This week and next I'd love for you to join me as we wade neck-deep into dangerous waters.
We're going to talk about healing!
Few ideas in Christianity evoke the kind of passion and debate that healing does. The questions abound while the answers seem elusive.
Was physical healing purchased in the atoning work of Christ? Is healing God's will for all Christians? Does it always happen in this life? If I don't get healed is it my lack of faith? We're going to discuss these questions and more as we dig into God's word together.
Today I want to set a few ground rules.
1. God's word must be preeminent. Our emotions, traditions, and experiences cannot hold the same sway as the word of God in our reasoning. Whether it's how we're raised, the ideas we've espoused (or currently do) even the things we've seen must always filter through the pages of scripture. The reason why should be self-evident. The Bible is where we discover doctrine concerning all matters in life. It would be foolish to derive our theory of healing from specific scriptures only to throw the rest of scripture away because it doesn't confirm our experience and desire.
2. God is a logical God. He is not going to violate His principles. He will not contradict Himself nor will He expect us to make inferences that cannot be proven by His word.
3. God is love. This subject is profoundly personal to many. What we say must be done in a spirit of love with an earnest desire for God's truth and peace among brothers and sisters in Christ.
Tomorrow we will get started with Isaiah 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:24 and Matthew 8:17.
Read each of these passages and ask yourself this question: Within the context, how do the new testament writers understand Isaiah's prophetic word?