that Bodily Healing
is in the Atonement
Physical Emotional Mental
Be reminded that this world changed kingdoms—from God’s government to Satan’s government. And God delivered to Adam the catastrophic news:
“Cursed is the earth because of you…” (Genesis 3:17‑19; Proverbs 26:2).
Corruption, dis-ease, and death now reigned on the earth (Romans ). Adam and Eve were now under a cursed, fraudulent government system. Satan’s kingdom could not freely provide what the human race needed, including health & wellness. Stress (fear) came.
Our health & wellness are limited because of that impotent kingdom. Death obviously reigns and usually it’s the result of progressive issues or dis-ease.
This perverse system is what we were raised in—it is ‘normal’ for us. This mindset is deeply ingrained in each of us. It even operates below the conscious level. And because of this cursed world government system, fear (stress) is now ‘normal.’
But Isaiah 9:6,7 promised this about Y’shua Messiah (Jesus the Christ): “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. And the government shall rest upon his shoulder… an ever expanding, peaceful, never ending, fair, and just…kingdom.”
GOOD NEWS! Divine Healing and Health
Divine healing and health is a definite act of God through faith in Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the precious blood of Christ, whereby the human body is cured, healed, repaired, delivered from health issues and their power, and made whole, sound, and healthy.
And God’s government healthcare plan is already paid for; Jesus the Christ paid the price in full!
Additional Proofs that Bodily Healing is in the Atonement
1. In the Old Testament Cases of Health Issues and Healing we have many cases of illness and healing in the First Covenant (Old Testament). Cases 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 11, 13, 19, 21, 28, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 43, 46, 47, 48, and 51 were healed because of prayer. None of us has a right to pray and expect an answer apart from atonement and forgiveness of sins, which bring the right relationship with God causing Him to be gracious. Cases 9, 18 and 27 were healed because of atonement and prayer.
2. In the New Testament Cases of Health Issues and Healing we have innumerable cases of healing by Christ on the basis of "Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses" and if this was not through His atoning wounds then upon what grounds did He heal?
3. Both Isaiah and Peter say that by the stripes [wounds] of Jesus we are healed (Isa. 53:5; 1 Pet. ). Shall we deny this and say that the stripes of Jesus were not part of His sufferings at the time He made atonement for all persons?
4. Health issues came as a result of sin, and certainly sin is removed by the atonement of Jesus Christ, or it has no remedy (Isa. 53; Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Pet. 2:24).
5. Forgiveness of sins and healing of the body go hand in hand, and both were provided for at the same time and by the same means (Isa. 6:10; 53:1-12; Matt. 9:18; Jas. 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24).
6. Isaiah plainly says that the Messiah was "made sick for us” and "took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses" (Isa 53:4-5, 10; Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Pet. 2:24). In verse 10 of Isa. 53, "put Him to grief" literally means "He was made sick" for us in providing the atonement, in the same sense that "He was made sin for us" (2 Cor. 5:21). Some versions read, "He was made sick for us.” See also Substitution or Exchange below
7. God made covenants to heal (Ex. ; ; Lev. 26; Dt. 28; Matt. 8:16-17, Jas. 5:14-16; Heb. 8:6). And, all covenants were ratified by atonement (Ex. 24:5-8; Heb. 9:11-22). If the covenants were ratified in blood, then the benefits of the contracts are in the atonement.
8. God sent His word and healed every person in all Israel; and there was not one feeble person in all their tribes (Ps. 105:37; 107:20). This was not done without the atoning process but rather with atonement to get rid of both these curses—sin and health issues.
9. Through the brazen serpent many were healed (Num. 21:7-9). This was a type of Christ who came to give the same benefits of forgiveness and healing by hanging on a tree to make full atonement for all the curse (Jn. 3:14).
10. Every time a person in Israel was healed, atonement had to be made (Lev. 14:2-57; 15:1-33; Matt. 8:4).
11. Health issues are declared to be the work of Satan (Job 2:6-7; Lk. 13:16; Jn. 10:10; Acts 10:38; Rom. 5:12-21). Since Christ came to destroy the works of the devil through His atoning work, then healing must be in the atonement (1 Jn. 3:8).
12. The benefits of both the Old Testament and New Testament, in fact all parts of these contracts became effective only when they were ratified by blood atonement (Ex. 24:5-8; Heb. 9:11-22). No person has a right to claim one benefit of the promises who ignores the atonement. Christ said that "This is the blood of the New Testament" which is shed for many.
13. Spiritual means to heal the body was all that God provided in both the old and new contracts, and all this was on the basis of atonement (Ex. 15:26; 23:25; Lev. 26, Dt. 28, Ps. 91; Isa. 53 and 58, Jas. 5:14-16; 1 Pet. 2:24; Mt. 8:17).
14. Atonement was clearly a part of the primitive method of healing illness (Job 33:10-30). Here the original language Hebrew word for "ransom" means atonement.
15. The Holy Spirit was sent into the world to continue the work that Christ "began to do and to teach" (Acts l:1-8; 2:33; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 12; Heb. 2:3-4). He has no grounds for acting and working in the process of redemption for the body and soul of people, apart from the atonement.
16. Healing was to accompany conversion and redemption by the atonement (Isa. 6:10; Matt. 9:5; 13:14-15; Jn. 3:14; 10:10; Jas. 5:14-16).
17. Healing is a part of salvation, which can be given only upon the basis of atonement. The original language Hebrew and Greek words for "salvation" mean healing, health, soundness, preservation, deliverance, and all necessary benefits of salvation (Rom. 1:16; Acts 3:16, 4:12).
18. Healing and other answers to prayer are promised by the gospel; and no benefit of the gospel can be given apart from atonement, which makes the promises effective (Matt. 6:10; 7:7-11; 17:20; 21:22; Mk. 9:23; 11:22-24; Jn. 14:12-15; 15:7, 16, 16:23-26, Heb. 11:6; Jas. 1:4-8; 5:14-16; 1 Jn. 3:21-22; 5:14-15).
19. Many Corinthians were sick and some had already died because of failure to appropriate healing through the shed blood and wounded body of Jesus Christ—wounded because of His stripes and other sufferings at the time He took our sins and health issues (1 Cor. 11:29).
20. Peter made it clear that the man at the gate was healed because of the salvation that Jesus Christ purchased through the atonement (Acts 3:16; 4:12).
21. Paul went so far as to state that the whole creation, including the bodies of the redeemed, and all animals and every other material part of creation, is to be redeemed by the blood atonement of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:19-25). If the whole creation is to be thus delivered through redemption, then surely healing of the body now can come through the atonement.
22. Atonement to save from physical death was made (in Ex. 12) when blood was placed over the doors to save the firstborn of Israel. Even all consecrations of body, soul, and spirit had to be made by atonement (Lev. 8). And, atonement was necessary In the cleansing of houses, tents, and other material things (Lev. 14:52; 16:14-27).
Healing is the Christian's family right (Matt. 7:7-11); redemption right (Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Cor. 11:27-30; 1 Pet. 2:24; Isa. 53); promised right (2 Cor. 1:20; 2 Pet. 1:3-4); legal right (Gal. 3:13-14); and gospel right (Matt. 17:20; 21:22; Mk. 9:23; 11:22-24; 16:15-20; Jn. 14:12-15; 15:7, 16; 16:23-26; Heb. 11:6; Jas. 1:4-8; 1 Jn. 3:14-15; 5:21).
Substitution or Exchange
One of the great basic truths of revelation is that on the cross a divinely ordained exchange took place: Jesus, the sinless, obedient Son of God, took upon Himself all the evil that was due mankind by divine justice because of our rebellion and disobedience. In return we, through faith, are able to receive all the good that was due to the perfect obedience of Jesus. More simply stated, Jesus took all the evil we deserved, so that we might receive all the good He deserved.
