He Bore Our Sicknesses
Jesus didn’t just bear our sins, He bore our sicknesses as well. Read this chapter taken from Gloria Copeland’s book ‘And Jesus Healed them All’.
“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17).
When Jesus bore away our sins, He also bore away our diseases. The Cross pronounced a complete cure for the ills of mankind.
The Church of Jesus Christ has been made just as free from sickness as it has been made free from sin. A Christian may continue to sin after he has been born again, but he does not have to. Sin shall no longer lord it over him unless he allows it (Romans 6:14).
A Christian may continue to be sick after he has been born again, but he does not have to. He has been redeemed from sickness. The price has been paid for his healing. Sickness can no longer exert dominion over him unless he allows it.
Most believers have only known a part of their redemption. Their faith will operate to the degree of their knowledge of God’s Word. They would have begun to live in divine health long ago if they had realized that healing belonged to them.
As you accept the fact that as surely as Jesus bore your sins, He also bore away your disease, weakness and pain, your days of sickness will be over.
The light of the Word of God will destroy Satan’s grip in your life in the area of physical suffering. The truth makes you free from his dominion when you realize that your healing has already been purchased by the sacrifice of Jesus. Isaiah 53:4-5 says, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
All of Isaiah 53 is about the substitution of Jesus for man. It says, “Surely he hath borne our griefs.”Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible1 sayscholi, translated “griefs,” means “sickness, weakness and pain.” Surely He has borne your sickness, weakness and pain! Allow yourself to receive the magnitude of what God is speaking to you.
Jesus was smitten of God with sin and sickness in order for you to go free. Verse 6 tells us, “The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Verse 10: “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief….” (According to Dr. Young, the word grief means to “make sick” and should be translated, “He has made Him sick.”)
According to the Word, what did Jesus do with your sickness? He bore it for you. It could not be God’s will for you to be sick with the sickness that Jesus suffered for you.
Because God so loved the world, He engineered the substitution of His only begotten Son to redeem man from the curse of Satan.
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3:13).
Jesus was willing to take the curse in His own spirit, soul and body so that you would not have to continue under Satan’s dominion.
There was no sickness before man became one with Satan. Sin is the root from which sickness came. As sin is the manifestation of spiritual death in the heart of man, sickness is the manifestation of spiritual death in the body of man.
Not only did Jesus pay the price for the new birth of your spirit and the healing of your body, He also bore the chastisement of your peace. Satan has no right to torment you mentally. You have been redeemed from fear, mental anxiety, depression or anything that keeps your mind from enjoying peace. You don’t have to rely on Valium or any other tranquilizer. Jesus has already paid the price for you to be whole in your mind and enjoy peace. Do not allow Satan to steal your peace.
A Great Price
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil— all of his works (1 John 3:8). He did not destroy sin only to leave sickness in dominion. Partial redemption from Satan’s power would not have pleased God nor would it have fulfilled His plan for His family.
He redeemed the whole man—righteousness for his nature, peace for his mind and healing for his body. Redemption left nothing in force that came upon man because of sin. Jesus completely destroyed the works of the devil in the lives of men.
First Corinthians 6:20 says, “For ye are bought with a price.” A great price! “Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” There should not be any sickness in the Body of Christ. When one who is sick comes into our midst, the healing power of God should flow so that he receives healing.
In the book of Leviticus, Israel used a scapegoat.
The priest laid hands on a real goat, put the sins of the people on him and sent him to the wilderness—totally away from the people. That’s what Jesus did with your sickness and disease! He bore them away from you! What you need to do is stand up in the Name of Jesus and command sickness and disease to go away from you. Give them no place in your body. Refuse to allow Satan to have any place in your body. Command sickness and disease to depart from your very presence—out of your home and your family.
The English language does not clearly communicate to us in the word “salvation” what the Greek word sozo really means. Train yourself to remember that salvation is not just the new birth of your spirit. It is also peace for your mind and healing for your body. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words 2 says salvation denotes “deliverance, preservation; material and temporal deliverance from danger and apprehension.”
Mark 16:15-16 says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” The gospel is the good news of what Jesus did in His substitutionary sacrifice at the cross.
“By whose stripes ye were healed” is not a promise. It is a fact. It has already taken place. Jesus bore sickness away from you and by His stripes you were healed.
There is no sin so great that Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary will not cancel it and wipe it away—as though sin had never been.
The power of God cleanses and changes one who partakes of the gift of salvation until there is no trace of the old man or his sins. You become a new man, a new creature. Your new spirit is created in the righteousness of God.
There is no disease so devastating to the human body that the same sacrifice at Calvary will not cancel it and wipe it away, and heal that body as though sickness had never been!
The gospel is the good news of what Jesus did for every person in His substitutionary sacrifice at the cross. He bore your sins, so you do not have to bear them. You can be forgiven now! He did that for every sinner. He bore your diseases, so you do not have to bear them. You can be healed now! He did that for every sick man! He bore your pains. He did that for every sufferer. That is what the gospel is—good news of what Jesus did for all.
Jesus commanded that this good news be preached to every creature because everyone who hears it and believes it will be saved and healed now.
As the Body of Christ, we do not have to tolerate sickness any longer. We do not have to tolerate disease any longer. Jesus paid the price for our redemption from all the curse of the law. As an act of our will, we are the ones to set into motion the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
Proclaim Your Redemption
Receive God’s Word as words spoken to you by God Himself. It is His desire that you walk in this life in complete wholeness—spirit, soul and body. Proclaim your redemption from the works of Satan. Stop his maneuvers and operations against you in every area of life. He will flee from you as you apply the Word in faith, and sickness and disease will depart from your body! Allow the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation, to work for you and deliver you from sickness, disease, grief, pain, fear and torment. This freedom belongs to you. Jesus has paid in full for you to be made whole—spirit, soul and body.
Evangelist T.L. Osborn says, “Any person can turn any promise of God into the power of God equal to what it promises, by believing that promise enough to act upon it.” If you believe this gospel that I’ve shared with you, now is the time to act.
As you proclaim your freedom in Jesus’ Name, give action to the Word that you have read.
If you are not born again, make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior.
If you are paralyzed, move.
If you are deaf, hear.
If you are lame, leap up and walk.
If there is something that you could not do before, do it now!
Say this out loud with all boldness:
“The gospel that I have heard is the power of God unto salvation. I confess Jesus Christ as Lord over my life: spirit, soul and body. I receive the power of God to make me sound, whole, delivered, saved and healed. Now! I act on the Word of God and I receive the power of God.
“Sickness, disease, pain, I resist you in the Name of Jesus. You are not the will of God. I enforce the Word of God on you. I will not tolerate you in my life. Leave my presence. I will never allow you back. My days of sickness and disease are over! I am the healed. I am saved. The power of sickness has been forever broken over my life.
“Jesus bore my sickness, weakness and pain. And I am forever free. Sickness shall no longer lord it over me. Sin shall no longer lord it over me. Fear shall no longer lord it over me. Satan shall no longer lord it over me. I have been redeemed from the curse of the law. I proclaim my freedom in Jesus’ Name.
“Today the gospel is the power of God to me unto salvation. I receive the gospel.
“I act on the gospel. I am made whole in Jesus’ Name!”
Act! Praise. Move. See. Hear. Straighten up! Be delivered! Be free. Be sound. Be healed in the Name of Jesus!
Excerpt from And He Healed Them All, book by Gloria Copeland.
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