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Reasons Why Healing Doesn't Happen

By Benjamin H. Liles

          There is a trend in which certain Pastors and Biblical leaders are starting to say things such as "once the New Testament was finished, those sign gifts ceased to have a function", and ended with the conclusion of the Apostolic Age, around 100 AD" (1 Corinthians 12-14). The comment stems from the misunderstanding that the power of the Holy Spirit of God seeming to be non-functional by and large. The real reason the miraculous doesn't happen much any more is due to in large part of those events don't necessarily bring glory and honor to God as it once did, almost 1900 years ago.
          One of the first times we're even told of the soon to be apostles, Christ's disciples are given His Holy spirit is when Jesus summons "His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and  sickness" (Matthew 10:1). The point was to bring the gospel message to those who were suffering and had faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, could in fact heal them. It begs this question: If that's the case why aren't more healings and the miraculous taking place even now?
          When Paul taught the church at Corinth about the right way to worship and how and in what capacity we are to worship Jesus Christ it was to let them know they weren't doing things in an orderly manner. Many people in leadership positions these days want to rail against Paul especially for putting limits on the expression of passion and gifts of charismata within the body of Christ.
          This is what Paul tells them, "And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues...All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?" (1 Corinthians 12:28-30). The thing is there has been and is still an abuse of using the name of Jesus to mock our standing with Him.
          Think about this for a minute: let's say you live in first century Judea. On one of those days Jesus is walking the streets of Bethlehem, let's say, and you're suffering from a strong and virulent form of bronchitis. So much so that it not only incapacitates you, but you're close to death. Considering that, you are taken to Him by your wife, for the sake of the argument.
          The conversation is a bit like this, "My brother, your sins are forgiven." So those around Him and you start shaking their heads, looking first to you, and then to this man called Jesus of Nazareth. They reason in themselves, "Blasphemous! no one forgives but God alone!" Jesus realizing this says to them, "Why are you thinking this in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, 'Get up and breathe easily'? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He turns to you and says, "I tell you, stand up next to your wife, take hold of her hand, and go home to rest." This scenario did play out in the gospel of Luke, but it's where Jesus heals a paralytic (see Luke 5:17-26).
          Why a lot of people get into debate as to whether or not that miracles can happen and that healings take place is because they don't seem to understand the way the gospel message works. The miracles/healings point to the evidence that Christ has come in the form of humanity, being one of us, taking our sins and thus our place on the cross, and taking that punishment on the cross so that we do not any longer have to deal with those sins. BUT, and this is a strong but here, it boils down to whether or not we choose to give up those sinful habits by putting our utmost faith and trust on the person of Jesus Christ.
          Here's a comparison/contrast for you. There are two people who love and talk about faith in Jesus Christ and how He is everything to us. One is paralyzed permanently, confined to a wheelchair mostly, but can occasion stand up using dual canes or even a walker. The other goes through a life-threatening event. The man who is paralyzed doesn't think that miracles of God can happen any longer, but he says he has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The one with the life-threatening issue has lived a sinful life but during the operation, especially the night before chooses to take by faith God can heal him permanently, until the day God takes him home to heaven. Here's the thing, most of you will realize the man with the life-threatening issue is me. The other man I speak of doesn't really believe the gospel message works well anymore; he doesn't have faith.
          The point I'm making here is that healings and miracles can't and won't take place because will those events point to the glory and majesty of the One who forgave us of our sin are in doubt, lacking any real kind of faith God forgives. There are multitudes and scores of events happening outside of scripture even to this very day of people putting their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, having given Himself up on the cross, and being raised by the Father--God--so that we have standing with and before Him. 
          As of this moment there are scores of hundreds of people in and from the Mid-East who are putting their faith and trust in Jesus Christ who died in their place. The miracle is this: they are receiving His Holy Spirit, choosing to have faith God will heal them, to help them in their time of need. God promises and tells us in His word, "My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
          This is fulfilled when James wrote to the church, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you" (James 4:10). God's Spirit is still at work and will still continue to work until God, the Father, declares the time has come for His return to this world. This promise cannot take place until one thing happens--worship of the Beast: "That day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God" (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
          We need to be fully prepared in our faith, having accepted Christ as Lord and Savior before that happens, for when it does be ready for Christ is soon to return. That's why it is all the more important to put aside petty squabbles over why or why not miracles and healings happen means the Holy Spirit is gone. And that means the Holy Spirit is still with us even now, for Paul further wrote to the church at Thessalonica, "And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For...lawlessness is already at work; only [God's Holy Spirit] will do so until He is [removed by the Father]. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8). 
          Therefore, we can conclude then that the real reason why so-called miracles and healings are not happening so much any more is that they don't necessarily pave the way of the gospel narrative, but a means to take something away from people. Those who are prosperity teachers, the so-called seed faith movement, will come to an end, for they are seeking a totally different gospel message, and not the one God gives us in His word, the Bible. Also, there are others calling themselves Evangelical leaders who refuse to tell the truth about the Holy Spirit and seeing His Spirit radically change lives of those around them. That is why the actual gospel message needs to keep being given, to teach others the right way to have a right-standing with God, and to have faith in the One who died in our place, Jesus Christ.

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