By His Stripes…?


I find that some Christians take exception to my stance on healing. That’s because I don’t believe that we are guaranteed healing in this age through the work of Christ on the cross. The Apostle Peter cites Isaiah 53:5 in his first epistle (chapter 2 verse 24) in the context of us being healed from the power of penalty of sin. Similarly, the original text in Isaiah is what we call a ‘Hebrew Parallelism’. That is, saying the same thing twice in different words to aid memorisation. An example of parallelism is if I were to say:

“A dog is a faithful companion and a canine is a loyal friend.”

Here’s the text from Isaiah noting the parallel statements:

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

His stripes brought the peace with God (Romans 5:1) that was necessary because of sin.

It’s true that everybody Jesus ministered to during his earthly ministry was healed at the time (note that they didn’t have to keep on believing in their healing in the absence of any physical change in their symptoms!). That’s because, the Kingdom of God was in their midst (Luke 17:21) in the presence of the King. When Messiah returns, the Kingdom of God will be fully established and healing and miracles will be the norm. In the meantime we see glimpses of the Kingdom whenever God blesses us with a miracle or a divine healing.

Baruch haShem

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