Covenant // Part 3
Tonight, we are continuing our series called “Covenant” all about God’s relationship with His people. God relates to His people through covenant, which reveals the unchanging nature of God and His love for His people.
My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. /// Psalm 89:34 (NKJV)
God stated in this passage that His covenant had been sworn out of His holiness.
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself. /// Hebrews 6:13 (NIV)
Covenant is a reflection of the Maker. How it is kept is a reflection upon the one entering into it. The New Covenant contains a five-fold promise God has made to those who enter it. Last time, we looked at the promises that have to do with our sin. Tonight, we look at another promise of the covenant: HEALING. Covenant reveals the nature of God. God revealed Himself to us as:
First time we see this revelation is in Exodus:
If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you. /// Exodus 15:26 (NKJV)
It is interesting to note that this revelation occurred at the bitter waters of Marah. God didn’t just strike the waters to make them whole, He showed Moses a tree and instructed him to throw the tree into the bitter water and it was made whole. More on this later. God’s revelation of Himself as the God who heals was made know to us fully in the revelation of Jesus. Jesus did many miracles of healing physical, emotional, and spiritual. The New Testament documents many cases of God’s healing power – in the Gospels and the book of Acts. Healing was included as one of the gifts released in the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
To another gifts of healings by the same Spirit. /// 1 Corinthians 12:9
Sometimes, God used natural things in the healing of people in both the Old and New Testament. Healing probably includes plural gifts because at times, God does use natural elements to heal. God also uses the power of the Holy Spirit to heal without the use of natural elements. Both are considered healing and God is the Originator of both. Examples: Jesus’ mud, Moses tree, Elijah’s poultice, medicine, surgery, etc. Is healing an absolute? Absolutely!
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 you were healed. /// 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV)
This is written in the past tense or completed tense. We are not waiting to be healed – we are healed!
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias [Isaiah] the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. /// Matthew 8:16-17
Jesus healed all kinds of people – lost and saved. The disciples saw both healed as well. But, for God’s children, healing is an absolute. Jesus called it the children’s bread:
But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not right to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. /// Mark 7:27
Well, you may say that we have seen some believers die with a sickness. How can you say healing is absolute? The Bible tells us it is for God’s children. Remember, we are eternal beings – but unless Jesus returns before we die, we will all die. Scripture says that as well (Hebrews 9:27). Death is the last enemy we will SEE destroyed (1 Corinthians 15:26). But, all are healed – the only question is when will it manifest?
We get so caught up in the present. We want this world to be heaven now. It is not and will never be until it is changed and evil is locked away. But, we should never fear sickness nor its bully – death. We are healed by the finished work of Jesus! Our healing is not in process but done in Him!
- Psalm 89:34 (NKJV)
- Hebrews 6:13 (NIV)
- Exodus 15:26 (NKJV)
- 1 Corinthians 12:9
- 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV)
- Matthew 8:16-17
- Mark 7:27
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