The Apostolic Faith - Vol. 50, No.4
July - August 1957

God's Plan for Healing


“Trust in the LORD with all thine Heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

GOD’s great plan of salvation includes the healing of our bodies as well as the salvation of our souls.

When the Lord Jesus walked the shores of Galilee, He healed “all manner of sickness and all diseases” (Matthew 4:23) – all who came unto Him. 

“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bears our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17). 

He is the same “yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). He will heal us today if we only trust Him. Christ Himself took our infirmities and bear our sicknesses. Think of it! If He took our infirmities and sicknesses, what business have we to cling to our affliction? It is God’s will to heal us.

During Christ’s ministry He said to those who came to Him for healing “I will; Be thou clean” (Matthew 8:3). In other words; it is my will that you be healed – that you be made whole. He has not changed. It is still His will that we be made whole. 

Effective Remedy Provided

Divine Healing is not based upon one or two isolated portions of Scripture. This truth is set forth throughout the Bible. In 1 Peter 2: 24 we read:

“Who His ownself bears our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.”

A similar statement was made by Isaiah the Prophet.

“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53: 5).

Before Christ suffered on the Cross, He bared His back to the Roman scourge. His flesh was broken, his body was torn, that you and I might be healed. With His stripes we are healed!

The Israelites trusted God for their healing. God had said to them: 

“If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, … I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15: 26).

If we are walking in all the light of the Word of God, our hearts condemn us not and we have “confidence toward God” (1 John 3:21). Too many who know God’s will are doing things contrary to the Word of God and yet expect God to heal them. God does not do business on that basis. The Word of God says,

“Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3: 22). 

A Curse Pronounced

In Jeremiah 17:5, we read, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” 

King Asa was one who sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians when he was diseased in his feet. And Asa died! (2 Chronicles 16:12, 13). Asa did not call upon the Lord to heal him. Why? His heart condemned him. He had sinned; and he had let faith in God slip out of his heart; then when affliction came he had no faith for his healing. 

Men of Faith

David was a man of faith. 

“O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me” (Psalm 30:2). 

Jeremiah prayed: 

“Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved” (Jeremiah 17:14). 

Hezekiah also prayed, and with a contrite heart said,

“I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore” (2 Kings 20:3). 

God heard his prayer, and said: 

“Tell Hezekiah . . . I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee” (2 Kings 20:5). 

What a contrast! We see the result of trusting God and of not trusting Him. 

Can We Trust Him? 

God is minutely interested in each one of us. The very hairs of our head are all numbered. He knows our thoughts afar off. He knows the imaginations of our hearts. He knows every time we sit down and every time we arise. He is interested in us. He is the One who spoke this vast universe into existence, with its countless billions of stars all functioning in perfect order, with no collisions among these heavenly bodies. God governs them all. What a mighty God! Yet He notes even the sparrow’s fall. Can we not trust a God like that for the healing of our bodies? 

Stand on the Word

We are healed through believing the Word. The centurion came to Jesus and said, “Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed” (Matthew 8:8). In Psalm 107:20 we read, “He sent his word, and he healed them.” If we have the Word in us, we are going to be able to take our stand upon that Word. We are to search our hearts by the Word. 

What to Do

God’s Word gives ample instructions to the sick and afflicted. In James 5:13, we read,

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.” 

Let him pray for himself, let him search his heart, talk to God about his afflictions, and take his stand upon the Word. 

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; . . .” 

The Word does not say: Let him call for the doctor, for the worldly physicians. They are the people who do not know how to trust God. 

“. . . and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
“And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him” (James 5:13—15). 

If the healing does not come immediately, God wants His people to importune before God in prayer. The healing will come. The days of miracles are not past. Trust God — only God.