August 28, 2011 So, what is a believer to with healing?

August 28, 2011     So, what is a believer to do with healing?

Why did Jesus spend so much time healing? Yet, He did not heal all who were sick.  And, why did He challenge disciples with the expansive thoughts of John 14.12?  Perhaps, the following two segments from the previous two lessons that were not covered in class will help us to understand the future Jesus saw for us.

Healing is to reveal God through such ‘works’.

  • Jesus explained in John 9.3 why He had focused on this particular man as they passed by.  God wanted to heal the man!  Why did God want to heal this man?  Because, this was the work of God that would evidence His presence with the people.  See Exodus 34.10 and John 15.24.
  • Jesus continued in verses 4-5 to point out that healing was one of the works of God that God wanted done through Him while He remained on the Earth.  This would fulfill one such prophesy about Him, in Isaiah 61.1-3.  See Luke 4.16-21 also, where Jesus completes the connection.
  • Is the assignment to heal the sick included in Jesus’ prayer in John 17.18?  Is this a reason for the Holy Spirit’s coming, as is explained in 1 Corinthians 12.4-11, especially verse 9?
  • Are we the ‘light of the world’ (verse 5)?
  • When we allow Jesus to heal through us, we evidence God’s presence!

Healing is an evidence of reconciliation to God.

  • Luke 5.17-26 states more of Jesus’ words about sin and sickness.
  • This time Jesus addresses the unbelieving religious leaders of His day.  Note who the Holy Spirit was there to heal.  Why do you think they did not receive healing? Note from above that God wanted to evidence His presence with the people.  See John 15.24.  The Pharisees and teachers did not even realize that God was present!
  • Just ‘which is easier to say?’  Does this mean that one of the two sayings is harder to say?  If so, which?
  • Jesus declares that forgiving the man’s sins is equal to healing him from paralysis. Why are the two the same?
  • To understand this, answer this question: what is the only sin that would allow sickness to ‘steal, kill, or destroy’ your body? Compare your answer to Hebrews 11.6.  See Deuteronomy 7.15 for an important fact.
  • Does your answer explain why the Pharisees and teachers of the law still had their sicknesses when they left Jesus’ presence?

When we do not believe and practice Isaiah 45.22, Hebrews 11.6, and James 5.16, satan will bring sickness and disease upon us to ‘steal, kill, and destroy’ our bodies and minds.  See John 10.10.

So, defend yourself and others!

Praise God!!! Copyright © Maurice L. Painter 2011.

August 21, 2011 Why Did Jesus Say The Blind Man Had Not Sinned?

Why did Jesus say the blind man had not sinned?

Our last lesson heard Jesus say to the paralyzed man whom He healed, ‘sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you’ (John 5.14).  We established the connection of sickness from sin using Deuteronomy 28.15, 22, 27, 28, 35, and 59-61.  But, Jesus seems to contradict Himself when healing the blind man in John 9.1-7 by saying, ‘neither this man nor his parents sinned….’  Is Jesus affirming that time and chance may be another cause of sickness?  Or, is Jesus teaching a more important lesson?

Two Jewish cultural thoughts

  • Exodus 20.5 and 34.7, Leviticus 26.39, Numbers 14.18, and Deuteronomy 5.9 all state that God will punish the ‘iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me….’
  • This is understood in the clause ‘of those who hate Me’.  God punishes iniquity in people who follow the examples of their fathers’ iniquity.  Note the first part of 2 Kings 16.3 regarding King Ahaz of Judah: ‘but he walked in the way of the kings of Israel.’  Son followed father in continuing in ways that ‘hated God’.  Jeremiah 13.10 gives a good understanding ‘of those who hate Me’.
  • But, did God really say that He would punish the children of the accused?
  • Deuteronomy 24.16 became the law of the land and was given by God.  It establishes individual responsibility.  This is illustrated in 2 Kings 14.6.
  • Further, God refuted the first cultural thought in Ezekiel 18.1-4 and 19-20 and Jeremiah 31.29-30.
  • God’s grace triumphed over the law, as Apostle Paul would point out, again, in the Bible book titled Hebrews.
  • [A legal remedy for passing sin onto succeeding generations was written in Leviticus 26.40-42: confession and repentance of parental sins.]

