One of the sixteen fundamental truths the Assemblies of God adheres to is divine healing. The twelfth truth states “Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).”
Humans were originally created with perfect bodies incapable of sickness or death. As a result of the Fall in the Garden of Eden, sin and death passed on to everyone. A part of the curse caused by sin is the ability for the human body to contract disease and eventual physical death. To be clear, sickness and death are in the world because of sin and are not necessarily a result of an immediate personal sin.
It is God’s nature to heal our bodies while we live in this world. In Exodus 15:26 God says “I am the Lord who heals you.” This verse can also be translated “I am the Lord your Physician.” Sickness and death came into the world as a result of sin. God, in His grace and mercy, has given us provision of divine healing through faith in the atonement of Christ. In addition we have been blessed with medical knowledge that can bring comfort in this life. By following sound nutritional advice the human body is capable of repairing itself of many common ailments. In many ways technology has provided restoration on a temporary basis to many people. Consider what life might be like without dental care, glasses to see with, or hearing devices. Many combat soldiers are living fuller lives due to artificial limbs. Accident victims can be greatly helped through reconstructive surgery. Lives are extended through organ transplants. It would be foolish to ignore the blessing of the provision of medical care available.
Through faith we should embrace divine healing as a means to restoration of our physical bodies. Someday all believers will be restored to a perfect incorruptible body, until then sickness and death will remain as a part of the human experience. We do not understand why some people are not healed but many have seen and experienced the truth that God does heal today.
Next time you get a cold remember you can ask God to cure you and he may grant a divine healing. God may instead provide you the means to have Kleenex and cold medicine. Either way give Him the glory and be thankful for the blessing.
Rev. Burt Schwab