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Welcome and thanks for studying.  Let’s conclude our study on the Gifts of Healing.

The original disciples, seventy-two others, and the early Christians were given a special authority or
blessing to physically heal in the name of Jesus.  These miracles were necessary for the faith to take root
and spread.  This new faith had to be nourished by miracles of physical healing.  It was to help convince people
that Jesus was the promised savior.

After Jesus was crucified and ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit gave spiritual gifts to mankind.  One of these
gifts was the Gifts of Healing.  We learned that the Gifts of Healing are NOT the gifts of physical heal-
ing.  Currently, there is no spiritual gift of physical healing.

People with the plural Gifts of Healing have extra compassion, empathy, and sensitivity toward others.  They
are nurturing and comforting toward others.  The are good listeners.  These plural gifts are important to
heal the soul.  These people are oriented to bring a hurting soul into alignment with God.

So how do we categorize those times when God does physically heal a person.  In current times, physical healings
are considered random miracles.  We can and should pray for physical healing, but God is sovereign.  He alone de-
cides when to physically heal.  Again, no Christian has a gift of physical healing.

In my personal walk with the Lord, I have found that there are two circumstances in which God is most
likely to physically heal.  Both concerns the soul.  First, God physically heals to open the eyes and ears to
his presence.  This results in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and brings about salvation.  Second, God physically
heals to grow a persons faith to a deeper level.

We learned there are many reasons that God may withhold his physical healing.  See Gifts of Healing 13 to review
these reasons.  Whether a person experiences physical healing or not, eventually we will all grow old and die.  God
is mostly concerned about the salvation of the soul.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

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As we have explained in Gifts of Healing 8 and 9, there is a difference between the Gifts of Healing (to heal the
soul) and miraculous physical healings (random physical miracles).

In my personal walk with the Lord, there are two circumstances in which God is most likely to phys-
ically heal a person.

First, God physically heals for the purpose of opening the eyes and ears to his presence.  Opening a per-
sons eyes and ears to the reality of God leads to the filling of the Holy Spirit, resulting in salvation.  God uses phys-
ical healing for evangelism purposes.

Again, God is more concerned about the salvation of the soul and the healing of the soul over the phys-
cal healing for the sake of physical healing.  The soul can be saved but 1 Corinthians 15:50 says “that flesh and
blood cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Next week we will read an example where physical healing opened the eyes and ears of a nonbeliever to the reality
of God.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

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

 

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

 

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

Some final comments about bible accuracy.

The Holy Spirit was and still is important to spread the gospel correctly.

Hebrews 2:3  This salvation which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

There are 66 books in the bible, written over thousands of years.  All of them are consistent with each other.

The New Testament has 27 books.  All of them speak of the ministry of Jesus.  All of them are consistent with each
other.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff