Physical Healing In Isaiah 53?

Many Christians have grappled with the question…Is physical healing for today a part of the blood atonement of Christ?  I have recently listened to a teacher on an audio tape attempt to show that Isaiah 53:4-5 contains the key to understanding that there is really healing for today in the atonement.  As I listened more and more, I discovered that the very arguments that were used to attempt to show healing in the atonement actually proved BY THE SCRIPTURES that if there is healing for today in the atonement, it is NOT in Isaiah 53.

The first issue that was raised on this tape was that if you don’t believe that healing for today is a part of the atonement, then you don’t understand the details about the new covenant.  The problem with this is that the church is NOT under the new covenant.  The covenants were and will be for Israel.  In Romans 9:4 Paul states, “…who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises…..” Peter confirms this further in Acts 3:12 when he addresses the Men of IsraelAs his sermon progresses, he reminds them in verse 25 that “It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers…”  We, on the other hand, are the church in this age of grace as Body of Christ believers.  We are in the Body of Christ.  We are not in any covenant.  The Body of Christ receives the spiritual blessings of the new covenant as is explained by the Apostle Paul in Romans 15:27-“…For if the Gentiles have shared in their (Israel’s) spiritual blessings…” and in Ephesians 1:3-“…who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…”

The gentleman on this particular tape then went on to explain how the term “griefs” in Isaiah 53:4 should have actually been translated “sickness” or “diseases”.  He is right about that.  Every Hebrew dictionary or concordance defines that word in Hebrew as “sickness” or “diseases”.  But, does this mean that this verse therefore proves that healing for today is in the atonement?  I would say a resounding no.  Why?  Isaiah 53 does not state a word about physical healing as part of the atonement.  Let’s examine this thoroughly.

First, let’s take a look at Isaiah 53:4. “Surely our griefs (sickness) He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.”  As many will point out, Matthew uses this text in Isaiah to show that Christ healed the many and they always go to Matthew 8:16-17 to prove their point.  “When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.  This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:  He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.”  The teacher on the tape I heard went to this passage to show that the word “griefs” was actually “infirmities” or “diseases”.  Unfortunately, what is missed is the fact that Matthew is quoting Isaiah 53:4 as being FULFILLED at that moment.  This is Christ’s earthly ministry, not as part of his suffering.  He had not shed His blood yet.  Christ’s earthly ministry of healing had nothing to do with the atoning blood.

Now let’s look even closer at the makeup of Isaiah 53:4.  There is a very small, but important, word that gets overlooked in this verse.  It is the word “Yet”.  This word is in many translations of the Bible and is used here to show a contrast.  The Hebrew Interlinear Bible uses the word “but”.  The second part of Isaiah 53:4 is obviously speaking of Christ’s suffering.  The Jews considered anyone that was killed or sick “Smitten of God”.  Remember the blind man in John 9?  The disciples asked Jesus who had sinned that caused this man to be blind.  Paul writes in Galatians 3 that “cursed is one who hangs on a tree”.  So the term “Smitten of God” is a reference to the sufferings of Christ.  If the first part of Isaiah 53:4 had anything to do with the sufferings of Christ, we would have seen the word “and” or “therefore” or “so” or the words “of course” or even “because of this”.  On the contrary, the word “Yet” is inserted to show a contrast between the first and second parts of the verse.  So let’s paraphrase this verse for the purpose of showing this in very understandable terms.

“Surely our diseases He Himself healed and our sorrows He carried; Yet in spite of all this, we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.”

In other words, “Christ did all these wonderful things, but we still considered him cursed.”  Do you see how the word “Yet” changes the whole appearance of this verse?  So, not only does Matthew 8:16-17 place the fulfillment of Isaiah 53:4 at the beginning of Christ’s ministry, the grammar used in Isaiah 53:4 shows how the first and second parts of the verse contrast each other.  I believe that this shows beyond a doubt that Isaiah 53:4 does not contain words of physical healing as part of the blood atonement.

A clear reading of Isaiah 53:1-4 will show that verses 1-4a speak of Christ’s walk on the earth and then, with the word “Yet” in 4b, the emphasis turns towards His suffering, His death and His glorious kingdom.

