“The authentication of the forgiveness of all our sins is demonstrated by God’s authority to heal and keep us in divine health” [From me to you]
Acting by the promptings of the Holy Spirit as usual, I want to share with you the relationship that exists between God’s gift of forgiveness and divine healing. It’s important to say at this juncture that divine healing is the endorsement of God’s gift of forgiveness. In other words, it’s a biblical proof that we have received God’s gift of complete forgiveness of all our sins.
To make it easier to understand the point I’m making here, there are two things I’d like you to narrow your mind to. First, consider the fact that God’s forgiveness of all our sins is a revelation of His supreme authority to heal mankind of any kind of sickness or disease.
Second, in Christ, through whom God’s loving forgiveness has been brought to mankind, God has healed us already, and has set up a platform to enable us continue living the rest of our lives in divine health. That platform is His universal gift of forgiveness.
The implication of these two facts is that, God expects us to live daily with the consciousness that in Christ we have been completely forgiven of all our sins [past, present and future], and at the same time granted supernatural access to a lifetime of divine health. This is, however, the relationship between forgiveness and healing.
This relationship between forgiveness and healing is clearly spelled out in Matthew 9:1-8. The verses are explicit enough, so let’s go through them together:
1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; THY SINS BE FORGIVEN THEE. 3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, this man blasphemeth. 4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 5 for whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7 And he arose, and departed to his house. 8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
In this story, Jesus was acting based on Psalm 103:3 where David said “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases”.
What we can learn from all I have said so far on this subject is that God’s authority to forgiveness us of all our sins is demonstrated in the fact that He has healed us in Christ. Our healing and walking in divine health are all pointers that when we got born again, all our sins were forgiven.
Dear friend, this is my stand: in case the devil wants you to believe that God hasn’t forgiven you of all your sins, just look at your health. Being in divine health is enough biblical substantiation that in Christ you have been forgiven of all your sins. Read Colossians 1:14; 2:13-15, 21-22; and Hebrews 10:15-20.
The whole point I’m driving at is that God’s pattern is this: your forgiveness first, then your healing. That’s what Jesus demonstrated in Matthew 9:1-8, which was in line with what David said by the Holy Spirit in Psalm 103:3.
With this understanding, I’d like to say, without mincing words, that as a Christian – someone who is indwelled by the Holy Spirit – you’re not permitted to be sick. This is because in Christ, God hasn’t only forgiven you of all your sins, but He has equally healed you of all your infirmities.
Speaking about Jesus, Saint Matthew tells us that “Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” [Matthew 8:17].
Similarly, Saint Peter tells us “He [Jesus] personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when he died on the cross, so that we can be finished with sin, and live a good life from now on. For his wounds have healed ours” [1 Peter 2:24 TLB].
Matthew and Peter are telling us that our sins and sicknesses were nailed on the cross, in the body of Jesus. That’s why even when he hadn’t seen the death of Christ physically, but speaking by the Holy Spirit, David said “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases”.
There can be no healing without forgiveness. It’s the forgiveness first, because that’s what qualifies you for healing and access to all of God’s blessings. This explains why John the Beloved says “… Jesus Christ brought us LOVING FORGIVENESS” [John 1:17 TLB].
It’s the forgiveness that guarantees your healing. It’s what makes you fit for a lifetime of divine health. This is also the reason why Jesus told the man in Matthew 9:1-8 that “Your sins are forgiven”.
As long as he remained in his sins, he was guilty, and unfit for God’s rich blessings brought by Jesus. Declaring him forgiven was Jesus’ line of action meant to propel him into a supernatural realm where he wasn’t only discharged and acquitted, but was equally made fit for healing.
Going by Matthew’s record, it’s clear that the people were surprised at such words, and must have asked themselves, “Why forgiveness instead of healing?” They must have probably thought that the man didn’t need forgiveness.
However, Jesus’ stance was different. He came to show us God’s standard – forgiveness first, because once forgiven, we’re qualified for any of God’s blessings.
While addressing the crowd in Solomon’s Portico that had gathered as a result of the healing of the lame man at the gate of the Temple called Beautiful, Peter said the following about Jesus: “having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” [Acts 3:26].
Jesus came to bless us, but to do that, He had to first create for our complete forgiveness. With the forgiveness of all our sins, we’re fit for the fullness of God’s blessings. Stop saying you’re not fit for God’s blessing, that’s not scriptural and it doesn’t make you spiritual. What such a statement would do is to make you religious and powerless.
God’s forgiveness makes you more than fit. That’s why Paul tells us that “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet [fit, qualified] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” [Colossians 1:12].
Why Does God Forgiveness Make Us Fit?
It restores us to fellowship with Him [2 Corinthians 5:18-19]; it positions us into His scheme of blessedness [Acts 3:26]; it reconciles us with Him [2 Corinthians 5:18-19]; and it enthrones us as kings of life [Romans 5:17].
Until you accept God’s free gift of forgiveness, you can’t access any of His blessings procured for humanity in Christ. Staying within the context of this post, “No forgiveness would mean no healing, because forgiveness is the source of power that’s needed for our healing”. It’s God’s forgiveness that releases His tremendous healing power in our lives.
You’re not permitted to be sick after receiving God’s gift of forgiveness. Your divine health should remind you that in Christ, God has forgiven you of all your sins. God doesn’t heal without forgiving first, because His forgiveness is your access to a lifetime of divine health.
Being forgiven of all our sins is our supreme authority over any kind of sickness/disease.
In Christ you do have a supreme authority to deal with any kind of sickness. I mean any kind – incurable or deadly. Always remember that this authority stems from your realization that in Christ God has forgiven you of all your sins.
Sometime last week my wife told me that our daughter had a running stomach. The implication is that her stool was watery. The situation made my wife always change her diapers – something she didn’t cherish much. As soon as I heard that, there was no need to find out how my daughter got that. With my understanding that in Christ we have been completely forgiven, I laid my hand on her stomach and declared that “By the stripes of Jesus you’re healed”. That was all.
Few days later, when I had even forgotten that I prayed for her, I heard my wife telling my daughter that “your stool looks alright, because daddy prayed for you”.
What I want you to do next time when the devil shows up with sickness, either in your life, or family, is to speak against it; rebuke it in the Name of Jesus. Tell the sickness that you’re a recipient of God’s free gift of forgiveness, and that stands as your unlimited and unstoppable access to a lifetime of divine health. Cast the spirit of infirmity out of your life and family.
As long as God’s pronouncement of forgiveness stands over your life, you’re destined for a lifetime of divine health. Your acceptance and constant believe in this truth, is vital to your supernatural walk with Him.
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