PHYSICAL HEALING—Is it guaranteed in Christ’s atonement?
“…with his stripes we are healed” —Isaiah 53:4-5
No, while ultimate physical healing is in the atonement (a healing we will enjoy in our resurrection bodies), healing of our bodies while in the mortal state (prior to our death and resurrection) is not guaranteed in the atonement.
Moreover, it is important to note that the Hebrew word for healing (rapha) can refer not just to physical healing but to spiritual healing. The context of Isaiah 53:4 indicates that spiritual healing is in view. In verse 5 we are clearly told,
Because “transgressions” and “iniquities” set the context, spiritual healing from the misery of man's sin is in view.
God certainly allowed Job to go through a time of physical suffering.
In none of these cases is it stated that the sickness was caused by sin or unbelief.
There are numerous verses in Scripture which reveal that our physical bodies are continuously running down and suffering various ailments. Our present bodies are said to be perishable and weak (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). Paul said “our outer man is decaying” (2 Corinthians 4:16). Death and disease will be a part of the human condition until that time when we receive resurrection bodies that are immune to such frailties (1 Corinthians 15:51-55).
Am I saying we shouldn't pray for healing? No, not at all. I'm just saying that after we've asked for healing, we need to submit to God's sovereign will. He may have a purpose in allowing our illness.
Author: Dr. Ron Rhodes of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries.
“Are We Physically Healed by Jesus' Stripes? Isaiah 53:5” by Cameron Buettel, Grace to You (2016) (off-site)
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