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4 \u00b6 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed
Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But Hewas wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
Now you have to misquote that to leave yourself out. Verse 5 basically takes care of every aspect of our existence. There is \u201cwounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities.\u201d That takes care of salvation for our spirit\u2026 forgiveness of sin.
\u201cThe chastisement for our peace was upon Him.\u201d Well, that takes care of peace for our mind. Actually, the word \u201cpeace\u201d here is the Hebrew word \u201cshalom,\u201d and it has a far greater meaning than just peace of mind. It actually deals with all of the outward things that bring peace, as well. The same word is translated prosperity where it says, \u201cThe Lord has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant,\u201d that is shalom, the well being of His servant. Well, the chastisement\u2026(i.e. for you to have well being, both inside and out)\u2026 was upon Him. Finally, by His stripes, we are healed.
We have talked about the previous verse in some of our last lessons, verse 4, it says, \u201cSurely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. The Hebrew word for \u201cgriefs\u201d is actually the word for sickness. \u201cSorrow\u201d is the Hebrew word for physical pain. Surely He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains. Look at the Holy Spirit\u2019s commentary on that verse in Matthew 8:16-17:
16 When the evening was come, they brought to Him many that were possessed with evil spirits. He cast those spirits out with His word, and He healed all that were sick
So the Holy Spirit\u2019s commentary in the New Testament on this verse is talking about physical ailments and sicknesses. And I do want you to take note: It says, \u201cSurely He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains.\u201d
That is the Old Testament promise: Isaiah, looking some 700 years into the future at Christ\u2019s sacrifice, predicted what it was about. Isaiah was looking into the future at something that was going to happen. In 1 Peter, chapter 2, Peter is looking into the past at something that has already been accomplished. First Peter 2:24, speaking of Jesus:
In God\u2019s ledger, it is an accomplished fact in the sense that Christ has already paid the price. By His stripes weare healed in Isaiah; by His stripes youw ere healed, in 1 Peter 2:24. The word \u201chealed\u201d here is used throughout the New Testament exclusively in connection with physical healing. It is never used in the sense of spiritual healing anywhere in the New Testament, though some people will argue, \u201cWell, it means we are healed spiritually.\u201d Well, maybe we are, if you want to use the word that way, but that is not what this word means.
not?\u201d Well, just like the scripture said: He bore our sins in His own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, might live unto righteousness\u2026 we might live holy and right lifestyles. The potential is there because Christ defeated the power of sin. The Bible says in the Book of Romans, \u201cSin shall not have dominion over you.\u201d So the power of sin has been broken. The potential is there for us to live a life of holiness and uprightness before God; yet, to this day, I have still never met anyone who has batted a thousand. The potential is there, but sometimes we live short of our potential. Sometimes we live short of the promise. Even though the provision is there, we do not always walk in its fullness.
Well, the same thing is true with healing. The provision is there for healing; and, yes, many times we may not walk in the fullness of what has been provided, but we are on our way. We are learning, we are growing, and that is where I am. I have not arrived yet. I have not always made it perfect. In fact, this morning I didn\u2019t come to devotions. We have devotions every Wednesday morning. I just didn\u2019t feel right in my body last night, and I told my wife, \u201cYou know, I feel like I need to get some extra sleep. I don\u2019t feel good.\u201d I prayed, and I went to bed, and they prayed for me this morning at devotions. I feel great right now. All right, well, I didn\u2019t feel great last night; I feel great tonight. So, you know, we are growing. We are learning. We are reaching out for the potential and the promises that belong to us.
What we don\u2019t want to do is pull our theology down to the level of our experience, because if we are going to do it in one area, we may as well say, \u201cWell, we do not have the ability to live unto righteousness then.\u201d So as we learn and grow, as we feed on the sincere milk of God\u2019s word, and as we grow close to God, we are lifting the level of our experience to the level of God\u2019s promises and the potential that is there.
What I want to talk to you about tonight are common methods of receiving healing. We are going to talk about two common methods to receive that which has already been purchased and provided by Christ. Then I am going to talk about three persons involved in your healing.
With the work having been accomplished by Jesus, the potential is there, the promises are there. So how do we receive? If you think about it, the Scripture says that the wages of sin is death and that through Christ\u2019s death, He paid for our sins. That is good theology. Yet Jesus suffered incredibly. He took the stripes on His back and the crown of thorns on His head. He was beaten repeatedly. Jewish historians tell us of the accounts that were written of people who witnessed Roman scourgings. They are horrific! If His death paid for our sins, then why did God allow His Son to suffer so? He could have died a relatively painless and a very quick death and paid for our sins. He suffered because, through His suffering, by His stripes, we are healed. God is interested in our bodies. The Lord is for the body, and the body is for the Lord, the Scripture declares.
20 \u00b6 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For theyare life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
God\u2019s words are life to all those who find them. The word \u201cfind\u201d means to acquire or to get hold of, which tells you that there is going to have to be some searching involved. A little bit of effort must be put forth. It could be translated, \u201cThose that search for my words and find them and then lay hold of them, it will be life to them.\u201d
Then it says, \u201cAnd health to all their flesh.\u201d How much of their flesh? All their flesh. Does that mean your eyes? Your ears? Your skin? Your heart? Your lungs? Your feet? Your bones? All of your organs? Your eyes? All of your flesh. Health to all your flesh. The word \u201chealth\u201d here can also be translated \u201cmedicine.\u201d God\u2019s word is His medicine. Those verses we were reading in Isaiah 53:4-5 and 1 Peter 2:24 were God\u2019s medicine for our physical bodies.
Have you ever purchased a prescription for medicine? You get a little bottle. Maybe it has some pills in it, and it will say on the directions, \u201cTake two pills three times a day,\u201d or \u201cTake every three to four hours.\u201d Well, if you are ill, and you go to a physician, the physician will examine you, and the doctor says, \u201cLook, this is what\u2019s wrong with you. Here, I\u2019m going to write you a prescription. It ought to last you about three weeks. That ought to take care of the condition.\u201d So he writes you a prescription; you go to the pharmacy and get that prescription filled. About a month later, you are upset because it hasn\u2019t worked. So you call the doctor, and you say, \u201cLook, Doctor, you told me about this prescription. You said I\u2019d be better, and I\u2019m not any better, and I\u2019m upset. It was just a waste of money.\u201d
And the doctor says, \u201cWell, I don\u2019t understand. You got the prescription filled?\u201d
\u201cYes, I got the prescription filled.\u201d
\u201cWell, did you take it according to the directions?\u201d
Well, God\u2019s medicine only works when you get it in you. The verses we read are God\u2019s instructions for taking His medicine. These are God\u2019s directions. So here is how you take God\u2019s medicine. Here is how the word becomes life to those that find it and health to all your flesh. Listen: Whatever you have wrong with you tonight, whatever it is, if it has to do with your flesh, God\u2019s word can heal it. You have to get the medicine in you. Here\u2019s how you take it. Back up to verse 20,
\u201cMy son\u2026\u201d First of all, if you belong to God, this medicine is for you. Generally, on a little prescription bottle, it has your name on it so somebody else doesn\u2019t take it. If you are a son or a daughter of God, this is yours. \u201cMy son, give attention to My words.\u201d That is, undivided, undistracted attention. Focus on the word of God. Now you may be great at multi-tasking. It\u2019s a very popular word these days, but this is not just another ball that you add to all the other balls that you are juggling in your life. When it says, \u201cGive attention to My words,\u201d that means give undivided, undistracted attention. Put God\u2019s word first.
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