Physical healing is an integral part of the atonement of Christ. It has been bought for us together with our salvation, through Christ's suffering and death. Isaiah 53 states clearly: "He was wounded for our transgressions... And with His stripes we are healed." We believe that our sin was taken away and the penalty was paid by Christ's suffering and death. We do not question our salvation, which is by faith in the finished work of Christ's atonement. However the Bible clearly states that not only our sin but also our sickness was borne by Him. We need to apply the same level of faith to our healing from sickness as we do to our salvation from sin.
Sin and sickness are not from God. The purpose of the first coming of Jesus was to make a way of escape from the evil which Satan, and ultimately man, by his disobedience, brought into the world: "For this purpose the Son of God was manifest, to destroy the works of the devil!" However, this is only in part today, none of us is perfect in ourselves, we live in a world of sin and sickness and are surrounded by them. When Christ returns we shall be taken out of this world into the Kingdom of Heaven, then there will be no more sin, sickness or death. Until then, walking by faith, we must overcome sin - and temptation - and sickness.
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