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.