- The first covenant that the Lord (Jehovah) made with the Children of Israel after they were brought out of Egypt was a covenant of healing. The Lord said “… If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord (Jehovah¬ Rapha, the Lord that heals) thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: For I am the Lord that healeth thee.” (Exodus 15:26).
- Some translations read: “For I am Jehovah, the physician,” He being our physician or doctor, we have the most capable in the whole world. Our Lord Jesus Christ went about Galilee, preaching the whole Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people (Matt 4:23-¬24).
- “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The vicarious suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ paid for the healing of our bodies, the same as for salvation for our souls, “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.” (Isaiah 53:5).
- Matthew 8:17 reads, “…Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sickness” (See also 1 Peter 2:24).
- We see from this that divine healing for the body is in the atonement. That being true, then it is for all who believe. Jesus said of believers, “… they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:18). Later, James wrote in his Epistle to all the churches: “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: 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.” (James 5:14-15)
- All these promises are for the church today.
- Godly living should characterize the life of every child of the Lord, and we should live according to the pattern and example given in the Word of God. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and Godly, in this present world.” (Titus 2:11¬-12). “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps; Who did no sin neither was guile found in his mouth; Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not: but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.” (I Peter 2:21-¬23).
- “Follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord;” (Hebrews 12:14).
- “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, be ye holy for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear; Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from you fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of the lamb without blemish and without spot;” (I Peter 1:15¬10).
CREATION OF MAN AND HIS FALL
- In the beginning God created man innocent, pure and holy. Through the sin of disobedience; Adam and Eve (The First of the Human Race) fell from their Holy state and God banished them from Eden. Hence, by one man’s disobedience, sin entered into the world (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 3:23, Romans 3:23, and Romans 5:12).