Ask any physician and they will tell you, they cannot heal you. Most will tell you that only God heals. Doctors can give you medicine which is derived from planet earth to relieve pain. Doctors can perform operations on the body in hope that the body will in their words, “heal themselves”. However, only God heals. Man is not God. Therefore, Doctors cannot heal. There are two Kinds of Healing: Spiritual healing and Physical healing.
By spiritual healing I refer to man being cured (healed) of his alien sins (sins before baptism), or being cured (healed) of his sins as children of God (sins after baptism), which ever applies. God cures or heals, in sin sickness, all those who take the spiritual medicine, the word of God. Taking the Lord’s medicine for sin is simply obedience. “He is the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Heb. 5:9).
That is why aliens must take a dose of faith (Heb. 11:6), must take a dose of confessing Jesus to be God’s Son (Matt. 10:32-33 f; Acts 8:36-37), must take a dose of repentance of sins (Lu. 13:3), and must take a dose of being buried in baptism for the remission of sins (Col. 2:12 ff; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Mk. 16:15-16; 1 Pet. 3:21), in order to be cured, healed, or saved of alien sins.
And that is also why erring children of God also have to take the Lord’s spiritual medicine. They must take a dose of repentance (Acts 8:22), a dose of confessing sins (I Jn. 1:9), and a dose of prayer (Acts 8:22), in order for them to be healed or saved. Cooperation of both alien sinners and erring children of God with the Great Physician is essential in sin healing. Remember this, the Lord prescribes the medicine and sinners of each group must take it. God never forces his medicine upon anyone, at anytime.
By physical healing, I mean man being cured of physical illness whether it is heart, brain, liver, etc. Doctors have never once cured a major illness. Literature from the American Medical Association will confess that one third of all patients are misdiagnosed, which may explain how they can claim any success when it comes to any illness. Bottom line is this, doctors treat a patient with the best knowledge of someone’s condition they have and their medical expertise, but only God can heal. Never forget that!
All will readily admit that spiritual healing is of God, therefore divine, even though man must take spiritual medicine. So we should as readily admit that physical healing is of God, therefore divine, even though man must take medicine, accept surgery, or advice.
2 Kinds of Physical Healing
At one time physical healing was of two kinds, namely: Miraculous Divine Healing and Natural Divine Healing. No more do we have miraculous divine healing, that is, instantaneous healing, on the spot healing. It is gone, brethren. Since new testament days, faith healers are fakes. Miraculous divine healing belonged to the miracle age of the church. But when the apostles died, and those upon whom they laid their hands died, and when the complete revelation of God’s will was made known, this miraculous age of the church ceased (I Co. 13:8-10). God is not healing that way anymore.
But God does heal today, with natural divine healing. God can heal but not without faith in His ability to heal. If you place your faith in a physician to heal you, God will not heal you. You must place your faith in God to heal you and accept your fate when God declines to do so. Man was never intended to be on this planet forever and ever. Man was intended to be here for a short duration and then meet his or her Maker to be judged. There can be no healing of any kind without God.
Most Physicians pledged their allegiance to several Roman gods of healing. It begins like this: “I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius the surgeon, likewise Hygeia and Panacea, and call all the gods and goddesses to witness, that I will observe and keep this underwritten oath, to the utmost of my power and judgment. I will reverence my master who taught me the art…” At no time do they give any allegiance to the God which created both heaven and earth. Yet, despite this fact, many give praise to their physician without any regard to the God who gave life, health, and the ability to learn to that physician (Acts 17:28). This is not Roman idols which gave such to these doctors, but the only true and living God in heaven.
The apostle James gave commandment on how Christians are to be healed of God today. Yet, faithless Christians had rather omit these passages and place their allegiance to men and women of the medical profession. Physicians can give you medicine which has more side effects than what already ails you. Many a doctor has killed patients by their ignorance or medical incompetence. Many doctors use their patience as guinea pigs for future generations. Such is the case of cancer patients. Doctors give medicine to cancer patients knowing that it will not cure the patients, but in hopes it will give drug companies medical information on how the general public responds to it. Many medicines given to patients even claim that by taking it you can die or be adversely affected for the rest of your life.
Physicians can place bones back together, but God mends them. Physicians can cut you open and remove a tumor, but only God can heal your body and prevent another tumor from coming back in its place. Physicians can give you medicine not to feel any pain, but only God can heal you of that pain and what’s causing it. God’s way is the sure way. James said, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? 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: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (Jam 5:13-16). I have witnessed such healing by these methods when doctors had given up all hope, and they were instantaneous. I have also witnessed such prayers go unanswered, even as Paul’s prayers went unanswered about his thorn in the flesh (2 Cor 12:6-10). Brethren, when anyone is ill among you, pray earnestly for them, and if it be the will of God that they be healed, it will be done. We must never forget as Christians that God tries us with ill health as with the case of Job. There is no cure but endurance and faith that God can and will deliver us, if it be his will to deliver. Remember this my beloved in the faith, if God fails to heal us, what is the worst that could happen to us, die and go to heaven for an eternity with God? If God does heal us, then should we not give Him the praise and our extended days all to him even more? In either case, let God’s will be done and give all praise to Him who made us, cures us, and who will take us away at an appointed time (Heb 9:27).