What about Isaiah 53:5?  Whenever reading a portion of Scripture, it is important to always read it in the context it was written.  What does the verse say, to whom, when, and under what circumstances?  Unfortunately, the church has become a group of “verse” readers and not Scripture studiers.  I have noticed this more and more, especially when someone presents a position that might be contrary to what the Scripture teaches.  For example, Isaiah 53:5 will often be quoted as an example of “healing for today” as being part of the atonement.  “And by His scourging (stripes…or literally “stripe” in the Hebrew) we are healed.”  Unfortunately, when the rest of the verse is left out, the reader misses what the healing is directed towards.  “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our wellbeing fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. What are the Israelites (this is whom Isaiah addresses-chapter 52:1, 2, 7, 12) healed of?  Their transgressions” (sins) and “iniquities” (depravities, perversities).  Not any diseases or sicknesses.  1 Peter 2:24 is also quoted in the New Testament as providing evidence for our physical healing.  Yet, if we look at 1 Peter 2:21-24, the evidence will show once again that this is speaking of being healed of sin and of being made righteous.  “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”  This is a passage about the cleansing of sins and not about any physical healing.

Another example of taking a verse totally out of context is when people take an Old Testament verse meant for the nation of Israel and “claim” it for the church today.  A prime example I have recently heard was Jeremiah 30:17.  “For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,” declares the Lord,”This verse was again used to show healing as part of the atonement by the same gentleman who tried to show healing in Isaiah 53:4-5.  The Scripture surrounding this portion of Jeremiah 30 indicates very clearly that the whole 30th chapter of Jeremiah pertains to when God will “restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah.” (Jeremiah 30:3).   In fact, Jeremiah 30:12-17 clearly shows that God symbolizes “sins” as “wounds”; and “forgiveness of sins” as “healing” or “restoration”.  This is very similar to Isaiah 53:5.  In many other Old Testament passages, the picture of “sin” as “sickness” and “healing” as “forgiveness” is very evident.  Psalm 107:17-20-“Fools, because of their rebellious way, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted……He saved them out of their diseases.  He sent His word and healed them,”  Isaiah 1:4-6-“Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity, Offspring of evildoers, Sons who act corruptly!….Where will you be stricken as you continue in your rebellion?  The whole head is sick And the heart is faint.  From the sole of the foot even to the head There is nothing sound in it, Only bruises, welts and raw wounds,”.  Isaiah 6:10 “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.”  Isaiah 33:24-“And no resident will say, “I am sick”; The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.” Jeremiah 3:22“return, O faithless sons, I will heal your faithlessness.”  Hosea 14:4-“I will heal their apostasy,”.  These are all examples of God “healing” sin/iniquity.  When Isaiah 53 is looked at in the context of the whole Old Testament, it becomes clearer that there is no physical healing for today in Isaiah 53.  Does God heal today?  Of course He can and He does.  Still, I believe the Scriptures show us that the real physical healing of our corrupt bodies is when we will put on incorruption….our resurrected bodies!  That’s when the physical healing part of our salvation will be realized.  Today, His grace is sufficient for us.  Remember when Paul asked to have a “thorn in the flesh” removed from him.  Paul says that he asked three times and the Lord told him that His grace was sufficient. In the Greek, this word “sufficient” means “enough”.  In other words, Christ answered Paul’s request for healing with a resounding, “My grace is enough, you don’t need anything else.”  What grace?  The grace exemplified at the cross.  Notice, Christ didn’t tell Paul that there was physical healing in the atonement.  The grace poured out to all who believe is to suffice for now.

We also know that Paul left Trophimus, his fellow worker, sick at Miletus and he told Timothy to “take a little wine” for his stomach ailment.  He didn’t instruct Timothy to go confess his sins or have enough faith to pray for healing.  No, he instructed him to take a home remedy…why?  Because Paul understood that the sign gift of healing had passed with the setting aside of the sign people, Israel.  1 Corinthians 1:22 tells us that the Jew requires a sign.  When Israel rejected their risen Messiah in Acts 1-7, God judicially set them aside until the Body of Christ is complete (Romans 11:25).  With the setting aside of Israel, the sign people, the sign gifts went away too.  The evidence of this is Paul himself.