Scripture unfolds many different aspects of this exchange. For instance, Jesus was wounded that we might be healed (Isaiah 53:4–5). He was made sin with our sinfulness that we might be made righteous with His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). He was rejected by the Father that we might be accepted by the Father (Matthew 27:46, Ephesians 1:5–6). He died our death that we might have His life (Hebrews 2:9, John 3:16).
And in these pages, we focus only on that aspect of the exchange that relates to the curses due to our disobedience—and in particular, the curse of health issues.
Paul deals with this specifically in Galatians 3:13–14:
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Two words are here set in stark contrast to one another: curse and blessing. On the cross, the curse of the broken law came upon Jesus. He was actually made a curse. The evidence was the very fact that He hung upon the cross (cited from Deuteronomy 21:23).
Suspended between heaven and earth, Jesus hung there on the tree that had become a cross—rejected by man and forsaken by God, totally alienated, cut off, alone. We could sum it up in one evil, ugly word: accursed.
Jesus became a curse that we might receive the alternative: the blessing. One of the themes of Galatians is that, through faith, we become the children of Abraham. As the children of Abraham, we are entitled to the blessing of Abraham for one main reason: Jesus bore the curse.
In this connection Paul emphasizes one particular blessing: “the promise of the Spirit.” There is a practical reason for this. The promised blessing of the Holy Spirit is the key to all the other blessings. Once we put our faith in Christ’s atoning death on our behalf, we become legally “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). We become members of God’s family, entitled to all that was promised to our great forefather, Abraham (Galatians 3:7–9, 29). But the divinely appointed Administrator of our inheritance is the Holy Spirit. He alone can bring us into the full, experiential enjoyment of all that has become legally ours through faith in Christ’s death. Without His help, we will fare no better than “orphans,” incapable of accessing all that our Father has already provided for us (see John 14:16–18).
Acknowledging our dependence, then, upon the Holy Spirit, we may access our inheritance. What is “the blessing of Abraham” to which Christ has entitled us? A clear and comprehensive answer is found in Genesis 24:1: “The LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.” The blessing of Abraham includes all things—whether temporal or eternal, spiritual or material. Through the death of Christ on our behalf, every area of our lives can be brought out from under the dark shadow of the curse into the full sunlight of God’s blessing.
The Curse of Health Issues
Let’s now focus on one particular aspect of the curse that Jesus bore on our behalf—the curse of health issues. Above, we saw this curse presented in its most absolute form in Deuteronomy 28:61. It was summed up in concisely: sickness; plague; dis-ease. And that is exactly what Jesus experienced on the cross.
Here once again are the marvelous verses in Isaiah 53 that contain this physical aspect:
First: Surely He has borne our griefs [literally, sicknesses] and carried our sorrows [literally, pains].... verse 4
The exchange, therefore, is this: Jesus was wounded physically that we might be healed physically.
Hebrew uses two different verbs in this verse. When it says the suffering Servant "has borne our griefs," the Hebrew means He carried our sicknesses away. When it says He "carried our sorrows," the Hebrew means He endured our pains. Jesus has, therefore, carried our sicknesses away and has endured our pains.
What is the result? Look at the end of verse 5:
By His stripes [or wounds] we are healed.
How logical that is! Because Jesus has dealt with our sicknesses and pains in His own body, healing is provided for us. More literally the Hebrew says, "It was healed for us." Perhaps the best way to express this is, "Healing was obtained for us."
Isn't it interesting that when the Bible speaks about the atonement, it never puts healing in the future? It is finished! As far as God is concerned, healing has already been obtained. We are healed. Christians sometimes ask, "How can I know if it is God's will to heal me?" We reply, "You've asked the wrong question. If you are a committed Christian sincerely seeking to serve God and do His will, your question should not be “How do I know if it is God's will to heal me?” The question is, rather, “How can I access the healing God has already provided for me?”
