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Enjoying good health is something believers can take for granted, but a glance around us reveals that not everyone is walking in this blessing. Religion doesn’t understand the difference between the covenants of the law and of grace; it teaches people to beg and plead for God to heal them. It’s important that we see healing under the correct covenant. We no longer have to pray for it; we’re thankful for it because we’re already healed.
What was true under the law may not be true under grace. Under the law, sickness and disease were part of the curse. Healing has already been made available to us, but back then, the people had to ask God for it. “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise” (Jeremiah 17:14). This was a valid prayer under the law, but it isn’t now.
In the Old Testament, God promised what He would do; healing was part of the promise. “Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth” (Jeremiah 33:6). However, Mosaic Law was based on what the people did, first, before God could do anything. To be healthy was a blessing, and the people had to work hard to earn every blessing they could.
The cross of Christ changed the requirements for healing. Under the old covenant, healing only happened through the people’s regular animal sacrifices as atonement for their failure to keep the law through their own efforts. When Jesus came, many neither understood nor accepted the link between faith in Him and healing, despite being shown miracles (John 9:1-38). When He died, Old-Testament prophecy was fulfilled. “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
It’s significant that this says we are healed, not we will be healed. Renewing our minds according to the finished works of Jesus Christ reminds us that healing is available to us, no matter what the doctor says. The world tells us we must accept ill-health and resign ourselves to it, but God’s Word tells us otherwise. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2). Healing is God’s will for us; nothing the world says can ever change what He has already said.
When Jesus took away the curses of sickness and disease, He left all the blessings of strength, vitality, and abundant good health. All we need to do is accept those blessings by faith. The world still struggles with health issues, both emotional and physical, because it doesn’t understand how healing works under the covenant of grace. If we still struggle with these issues, it may be because we’ve become absent-minded in this area. “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:2, 3, NIV).
The gift of perfect health has been presented. “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens” (James 1:17, NLT). Our healing is already waiting for us to receive it; we can’t help but be thankful when we reflect on this. We are the healed, on every level.