Tuesday, 26th January, 2021
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Who his own self bare 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" (1 Peter 2:24 KJV)
Many of the Scriptures on healing that have been quoted by many well-meaning Christians aren’t applicable to the New Testament. In the Old Testament, God made provisions for the children of Israel, but those provisions and messages don’t apply to the Church.
Recall that the Old Covenant was abrogated because it made nothing perfect. You might ask, “How about the covenant of healing? Didn’t God say in Exodus 23:25, “…I will take sickness away from the midst of thee?” He also said in Isaiah 53:5, “But 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.”
Now, none of these two references is for the Christian. God didn’t make a covenant of healing with the new creation. The covenant of healing was for Israel. When Jesus said on the Cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30), that was the end of the old covenant.
It’s important to understand who the Christian really is. The Christian is one with the God-life, a life that doesn’t require healing, because it doesn’t get sick. Why are many sick then? Ignorance! God said, “My people are destroyed for their lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
The Bible says, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal (death-doomed) bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:11). The Holy Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you and has vitalized your mortal body. That means your body isn’t deathdoomed or sickness prone anymore. Hallelujah!
God’s people must know, live, and spread the truth. When you become a Christian and you receive the Holy Spirit, you should NEVER be sick again in your life. What you need is the consciousness of the divine life in you, and the fact that the Holy Spirit perambulates in you to ward off every anomaly, and keep you in health.
"The same Spirit that raised up Christ from the dead has vitalized my body. Sickness has no place in me, because the life of God permeates me through and through. I live in divine health and impact my world with the God-life in me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Isaiah 33:24 AMPC; Proverbs 4:20-22; Romans 8:10 NIV
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 18:15-35 & Exodus 10-12
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 10:1-11 & Genesis 26