Some might say, "I'm not sure I accept your rendering of Isaiah 5:3.” But you cannot argue with Matthew, Peter and the Holy Spirit. Both of these New Testament Jews, inspired by the Holy Spirit, quote Isaiah 53:4‑5.
First let's look at Matthew 8:16 and the beginning of the public healing ministry of Jesus:
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demonized. And He cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick…
Note that in the healing ministry of Jesus, there is no hard and fast distinction between healing the sick and casting out evil spirits. All the way through His ministry, they go hand in hand. Why did Jesus minister like this? Verse 17 tells us:
...That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses."
Notice that the meaning of Isaiah 53:4‑5, which Matthew is quoting, is totally physical, since he refers to infirmities and sicknesses. Furthermore its outworking is physical: Matthew says Jesus healed all who came to Him. Not some but all. Every one! There is no question, then, that Matthew gives Isaiah 53:4‑5 a totally physical application.
Just one more point from this Matthew passage. The emphasis in the phrase He Himself is on Jesus, not us. When you struggle with sin or sickness or depression or rejection or fear, the Bible says to look away from yourself. The answer is not in you. Turn your eyes to Jesus. "He Himself" is the answer.
A second New Testament passage also quotes Isaiah 54:4‑5. It, too, speaks about Jesus,
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness by whose stripes [again, wounds] you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
Notice, again, that Peter's emphasis is on Himself.
Throughout these passages sin is the central issue. When sin is dealt with, everything else can be taken care of. [Review this diagram: A shortcoming continued becomes sin, and is not covered by the blood. A shortcoming discontinued becomes obedience to God's wishes, and is covered by the blood. "…You can choose sin (with death) or else obedience (with acquittal)...” (Romans 6:16)]
Finally notice the verb tense of 1 Peter 2:24 (above) — not will be healed, not even are healed, but were healed. As far as God is concerned, it is already done. When Jesus said, "It is finished!” (John 19:30), it was finished. On God's side nothing will ever change it, nothing has to be added to it and nothing can be taken from it. As Derek Prince learned, “The work of Calvary is a perfect work, perfect in every respect, perfect in every aspect.” The physical aspect is just as perfect as any other.
Deliverance from the Primary Cause: Demons
In Luke 8:35‑36 we have the record of the man with the legion of demons. When Jesus cast the demons out, he became perfectly normal.
Then [the people] went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon‑possessed was healed.
Once again the Greek word used is sozo, which means “saved," this time translated as "healed." Deliverance from demons has been provided by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and is part of salvation.
The owner of this site has ministered to hundreds who needed deliverance from evil spirits, and has learned by experience that Satan respects only one thing: the cross. You can tell him you are a Baptist or an Episcopalian or a Presbyterian or a Pentecostal, and he couldn’t care less. When you come against him on the basis of what Jesus did on the cross, however, Satan trembles.
What Divine Healing and Health is Not
It is not healing and health by natural remedies, imagination, will power, personal magnetism, metaphysics, demonology, spiritualism, immunity from death, presumption, insubordination to God's will, mind over matter, denial of the plain facts of sin, health issues, and disease, or natural healing by inherent laws and creative powers in humankind's body (e.g. our immune system).
The plan of God is to end evil and suffering forever (Exodus 34:6-7; Matthew 13:37-43; I Corinthians 15:24-28; Galatians 6:7-8; 1 Timothy 1:5; Revelation 21-22). The ultimate purpose of God in all His present dealings with man is to bring him back to the place where he was before the fall (beloved fellowship) and free him of all possibility of failing in the future. “The object and purpose of our instruction and charge is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, and a clear conscience, and genuine trust (faith).” —1 Timothy 1:5
Thank you Finis Jennings Dake, Dake Publishing, and their book entitled God’s Plan for Man
Thank you Derek Prince Ministries and his book Bought by Blood