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Preachers who claim that God wants to heal all sick Christians have recently proliferated and say that in his church God is doing exactly that. There are churches where healing services are held regularly, and they tell really exciting stories of miracles and healings. Christian bookstores are replete with the wonders that God is doing. If only half of what these books tell is true, then there are some amazing healings that are happening today. Perhaps the problem in the whole issue is not whether the claims are true or not, but whether the claims fit the that the New Testament leads us to wait. Jesus himself performed great miracles: John 14:11 "Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; otherwise, believe in the same works.John 14:12 Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth on me, he also shall do the works that I do. And what they will do, because I am going to the Father. "In hallarse 12 he says:" He who believes in me will also do the works that I do. And what will these do? "This should put an end to the discussion. After all, Paul and the apostles did miracles of healing, right? Does not this show that the promise is for all times? First, if Jesus is referring to miracles in John 14:12, then he was not just talking about healing, because the previous hallarse says, "Believe in the same works "; which includes feeding large crowds with a handful of bread and fish, walking on water, calming the storm, etc. Do you know where these things are currently happening? We are being selective when we apply the words "works res" only to healing. Where does it say in the New Testament that Paul, Peter or any of the apostles did "works res" than Christ? They did not do them! Far from calming the storm, Pablo was shipwrecked at least four times. Far from feeding miraculously large crowds, he tells us in 2 Corinthians 11:12 that there were moments when he himself went hungry: "But I will continue doing what I do, to take the opportunity away from those who want it, so that what I they boast they are in the same conditions as us. "(2 CORINTHIANS 11:12.) And instead of curing everyone, he was about to lose hope as to Trophimus, and admits that he left him" sick at Miletus " "Erastus stayed in Corinth, and Trophimus left him sick in Miletus." (2STTIMOTE 4:20) And where did Paul raise someone who had been dead four days, so what does John 14:12 mean? Are you sure that the "Res works" necessarily have to do with miracles? When Jesus said: "He who believes in me will also do the works that I do. And what they will do, "many believers assume that he is referring to miracles because that is what he mentions in the previous hallarse. What it really says is that "I am in the Father, and the Father in me." In other words, their miracles prove their unique relationship as Father and Son. If someone can really do miracles than Christ himself, then this unique test of who Christ is should jump to pieces. "Say to the heartless," Strengthen yourselves ; do not fear! Behold, your God comes with vengeance and divine retribution. He will come and save you. "Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be uncovered. Then the lame will jump like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing; for waters shall flow in the wilderness, and streams in the Arabah. "(ISAIAH 35: 4-6.) Compare with:" Now when he heard John in the prison of the deeds of Christ, he sent to him through his disciples And he said to him, "Are you the one who is coming, or will we wait for another?" And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers they are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead are resurrected, and the gospel is preached to the poor. "(MATTHEW 11:25.) Then when Christ says that we will do what He has been doing, and that we will do" that these, "must be referring to something else. But what is it that miracles? Undoubtedly, this can only mean one thing: spreading the good news of the Kingdom and leading people to it. When you think about this you can see how obvious it is. No one, not even any of the apostles, has any testimony of having performed miracles other than Christ; if they had done so, it would prove that they had a relationship with the Father much higher than Christ himself. But speaking to others about Christ is much more than miracles; It is r in importance and also in value. After all, our Lord considered his preaching as the most significant part of his ministry before the cross. So, are we capable of doing works that Christ in the sense of sharing the Gospel with more people than Him? A booklet, a book or a tape or a sermon on the radio can reach more people, than those that our Lord reached throughout his life. Therefore, having correctly understood one of the key verses used by those who try to convince us about Healing, let's see what the rest of the New Testament says about Christians and healing. Although we just said that the apostles have no testimony of having performed miracles that our Lord Himself, they performed, in fact, some miracles. the signs of an apostle have been performed among you with all patience, with signs, wonders and mighty deeds. "(2 Corinthians 12:12.) Paul writes about" the signs of an apostle … signs, wonders and mighty deeds. " In the same way that our Lord did miracles that were signs of his unique filiation, so also did the apostles perform miracles that were signs of their unique apostolate. If anyone could then perform miracles from the same "category" as the apostles, it would mean that the apostles were not unique. They did not do miracles than Christ himself. Since the time of