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Healing: Biblical Perspectives – Part 2 (Sept-Dec 2010)

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by Edward Fudge
October 27, 2010

Today we complete the seven biblical perspectives on divine healing, taking into account the great biblical doctrines of Creation, the Fall, Redemption, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and the End.

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5. We affirm that, because of Christ’s atonement and resurrection and the coming of the Spirit on Pentecost, we may begin even now to share in God’s victory over sin and its consequences. This victory at times includes the healing of the body, mind and relationships, in ways that exceed human prediction, understanding or ability to produce. We deny that God has stopped working in the world and in our lives, or that we must wait until the End to see any signs of our redemption. (Eph. 1:18-21; 3:16; 3:20; Heb. 6:4-5.)

6. We affirm that all health and healing is God’s gift, regardless of the means by which it comes or the speed with which it occurs. For all health and healing we should give God thanks and praise. We deny that health or healing ever occur apart from God’s sovereign grace, or that so-called “natural” processes are any less the supernatural work of God. (Ps. 103:1-3.)

7. We affirm that God gives us many means of wellness. These include, but are not limited to, the body’s “natural” processes, healthy physical, mental and emotional habits and lifestyles, the special ministry of those who practice the healing arts, the loving attention of family and friends, and also effective, believing prayer. In times of illness, we should gratefully apply all appropriate means, asking for God’s healing according to our needs and his glory. We deny that Christians ought to spurn or neglect any appropriate means of good health or healing, since to do so violates both Scripture-revelation and common sense. (Phil. 4:3-7; 1 Tim. 5:23; Col. 4:14; see also Sirach 38.)

Copyright 2010 by Edward Fudge. Permission hereby given to reproduce with credit given, without change and without charge.

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