Welcome.  So far we have read that the Gifts of Healing are extra compassion, extra empathy, sensitivity
toward others, nurturing toward others, and comforting toward others.  They are also good listeners and want
to pray for others.  These gifts help heal a hurting soul and spirit.

But how do we categorize physical healings?  I believe physical healings are considered random miracles.

A miracle is an event that cannot be naturally explained?  When we talk about miraculous physical healings, the
root word of miraculous is miracle.  A miraculous physical healing is a healing that cannot be naturally
explained.

When does God physically heal?  As we read in the “Physical Healing” chapter, there is no blanket answer to God’s
supernatural physical healing.  If you do this or if you do that or if you have enough faith then God will automatical-
ly physically heal a person.  More often than not, God does not physically heal.

Physical healings are random and performed by the Holy Spirit.  In my personal walk with the Lord, there are
two circumstances in which God is most likely to physically heal a person.  More on that next week.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

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Last week I hinted that the gifts of healing are the plural gifts that heal the soul and spirit.

Throughout scripture, God is mostly concerned with a persons soul and a persons spirit.  God wants to heal the
soul and open the spirit to a relationship with himself.  This relationship with the Holy Spirit results in salva-
tion.

People with the gifts of healing have extra compassion for a persons hurting soul.  They have extra empathy for
a persons hurting soul.  They are sensitive toward others.  They are nurturing toward others.  They are com-
forting toward others.  They are good listeners.

These gifts are important to emotional healing or the healing of the soul.

Also, these people want to pray with others, opening their spirit to a relationship with the great counselor
(Holy Spirit).  This relationship results in healing of the soul as well as salvation for the soul.

To sum up, people with the above gifts of healing are oriented to bringing a hurting soul into alignment with God,
emotionally and spiritually.

Mother Teresa seems to be a great example of a person with the gifts of healing.  She cared for people with
Leprosy in Calcutta, India.  Most of her patients were not physically healed but many were emotionally healed.
Their souls were healed.  Also, many of their spirits were opened to a relationship with the Lord, resulting in sal-
vation.

For more information about the soul and spirit, please read “soul and spirit” category to the left of this page.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Last week we stated that the gifts of healing are always plural.  The gifts of healing are more than one.

Before we discover these plural gifts, let’s examine three singular gifts.

First of all, the gift of teaching.  People with this gift may teach about Noah, they may teach about the
Apostle Paul, they may teach about giving, they may teach about love, etc., etc.  It’s still one gift of teaching.
It’s still a singular gift.

Secondly, the gift of helps.  People with this gift may help as a church usher, they may help at the church
coffee shop, they may help setting up for events, they may help in the children ministry, etc., etc.  It’s still one
gift of helps.  It’s still a singular gift.

Thirdly, the gift of prophecy.  People with this gift may receive a message for a church member struggling with
addiction, they may receive a message for a church member having marriage difficulties, they may receive a
message for a church member facing an important life decision, etc., etc.  It’s still one gift of prophecy.  It’s
still a singular gift.

Now let’s examine the plural gifts of healing.  If it was like the previous three examples, people with this gift
would heal cancer, they would heal heart disease, they would heal eye disease, they would heal pneumonia, etc.,
etc.  It would be one gift of healing.  It would be a singular gift.

The problem is that the gifts of healing is not a singular gift.  It is always a plural gift.  The gifts of
healing are more than one.

Therefore, what are the gifts of healing?  I’ll give you a hint.  These gifts deal with the healing of a
persons soul and spirit.  More on this next week.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Let’s review.  So far we have read that the twelve disciples, seventy-two others and the first believers were given a
special blessing from God to heal all disease and sickness.  This blessing helped boost the new Christian faith.

After Jesus died and ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit was released in his entirety.  The Holy Spirit gave each
believer their own spiritual gift.  Currently, it is the same way.  The Holy Spirit gives each modern believer their
own spiritual gift.

1 Corinthians 12:8-9  To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of
knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the
same Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 12:27-28  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it.  And in the church, God
has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having
gifts of healing …

1 Corinthians 12:30  Do all have gifts of of healing?  Do all speak in tongues?  Do all interpret?

As we concentrate on the gifts of healing, notice that the gifts of healing are always plural.  The gifts of
healing are more than one.

I will expand on this next week.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

Continuing from last week, let’s read more scriptures that confirm the Holy Spirit gives believers specific gifts.

Ephesians 4:11  It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists
and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ
may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of man.

Hebrews 2:4  God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distrib-
uted according to his will.

Peter 4:10  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering
God’s grace in it’s various forms.

You can improve in any of the gifts, but the one given to you will be the one you have a passion to perform.

Also, it may or may not be the way you make a living, but it will be the one you are best at performing within the
family of God or the church.

Next week we will specifically read about the Gifts of Healing.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff


So far we read that the twelve disciples, seventy-two others and the first believers were given a special blessing
from God to heal all disease and sickness.  This blessing helped boost the new Christian faith.

After Jesus died and ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit was released in his entirety.  The Christian faith was
growing and the Holy Spirit gave believers their own spiritual gifts.  These gifts are given to build up the
body of Christ or the church.

Let’s read some scriptures to verify that believers are given spiritual gifts.

1 Peter 4:10  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering
God’s grace in it’s various forms.

1 Corinthians 7:7  I wish that all men were as I am.  But each one has his own gift from God, one has this gift,
another has that.

1 Corinthians 12:4  There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.

Ephesians 4:7  But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.  This is why it says:  When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.

Next week we will read more scriptures about gifts before focusing on the Gifts of Healing.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

This week let’s read one more scripture about early Christians and physical healing.

Mark 16:15-18  He (Jesus in spiritual body before ascending to heaven) said to them (twelve disciples), “Go into all
the world and preach the good news to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever
does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will accompany those who believe:  in my name they
will drive out demons;  they will speak in new tongues;  they will pick up snakes with their hands;  and when
they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all;  they will place their hands on sick people, and
they will get well.

To current day Christians, I definitely don’t recommend picking up poisonous snakes or drinking deadly poison.

The early Christians, and the twelve disciples and the seventy-two, were given a special blessing to physi-
cally heal in the name of Jesus.  These miracles were necessary in the beginning of Christianity.  It
was necessary so that the faith would take root and increase.  This new faith had to be nourished by
miracles and miracles of healing.  It was to turbo boost the new faith of Christianity and to convince
people that Jesus was the promised savior.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff