Posted by: ucanwalkonwater | May 10, 2008

Bodily Healing in the Atonement: A book review (Part 1)

One of the most profound books ever written regarding healing in the Atonement is the book:

Bodily Healing and the Atonement by Dr. T.J. McCrossan (reedited by Roy H. Hicks and Kenneth E. Hagin)

Originally published in 1930, Dr. McCrossan uses the original Greek in the New Testament and the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament) to prove that God’s original plan for believers was divine healing.  When I first read the book, I admit it was a tough read.  I had difficulty bring the pieces together.  So over a few months I picked up the book from time to time, gathering pearls of knowledge. 

It was after coming to the knowledge of Kingdom Authority (my previous blog) that the Holy Spirit opened my eyes.  I picked up this book and it was like reading it for the first time.  Revelation knowledge was revealed to me.  From this experience, I wanted to write a chapter outline of the book.  It is dedicated to those who have this treasure of a book, but for one reason or another finding it difficult to read.  If you don’t have this book, I encourage you to purchase a copy.  It will be a blessing to your life.

In the first part of this book, Dr. McCrossan clearly proves that sickness and disease is NOT from God.  Too many believers blame God for their condition, lacking understanding to the truth. 

1.      Introduction: How did sickness enter the world

      a.     Satan caused man to disobey God.  He is the originator of sin, sickness, and death.  Genesis 1:17 & 3:1-19

      b.      Jesus healed a man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:14).  The man’s sickness had come as a result of sin.

      c.       Jesus healed a man sick with the palsy (Mark 2:9-11).  The devil was the author of this sickness.

      d.      Christ used the Greek word epitimao, to rebuke sickness.  He used this word to rebuke evil spirits.

                            i.      Luke 4:35

                           ii.      Luke 4:39

       e.       In Acts, Jesus healed all that were oppressed of the devil (Acts 4:38).  Oppressed means “those under the domination or lordship of the devil.”

                             i.      Jesus healed a woman with a spirit of infirmity. Luke 13:11,16

                             ii.      Jesus healed a man with a deaf and dumb spirit.  Mark 9:25

                            iii.      Jesus healed a man with an unclean spirit.  Mark 1:23

                            iv.      Paul healed a girl who was possessed with a spirit of divination.  Acts 16:16

f.        Not only is the devil the originator of sickness, but his is the propagator of it, for the Bible informs us that he has special evil spirits whose chief business is to make people sick.


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