The Lord Jesus wants us to be healed. His finished work on the cross is that we are now free from sickness and diseases once we believe in Him. His words say by His stripes we were healed.
In First Peter 2: 24, it says: “…who (our Lord Jesus) 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.”
You see that? He first took the sins away before healing came. Glory to God!!!
Now let’s look at three more scriptures to further establish that once our sins (your sins) are forgiven, you can receive your healing. If you are born again, your sins are already forgiven. If you fall into sins, you can ask God for forgiveness and claim your healing again by faith.
Apostle John speaking to fellow believers (not unbelievers!) said in 1 John 2: 8 – 9
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.“
You will see later how someone in this write-up was cleansed from unrighteousness by faith. Yes, by faith. You can be healed again and again!
1. Let’s look at what David said in Psalms 103:1-4
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,”
From the above scripture, some of the benefits were forgiveness of sins and healing. David said the Lord forgives and heals.
There are other few examples in the ministry of our Lord Jesus where He forgave and healed them.
2. Our Lord Jesus forgave and healed a paralytic man
“Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
After the Lord said this, the scribes and Pharisees began to reason within themselves like who is this forgiving sins apart from God?
In Luke 5:22-26
“But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”
3. The woman with alabaster oil
“And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
In Luke 7: 48, 50
“Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
In the above two stories, one key attitude that both the paralytic man and the woman with the alabaster oil had was faith (Matthew 9:2 and Luke 7:50).
The paralytic man had faith that he could be healed by the Lord Jesus. The woman with the alabaster oil had faith that her sins could be forgiven by the Lord. Both of them got what they had faith for.
But the amazing thing is that Jesus didn’t say to them “be healed” or “you are righteous now” (even though he could), but He said “your sins are forgiven” before He addressed the circumstances that brought them. It means their sins were the root causes. He forgave his sins and the healed him. He forgave her sins and gave her peace!
Remember, it is by grace we are saved through faith in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8). And we continue to live by faith in what the Word of God says. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Romans 1:17 and Hebrews 11:6)
You too can believe God for whatever is a challenge against your redemptive rights. Just look up what the Word of God says concerning it. Pray to God with His Words and believe that He has done it and the manifestation will come to pass in your life. Speak the Word. Have faith in Him. Do not waver. Like Abraham, keep giving glory to Him until the manifestation comes. Do not be weary.