Kingdom.10 “Gifts of healings”.

April 22, 2008 at 4:50 pm 3 comments

I am fully persuaded that the gifts of healings and the working of miracles, the Apostle Paul writes about in 1Corinthians 12, are for this day and this time in Kingdom history.  They are a powerful attraction to the unbeliever and a faith builder for the believer and perhaps more than any other way are advancing the Kingdom all over the world and with a fresh anointing here in America.

One of the criticisms of the healing gift is it often appears to edify the one who uses the gift, rather than the Giver of the gift.  I don’t deny there is significant abuse of these powerful gifts but don’t agree that we should, because of the abuse, seek the Giver rather than the gift.  I would join others in saying, no, let’s not seek one or the other let’s seek both. 

That there is abuse is no reason to abandon prayer for healing or not to expect and anticipate other miracles, in fact it seems ever the more important that those who are truly gifted in healings and working of miracles should do so appropriately, so as to be a positive example.  These gifts are for the benefit of others and not for the edification of the one who receives the gift, as Paul instructs in 1Corinthians 12:7.  But let’s not abandon these vital power gifts just because a minority are prone to make it about them. 

The way Paul chooses to write his instructions on this subject brings understanding. The literal phrase in 12:9 is not “gift of healing” but “gifts of healings”-two plurals. What I think this means is that different kinds of gifts, for different kinds of healings, are given to different people, according to the sovereign will of the Father.  Wouldn’t this suggest that one person will not have a monopoly on every sort of healing and suggest there will be times when one person with some gifts to heal will not always be able to heal but another will?

Look at Paul’s experience. God allowed him to heal the crippled man in Lystra (Acts 14:10) and lot’s of people in Ephesus (Acts 19:12) and he healed the demonized girl in Philippi (Acts 16:18) and Eutychus, when he was killed falling out of a window (Acts 20:9-10). But Paul was unable to heal himself from the thorn in the flesh (2Corinthians 12:8-9) or from the ailment that he had when he preached in Galatia (Galatians 4:13-14). And evidently he could not heal Timothy from his stomach ailments (1Timothy 5:23) or Epaphroditus from his life threatening sickness (Philippians 2:26-27) or Trophimus whom he “left ill at Miletus” (2Timothy 4:20). Sometimes Paul was given gifts of healings and sometimes he wasn’t.

It is the Father who distributes the gifts “as He chooses” and when He chooses.  When taken together 1Corinthians 12-14 puts us on firm ground to seek gifts of healings. This is implied in his instructions related to the pursuit of love and compassion. Praying for healing is a significant way to show love to someone and so, sandwiched as it is sovereignly between the instructive chapters of 12 and 14, the love chapter 13 is there to tell us that all these gifts of power are to be covered in love. The apostle sums up in 1Corinthians 14:1 “Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts . . . ” What else would he mean to say except that, along with the aim of love we are free to pursue the power gifts, because once our hearts are set on the pursuit of love, we are in the appropriate place to zealously pursue the manifestation gifts, one of which is “gifts of healings.”

Therefore, it seems to me,  as the Apostle sums up in 14:1, he is calling us to seek these gifts. They are subordinate to love, but still to be pursued. We seek to do good to each other, pray with humility that the Father would grant us the supernatural ability to heal and to be the conduit for other miracles, in order to bless the Family and exalt the Father’s name in the world.

I had opportunity to pray with a drug addicted man on Sunday.  As I extended love to him, his heart was opened to receive my confidence that in the name of Jesus the bondage he was under would be broken.  I do not know if he left to get a fix or not but I do know that the powerful love of Jesus coupled with the possibility of full healing from the pull of drugs, gave him hope. 

Why would the Father want to withhold that hope from our world, today?  I don’t think He would.

 

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John Willis  |  April 29, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Amen ! Amen!

  • 2. Russ Denney  |  April 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I have always thought the Father new better which gifts we could handle. I have also thought He gives them on our ability to handle them. What do you think? Bless you two.
    R

  • 3. Doug Wright  |  April 22, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Great message. I’m convinced that in these end times there will be an outpouring of gifts that will range from healing to prophecy. The question will be, do we recognize the call and will we act on the calling.
    And in all of it…The Glory is to God and not to man.

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