Posted by: ucanwalkonwater | May 18, 2008

Bodily Healing in the Atonement: A book review (Part 2)

 In part 2 of this book study, three of the six reasons why believers should take Christ as their healer are listed here.  This is a book review from Bodily Healing in the Atonement by Dr. T.J. McCrossan.  This is an outstanding book on this topic.  Be blessed.



1.     (Division I)  Six reasons why all Christians should take Christ as their healer for their bodies. [Three reasons are presented in this article]

a.      Because God used to heal the sick, He is an unchangeable God.

                                          i.     In the Old Testament, God was the Healer.

1.     Exodus 15:26

2.     Exodus 23:25

3.     Psalm 103:3.  Some scholars teach that the Psalmist was only speaking of spiritual diseases (Psalm 103:4)

a.      disease in Psalm 103:3 in the Septuagint is nosos.  It is used nine times in the Septuagint and 12 times in the New Testament.  It always refers to physical disease.

b.     Healeth in the Septuagint is iaomai.  It is used 28 times in the NT and it refers to physical healing.

c.      “who redeemeth” in the Septuagint is “the one who constantly redeeming” 

                                        ii.     In the NT God was man’s Healer through the Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh.

1.     Matthew 9:35

2.     Mark 6:12-13

a.      God does not change.  Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17

b.     All Christians should expect God to heal their bodies today, because Christ died to atone for our sickness as well as for our sins.

                                          i.     Isaiah 53:4 => Surely he [Christ] hath borne our griefs [kholee, sicknesses], and carried our sorrows [makob, pains]

1.     kholee (sickness) is from chalah, to be weak, sick, or afflicted.  Deuteronomy 7:15

2.     makob (pain). The word pain (makob) is also used in Job 33:19 and Jeremiah 51:8.

3.     nasa (borne):  bear in the sense of “suffering punishment for something.  In Isaiah 53:12 => “And he [Christ] was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare [nasa] the sin of many.”

4.     sabal (carried):  “to bear something as a penalty or chastisement.”

a.      Lamentations 5:7.  Our fathers have sinned . . . and we have borne [sabal] their iniquities.

b.     Isaiah 53:11.  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied . . . for he shall bear [sabal] their iniquities.

5.     Matthew 8:16-17 comments on Isaiah 53:4.  When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”                

a.     The phrase “that it might be fulfilled [plerothe]”.  It was used again in Matthew 12:17-21.  Prediction also in Isaiah 42:1-4   

c.      All Christians should expect God to heal their sicknesses today, because all sickness is the result of Satan’s work, when he introduced sin into this world.  Christ was manifested to destroy Satan’s work.

                                          i.     Sickness and disease was caused by the devil.

1.     Acts 10:38

2.     oppressed (katadunasteuomenous):  I dominate or exercise lordship either over them or their ancestors.

                                        ii.     Jesus lived, died on the cross, and rose again that He might destroy the works of the devil.

1.     Hebrews 2:14

2.     1 John 3:8




  1. What about the pastor who had the body sitting on the toilet for two months, with kids living in the house, waiting for a resurrection??

  2. Good point. Did the pastor have success in healings before? Was the loved one ready to be with the Lord? I would admit that two months is excessive. Lazarus was dead four days. The other cases listed in the Bible were certainly NOT two months. The body starts decomposing after a few days. It is sad that people take God’s word to the extreme. Divine healing does exist; all we have to do is to study His word, believe His promises, and on some cases, learn to trust Him as we release the spirit of our loved one into His arms.

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