DIVINE HEALING AND THE ATONEMENT

God has always provided Divine healing for our bodies.  It was proved to us by the Old Testament types; the brass serpent on a pole in the wilderness was given for healing.  It was given when the people had sinned against God, in His wrath He sent serpents to bite them and bring death. 

Because they were His children, he provided an atonement in the form of a brass serpent on a pole, which represented Christ on the Cross being judged for our sin in His own body.  Not only was Israel healed by looking upon this brass serpent but they were forgiven of their sins, which had brought the judgment on them in the first place. 

This old testament type along with many others, such as the smitten rock and the bloody lamb were substitute atonements, they could not take away sin, but could allow God to justly “pass over” their sins, until they could be atoned for at the Cross in which Jesus Christ was crucified (Rom 3:25).  This was the Lamb of God that was slain from before the foundation of the earth, to make a way for God’s true attribute of salvation. 

Sickness is an attribute of sin, when God took care of our sin he took care of our sickness, bringing Divine healing to his people!

 Jesus told the man that was sick of the palsy; “thy sins be forgiven thee,” while pronouncing his healing (Matt 9:2-5).

It is a New Testament promise by the full atonement of Christ at the Cross; James 5:14 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: 15 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.   

We see the same in the Old Testament; Isa 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.  And again in the New Testament; 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.

Rev. William Branham (1909-1965) preached it as shown in the following, of course there are many other quotes of which I lack the room to show;

51-0508  FAITH.IS.THE.SUBSTANCE_  LOS.ANGELES.CA  –  When the brass serpent was lifted up in the wilderness, it was for forgiveness of sin and healing of the body. Is that right? Jesus said, “As Moses lifted up the brass serpent, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,” for the same cause. One was type, and the other one was antitype. And you mean to say that there were more blessings in the type than there was the antitype? Could not be.

So I won’t–we won’t have to go in that ’cause you taught that with these evangelists, and pastors, and so forth, till you know it’s the truth. That the healing is in the atonement.

Healing–sickness is an attribute of sin. And when Jesus killed sin, or atoned for sin, He atoned for every attribute. Everything down that was caused in the fall, Jesus atoned for it.

Oh, my, that makes us feel our Methodist bones getting tickled up. Look. I don’t want to get started preaching no more. So, my. Now look.

When the brass serpent was lifted up in the wilderness, it was for a–an ensign, that God said whosoever looks upon the serpent, believing, will be healed of their snakebite, and the snakebite was caused because they had murmured against Moses and God: sinned.

And God made an atonement for sin. And in there their sickness was an attribute of their sin. You see it? The snakebite that was killing the people was an attribute of the sin that they had committed. And when Je–when God made them an atonement for their sin, it brought in the attribute–their healing. See what I mean?

When Jesus atoned for sin, He atoned for sickness. “He was wounded for our transgressions, and with His stripes we are healed.”

Pastor Bill Ivy – Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri (Gibson Community) – www.livingwordtabernacle.com