Heavenly Promises Versus Earthly Promises

Heavenly Promises Versus Earthly Promises - False Teachings About Healing

Christ destroyed sickness and death on the cross in the spiritual realm (Isaiah 53:5).

But sickness and physical death still come to believers in the earthly realm.

"Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Heaven will be different: "There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain" (Revelations 21:4).

Heavenly Promises Versus Earthly Promises - False Teachings About HealingGod can and does heal.

Some sickness is due to sin, and those who have it should repent and be healed (James 5:16).

Some are sick due to lack of faith, and they should ask God to help them overcome their unbelief.(1)

But some, like Timothy, are sick for unknown reasons (1 Timothy 5:23). Scripture doesn't judge them and neither should we.

Faithful Christians wait patiently for their healing, whether it happens here on earth or in heaven.

"We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies...But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." Romans 8:18-25

(1) For example in Matthew 13:58, Christ didn't heal very many due to their lack of faith, but these were crowds of unbelievers and this occurred before Christ died on the cross. This passage can't be used to create a formula that faith = healing. ~ There were also times when Christ healed everyone present (Matthew 4:23) revealing His supernatural powers and proving He was sent from God. It would be a stretch to assume that these crowds were all believers, let alone that they all had faith in Christ's power to heal. It would seem reasonable that many came to faith after their healing like the man in John 5:1-15 who had no clue who Jesus was when he was healed.  ~ Can a person have genuine faith without gratitude? Nine of the ten lepers were ungrateful for their healing (Luke 17:11-19). ~ In John 9:3, Christ said a man was sick so God's glory might be displayed in his healing. If a sick man remains faithful and joyful in his affliction, he also displays God's glory.  ~ There are so many variables in Scriptures that speak of healing that it would be impossible to create formulas for all healing. When people attempt to do this, they become Job's friends, whom God rebuked.

r more on this subject:
Not All Promises Will Be Fulfilled on Earth
Wheelchair Miracle
Endured or Cured
The Power and Limit of Words
Misunderstandings About the Stripes of Jesus
A Message About Healing in 1 Timothy 5:23

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