the apostles, no one can perform miracles other than them. That is the reason why his miracles were special. But there are those who are pretending to do miracles than the apostles. We want a solid biblical foundation before seeing what is happening today. The apostles did some great and unusual miracles; but unlike our Lord Himself, they had their limitations. Paul did not calm the storm, feed large crowds, or walk on water, or do anything like turning water into wine. When it comes to healing, we have seen that Paul left Trophimus sick at Miletus, and we can be sure that he had prayed for him.According to Philippians 2:27, Epaphroditus was about to die: Php 2:25 "However, also I thought it necessary to send you Epaphroditus, my brother, collaborator and companion of the militia and your messenger and provider of my needs, Phi 2:26 since he longed for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.Fil 2:27 For indeed he was sick to death, but God had mercy on him; and not only from him, but also from me, so that I would not have sadness over sadness. "The only help that Paul offered Timothy for his" stomach "and (his) frequent" diseases "was that he did not drink" water … but a little wine ":" From now on do not drink water; use, rather, a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. "(1ST TIMOTHY 5:23.) Perhaps the contaminated water of Ephesus wreaked havoc on Timothy's stomach, and Paul advised him to drink wine as a kind of medicine to calm his dysentery, for being less contaminated than water. Paul tells us of his own "thorn in the flesh", which God refused to remove even when the apostle prayed with fervor that God would deliver him.2Cor 12: 7 "And lest I be overly exalted by the greatness of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh has been given to me, a messenger of Satan, to buffet me so that I will not be exalted too much.2Cor 12: 8 Concerning this, Three times I prayed the Lord to take it from me, 2Cor 12: 9 and he said to me: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness." Therefore, I will gladly boast rather in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.2Cor 12:10 Therefore I am pleased with the weaknesses, affronts, needs, persecutions and anguish for the cause of Christ; because when I am weak, then I am strong.2Cor 12:11 I have become foolish! You forced me, because, rather, I should be recommended by you; because in nothing have I been less than the eminent apostles, although I am nothing. "Some suppose it was an eye problem, because it is clear that he was sick when he visited the Galatians: Gal 4:13" You know it was because of a weakness physical that I announced the gospel to you the first time, Gal 4:14 and what in my body was proof for you, you did not reject it or despise it. On the contrary, you received me as an angel of God, like Christ Jesus. Ga 6:11 Look at what great letters I write to you with my own hand. "Paul draws attention to the large letters he uses when writing to them: perhaps An eye disease caused myopia that resulted in bad writing! However, at present there are some Christian groups that regularly hold meetings that are advertised as "healing cults". When they are told that the "healing cults" do not appear in the New Testament, they respond that there are many cases of public healings in the Acts of the Apostles. Although this seems very convincing, it is a very superficial interpretation of the New Testament. the Acts of the Apostles, we will notice a very interesting fact that is often overlooked. Public health only happened when the Gospel first came to a city. Once a church was established, healing was confined to the lugar church, and even then it did not happen frequently. The fact is that there were no public health meetings. We are never told that the apostles announced in advance that they would heal. Healing was always a spontaneous response to an immediate need, when a city that had never heard of Christ was evangelized. This puts into question many of the practices of people who They intend to do miraculous cures today. In the book of Acts, there are only thirteen occasions in which miracles of healing are referred to; this is if we assume that the "signs and miracles" in chapters 2, 6, and 14 include healing. The interesting thing is that ten of those thirteen occasions took place before the end of Paul's first evangelistic journey; in other words, before the end of Acts chapter fourteen. The first four took place in Jerusalem, but after chapter 6 we never read another healing there. I'm not saying it did not happen; I only say that there is nothing recorded. The fact is that in Samaria (Acts 8), in Iconium and Lystra (Acts 14), in Ephesus (Acts 19) and in Malta (Acts 28), miracles of healing confirm the Gospel in Cities that had never heard about Christ. They happened in the course of the initial evangelism and were left out of it: it was not the main thing. All other cases of miraculous healing took place in the privacy of the Christian community. Once a church was established, we never read that the apostles performed miracles of healing even when they visited a city again. It is interesting that the only healing recorded during the entire second evangelistic tour of Paul, with the exception of the resurrection of Eutychus in Private, they were those of Ephesus, a city that had not been visited during Paul's first tour. God never intended miracles to be confused with the Gospel. He wants people to respond to Christ and not miracles. Where Christ had not been heard before, miracles attracted attention to the message and gave him authority, but merienda people were converted, it was his life and testimony