DIVINE HEALING PROVIDED FOR IN THE ATONMENT
This first set of verses shows the atonement where sin and the result of sin, which is sickness, (the beginning of death) was paid for on the cross.
Isaiah 53:4. Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our infirmities; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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. 6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7. He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. 8. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due? 9. And they made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10. Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise him; to make him sick: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand. 11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities.
These next two verses are quoting Isaiah's verses above.
Matthew 8:6. When evening was come, they brought to him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
1st Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.
These verses articulate the reality of Christ's atonement as it relates to sin and sickness.
14 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: 15 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. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Matthew 9:20. And when he saw their faith, he said to him, Man, your sins are forgiven you. 21. And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaks such evil? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22. But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said to them, What are you reasoning in your hearts? 23. What's easier, to say, Your sins be forgiven; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24. But that you may know that the Son of man has power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said to the sick of the palsy,) I say to you, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go to your house. 25. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
These verses show that this was always general understood to be the case.
Psalm 103:2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits: 3. Who forgives all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases;
Isaiah 33: 24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.
Psalms 67:1.God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. 2.That your way may be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations.
Psalm 107:20.He sends his word, and heals them, And delivers them from their destructions.
Proverbs 4: 20.My son, attend to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21.Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. 22. For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
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