The Reason He Came
Part 3 – What Is The Truth?
John 14:6 I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man comes to the Father but by Me.
Jesus is the Truth and He came from heaven to earth so that mankind could see, hear, know and follow the Truth.
· See the Truth
· Hear the Truth
· Understand the Truth
· Follow the Truth
Because … if any person knows and follows the Truth they will be set free from:
1. Eternal Death
2. The Hell of this Life
There is a strong and solid thread of truth running throughout the whole Bible. Moses declared it; Isaiah said it more than once; Jeremiah declared this truth; so did Ezekiel; and Matthew; Mark; the Apostle Paul and the beloved physician, Luke. Jesus said it this way:
Matthew 13:15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’
· See the Truth
· Hear the Truth
· Understand the Truth
· Follow the Truth
The devil, who is the prince of the darkness of this world, tries his best to hide the truth from our eyes; argue the truth in our ears; confuse the truth in our minds; and distract us from following the truth.
17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases,
18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed.
19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.
Sad to say not everyone who hears the truth believes the truth. Not everyone believed Jesus was telling the truth.
Matthew 13:58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Mark 6:5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.
Jesus came to reveal the will of God. It had always been God’s will to include healing as a part of the benefits and blessings which belonged to God’s children.
What Is The Truth?
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Malachi 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I do not change …”
Psalms 89:34 My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
Exodus 15:26 "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you."
Exodus 23:25 "So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.”
9 Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
14 You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock.
15 And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you.”
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Psalms 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Jesus came to save us from an eternity in hell and from the hell of this life. Sickness and disease is straight from the pit of hell and Jesus took our infirmities and sicknesses, pain and sorrows to the cross and then to the grave. Divine healing is a forever settled truth and no sickness has a right to claim the health of a child of God.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
The Reason He Came …
1 Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.
The Eternal Curse of Man
· Hell and Eternal Damnation
The Temporal Curse of Man
· Sickness; Pain; Worry; Fear; Poverty; Shame
Jesus cared so much for both the Temporary Needs of man and the Eternal Needs of man that He not only died for our eternal sins but He also suffered for our temporal needs.
Both the Eternal Salvation of our Soul and the Temporal Healing of our Body takes our Faith in God to be remedied.
· Faith as a Force – active and dynamic – a powerful offensive weapon
· Faith as a Shield – steadfast and unmovable – a strong defense
Ephesians 6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Faith is both a force and a field. I believe faith is best used as a shield against sickness and disease as we live a righteous and holy life in accordance with the scriptures and make our professions of faith to cover us as a shield. I think it is better to keep the enemy from getting to us than to deal with the problems afterwards. In many cases Faith works better as a shield than it does as a pair of tweezers … however … faith has the power to do both.
Anyone will tell you that preventive medicine is the best approach to living a long and healthy life. Doctors recommend we take flu shots, exercise, eat right, get vaccinations, visit the dentist regularly, get yearly blood tests, after certain ages have other screenings and procedures just to help insure we won’t get sick or that in hopes we can take the advantage against any problems which might want to attack our health and rob us of time, energy, money and perhaps life.
I stand behind the preventive approach to health not only from a medical standpoint but from a spiritual standpoint as well. I believe it is important to take our daily God’s-pills (Gospel) and have our regular Spiritual Checkups to insure we are not leaving ourselves open to some of the enemies who want to rob us of time, energy, money or life.
We can use our faith in the Word and Will of God to fight against sickness, infirmity, disease as well as other curses, to appropriate healing for ourselves and others. We fight the good fight of faith. (Divine Healing)
As well, we can use our faith in the Finished Work of Jesus as a shield to stand against these same curses to keep them unable to successfully attack. (Divine Health)
In both cases we fight the good fight of faith or stand in faith from a position of Divine Justice. The fact that Jesus paid the price for our healing and health, both now and forever, is settled. Sickness has no more legal claim on the Believer. We have an all knowing Judge, (God); an all powerful Advocate, (Jesus); a great cloud of witnesses, (Patriarchs & Saints both in Heaven and Earth); a final decree, (The Word); innumerable enforcers, (Holy Angels); and someone to comfort us, teach us and guide us through the process who will never leave us nor forsake us and who has unlimited resources at His disposal, (The Holy Spirit). I’d say we ultimately win on every case and each appeal. On top of all of that we are right and the devil is wrong and we are all family and the devil is a known liar and thief.
Divine Justice demands our appeal be heard, the evidence be weighed and the case settled in favor of Pardoned Believer. What can we do to participate in our miracle?
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
There are also some other things we can do that agree both with the Word of God and the medical practice to help prevent sickness and also help us to recover from attacks as well.
· A Merry Heart (does good like a medicine)
· Stressful Relationships (contention and continual drops of water)
· Wounded Spirit (dries up the bones)
· Bitterness and Unforgiveness (Don’t forgive, won’t be forgiven)
· Unrepentant (stiff-necked; stubborn; rebellious)
· Anger (does not work the righteousness of God)
· Take no pleasure in the infirmities of your enemies
· Critical spirit; Judging (Judge not … with the same measure …)
· Sowing and Reaping (When Job prayed for his friends …)
This sets us up for Our Next Topic in this Healing Series …
The Power of Confession