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As we mentioned last week, God physically heals for the purpose of opening the eyes and ears to his pre-
sense.  To open the eyes and ears to the reality of God and bring about Salvation.

The following is an example of a miraculous physical healing from my life.  It opened the eyes and
ears of my dad to the reality of Christ.

My dad grew up as a Catholic and always had an affinity for the nuns but he fell away from the church.  I remem-
ber that he didn’t like people talking about their faith.  The oxymoron is that he would always watch
“The Ten Commandments” movie at easter and Jesus movies at Christmas.

When my dad was elderly, he caught pneumonia and could not beat it.  Often pneumonia kills the elderly.  While in
intensive care, I asked my dad “Tonight, why don’t you give God a chance to heal you.  You have nothing to loose?”

The next day I went to visit.  He was out of intensive care in a normal hospital room.  He was sitting up, eating and
talking to a patient in the next bed.  My dad was healed!  He asked me if I sent a woman priest to his room last
night.  I replied, “No, I don’t know if the Catholic Church allows women priests?”  This woman told him
“you’re going to be OK.”

After my visit, I checked with the nurses station and the hospital chapel.  No nun, pastor or priest was on duty that
night.  Several days later, I told my dad that he was probably visited by an angel.  I shared scriptures about how
angels can take human form.  He agreed.

I believe healing took place to open the eyes and ears to the reality of God and bring salvation to my
dad.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

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Old Testament 43

Posted: April 20, 2017 in Old Testament
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CONCLUSION 6:  In approximately 33 AD Jesus became the final sacrifice to make atonement for the death that
was due sinful mankind.  Never again was the animal sacrifice at the Temple of God necessary.

God now communicates through the Holy Spirit to every man or woman that seeks him.  Salvation has come to
all people, not just the Jews and the nation of Israel.

Romans 11:11  Again I ask:  Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery?  Not at all!  Rather, because of their
transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles (non Jews) to make Israel envious.

Approximately 37 years after the death of Jesus, in 70 AD, the Romans conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the
second Temple of God.  To this day, the Temple of God has never been rebuilt.

The State of Israel never existed again until May 14, 1948.  After World War II, the State of Israel
was once again established.  Unfortuately, the Jews of Israel still don’t recognize Jesus as the Son of God.

Next week we will be reviewing “heaven.”

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Last week we read that when Jesus died on the cross, the temple curtain was torn in two.  The curtain tearing
symbolized that the separation between sinful man and a Holy God was over.

Salvation has come to all people, not just the Jews and the nation of Israel.

Romans 11:11  Again I ask:  Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery?  Not at all!  Rather, because of their
transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles (non Jews) to make Israel envious.

Romans 11:17  If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been
grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap.

Romans 11:23  And if they (Gentiles) do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft
them in again.

Gentiles (non Jews) who believe have been grafted into the family of God.  As believers, Gentiles
have received salvation.  No longer is salvation just for the Israel nation.

For more information to how salvation works, please read Point of Salvation (pages 15 – 18).  See column to the
left.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

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Let’s expand on the counseling or communicating side of the Holy Spirit.

Before Jesus died on the cross, the Holy Spirit communicated only with the prophets and the high priest.  In the
Old Testament, the tabernacle contained a room called the Most Holy Place.  In this room, the high priests 
heard from the Holy Spirit on behalf of all the Israelite believers.

Hebrews 5: 1  “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relationship
to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin.

For more information on the Most Holy Place, please see “Point of Salvation” pages 7 – 10 in the category column
to the left.

After Jesus died on the cross, the curtain leading into the Most Holy Place was torn in two.

Luke 23:45 for the sun stopped shining.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

This symbolized that the high priests are no longer the only ones that can seek counsel and communicate with the
Holy Spirit.  Jesus is now the High Priest and all believers can seek counsel and communicate with the
Holy Spirit “the Counselor.”

The access to the communicating side of the Holy Spirit is how faith spread beyond the nation of Israel to every
nation in the world.  Therefore, Abraham was the father of faith.  He was the father of many nations.

Genesis 15:15  He (God) took him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars-
if indeed you can count them.  Then he said to him, so shall your offspring be.

Next week, continuing from Abraham to Joseph.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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A fourth final thought:

Many believers reference 1 Peter 2:24  “by his wounds you have been healed.”  They believe Jesus bore all of our
physical illness on the cross.

Let’s read the full scripture.  1 Peter 2:24  “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might
die to sins and live for righteousness;  by his wounds you have been healed (forgiven).”

Let’s read another scripture.  Isaiah 53:5  But he was pierced for our transgressions (breaking the law), he
was crushed for our iniquities (sin);  the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds
we are healed (forgiven).

The wounds that Jesus suffered were for the forgiveness of our sins and not the healing of our physical
bodies.  

The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was to fulfill the old law of offering an unblemished sacrificial  
lamb, goat or animal for the forgiveness of sins.  Jesus is the last sacrificial lamb and the last shed-
ding of blood for our sins to ever be made.

Next week, the conclusion to Physical Healing.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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A second final thought:

There are things you can do to help maintain your physical health and even prolong your life.  The first thing is
eating healthy.

Genesis 1:29  Then God said, “I give you seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has
fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food.

Genesis 1:30  I give every green plant for food.

A great example of eating correctly is when Daniel didn’t want to defile himself with royal food.  He asked that he
and the servants be fed nothing but vegetables and water to drink.

Daniel 1:12  “Please test your servants for ten days:  Give us nothing but vegetables and water to drink.  Then com-
pare our appearance with that of the young men that eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with
what you see.”  So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

At the end of ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who
ate the royal food.  So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them
vegetables instead.

Next week a third final note.  A second way to maintain physical health.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Welcome and thanks for reading.

So far, we have read that the only requirement to Gods physical healing is to have faith, great or small.  The Lord
requires faith so that you realize who healed you, causing your relationship with him to grow deeper.  This is why
you were created, to have relationship with him and to love him with all your heart, mind and soul.  Also, when
you have faith and are physically healed, it glorifies God to others so they too will believe.

Now, we must explore any exception to the above premise.

First, has God ever healed people with no faith?

Mathew 12:22  Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him,
so that he could both talk and see.

Luke 22:49  When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our
swords?”  And one of them struck the servant (non believer) of the high priests, cutting off his right ear.

But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” and he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

It is rare but God does occasionally heal people with no faith.  It may be to glorify himself to others, or just
out of mercy, or for reasons we may never know.

Next week, are there times when God will not heal a person even if they have faith, great or small?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff