jesus in glory! Most Christians would think this to be crazy, but I would be willing to suffer temporarily in my physical infirmities in this life, knowing I have the assurance of everlasting life which will last forever! What a joyous future we have to look forward to!

Search the Scripture for yourself! SOLA SCRIPTURA! The Scripture ALONE! May the Lord bless you!

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