God's Divine Healing: A Means of Redemption, Final PostSaturday, October 08, 2005
The conclusion of this series has done this for my soul: it has strengthened my resolve in the supernatural hand of God, in His divine working and enabling, through His miraculous healing, all in order to redeem the lost from their sin and make them taste of His goodness and grace.
Part of the discipline of Biblical Theology is to build a picture of God's redemptive activity throughout history, from beginning to end. A cursory reading of the Old and New Testaments reveal that across the various 'dispensations' of time in history, there is an undeniably consistent activity of God in the area of miraculous healing, and that often for the purpose of drawing hearts and souls to Himself, to capture them in awe with His divine power, and save them from their sin.
Does this mean it is 'common place' or 'ordinary'? Of course not, else every page of the Bible might be filled with examples like these. So doesn't this mean that such examples marked special 'dispensations' of history when these kinds of activities could verify and authenticate the messenger and his message? Absolutely. But it doesn't just stop there. This thing relies on God's sovereignty, completely and entirely. God intervened throughout history, in His own sovereign way and time, to bring about these and many more healings, both to authenticate the messenger and message, but also to enable people to taste the power and goodness of God that they might be saved from sin. And since salvation from sin is what the building of the kingdom of God is all about, then alongside the consistent preaching of the gospel will come acts of divine healing from God in His own sovereign time and way. Should we expect this sort of thing? You tell me after reading Paul's statement in Romans 15:18-19.
"I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done - by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ."
But he was an apostle! Sure he was. But more than that, he was a preacher of the gospel of Christ....a gospel which was consistently accompanied by signs and wonders through the power of the Spirit. My point then is that if one of the ways, one of the signs and wonders, through which the Spirit worked was healing, and if He did so sovereignly in order to bring people into the kingdom of God by means of redemption, then is it entirely out of line to reason that the preaching of the gospel today might be accompanied by such signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit? My contention is that a little content analysis of biblical history seems to speak loudly for itself.
My personal-theological estimation of this matter is something like this. Since Christ is still in the kingdom-building process, and if the redemptive activity of God has been consistently manifested, though sovereignly punctuated - both before and after the cross - through divine and miraculous healing (among other signs and wonders), then God still intends to build His Son's kingdom through redemptive events and activities that have spanned the course of redemptive history. Healing is one of those redemptive events and activities. It spans the Scriptures and is uniquely, yet inseparably connected to redemption, to the preaching of the gospel, whether that preaching be in the Old or New Testaments. There is no biblically justifiable reason in my mind for believing that it should or did cease. This may be discussed further in another theologically-centered post on this subject, and as it relates to the wider area of activity commonly known as 'charismatic.'
A simple survey of these examples on healing and redemption has taught my heart to be dedicated even more than before to build a relationship with Danny and others like him, even those who are the lost sheep of Israel in my town, and in parallel fashion to those who have been churched all their lives but know nothing of the true God.
The power of God through divine healing is still at work today and is still pursuing His purpose to redeem mankind from sin. May Danny be redeemed from sin through the healing of his problem, and may God be pleased to have me play some small role in that effort so that I may rejoice with Danny and perhaps his whole household! And may we preach the gospel with authority and equally pray with great faith that our God might sovereignly punctuate the time and space in which we are preaching with the sign and wonder of healing in order to redeem more lost souls and make them lovers of His Son in His kingdom.Go Back to Beginning of Series.