New Wine for New Wineskins May 2007

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Sickness Has No Right In Your Body

The Word of God clearly states that by Jesus' stripes we are healed, and therefore sickness has no right in your body… 

Exodus 15: 26

26 “I am the LORD who heals you.”

Isaiah 53: 4 – 5

4 Surely He has borne our griefs (literally sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (literally pains); yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the
chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Someone said to me recently that this only applies to us spiritually and not physically.  The truth is that it applies to every part of us – spirit, soul, and body.

Although this is an Old Covenant scripture it is a prophetic scripture that points forward to the ministry of Jesus.  Remember – the new is in the old concealed and the old is in the new revealed – the new is in the old contained and the old is in the new explained.

Don’t ever let anyone reduce the good news of the FULL gospel to a purely spiritual level!  

Matthew 8: 16 – 17

16 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, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “ He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”

This is a direct reference to the scripture in Isaiah 53 just incase someone thinks that it doesn’t apply to our physical healing.

Jesus was wounded for our transgressions
(sins – offences, crimes, wrongdoing, misdemeanors, improprieties, infractions, misdeeds, lawbreaking)  

– Hebrew – pesha`– rebellion (against God and individuals)

Matthew 9: 1 – 8

1 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”
4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?
5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?
6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
7 And he arose and departed to his house.
8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled[a] and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

Of course this kind of talk caused a stir among the religious crew – and it still does!

3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

Some things never change!  As soon as you preach this truth an objection arises in the mind of those who have been programmed with religion!

Jesus was bruised for our iniquities
(immoral behaviour)

– Hebrew –`avon –  perversity, depravity, iniquity

John 8: 2 – 12

2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Again this awesome deliverance stirred up all kinds of religious opposition!

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.”
14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. 17 It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.”
19 Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?”
Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”

This message will often result in people asking, “Who do you think you are?”  If you preach this message you need to know who you are!

The chastisement
(punishment, especially by beating) for our peace was upon Jesus.

– Hebrew – muwcar – discipline, correction
peace – Hebrew – shalom – completeness, soundness (in body), welfare, health, prosperity, peace – nothing missing, nothing broken. Peace in human relationships, peace with God especially in covenant relationship

Mark 5: 25 – 34

25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,
26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.
27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.
28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.
34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well (whole). Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

This woman was told to go in shalom – completeness, soundness in body, welfare, health, prosperity, peace in human relationships (she had been an unclean outcast because of her condition) and peace with God.

In the midst of this incredible encounter where the power of God had manifested in response to a social outcast’s faith there came word to a man who had been leading Jesus to his house where his daughter was sick that he needn’t bother Jesus any more because the girl was dead.  

35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.

We need to get it settled that there is nothing missing that he cannot restore – there is nothing broken that he cannot repair!  Jesus immediately turned to the father of the girl and said, “Do not be afraid – stay in peace – only believe!”  The crowd at the house who were supposedly so upset at the girl’s death ridiculed Jesus when he arrived.  He got rid of the unbelievers and raised the girl up – nothing missing, nothing broken!

By Jesus’ stripes we were healed

stripes – Hebrew – chabbuwrah – stripe, wound, blow

Luke 13: 10 – 17

10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” 17 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.

We need to understand covenant!  Blood covenant!  It is messy and it is painful – but it is powerful and it is binding!  Jesus cut covenant with the Father on our behalf!  He was bound in covenant so that we could be loosed from our bondage to sin, sickness, oppression, poverty, death, hell, and the grave.

Jesus renewed the Abrahamic covenant and took it to a new level – to include all peoples, tribes, and nations!  All Abraham had to do was prepare the sacrifice and drive away the predators – God did the rest! From then on Abraham simply believed that the covenant was sufficient to meet every need. No matter how crazy things appeared and how impossible the circumstances Abraham’s hope did not waver and his faith was strengthened as he waited for the fulfilment of God’s promise.

It is the same with us – all we have to do is lay down our lives as living sacrifices, drive off the predators (who come in all kind of guises), and believe that the covenant is more than sufficient for the provision of every need!  Regardless of how irrational or beyond our natural understanding things appear to be, or how negative and seemingly past the sell-by date what we are believing for can feel like being – our covenant with God is all that we need to remember in order for us to be recharged and renewed in hope and expectancy!

We are not ashamed of the new covenant gospel of Jesus Christ – it is the power of God unto salvation, healing, and deliverance for all who simply believe and go on believing no matter how things might appear!

Healing has been provided in all of its glorious fullness for spirit, soul, and body!

Don’t allow yourself to be robbed of that fullness by any predators of religious tradition or experience-based belief systems.  

What is the result of neglecting the power of this covenant and treating it as a mere religious ritual?

1 Corinthians 11: 30

30 That's why many of you are sick and weak and why a lot of others have died.  

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we were healed!  It’s a done deal!  Signed, sealed, and delivered!

Bless the LORD, oh my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name!

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