that which was meant to draw attention to the Savior. In all the New Testament letters there is very little about healing. In fact, apart from three references in passing to the gifts of healing in 1 Corinthians 12: 9,28,30, and one in James 5: 14,15,1Cor 12: 9 To another, faith by the same Spirit; and to another, gifts of healings by one Spirit, 1Cor 12:28 Some put God in the church, first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers; then those who work miracles, then the gifts of healings, those who help, those who administer, those who have a diversity of tongues.1Cor 12:30 Do they all have gifts of healing? Do they all speak in tongues? Do they all interpret? "Stg 5:14 Is any of you sick? Let him call the elders of the church and pray for him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.Stg 5:15 And the prayer of faith will give health to the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven. "Nothing else is said about the subject in any other letter. Actually, in the New Testament letters there are more references to those who were sick than those who were healed. In the letter of James chapter 5 it says: "the prayer of faith will give health to the sick." There are three things to keep in mind; In the first place, Santiago places it in the context of "the elders". That means that it is in a lugar church and not in a public meeting. The importance of this point is that the elders know the sick and can help them spiritually and pastorally and not pray merely for their physical healing. Second, James writes about anointing with oil. We must understand that oil was used for many purposes in the first century. The Greek physician Galen, who lived about 150 years before Christ, had this claim: "Oil is the best of all remedies for healing sick bodies." That is why when the good Samaritan in the parable of our Lord bandaged the wounds of the victim, he poured oil and wine on them. James, then, may not have been thinking at all about the symbolic anointing, but about the use of medical assistance: like Paul's advice to Timothy to drink some wine for his stomach problems. James is saying, "Take a medicine and have the elders pray for you." The word "anoint" here in James 5:14 is really the regular word for the use of oil or perfume as a household item. In this way, the women in John 11: 2 and Luke 7:38 anointed the Lord with perfume: "Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and dried his feet with her hair. And Lazarus, who was sick, was his brother . "(JOHN 11: 2.)" And being behind Jesus, at his feet, weeping, he began to wet his feet with his tears; and dried them with the hair on his head. And he kissed his feet and anointed them with the perfume. "(LUKE 7:38) This was not an act of religious anointing. For the religious anointing a different Greek word is used; as in 1 John 2:27, where it refers to the Holy Spirit. "And as for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need someone to teach you. But, as the same anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and not false, as he taught you, abide in him. "(1ST JOHN 2:27.) James offers a certainty that the sick will be restored. This third point Santiago qualifies with what he calls "the prayer of faith." The laugh of our faithful prayers, trusting that God responds as best he wants. Since we often do not know what God's plan is, it is never wrong to add: "if it is your will". Even Christ Himself prayed like this merienda: can not we then do it? The prayer of faith, on the other hand, is done when we are absolutely sure of knowing how God will respond. That kind of prayer is not ordinary and is, in itself, a gift from God. Paul refers to this kind of faith in 1 Corinthians 12: 9, when he writes that the Spirit gives a gift of faith to someone. "To another , faith by the same Spirit; and to another, gifts of healings by one Spirit. "(1 Corinthians 12: 9.) When we pray, we do it with faith, but our faith consists in trusting that God will respond wisely; we do not necessarily know how He will respond. The prayer of faith consists of how: without a shadow of doubt. I'm not talking about convincing ourselves or pretending. It is a gift and therefore does not depend on our will. That gift and that prayer are rare, but they happen. When the elders pray with this kind of certainty, the sick person will be healed, and that is the reason why James says that this is the responsibility of the elders. It is too dangerous to let anyone pretend to have this gift, and even the elderly do not have it frequently. It is too dangerous to presume to have this gift, because there are Christians who have caused untold harm by telling people that they are going to be healed: when in fact they are not. Or when sick Christians are told they are like that only because they lack faith. It is equally cruel when Christians are told that consulting a doctor or taking medicine is a sign of not trusting God. And it is tragically dangerous to say that the disease can be cured by naming and casting out the proper demons. None of this is taught in the Bible. When this topic arises these groups cite that in Matthew 8, our Lord had healed Simon's mother-in-law, and then we are told that he continued to heal all the sick people who brought him. Matthew adds in hallarse 17 that Christ did this to fulfill Isaiah 53: 4. "So that what was said through the prophet Isaiah would be fulfilled, who said: He himself took our weaknesses and bore our infirmities." (MATTHEW 8: 17.) Isa 53: 1 "Who has believed our announcement? On whom has the arm of Yahweh manifested? Isa 53: 2 He ascended like a young branch before him, and like a root out of dry