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Healing in the Atonement

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Quote Originally Posted by Katy-follower View Post
Compare Isaiah 53 with 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 context then is clearly spiritual healing, so forgiveness of our sins, the inner change, as a result of Jesus' sacrifice for us. "By His stripes we are healed"

It would be worrying to suggest this is referring to physical healing also, because all this will do is lead a believer to doubt their salvation when they don't get a physical healing, if they're taught it's guaranteed by the cross.

God does still heal, but it's according to His will and His timing, and not a guarantee for everyone either. Even Paul was denied healing....

2 Cor 12:7-10: "And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong"
Quote Originally Posted by Katy-follower View Post
To add to my post...

About 7 years ago I was driving along a desolate highway really late in the evening. There were no petrol stations or nearby towns. I then had a medical emergency and was in a state of panic because the symptoms were the final stage, so I was at the point of no return and needed medical help. I was a backsliding christian and so I then prayed for the first time in about 15 years for Him to help me, and then He took it away instantly!! My issue was severe dehydration, which I have had before and I know the warning signs and also if I get to that point of no return I know I need an IV because drinking water takes too long to get to my system, and at some point you're unable to even drink water because your body rejects it. I tell you this, because when He healed me, the cup ran over!!! I would've been happy with even a third of a cup, lol, but He gave me more than I was expecting, because when I got to a town I was full and so I drank anyway but knew I didn't really need to, because He had taken it all away!! As it happens, this is what brought me back to Him

But despite that I do have a thorn in the flesh which He will not heal. Either the answer is no, or it's just not His timing right now, so I accept this, and despite the thorn I do still have some joy. Healing would be so easy for Him yet He sees the bigger picture that we're missing. We know how removing of a thorn would benefit us, but what about the negative consequences, because God can see them. I know no-one really thinks about possible negatives because the focus is always on how it would benefit us. In Paul's case, his sufferings kept him humble. And how might sufferings help others, especially non believers that look on and see your joy regardless, and wonder what you have that they don't. Just some food for thought.
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