When Paul (Saul of Tarsus) was saved, there was a transition taking place.  God was setting Israel aside with the stoning of Stephen and starting a new organism called the Body of Christ.  But God had to validate Paul’s gospel to the Gentiles apart from the Law, something totally new and not yet revealed (Ephesians 3:1-9 and Colossians 1:25-26).  In order to do that, Paul would have to prove to the Apostles of Israel (Galatians 2:7-8) that God had truly called him with a different message.  How did God do this?  By doing signs and miracles by the hands of Paul (Acts 15:1-4 and Acts 21:17-20a).  In fact, Acts tells of some very extravagant miracles done by Paul where even handkerchiefs were sent out to heal people.  But, by the time Paul writes to Timothy, all of a sudden he no longer is healing or instructing people to heal.  Why?  His message had been received by the Apostles (Galatians 2:9) and he no longer needed to satisfy their need for signs.  They believed that God had sent Him (2 Peter 3:15-16).  With Paul solidly confirmed as the Apostle to the Gentiles and the judicial act of God of temporarily not dealing with the nation of Israel anymore, the need for supernatural signs had gone by the wayside, for now we “live by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

So, are we to expect healing based on Christ’s blood today?  I think not.  Again, God can heal today and we do pray for everything as instructed by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:6, but the only thing that we are promised is what follows in the next verse…“and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” So, do pray for healing, but don’t count God or yourself as unfaithful if it doesn’t happen.  Today, God is answering prayer, not according to a covenant, but according to His grace and mercy for His purposes.  The ultimate healing will be at the rapture when we receive our glorified bodies (Romans 8:18-23).  Oh, what a happy day that will be!

All Scripture references used in this article were taken from the New American Standard Bible except where noted.  All emphasis in the Scripture was added by the author of this article.

Article written by Paul D. Pedro of Oakdale, MN.

43 Comments

  1. Mike
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    I just simply don’t understand why you think there isn’t a provision for healing. There was under the law. Prov 4:20-22. Clearly the blessings for obeying was health. In the law all they had to do was obey an God would protect them from sickness. Now we are under a better covenant with better promises an you think there is no solid ground for healing? An like I said how can these people who just confess scripture Is 53 by example be healed by there own faith but then you say it doesn’t work? An the pastors I sit under believe this so I’m scratching my head at you to be honest. It’s like if you just knew God loved you why wouldn’t he keep you healthy? What benefit is it for God for you to die early? How’s that help the body of Christ? Just watch this. And the others on the site you yourself know healing is real thanks for sharing the testimony in your church by the way, an just tell me how his man can stand on by his stripes I was healed and BE HEALED but your saying its not the truth yet it manifest In his body. An I don’t want to hear its from the devil because the only miracles the devil does are evil. When Jesus was casting out demons and they said it was from the devil he said impossible or his kingdom would be divided

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  2. Mike
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    An once again Idc if you want to think Is 53 is talking about healing of sin. Even if that were the truth why are body’s sick? Because of sin. We see this over an over Jesus forgives sin then says pick up your mat an go home. “Bless The Lord who forgives all thy iniquities who heals all thy diseases” sin is connect with death/sickness. So if you have the same spirit in you that raised Chris from the dead, the same spirit he walked around with in this earth an never experienced sickness, the same spirit that has obeyed the law that says if you obey none of these sickness will come on you why if we have that dwelling inside should it not flow into our physical body by faith?

  3. Paul
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    Two things that were incorrect in your replies to Jeff.

    First, not all the devil does is evil to us. Paul tells us that he mascarades around as an angel of light, not darkness, so it is not out of the realm of possibilty that he could do “good” miracles even to fool the elect. The Antichrist will as told to us by Jesus himself and by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2.

    Second, when you give example after example of what Jesus did, you are confusing two different programs that God has for mankind. One is the kingdom program promised to Israel, of which Isaiah 53 fits perfectly, and the other program is for the Body of Christ. Again, I just have to point you to Paul and his letters and see the example God left us through the Apostle to the Gentiles. He did not heal Trophimus or Timothy, nor did he instruct Timothy to be healed. Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-4 and Romans 8:18-23. It is so clear that we “groan”, waiting for the ultimate redemption of our bodies. Notice that the creation also groans. If the curse has been lifted today because of the cross, then why does the creation groan today? Romans tells us, the creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God and the redemption of our bodies. When does this happen? Well, it sure can’t be right now if the creation is still groaning, so it must be future and I would submit to you that it is at the rapture, when we receive our heavenly bodies, because we, the Body of Christ, our heavenly people.

    And you keep saying that we believe that God doesn’t heal. WE HAVE NEVER SAID THAT, NOR IS IT IN THE ARTICLE!!!! Of course God can and does heal today, and we are to pray for everything with thanksgiving, but the promise of God to the believer in the Body of Christ is not perfect health in this life, it is “the peace of God”-Phil. 4.