ground. There is no likeness in him, nor beauty; we saw it, but it had no attraction to desire it. Isa 53: 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and experienced in suffering. And as we hid his face from him, we despised him and esteemed him not. Isa 53: 4 Surely he bore our infirmities and suffered our sorrows. We had him scourged, as wounded by God, and afflicted. Isa 53: 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our sins. The punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we were healed. Isa 53: 6 We all went astray like sheep; each one went his own way. But Yahweh bore in him the sin of us all. Isa 53: 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, but he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb, he was taken to the slaughter; and like a sheep that is silent before their shearers, neither did he open his mouth. Isa 53: 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And concerning his generation, who will tell? Because he was cut off from the land of the living, and because of the transgression of my people he was wounded. Isa 53: 9 He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich he was in his death. Though he never did violence, nor was there deceit in his mouth, Isa 53:10 with all that, Jehovah wanted to break him, and wounded him. When he has placed his life as a sacrifice for guilt, he will see offspring. He will live for days without end, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. Isa 53:11 Because of the anguish of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied. "By his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and will bear with their sins. Isa 53:12 Therefore I will give him a part with the great, and with the strong he will divide the spoil. For he poured out his life to death and was counted among the transgressors, having horizonte the sin of many and interceded for the transgressors. "(ISAIAH 53: 1-12)" He bore our diseases and suffered our pains, "they say. this proves that there is healing in the atonement of Christ. In other words, when He died on the cross, He not only bore our sins but also our illnesses, and in the same way that we receive complete forgiveness by faith through His work on the cross, so we can receive complete healing by faith. Healing and forgiveness are equally promised benefits to those who trust in Christ. Matthew 8:17 and Isaiah 53: 4 have been seriously misunderstood. The first error is to suppose that Isaiah 53 refers in its entirety to the cross. Of course not, let's look at verses 2 and 3: "Isa 53: 2 He went up like a young sprout before him, and like a root of dry ground. There is no appearance in him, nor beauty; we saw it, but it had no attraction to desire it. Isa 53: 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and experienced in suffering. And as we hide his face from him, we despise him and do not esteem him. "Verse 2 refers to his birth, childhood and life. Verse 4 speaks of the reaction of Jewish leaders to his ministry. The first part of verse 4 he even refers to what he achieved during his earthly ministry: "He certainly bore our diseases and suffered our pains." Then, the last half of the verse and the next four verses 9 and 10, we read about his burial, and the second part of verse 10 and verses 11 and 12 speak of his resurrection and ascension and all that he achieved. Verse 4 deals with his life and earthly ministries and not with his death, this is how Matthew takes it; he applies that verse to the healing ministry of our Lord and not to the cross, in Matthew 8:17 two different words are used to "take" our weaknesses and "carry" our diseases; They are lambano (receive) and bastazo (take away). What matters is that these two words are never used in the New Testament to refer to Christ's sacrifice on the cross. "He himself carried our sins in his body on the tree so that we, having died for sins, may live for justice. Through your wounds you have been healed. "(1ST PEDRO 2:24.)" He himself carried our sins in his body on the tree, "but the word he uses is anaphero, which means to raise (something) an altar. Then Peter quotes Isaiah 53 but does not cite verse 4 but 5: "by his wounds we were healed." Isaiah 53: 4 refers to what our Lord did in his life, and verse 5 refers to what he did in his death. Neither Matthew 8:17 nor Isaiah 53: 4 refer to the cross. Therefore, we can not use these verses to pretend that every Christian must be perfect and immediately healed because Christ carried all our diseases on the cross. Is there no healing by the cross of Christ? Of course, Rom 8:23 "And not only the creation, but we also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan within ourselves, awaiting the adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Rom 8:24 Because we were saved with hope; but a hope that is seen is not hope, for who is still waiting for what he already sees? "(ROMANS 8: 23,24) Paul longs for the day we receive" the redemption of our body. " When will this be? When Christ Returns, In the next verse, Paul adds: "Because we were saved with hope." John tells us that in heaven "there will be no more death, neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain." "And God will wipe away all a tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, neither will there be more weeping, nor crying, nor pain; because the first things have already happened. "(REVELATION 21: 4) Only then does God promise perfect and eternal healing. And since heaven is ours because of Christ's sacrifice, it is ultimately through the cross that we are healed . The cross promises us a final healing, but not immediate.There are many pretensions today of