The relationship of divine healing and the atonement
Divine healing of Christ’s atoning sacrifice is witnessed in the following verses:
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 (Isaiah 53:5 KJV).
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses (Matthew 8:17 KJV).
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2:24 KJV).
Jesus Christ is our propitiation [the only sacrifice that will appease God’s wrath for all mankind’s sin past, present, and future]. When we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour, we are accepting the atonement provided by God the Father for our sin. This comes with divine healing of the body, soul, and spirit.
I would like to share with you the insight of Luke 4:18 and how Jesus came to save us and to heal us in body, soul, and spirit. I call it a key of three.
The Bible says in Mathew 8:16 “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick” and in (Matthew 9:35 KJV) “Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Jesus was fulfilling the Prophesies, Matthew 8:17 says, “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” And in Isaiah 61:1 which Jesus quotes in Luke 4:18 & 19.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19 KJV)
This is Jesus’ ministry to mankind. It is to your body, soul and spirit. I Thessalonians 5:23 says,
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV)
Your whole spirit, body and soul. Does Luke 4:18 also minister to the spirit, body and soul?
I would like to answer this question with the key of three as we step through this prophecy. First “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;” We can do nothing without the Holy Spirit the divine agent Who works in us and through us.
Jesus came to preach the gospel to the poor. The poor are humble, lowly, afflicted and those who are usually in distress. These can all relate to the physical body, the soul and the spiritual aspects of mankind.