By His Stripes

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There are many who take this scripture and interpret it to mean that because of the atonement they have the “right” to be healed. This is not true. First of all as Christians, we have no rights. “Rights” is a humanist concept based on “the rights of man” by Thomas Paine who was a mason theist but not a Christian.

Unfortunately, some Christians have embraced the ideology of Greek democracy and applied it to their Christianity but nowhere in the Bible are these concepts embraced as principles of the kingdom of God.

When we become born again we have no rights, nor in fact did we have any rights before we got saved. Prior to salvation we were slaves of Satan and after salvation we become slaves of righteousness, which means we are freed from the servitude of sin to serve in newness of spirit the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now let’s take a look at the scripture, Isaiah 53:4: “Surely he has borne our grief’s and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.”

This scripture is a prophecy concerning Jesus who was to come. When Jesus came and prior to his crucifixion and resurrection, he fulfilled this scripture through his earthy ministry. ( Matthew 8:16-17) “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”

So as you can see this scripture was not applied after the atonement but BEFORE the atonement . Also, we must realize that the word “healing” does not apply to just physical healing. Jesus came “to heal the brokenhearted” as stated in Luke 4:18 as well as bringing healing for salvation, to bring many to repentance and faith towards God. (Jn.12:40; Acts28:27)

Isaiah’s prophecy says “He was Pierced for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities” So we can see that the stripes are referring to the healing of the corrupt carnal nature of sin.

In Isaiah 53:5, Jesus Christ was crushed for our iniquities and he bore our sins. Christ’s death on the cross was for sin and not strictly for physical healing. When Isaiah 53:5 says we are healed, this is a spiritual healing, not physical.

In fact Paul says that our bodies will be healed at the resurrection of the body. If Paul was applying this to physical healing then he would have prayed for Timothy’s stomach problem but rather he encouraged him to take some wine which we know today aides in stomach digestion. Obviously Paul did not use prayer for healing in this case now did he? Also scriptures say, in Phil. 2:25-27, “Epaphroditus was sick almost to death” with no mention of a healing by laying on of hands or confessing the word.

who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness– by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

So as you can see, the stripes are clearly for sin and not physical healing. God does heal and yes he uses the gifts of healing, (notice that they are plural but this is another subject), however, this healing is a gift of grace to whoever the Lord bestows it upon.

The Bible does not say that physical healing of the body is guaranteed to every believer as their “right” but rather healing is a gift from God when God wants to apply it and how God wants to apply it.

Not all sicknesses come from the devil (contrary to what some teach) and not all sickness is contrary to the will of God. Duet. 32:39 “Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal.”

In Psalm 119:67 David says, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep they word.” Verse 75 says, “In your faithfulness you have afflicted me.”

God will use sickness to chastise his people and so if one is sick they might just want to check their heart and see if they are being disobedient in any way. Many times people eat junk food instead of proper nutrition and they get cancer or they have bitterness in their heart and get sick and then they expect God to heal them. We need to take care of our bodies and our heart attitudes so we can be healthy before we get sick.

Paul had his own sickness as stated in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Paul requested healing from the Lord three times. And three times he got an answer back: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” In other words, God said no to Paul’s request for healing. He didn’t confess by his stripes I’m healed and continue in faith for it. Why? Because Paul accepted the answer God gave for the situation and so should we.

Believe it or not but God gets glorified in our weakness because then we are dependent on him. It is common for a person with many gifts and strengths to have an area of weakness so that they don’t get so puffed up and must also rely on the Lord for his help. (Paul’s case)

It is good and proper to pray for the sick BUT we are not God or even “little gods” and should always leave the results to him.

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Author: Kim Balogh

I am a minister (servant) of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Grace ministries • Evangelism • Teaching • Children’s ministry • Apologetics • End times I have a BA in History and Anthropology/Sociology combo Paralegal Diploma (specialty Research, Writing, Critical thinking & argument & Instruction) Paralegal Instructor-taught paralegal for 1 year Diploma in Physical Education ( Fitness, nutrition, coaching, ) Faith based Social Work (almost completed degree) Certificate in Personal Ministry (Intercession, deliverance) 1 year (independant) bible college (concentration area, intercession, deliverance,) Ministry Experience : Evangelism ministry 20 years (preaching, intercession,deliverance, apologetics ) Ministering and serving low income families,single mothers, marginalized. Child Evangelism in different communities. Ministering Evangelism through music (vocals and guitar) Administration; started church support groups, started various different outreaches over the years, Internet ministry. My ministry gifts are Prophetic Evangelism and Teaching (apologetics and end times revelation in particular). My motivational gifts are Intercession, prophecy, administration. I am a bond servant of Jesus Christ and am called by him to preach the gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ apart from the deeds of the law. My Statement of Faith I believe that Jesus is God's son and is himself God, the third person of the Godhead, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) I believe the bible says YOU MUST be born again by the Holy Spirit to enter into the kingdom of God. I believe Jesus died for the sins of all that have been called out of darkness into his glorious light. Heaven is for the redeemed and hell is for reprobates. The death of Jesus Christ is the substitutionary atonement. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Jesus sent the holy Spirit to comfort, teach, build up, edify, consecrate, and seal God’s people until his return. Jesus will return to the earth to rule and reign for 1000 years on the earth. I believe we are in the end times and anti christ will soon be revealed. I also believe that we are living in the last days of the great apostasy and falling away from the truth of God's word but God has a remnant,( his elect, chosen before the foundation of the world,) that have not bowed the knee to Baal. These sheep will soon face great persecution that God will allow to take place before the return of Christ. This persecution which will be worldwide will be what separates the true Christian from the false apostate. Those who love not their lives to the end will be shown to be the true church of Jesus Christ but the compromisers of the integrity of God’s word, who choose the spirit of error, worldly doctrines of men, the works of the flesh and the works of the law will be shown to be apostates like Judas and will die in their sins. No one can come to Jesus unless the Father gives him the ability to do so. No one will seek after Jesus unless he is drawn by the Father according to scripture but all whom God calls by his Holy Spirit will come to Jesus and be saved from their sins and be given eternal life for he who has promised is faithful to perfom his promise. The Lord is calling his church to come out of Babylon : Come out of false new age teaching, Come out of legalistic adherance to OT laws to save you, Come out of false signs and wonders that have no scriptural basis, Come out of witchcraft and the doctrines of demons, Come out of humanism and the promotion of man by self help principles and RETURN TO THE PURE UNADULTERATED WORD OF GOD ! “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. Revelation 18:4 Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. My ministry gifts are Evangelism and Teaching My motivational gifts are Intercession, prophecy, administration. 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