You Were Healed

17 Feb

Christians sometimes say to me, ‘Brother Prince, how can I know if it’s God’s will to heal me?’ And I usually answer something like this, ‘You’re asking the wrong question. It’s not how can I know if it’s God’s will to heal me, it’s how can I appropriate the healing which God has already provided for me.’ You find that healing is never in the future tense when it refers to the atonement. Seven hundred years before it happened Isaiah said healing was obtained for us. And fifty years or so afterwards, Peter said by whose wounds you were healed. It’s very emphatic. A simple past tense. It happened on the cross. It’s a fact of history. Whether we believe it or not, it’s true. What we believe will affect us.

Derek Prince

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2 Responses to “You Were Healed”

  1. jeremy penwarden February 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    1 Pet 2:24. Does this refer to the pre-cross whipping, or is Peter speaking to people who have experienced healing at some point in time and it refers back to that experience, reminding them that the healing they experienced was ‘by His stripes’.

    For sure the sickness was carried at the whipping post and the price paid. But can I say to the currently unhealed person “You are already healed – it happened 2000 years ago”. They reply “I do not feel very healed right now – I still have my pain”.

    If I leave them in that condition – and I have left too many unhealed following ministry – is this not a case of faith without works is dead? Is it not the case that unless my faith in Jesus’ healing results in your healing right here right now then my faith is, for this occasion, dead?

    • Cornel February 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

      I think it can be both Jeremy. Reminder as well as already healed. What you are trying to reconcile about being healed 2000 years ago and experiencing symptoms in your body now is the difference between reality and truth. In reality, you could be sick, but this reality is a lower truth than that of the spiritual realm where God has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing, perfected us and all those things. Obviously it is not mind over matter and I agree that telling an unhealed person they are already healed doesn’t help the situation. What might be a better answer is God has provided everything and done everything necessary for our physical healing and that is available to us by faith.

      If we then minister and don’t see the person healed, semantically we could conclude that our faith was ‘dead’ but I don’t think that is the case. Unbelief is faith in a lesser reality. Unbelief is not the opposite of faith, it is when we trust or put our faith in this reality and regard it as truth instead of the higher kingdom realities in the spirit. Just like Peter who walked on water for a few steps and then shifted his faith from Jesus (higher reality) to the natural (experiential reality) and immediately started to sink. Was his faith dead? No, he walked on water by faith. But what happened? He shifted his faith and made alive that which it believed for then, that walking on water was not possible and that became the reality for him in that situation. Once you have begun to sink, or become sick and experience pain, it very difficult to shift your faith back. That is why Peter cried out to Jesus. Jesus’ faith pulled him back.

      I think we often find ourselves in that state of either walking a few steps or sinking. We live by faith and yet at the same time are bombarded by the natural reality that contradicts everything we are having faith for. Two realities of equal weight colliding and our faith in either one gives that reality an extra bit of weight to tip the scale in that reality’s favour. Ok, before I get to philosophical… Let me know if that makes sense.

      Cornel

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