As a sick guy I’ve run into a number of people who tell me that Jesus purchased not only my salvation but my physical healing as well. Here are some blogs with that view
The bible does not say you are going to be healed. It says; you were healed. It IS already done!!! The circumstances, diagnoses and doctors may say you are sick, but God’s word says you have already been healed!!
These texts unequivocally link the grounds of provision for both our salvation and our healing to the atoning work of Calvary. Neither is automatically appropriated, however; for each provision-a soul’s eternal salvation or a person’s temporal, physical healing-must be received by faith. Christ’s work on the cross makes each possible; simple faith receives each as we choose.
There are many more like these but you get the idea. Many people on the web have written great articles on why this belief is based on a misunderstanding of the text.
Although these two verses are central to the topic of healing, they are often misunderstood and misapplied. The word “healed” as translated from both Hebrew and Greek, can mean either spiritual or physical healing. However, the contexts of Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 2 make it clear that they are referring to spiritual healing, not physical.
The healing described here is the deliverance from our sins. Jesus went to the cross to suffer for our sins and pay sins debt so that we would not have to. This is a spiritual healing and deliverance; not a physical one. Jesus died to heal us from sins’ disease which is eternal damnation, not physical disease.
The fact is that for over 2000 years, billions of Christians have lived and died. That means that all those Christians who got sick and died somehow failed to live out the healing provided for them by Jesus Christ. 100% of Christians failed to be healed ultimately?
My friends who believe that healing is included in the atonement say “Well of course, God says he limited our lifespan.”
Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3 NIV)
So God limits our lifespan so we cannot be healed over and over again indefinitely?
All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away. (Psalm 90:9-10)
We finish our years with a moan? Wow – that doesn’t sound like the victorious believer claiming their healing to the end.
So when John Osteen (founder of Lakewood Church) came to the end of his life in 1999 from a heart attack, how come his positive confession didn’t save him?
The chastisement needed to obtain peace and well-being for me was upon Him, and with the stripes that wounded Him, I am healed and made whole. I now have perfect health in my body
Did his faith fail him that day?
I don’t mean to be harsh but can you see how harmful this idea can be? It says to every sick person (which at some point every last one of us will be one of those) that at the time when they need Christ the most that his atonement has failed to heal them.
When you are sick, you faith comes under an attack. You are tempted to believe that God is mad at you. God is punishing you for your sins or your lack of faith and then well meaning people come along and tell you that they are healthy because Jesus always heals them.
People who believe this are in for a devastating disappointment because I guarantee that every last one of them will get sick and die at some point. I pray that when they reach that place they will realize that Jesus did not guarantee health to his followers.