    Paul

  4. Mike
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    So is peace a sure thing? Cause one of Gods redemptive names is “the lord your healer” but we should throw that one out an just use his name for peace then. You’re so wrong about the body of Christ an isreal it’s the most radical doctrine I’ve ever heard and you have a couple scriptures an its just insane. Let me think I wonder if Abraham’s body was groaning when he was 99 years old… Did that stop God from quickening him so he could have a child? Or how bout Sarah? Or all these lepers. I’m pretty sure a mortal body that gets old still groans for immortality without sickness. An if there was a provision for health under the old covenant there’s got to be one for a NEW BETTER COVENANT WITH BETTER THATS BETTER ONEMORE TIME BETTER PROMISES. Just because healing isn’t spelled out for you doesn’t mean it isn’t there. “Oh God heal this person if it be your will” why don’t we pray “God give this person salvation if it be thy will” it either is or it isn’t. He doesn’t do things just sometimes God is very legalistic he’s the same no respecter of persons. Why are you fighting for your right to have sickness? Haha it’s crazy. It’s just so odd man like get over it. God loves me an everyone an wants us to live a good life on earth that’s why Jesus came whys that so hard to understand you’re putting God in a box where he does things just sometimes. Romans 4 “God quickens the dead” he’s speaking to Abraham an about quickening his body his DEAD body at the time. Romans 8:11 an if the spirit who raised him from the dead dwells in you it shall also quicken your mortal body. That’s healing brother clear as day for me don’t even give me your interpretation cause I don’t care go watch that link again where that guy stand on Is 53 an gets healed explain that. That was by his own faith he used to access the grace of God not Gods “sovereign” will

  5. Mike
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    So if we the body of Christ are heavenly people what kind of bodies does isreal get earthly ones?

  6. Paul
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    I can’t believe that you are buildng a whole doctrine on the very tiny few examples of miracles, like Sarah and Abraham. Are you waiting for the chariot of fire like Elijah too?

    Paul

  7. Mike
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Is Elijah the father of our faith? Is Elijah quoted in romans a letter written to the church? Is he used as an example of righteousness by faith? I can’t believe you’re using OT scripture and goin off those about prophesies for natural isreal

  8. Paul
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    Jesus healed people to prove who He was-Acts 2:22- to Israel-Romans 15:8, John 1:11, etc. It is the Jew who requires a sign-1 Corinthians 1:22- and when Jesus gave instructions to His disciples, the Apostles of Israel-Galatians 2:8-He was not instructing you and me. He was sent to Israel-Matthew 10:5, etc. and every instruction He gave His disciples was under the Law-Matthew 23:1-3. NONE of His instructions, including to go do miracles, were to the Body of Christ. We get those instructions from Paul and it was Paul who left Trophimus sick at Miletus and told Timothy to drink wine for his stomach. He did not instruct either one on how to claim Isaiah 53 and be healed. So, if you want to rest your doctrine on some website link where a MAN claims that Isaiah 53 healed him, you go right ahead. I DO PRAY FOR HEALING WHEN PEOPLE I KNOW ARE SICK, but I will stand with the Apostle Paul and accept God’s answer when it is “My grace is enough”!

    Paul

  9. Mike
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    “Those who believe on me” speaking of those who believe on him will lay hands on the sick. Was he saying those of you 12 who believe on me? If the signs were just for isreal why were gentiles getting healed in the book of Acts?

  10. Mike
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    “This generation seeks for a sign but they won’t get one” what’s that all about

  11. Mike
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    The news requiring a sign is unacceptable to God

  12. Mike
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Why do we even read the gospels at all is what I’m wondering if the true gospel is from Paul? He gospels should just be taken out an we should just focus on Paul’s letters I guess

  13. Paul
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    Jesus gave His instructions to the Apostles of Israel-Galatians 2:8-about going to Israel first-Luke 24:47 and Acts 1:8 with the gospel of the kingdom, of which signs, miracles and wonders were a part of. He gave no such instructions of miracles to Paul pertaining to the Body of Christ.