Seen in the encounter with the blind man

  • Now, we understand the confusion of the disciples’ question in John 9.2: ‘who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?’
  • But, could Jesus’ response, ‘neither’ in verse 3, have affirmed ‘time and chance acting on matter’?  The blind man was simply ‘unlucky’.  Solomon proffered in Ecclesiastes 9.11-12 that ‘time and chance happen to all’.
  • The pagan Philistines considered this explanation if the cows pulling the cart returning the Ark of the Lord went any other place than back to Israel.  Read about this in 1 Samuel 6.9.  Did the cows choice of the correct road reveal God overcoming chance?
  • If there is no God, then all that exists is time and chance acting on matter.’ (Douglas Wilson, see information below.)  ‘Time and chance’ are evolutionary thought.
  • God has already told us in Deuteronomy 28.15-68 about the weapons satan could use against us for not obeying God’s word and following his ways.
  • The reality is that our fallen world is an environment filled with spirits who hate God and want to cause us harm.  We must overcome them! See John 16.33.
  • Jesus refuted the ‘time and chance’ argument in Luke 13.1-5.  The victims were sinners, which made them vulnerable to satan’s weapons in the fallen world.  Would believers have been among the dead, according to Psalm 91 and Psalm 118 and Isaiah 54.11-17?
  • Jesus’ responded that similar harm might come to all who do not repent and turn to God!

Jesus focused on the opportunity of the man’s blindness.

  • Jesus continued in John 9.3 to explain why He had focused on this particular man as they passed by.  God wanted to heal the man!  This was the work of God that would evidence His presence.  See Exodus 34.10 and John 15.24.
  • Jesus continued in verse 4 to point out that healing was one of the works of God that God wanted done through Him while He remained on the Earth.  This would fulfill one prophesy about Him, in Isaiah 61.1-3.  See Luke 4.16-21 also.
  • Is the assignment to heal the sick included in Jesus’ prayer in John 17.18?
  • When we allow Jesus to heal through us, we evidence God’s presence!

Opportunities abound!  Follow Jesus’ leading through the Holy Spirit!

Praise God!!!

Copyright © Maurice L. Painter 2011.  Find other lessons at www.sozoclass.com.

Douglas James Wilson (born 18 June 1953) is a conservative Reformed and evangelical theologian, pastor at Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, faculty member at New Saint Andrews College, and prolific author and speaker. He is featured in the documentary film Collision documenting his debates with anti-theist Christopher Hitchens on their promotional tour for the book “Is Christianity Good for the World?“.

August 14, 2011 Connection of Sin to Sickness

Connection of Sin to Sickness

Was Jesus confused?  In John 9.3, He says that sin had not caused the man to be born blind, whom He healed.  But, in John 5.14, He tells the paralytic to ‘sin no more, lest something worse come upon you’, after He healed him.  I seriously doubt that Jesus was confused.  Perhaps the following study will clarify this, even for you who would support one position over the other.

The paralytic illustrates the awful truth: sickness comes from sin…always.

John 5.1-14 is an interesting story asking several questions.

‘Do you want to be made well?’  Jesus may have been asking why he was waiting in the shade, instead of by the pool?  Had he given up any serious efforts because of the time of stirring the water was irregular and he did not want to wait in the hot sun?  Beside the pool, he would not need for someone to take him into the water.  Have you given up and become resigned to endure a sickness until it takes you or leaves you?

Jesus heard faith in the answer that he needed help.  So, He helped; He healed him with words of authority over the paralysis!

‘Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you’ confirms that the paralytic had been suffering because he sinned 38 years earlier.  Jesus uses the same His words to the woman caught in the act of adultery, in John 8.11; she might, indeed, be stoned the next time!  How do Jesus’ words here illustrate His principal in Luke 11.24-26?

The Psalmist connects sickness back to some previous sin in Psalm 119.67 and Psalm 107.17.

By analogy, Ezra 9.12-15 is the prophet’s confession of sin that had and would, again, result in destruction.

By further analogy, God revealed to King David that the extended famine in the land was caused by sin; see 2 Samuel 21.1-14.  Note the similarity with Jesus’ sacrifice to result in your healing; see Revelation 12.11.

Perhaps the clearest connection is seen through God’s words to the people of Israel through Moses in Deuteronomy 28.15, 22, 27, 28, 35, and 59-61.

Could the onset of sickness be a warning sign that you have sinned?

Another illustration of Jesus’ confusion…er, clarity.

Luke 5.17-26 states more of Jesus’ words about sin and sickness.

This time Jesus addresses the unbelieving religious leaders of His day.  Note who the Holy Spirit was there to heal.  Why do you think they did not receive healing?

Jesus declares that forgiving the man’s sins is equal to healing him from paralysis.

Just ‘which is easier to say?’  Does this mean that one of the two sayings is harder to say?  If so, which?  Why are the two the same?

To understand this, answer this question: what is the only sin that would allow sickness to ‘steal, kill, or destroy’ your body?

Does your answer explain why the Pharisees and teachers of the law still had their sicknesses when they left Jesus’ presence?

When you do not believe and practice Isaiah 45.22, Hebrews 11.6, and James 5.16, satan will bring sickness and disease upon you to ‘steal, kill, and destroy’ your body and mind.  See John 10.10.

Praise God!!! Copyright © Maurice L. Painter, 2011.