Should We Claim Complete Healing Based on the Atonement of Jesus Christ?, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #169)

04 Nov

MP3 Download Link: The Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #169

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is I Timothy 2:8 which reads: “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Mary Warburton Booth. He said: “Depend upon it, if you are bent on prayer, the devil will not leave you alone. He will molest you, tantalize you, block you, and will surely find some hindrances, big or little or both. And we sometimes fail because we are ignorant of his devices…I do not think he minds our praying about things if we leave it at that. What he minds, and opposes steadily, is the prayer that prays on until it is prayed through, assured of the answer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of a new series titled “SHOULD WE CLAIM COMPLETE HEALING BASED ON THE ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST?” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

There has been much loose talk over the question of whether or not Christ purchased redemption and healing for our bodies in His death on the cross. And I am sorry to say that much of this loose talk has been done by otherwise sound, Christian men who were irritated with the Pentecostalists and others who claim that healing is in the atonement and that therefore every Christian ought at once to claim perfect healing on the basis of the atonement just as he takes salvation by faith all at once.

In Matthew 8:16,17 is a clear Scripture on this question: “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 the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”

You might know that these verses include a reference to Isaiah 53:4, which says, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.” It is remarkable that the New Testament translation, as given by the Holy Spirit, is even more emphatic than the Old Testament promise, that Christ carried our infirmities and our sicknesses. In the American Revised Version, Matthew 8:17 says of Jesus, “Himself took our infirmities and bare our diseases.” And we remember that Isaiah 53:5 says, “And with his stripes we are healed.”

It is foolish to fight the plain teaching of these verses. Jesus Himself took our infirmities and bare our diseases. Dr. R.A. Torrey spoke of the saying that “physical healing is in the atonement” in his book, Divine Healing. He said, “I think that that is a fair inference from these verses when looked at in this context.” And as the beloved S.D. Gordon, author of the “Quiet Talks” series of books, said, surely, every good thing we have comes, not as a result of our own merits but as a result of the merits of Jesus Christ, and is paid for on the cross. If a Christian comes to pray for healing in Jesus’ name, he is praying properly. Surely it is not too much to say that every good thing God ever gives was purchased by Jesus Christ.

But Dr. Torrey hastened, as I do, to call attention to the fact that we do not now receive all that is purchased for us. It is wonderful to be saved, and to have our sins forgiven, but every Christian ought to know that is only a part of his inheritance — there is more coming later!

+ Plus, listen to Hillsong singing “Our Father”

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Posted by on November 4, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals


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