Does God want us healed physically or spiritually – or both? 🤔

This has been a subject of debate among Christians for a long time. 😨

But praise God, if we study His Word He makes it crystal clear which kind of “healing” He’s talking about! 😇

Let’s start with Isaiah 53:3-5, “Surely He took our griefs and carried our sorrows…and with His stripes we are healed.”

That word “griefs” is the Hebrew word “choli” which means “sickness”. It’s the same word used throughout the Old Testament for any physical sickness or disease, such as in 1 Kings 17:17 to describe the boy whose ”sickness” grew worse and worse so that he died and Elijah had to raise him from the dead.

The word “sorrows” is the Hebrew word “makob” which means “pain” and is also used throughout the Old Testament to refer to physical and mental pain.

Then it says, “With His stripes we are healed.”

That word “healed” is the Hebrew word “Rapha” (as in Jehovah Rapha: God our Healer) which means “to heal, cure, repair thoroughly, make whole” as in what a physician does to a sick person. It’s the same word used to describe physical healing throughout the Old Testament such as in 2 Kings 20:5 when God promises Hezekiah that He will HEAL him.

Now check this out…

In Matthew 8:16-17 God says something amazing to CONFIRM whether He’s healed us physically or spiritually:

“When evening had come they bought many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word and HEALED ALL who were sick. THIS WAS TO FULFILL what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” 

Isaiah was prophesying PHYSICAL healing. 

Now let’s look at 1 Peter 2:24, “He himself bore our sins…and by His stripes we were HEALED.” 

That word “healed” is the Greek word “iaomai” which means “to heal, generally of the physical, sometimes of the spiritual, to cure, to make whole”. So it MAINLY means physical healing, and sometimes spiritual.

HOWEVER, this word for “healed” is the same word used EVERY time to describe Jesus healing someone physically. So in this verse in Peter, it is talking about PHYSICAL healing. 

In fact, nowhere in the New Testament does the Bible ever mention “spiritual” healing. 

Our spirits aren’t “patched up” or “cured” when we receive salvation, they are COMPLETELY REPLACED! Out with the old, in with the new! (2 Cor 5:15) 😇

The truth is that Jesus not only paid the price for our sins, He paid for our physical healing too  – because that’s how much He LOVES us! ✝️=❤️ #faithtalks 

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