    I believe that the Gentiles being healed in the book of Acts were used by God to convince the Jews that Paul’s message to the Gentiles without the law was valid. Had Paul gone up to Jerusalem to tell the apostles that he, the chief persecutor of the Jewish believers, had a new message for the Gentiles without any signs that his message was from God, not only would his message not have been received, but they would’ve stoned him…in fact they did in Lystra. And when you study Acts 15 and 21, you see that Paul related to the Jews all the wonders God did through him among the Gentiles and the Jews were then convinced that Paul’s calling was true. This is consistent with Jesus doing miracles in the gospels to convince the Jews that He was the Messiah-Acts 2:22 and with Peter being convinced that a Gentile could be saved in Acts 10. He saw the “sign” of the gift of speaking other languages and then marveled that God was saving Gentiles. But, Peter needed the sign. When God set Israel aside-Romans 11- the signs, miracles and wonders were set aside as well, because the signs were for the Jews-1 Corinthians 1:22. THAT IS WHY PAUL STOPPED HEALING PEOPLE. Paul went from the most extravagant of healings, even passing out hankerchiefs that he touched to heal people during the Acts period, to leaving Trophimus sick and not healing or instructing Timothy to be healed. The reason is that God was done for the time being trying to reach Israel. They had been set aside and so were the miracles. That’s why Paul didn’t perfrom them anymore and why God told him that His “grace is sufficient”.

    The Jews do require a sign and while Jesus may have been irritated with Israel in the gospels for requesting them, God has always provided Israel with signs beginning with Moses, Gideon, Samson’s parents, etc.

    And finally, as to your Romans 8:11 passage about God “quickening” our mortal bodies. The whole context of that passage, beginning with chapter 6, is about being dead to sin, but alive to God. Verses 12-13, which follows the “quickening” verse shows this very clearly as it instructs us not to live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. That is the quickening that is being talked about. It is not about healing as verses 18-23 clearly explain that our bodies still grown, this after being “quickened” by the Spirit, so it can’t possibly be about healing. We must not use “verse theology” to explain our positions Mike. We must look at the whole context of the passage.

    Paul

  14. Mike
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    So Jesus an the apostles needed signs to convine people.. But we have a better gospel than they preached where we don’t need signs and miracles? Quicken is for healing man look at the other verses in the bible in the context it’s used. Like I said I’m sure Moses too his body groaned even though he died without disease “with long life I shall satisfy him” it’s not “I will satisfy him at 43 with cancer”

  15. Paul
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    Our gospel is not to Israel. It is Israel who require the signs.

    You can continue to ignore what the Scriptures say if you want to, but they do say what they say. In fact, I believe it was you who wrote that you “don’t care if Isaiah 53 is about sin”, you’ll still claim it for healing. Well, ok?

    Paul

  16. Paul
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    Reread my last long response beginning with “Jesus gave”. I added some things that might be more easily understood.

    Paul

  17. Mike
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I gotta question why should anyone walk around sick if Jesus didnt. If he had the same human body we do an now we have his same spirit living in our body

  18. Mike
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Why does every old testemant figure if Christ always provide healing but the real Christ doesn’t? How about the serpent. Let me ask the question and give me a good answer how is Christ a better covenant even if you want to say its just for Israel how is it a better covenant with better promises if the law promised health if they obeyed but then new covenant doesn’t promise any health for that law being fulfilled in us? How’s that work? How about the pass over hey had to eat the lamb for health. An now when we take communion and we eat his body broken for us it means nothing? Why would every type an shadow of Christ always provide healing but the real Christ the same God who says “I am your healed” doesn’t provide health for everyone under that covenant?

  19. Mike
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    You know what else I think is funny you said it was to isreal and it was there instructions to go lay hands on the sick an they would recover so why is Jeff following Israel’s instructions and commands and better yet why were there results?

  20. Mike
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    You know what else Jesus didnt really preach much grace he was under the law while on earth so the Jews shouldn’t even read Paul’s letters they should just still be under the law. Because Paul’s letters are only to Gentiles. Even though he’s always preaching to Jews and Gentiles at the same time he must of just been breaking them off into two groups and doing miracles among Jews then giving wisdom to the Gentiles.

  21. Mike
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    I just have a question that might settle this actually. So the Jews who now believed on Christ are under the new covenant with Isreal when Christ returns? So any jew who believe from now until then doesn’t go to heaven but will be here on earth with Christ? So a jew who believe now is intact not in the body of Christ?

  22. Paul
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    You keep mixing up the earthly walking, law keeping meek and lowly Jesus of Nazareth with the risen, ascended, glorified Lord Jesus Christ who is Head of the Body. 2 Corinthians 5:16 tells us that we no longer know Christ after the flesh. That is, in His earthly ministry (which is a continuation of the OT-under the law). We now know Him as the Head of the Body of Christ and He reveals His will and program for today through the Apostle Paul-Eph. 3 and Col. 1, etc. You will find no PROMISE of healing in Paul’s letters. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT GOD WON’T HEAL SOMEBODY TODAY OR THAT WE AREN’T TO PRAY FOR IT! But, if God heals someone today, it is because of His grace and mercy and according to His will, not because someone claimed some OT verse meant for Israel, which had nothing to do with physical healing anyway. By the way, before you ridicule me again for saying “according to His will”, Jesus prayed this precise way in the garden.

    I know you don’t agree with any of this and I guess that we will have to leave it right there. By the way, today God is dealing with individuals, not nations. And there is no Jew or Gentile in the Body of Christ-we are all sinners saved by grace through faith.

    Paul

    P. S. Who are the covenants for? Acts 3:12 and 25; Romans 9:4 and Ephesians 2:12. We, in the Body of Christ, receive the “spiritual blessings” of the New Covenant-Romans 15:27, not the physical. Otherwise, we should be in the middle east claiming all the land promised to our spiritual father, Abraham.

    And if you want to claim healing for today because of your faith in Isaiah 53, may I suggest going to the nearest children’s hospital and claim healing for all the sick infants that are in there. Let me know how that goes.

  23. Mike
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    What happens when a jew believes on Jesus today is he in the body of Christ?

  24. Paul
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    After God set Israel aside judicially in Acts 7 and called the first member of the Body of Christ, Saul of Tarsus-1 Timothy 1:12-16, then everyone who believes is now a member of the Body of Christ, whether Jew or Gentile. This will end when the Body of Christ is called home at the rapture and God picks up His program with Israel right where He left off…speaking to the nations in His wrath and vexation-Pslam 2:1-6. Then it will no longer be “grace and peace”, it will be “judgment and war”-Revelation 19:11.

    Paul

  25. Mike
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    So the Jews just see us fly up out of nowhere then get to repent huh

  26. Paul
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Mike,

    What Jews are you talking about? The unbelieving world, Israel included, will be left here to go through the tribualtion. Is that your question?

    Paul

  27. Mike
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    So when does he pick up with Israel again then

  28. Paul
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Mike,

    Psalm 2:1-6 is God’s prophetic program. The Holy Spirit, through Peter in Acts 4:25-27, ascribes Psalm 2:1-2 to when Christ was crucified. When we continue in the Psalm passage, we see that verses 4-5 indicate that God then punishes humanity for mudering His Son, i.e. the tribulation (time of Jacob’s trouble, day of the Lord, etc.). But, we know that that hasn’t happened yet. Instead of pouring out His wrath on mankind-Revelation 6:17 and 19:11…etc, He called the Apostle Paul to go to the rest of the world with the gospel of the grace of God-Acts 20:24. This was the formation of what Paul, and only Paul, calls the Body of Christ. In this organism we find both Jew and Gentile, male and female, slave and free and there is no distinction between all of these. All are sinners and all are called to come to God based on faith and faith alone, apart from the law. When the Body of Christ is raptured, THEN Psalm 2:4-6 continues and THAT is when God will pick up His dealings with Israel as a nation again. When we look at Isaiah 61:1-7, we also see the first part fulfilled in Christ’s earthly ministry-see Luke 4:16-21. But, Jesus stopped in the middle of verse 2, because the second half of verse 2 is the tribulation, which obviously didn’t happen during Jesus’ earthly ministry. So, the rest of the Isaiah 61:2-7 has to be fulfilled later. In Daniel 9:24-27, we see the same thing. We see a gap between the 69th week of Daniel and the 70th week. We also notice that the law will again be practiced by Israel during the 70th week, because the antichrist will put an end to the sacrifices, indicating that they are happening again. Well, we know that the Body of Christ doesn’t perform ritual physical sacrifices as we are not under law, we are under grace-Romans 6:14. So, the temple will be functioning during the tribulation because the antichrist will set himself up in there to be worshipped-2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

    So, to sum all of this up, prophecy indicates that God will deal with Israel (as well as the rest of the world) during the tribulation-Zechariah 13:7-9 (notice the gap in these verses too) and that hasn’t happened yet of course. Right now, we are living in the administration of grace, which is also called the stewardship of the mysery-Ephesians 3:1-9 and Colossians 1:25-27. We are not living according to prophecy, but according to the mystery which was never revealed until Paul. That’s why there is a gap in all of those OT prophecies. There is not one mention of the age of grace in those passages…it was a mystery, never before revealed. When the age of grace is through and the “fullness of the Gentiles” is complete-Romans 11:25-then God will continue dealing with Israel as a nation as is prophecied in all of the OT and the gospels. Does that help? Mike, really take the time to look up these passages…they are fascinating and help us understand that there really is a difference between God’s dealings with Israel as a nation and God’s dealing with individuals in the Body of Christ.

    Paul

  29. Mike
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    This is worse than Calvinism

  30. Mike
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I have a serious question what is spiritual healing anyway? How can you be spiritually sick? Does sin make a spirit sick? So when sin was dealt with our spirit was “healed”

  31. Paul
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    I guess the way I would look at it is that God considers us “sick” with sin as is exemplified throughout the O.T. The Scriptures sure bare this out, so when God says that He will heal Israel in Jeremaih and Hosea, He clearly says that He will heal their unfaithfulness and their apostasy. That’s the best explanation I can give. I just believe what God has written in His word.

    Paul

  32. Mike
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    An where does it say we have to die of sickness because when Paul talks about going with The Lord or staying he makes it sound like a choice not because sickness is taking his life away

  33. Paul
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    I have NEVER said that we HAVE to die of sickness. All I have said is that physical healing is not promised to the Body of Christ. We are to pray for EVERYTHING-Phil. 4:6-7.

    When Paul speaks of going to be with Lord, he is not addressing healing or sickness at all. And he certainly doesn’t have the choice whether he lives or dies, only God determines that. Paul is in prison with a possible death sentence hanging over him and he is convinced, by his communication with the Lord, that his work isn’t done yet and that God will deliver him, so he can carry out his commision-Acts 20:24.

    Paul

  34. Mike
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Are you kidding? Paul says he was between the two decisions. He made it clear. Because like it says in psalms man has a minimum of 70 but further he can can if God has more work for him

  35. Paul
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    I’m not really sure what you are trying to say. Are you saying that Paul has the power to decide whether he is going to live or die? Mike, even if he does, that passage has zero to do with healing. He is in prison.

    Paul

  36. Mike
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    If Gods spirit is living and breathing in a body that doesn’t let’s say “expire” till 70 I don’t think there has to be sickness on it. Moses lived to 120 no sickness not even a loss of strength under the mosaic covenant. So people under the covenant of Christ I think can depend on the Holy Spirit to keep then safe from sickness till at least 70. Why can’t people die like Abraham and Moses disease free? The only reason God wouldn’t heal of a sickness isn’t because he just can’t or because we have mortal bodies. If you are blessed you aren’t sick. Sick is only a curse in the bible never is it ever a blessing. So the only reason we can say sickness should be allowed in our body is because it has some kind of right by sin. An sin is paid for our spirit says so. Our born again NEW spirit not a “healed” spirit

  37. Posted July 27, 2014 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I savour, cause I discovered exactly what I used to be taking a look
    for. You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have
    a great day. Bye

  38. Oliver
    Posted August 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    The scripture as a whole was written for our learning and benefit for today not just at the rapture. The glorified body does not fix healing since it is for tomorrow and healing a necessary need for today. Today the scriptures speak loudly sayings ” I would that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul does prosper. Yes it is his word and his will and yes this is physical health. If any be sick today let him call for the elders. That’s today’s admonition . Whoever you are , you should remember psalms 103. Says it is your benefit that you should not forget. I have been healed twice by healing power of the Spirit ; once through a dream God took sickness from me (yes took it when I awoke from sleep without the use of medication the sickness was completely gone by a word in my sleep “give me this sickness”and once buy someone laying hands. You say we should not be upset if we do not receive because it really was not promised thru Christ. Well ,what you write is very believable if you do not believe. But since it has happened to me personally more than once. And the scripture has so much reference in old and New Testament, I choose to believe. I favor the fact that things we want from God to include healing happen FASER when we expect because that’s FAITH than when we do not as you are saying we should that is no faith builder at all. In fact it is erroneous and boarder line demonic. While this writing of yours is scholarly, it show does isolate healing just to the blood atonement and suggest we have no grounds to call him The Lord that healeth the and neglects the demonstration of power of Christ and delegated authority to his disciples and followers who did and continue to do miracles signs and wonders today because we believe in his power to do exceeding abundantly above what we ask or think. To this ,healing is small. Your isolated examples show men living with sickness. But what about the same Paul who never got sick after being bit by the viper after the atoning work of our lord. Teach the word as a whole. Healing power is demonstrated through out the scriptures for the believer to believe for himself and for the sick to recover. Stay well and fair ye well. OLP.

