Q & A: Healing

Question:

I’d like to ask you to help me with some biblical support. I´ve had a discussion with someone (born again Christian -10 years) on the following issue:

He believes that we need spiritual, soul and body healing. Also that we need soul restoration and we need to go to special services where our hurt emotions are to be “healed”. He insists that Jesus only died to redeem us from the original sin.

I do believe that our Lord Jesus did the complete work (John 19:30). When we receive Him as Savior we are new creatures (our spirit is new – no need of healing). Our soul (mind and emotions) are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom 12:2).

Please let me know if what I believe is not completly true, else can you tell me where I can find biblical support on this?

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Response:

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6) When Jesus said this, he was saying something very profound that many great Bible scholars still haven’t figured out yet. Our relationship with Christ is not ultimately about a relationship with Christ alone, as though this was the ‘main goal to be achieved’, nor is it simply about having a regenerated spirit, and being assured of a place in heaven, which occurs at the moment a person puts their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. Ultimately, for the born again believer, their walk with God must progress to an intimate relationship with the Father, or they are missing the point of why Jesus came.

Now, in terms of healing, at the moment that we are saved, we are ‘new’ in Christ. Our spirits are regenerated. Positionally, we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. However, our old man often lies to us and ‘ties us down’ to our old nature, not wanting us to obtain the freedom which is ours in Jesus Christ. In cases where a person has been subject to much oppression, a good environment will help that person to obtain freedom — thus the meetings that your friend has mentioned. Remember, a person who has been oppressed is not only struggling with a lack of knowledge which is fixed by the renewing of our minds. He is also struggling with demonic forces that have ‘made their way into’ this man’s life. By a sometimes very gradual process, as this man learns to abide in Christ, will he be able to obtain his freedom.

The transforming of the mind that you mention is an essential part of the healing process. A person cannot merely go to ‘meetings’ and expect to obtain his or her freedom from bondage. It must also be accompanied by thorough, consistent, application of the word. That is why regular (daily) Bible study and meditation (prayer) is so important. But to say that only Bible study and prayer are needed in order to walk in freedom may not also be true. A person may require the body of Christ and the supernatural freedom that can and does come from God’s people through the various gifts and whatnot. Athough, I admit, God does not ‘require’ these. God can, and does, whatever he wants, and works in a great many ways. To say a person *has* to go to a special healing service to obtain physical, emotional, mental, healing, is certainly not true. It may and does often help, or even acheive the desired result. However, the thought that a person *must* go to a meeting may also rob a person of their freedom and liberty in Christ. Indeed, it is Christ who heals. We must simply be open to the methods by which he wants to operate in each of our lives. In this respect, we need to be ‘listening’ and ‘watching’ for his direction at all times (John 5:19).

I mentioned the John 14:6 passage above, because I have personally found that intimacy with God as loving Father is essential to be able to walk in freedom. I really do think this needs to be taught more in the church, along with personal responsibility, accountability, wise stewardship, deliverance, intercessory prayer, and the value of worship, praise and thanksgiving — IN BALANCE — as well as other factors that all lend themselves to become ‘whole’ physically, emotionally, and mentally. Well, I know this is not all inclusive, but I think it’s the best I can do for now. God bless you!

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