people healed. I have read books, watched videos and talked with people. I am not saying that it is all lies. Without doubt, we believe that God can heal today, we can not be Christians if we deny that possibility. But what is the point of denying the claims made by these groups? If they are true, we should be happy, and if they are false … is not evil done? If the river of pretensions are false, then the name of God is being disgraced on a large scale. The world will think that Christians are foolish, gullible or deceitful and that they make fun of God. But in addition to dishonoring God, these false pretenses are hurting Christians who would like to be healed but are not. Someone, somewhere, must be failing them, be it God, or their friends or themselves. Let's define what a miraculous healing is, using the New Testament as a yardstick, healing through Christ and the apostles will have to be something like this: "The complete healing of an illness, disability or accident, immediately and completely and above a medical explanation". When we pray for a sick person, and the person improves for a long period of time, it could be a miraculous healing, but no one can judge. Many diseases with or without prayer. Even certain important or serious diseases remit, to the amazement of the doctors, without any apparent explanation. The only thing I say is that such a healing is not what we mean by miraculous healing, of course God can heal if he wants, and I do not doubt that sometimes he does. In our own Church we have seen remarkable responses to prayer over the years. But the fact is that healing is not taking place at the level that some claim; The r part of what is intended is, in the best of cases, an illusion, and at worst an impious deception. We attribute it to gullible Christians. That is Christians who believe they see what they want to see, in part, and also the work of dynamic swindlers. We must encourage Christians today to stop pretending and start living in reality. After all, the true Church has grown steadily over the centuries without relying on the false pretenses that we have today. It is downright absurd that some Christians are still getting on the "signs and wonders" car when the wheels fell off a few years ago. That kind of fiction does not get us anywhere. If I find myself a genuinely miraculously healed person, I will rejoice. But it does not correspond with Scripture or experience to believe that everyone who has faith will be healed. There are so many books today that tell us that the only thing we have to do is believe, and that everything we ask will happen … Did not Christ himself promise that: "whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you." you did not choose me; rather, I have chosen you, and I have set you to go and bear fruit, and that your fruit may remain; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. "(JOHN 15:16) But the phrase" in my name "is a very important qualification. That is not a promise that you can get anything from God simply by adding the name of Jesus as if it were a magic key. It means that what we ask must harmonize with the character of Christ and the plans He has for us. Contrary to what some preachers and authors tell us, God never gives us a blank check for us to write on it. I'm afraid you can not trust us so much. You can hear a lot of stories of earaches and back pains, headaches that have been healed, but all this proves nothing. A good dose of autosuggestion works as well as an aspirin! But not as well as a miracle. If the world is to be persuaded by miraculous healing, you will need much more "strong" cases that can withstand research and far fewer pretenses. I am not saying that God does not heal people today. I'm sure if; as God is SOVEREIGN, sometimes works in one part more than in others, in different occasions. Nor is there any reason why God should not use some Christians more than others in this ministry. I only ask for honesty and integrity; and that is not too common today regarding the issue of health. If someone claims to have a gift of healing that proves it by the measure of "success" the apostles of the New Testament, otherwise, we denounce it as a fraud. It was in the time of our Lord and the apostles when there were no failures, only success instant. Of course we pray for the healing of sick Christians. The Christian church has always done this and, from time to time, God responds in a very special way. But often, the restoration is either slow and "normal" or nonexistent: either should not surprise us. God does not heal all Christians today, simply because he has better plans. God loves him for what he is, and not simply because he heals their bodies. Through suffering, God frequently molds the character of his people, giving them love, understanding, encouragement and care. The history of the Church is full of illustrations of this. Through suffering Christians, God also shows the world what true faith can mean. My advice on this subject is that you continue to pray and trust in God in times of illness, but that you are always ready so that God does not respond in the way you want. Do not be intimidated by all the triumphalism and pretensions that you hear; Health is not happening today as people believe. We have examined this subject in Scripture in the first place and we must prove everything for it. La evidencia del cristianismo no consiste en cuerpos sanados, sino en personas cambiadas que viven para alabar a Dios: cualesquiera que sean las circunstancias. En eso consisten nuestras buenas noticiero.(RESUMIDO DEL LIBRO ¿EXISTE HOY LA SANIDAD? -BRIAN H. EDWARS.)

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