Christian Answers for when Jesus doesn't heal


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That’s us just beginning to wind down for Christmas now and we’re really looking forward to our first Christmas Day with both Emily and David however, I thought I might sneak in a last couple of Articles for those who might still be Online, so I hope you enjoy. Today’s subject is a follow on from the question of – ‘Does Jesus still heal today?’ – with the question of when he doesn’t heal, which will hopefully give balance to this complex subject.  

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When Jesus doesn’t heal
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When I was a younger Christian, I attended a Christian Conference here in Scotland which was quite large for us with many tents and buildings hosting various teaching on various subjects. I attended one in particular which was on the subject of healing and the speaker’s main thrust was all about faith or the lack of it, when it came to being physically healed by Jesus. When he was finished, he opened for questions and I had a question in mind about Timothy’s stomach issues seeing he was an Apostle, loved and trusted by Paul and a man of great faith, I’d also lined up Ephaphroditus the Apostle (sick nigh unto death – Phil 4) and a couple of other examples to see how he might venture an answer.
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Before I could, a young woman stood up and challenged him on his ‘Faith Alone’ teaching and we all thought at first that her child was seriously ill. She challenged him that her church had been praying for the child, the elders had laid hands and they had all believed God in faith and still nothing happened. He responded by saying it was a faith issue and that God would heal the child to which she screamed out in much pain, “my baby is dead!”. There were a lot of good Christians in that tent and you could see so many with a great compassion on their faces however for me, being young, having the knowledge but the lacking of character, well my blood boiled.
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My thoughts of my little speech left my head and I just wanted to go to her and comfort her and tell her that he was wrong but thankfully, two or three Elder Christian women took her in hand for which I was personally so glad. After the meeting, the speaker just kind of took off to other things and outside, I could see God had used these two Elder women to great effect and she seemed very calm and relaxed. As I walked along, our paths just kind of crossed and our eyes met, I put my arm out and she just hugged into me and again, my blood just boiled. I just couldn’t believe this guy was more interested in holding onto his doctrine, side-stepping the issue and leaving the way he did with something so serious and I vowed, I would never be that man.
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That day something changed in me, I’d been so used to getting into heated debates about scriptures when all the while questions like this affected individuals in some of the most terrible ways but more than that, I was going to make sure my understanding of Jesus healing was spot on, so I could be armed to help people like that woman in the future. So today’s article, is to give as brief and as pointed an understanding of healing, for those who struggle with illness or have lost individuals in the past due to diseases.
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In true interpretation of the scriptures, you learn that any verse or passage taken in context of the chapter or book, properly studied and examined in the original Greek or Hebrew Texts, cannot be contradicted in any way. We know that the original scriptures are 100% proof and are perfect in every way meaning, you can’t dismiss any parts of God’s Word, to make facts suit theories rather than theories to suit facts, that every piece needs to be taken into account when putting together a teaching from His Majesty’s Word, to present to the Body of Christ, as a true interpretation of scriptures and therefore the mind of God.
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The above paragraph is the basis of how we interpret scripture and when you apply this rule to studying God’s Word on the subject of Water-lilieshealing, you find that the faith alone teaching is grossly inaccurate, in fact for an experienced Christian, it’s so full of holes that it’s almost laughable, if it wasn’t so serious in affecting people like that woman in the way that it does. All you need is one fact to shoot holes in a lie like this and the best fact, which is clear to see, is that of the Apostle Timothy.
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The case of Timothy contradicts the healing in faith alone on every level, Timothy was a man of great faith, mighty in the scriptures, spoken well of the elders, called of God, trusted by Paul and given the awesome responsibility for one so young to oversee the Church in Ephesus as the presiding Apostle. Timothy had stomach issues, for which Paul prescribed a little wine to ease his often infirmities and it was obvious that Paul knew this long standing issues was still a major problem in his life to which gave the remedy….why not call upon the elders?
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I’ve challenged some of the ‘faith alone’ teachers about this specific subject without siting the other examples and the answer always tends to be the same, “Timothy had a lack of faith” but unfortunately, this is the only answer they can give however again, scriptures shows this to be impossible. No piece of scripture can be ignored if it throws a different light on a subject, neither can you dismiss it to hold a theory in place, it does disprove the faith alone teachings and I’m certainly glad it does.
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Now I’m most certainly not dismissing that faith is a major part of healing, of course it is but it’s not the only, this is why I’m being careful in this article to say the FAITH ALONE theories because scripture continues to show us faith alone is in correct.
