"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
We are reconciled by the death of Jesus, received atonement, and shall be saved if we live his life, but it is not to heal, (Romans 5:10-11). Atonement and propitiation are to forgive past sins, if we will live his life in the future, (Romans 3:25). Since he died for us all, those who live should not live for ourselves, but live for him who died for us, (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). Now, we are reconciled to God. Since Jesus bore our sins, we will die to sins, and live righteous, (1 Peter 2:24-25, 2 Corinthians 5:20-21). If we are saved, we will live his life.
Jesus Christ and his apostles healed anybody, which was for a sign given from God, to acknowledge that these men were from God. But, when it comes to those inside the church, who already know the basics of Jesus Christ, healing works in a different way, since they do not need a sign. Preachers claim that the atonement for our sins is made on the cross. Jesus Christ is our atonement. In a strange way the preachers claim that since the atonement for our sins and sickness is made, that all we have to do is to claim it, and we will be saved and will be healed. It sounds good, but it is just hog-wash. Divine healing is by the gift and power from God as a sign, but it is not provided as atonement and it is not to everybody. And atonement is not substitution. Preachers do not know what atonement is, but they preach that they will go to heaven because Jesus has sacrificed himself for them. In a desperate attempt, they come up with anything to preach a free ride salvation.
"Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." The word 'justified' has two meanings. One is: whatever you have done is accepted or approved by God as righteousness. The second is: converted to be a righteous person. In these two, the churches preach the first meaning, which qualifies every crook to inherit heaven. But, God converts people to do good and then only they are qualified to inherit heaven. Verse 10 tells us that we shall be saved, which is salvation in the future. And how shall we be saved? It is by his life. But he has died on the cross 2000+ years ago, and how shall he live again? Since he died for us all, those who live should not live for ourselves, but live for him who died for us. "2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.". Now, we are reconciled to God. Since Jesus bore our sins, we being dead to sins, live in righteousness, "1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." Romans 6:23 reads, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." A sinning person will go to eternal death, in spite of the atonement, but eternal life is given to the righteous. "2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." The atonement is made so that we might be made righteousness. It is not a decision, but a conversion must be made to go to heaven. For more information you may read about atonement from this link: "Atonement of Jesus Christ."
Isaiah says, "with his stripes we are healed" and the apostle Peter also repeats it. The word "healed" is very tempting to us, especially if you are a preacher, so that we may exploit it for our physical healing. But, if we see the sentence in the scriptures, it is a figure of speech that is used, to say that we are healed from sins, which is the sickness of the soul, which will kill the soul, or take the soul to eternal damnation. It has nothing to do with our sickness in our physical bodies. Yet, if we detach just the phrase from the scripture, we can preach whatever we want to preach. But, it is exploiting or twisting the word of God. Let us see both scriptures. "Isaiah 53:5 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. 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." Both scripture say that Jesus was wounded, or bare our sins, so that we may live in peace, that is in righteousness. This has nothing to do with our physical bodies. This is spiritual message of the gospel. Here, the soul is healed from sins.
Divine healing and Salvation are not in Christ's atonement as they say and it is not substitution, but it is preacher's deception. Preachers say that when Jesus died on the cross, he took our sins upon himself, he has died in our place, and he took our punishment for sins. So, Jesus Christ is the substitution for us, and he took our punishment. But, our punishment is to burn in hell for eternity, not to be killed on a cross. So, he was not our substitution dying in our place. Their argument is from the devil. Let us look at a few verses they use to prove their point. "1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;" Jesus Christ died not only for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world, not to be a substitution, but to become the author of salvation. "Hebrew 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" Being the author, he will forgive those who will obey him. "Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:" He died not as a substitution, but to deliver the sinners from doing evil, according to the Will of God the Father. Refer "False Salvation", "False Teachings", "Will of God our Father."
God Bless You