  39. Paul Pedro
    Posted August 3, 2014 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Oliver,

    I appreciate your comments on the Isaiah 53 article. You did misrepresent some things though and I will address them now. First, I never said not to pray for healing, in fact, I wrote in bold letters “Does God heal today? Of course He can and He does.” I just pointed out that there is not one promise of healing in Paul’s letters, which are the letters for the Body of Christ. Second, Paul did heal and was healed as is explained in the second to last paragraph of the article. It is also explained why God did these signs and wonders through Paul, and it is also explained why these signs faded off of the scene. I don’t doubt your healing, because God can still heal today; the point of the article is to show that it is not promised today. Studying the whole Bible is of utmost importance, but not everything in the Bible is to us or about us, and we have to remember that when we read a portion of Scripture that we want to claim for ourselves. If God miraculously healed you, then praise Him and know that it is because of His grace and not according to any promise given to Israel in the O.T. or in the little letters written to “the twelve tribes” of Israel (James 1:1).

    Paul

  40. Desiree Gray
    Posted April 25, 2015 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    I am sooo glad I came across your article…I have held this view for a long time and am happy for the instruction offered of those scriptures. I had been googling and you’s was the only reference that popped up! Although I never had scriptural understanding you have given, it just made no sense that the atonement on the cross would be for more than remission of since and new life. If physical healing had been covenented, everyone would be healed upon prayer, and this clearly does’nt happen, so if God does’nt heal every time how can we be sure He saves everytime a repentant sinner prays? But that’s as far as my argument went…until now! Finally, sanity in the midst of all this madness. I feel Christian teachers should refrain from reading more into verses than they should, and then expecting God to honour their foolishness, and when He does’nt, they have to come up with endless rhetiric as to why healing did’nt occur. Thank you so much. Please don’t stop informing us of the truth!

  41. Paul
    Posted April 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the kind words. I’m glad the article helped.

    Paul

  42. Tone
    Posted November 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Paul,

    Re your comments:

    “In other words, “Christ did all these wonderful things, but we still considered him cursed.” Do you see how the word “Yet” changes the whole appearance of this verse? So, not only does Matthew 8:16-17 place the fulfillment of Isaiah 53:4 at the beginning of Christ’s ministry, the grammar used in Isaiah 53:4 shows how the first and second parts of the verse contrast each other. I believe that this shows beyond a doubt that Isaiah 53:4 does not contain words of physical healing as part of the blood atonement.”

    Your analysis is mistaken because it ignores the parallelism used by the prophet Isaiah in this chapter. Isaiah 53:4-5 are a chiasmus within a chiasmus (1-12). The structure of the smaller chiasmus is as follows:

    A – borne/carried infirmities/sicknesses
    B – stricken, smitten, afflicted (himself we thought)
    B’- wounded, bruised, chastised (actually for us)
    A- healed BY HIS STRIPES

    Verses 4 and 5 are one tight unit that cannot be separated, they flow as one BLOCK, which is typical of Hebraic thinking. Therefore, your attempt to insert a distinction between the healing ministry of Jesus in v4 and the atonement in v5 does not stand. It is BY HIS STRIPES, Isaiah is saying, that He bore our sicknesses and took our infirmities, i.e., that we are healed.

    As Dr Michael L Brown states in his book “Israel’s Divine Healer” on page 198 (which you can find online at google books):

    “What makes Matthew’s citation (8:17) especially significant is that, from the viewpoint of Christological exegesis, the servant’s bearing of our sickness and pain (Isa 53:4a) took place on the cross. Yet the evangelist refers it to the Lord’s itinerant preaching and healing ministry! This is correctly interpreted by D.A. Carson “Jesus’ healing ministry is itself a function of his substitutionary death, by which he lays the foundation for destroying sickness.” Thus for Matthew (and, from the Christian perspective, for Isaiah as well), healing cannot be conveniently divorced from “the atonement”.”

    As a corollary, the other mistake you make is to pass over the “But” that follows the “Yet”. The two are tied because the real contrast being made here is between statement B and B prime, i.e., that instead of being smitten of God for His sin, Jesus was bruised for OUR sins.

    Finally, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is not a respecter of persons. Whoever comes to Him in faith will not be turned away, just as He never turned away anyone who came to Him in His earthly ministry. He actually stated it is better for us that the Comforter be sent, than for Him to stay. This has implication for healing in the now as well.

    Hope this helps,
    TR

  43. Paul
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your comment. I do still stand by what I wrote. Of course, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, but that does not mean that God deals with mankind in the same fashion “yesterday, today and forever”, otherwise we would still be naked in the Garden of Eden, etc.

    Paul

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