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Much error in this subject basically comes from a faulty or incomplete understanding of the full subject from either misinterpreting a piece of scripture or just by simply not studying the subject in the original Greek texts and one of the worst misinterpretations, comes from the verse “by his stripes you are healed” (1 Peter 2.24). Unfortunately if you take this verse in English it implies that “you ARE healed” meaning, you’re healed already however in the Greek, it has a very different meaning. It means reconciled, reconciled to God to which we have now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. Peter was quoting from Isaiah and when you take the word ‘healed’ which Peter used, you find it appear six times in Isaiah and each time it refers to a nation, or people, being reconciled to God.
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Another is an instance in the Gospels when Jesus rebuked his disciples for their lack of faith in not healing a young man of a seriousWGP 13 problem. In some translations of the Word, the rebuke because of their lack of faith, is left at that however in the original texts, Jesus goes on to say, “this kind won’t come out but by prayer and fasting”. Again in the original, this shows the faith alone doctrine to be grossly untrue in that fasting would be required for these kind of instances. In fact, when you take every instances of Jesus healing, every instance of someone being sick or ill in the Word, you find there is actually a 3 simple rule which applies to all, which we find from one particular instance.
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It comes from the lame man being healed by Peter and John on the Temple steps after the resurrections of Jesus.  This was a man who was lame from birth and spent much time on these temple steps, in fact Jesus would have passed this man more than once as he visited the Temple however, Jesus never took the opportunity to heal him.  It was left to Peter and John to which Peter said, “Gold and silver I have none but such as I have I give unto you, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (WOW OH WOW!). The man leaped and danced praising God, the people rejoiced and believed but more than that, it landed the two Apostles in trouble in the Temple which was exactly what God desired. Three important points occurred in this one instance which you’ll find throughout the NT healing accounts and gives us our 3 simple rule.
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1. For his Glory – A healing taking place is first and foremost there to bring glory to God, the people saw this healing and rejoiced.
2. By his will and by his Word for his purposes – The healing happened at that moment in time for God’s will to be carried out.
3. By the power of his Spirit – The power of healing only ever comes through Spirit.
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When you apply these points, you find that the subject of healing opens itself up in many ways with many avenues of thought and when you do, God can more easily reveal to you personally, his will and purposes for these situations, even when it comes to a man like Timothy who wasn’t healed of the Lord. Now again, I just want to reiterate that faith is a key element of healing but it’s not the only element required to understand a given situation, many factors need to be considered.
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Pound for pound, I’d say that healing is one of the most contentious subjects in Christianity and for me it’s a crying shame, it’s a shame that something so spectacular, something which is such a display of God’s great love, power and grace, can be dragged down into an uneducated argument, it’s just a crying shame. Once when I was young, our family attended a meeting where the preacher asked any to come forward to be healed of the Lord and one man came up in a wheelchair and he had no knees. Right in front of everyone, the preacher laid hands on him and for all to see, his knees grew back in there and then, what a display of his love!!!. 
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I’ve personally had the pleasure of laying hands on individuals and seen them healed of the Lord, I’ve called upon the Lord to heal my wife WGP-2through the elders of Church three times, once from a life threatening disease so make no mistake, I know the healing power of God. However despite that, I live as a Christian with daily pain, discomfort and a colostomy bag from when Jesus didn’t heal me in a spectacular manner yet, I’m so glad he took me through the things he did, to make me the man I am today and like Paul, I’d rather glory in my infirmities, so that the power of Christ might rest upon me.
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Friends we need to learn that there’s far more to a God subject than meets the eye, that there’s a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experiences of healings to be had but on the same token, we must accept that there are occasions when he might not heal for his plans and purpose which are best known to himself. We also need to take a subject like this seriously, for the sake of the woman I first used as an example and for the many others like her, who have had themselves in the position of pain. Quoting scripture and belief helps no one in those situations, they don’t need the facts, they need the comfort that comes from Jesus and I’m so glad for those Elder women that day at the conference, coming along side her, it was obvious they gave her Jesus.
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The above would be the best explanation I could give from scriptures and from experience, on the subject of when God doesn’t heal and I pray you apply it to your knowledge for the future because it’s important. My advice to any would be to avoid disagreements and debates about the subject of healing unless you feel strongly impressed upon to do so. Those who disagree with the above tend to be firmly entrenched on their position and a debate would be pointless and ungodly, so I hope this is a good answer to the question. However Christian rejoice that Jesus heals today, he took sickness and death to the cross and he can overcome any situation by the power of his Spirit, healing is such a powerful testimony of his love and I hope it’s something we see more and more in the body of Christ to draw the glory to him.
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God bless
Steven
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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.