I’m not sure why some Christians seem to think that the gift of healing was only for the original disciples, that for some reason the Holy Spirit changed His nature once the books of the Bible ended. There is absolutely no biblical evidence of that and God’s Word says that He never changes (emphasis mine):
- God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change—He will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God. (Ps. 55:19)
- But You remain the same, and Your years will never end. (Ps. 102:27)
- “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” (Mal. 3:6)
- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb. 13:8)
- Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17)
If God never changes, and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are both part of the triune God (3-in-1) than how can any born-again believer say that the gift of healing no longer exists? Whatever gifts the Holy Spirit gave the original followers of Christ, He would still give to us today because He is God and God does not change.
Now, does that mean that the Christians who aren’t healed aren’t really born-again or are living in sin or whatever your reasoning might be? No, I don’t believe that at all. I believe God heals whom He heals and He doesn’t choose to heal everyone, similar to what this verse says:
- And the Lord said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of You, and I will proclaim My name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Exo. 33:19)
God’s plan is different for every believer and He won’t always heal everyone. I don’t know why and this is one of the things about God that no one will be able to explain. Our job isn’t to wonder why but to trust that God is good, His plan is perfect, and whatever happens is part of His will. It’s one of the hardest things that Christians have to do because we are human and humans want answers.
My mom had cancer years ago, but God healed her of it. My grandmother had cancer the year I graduated high school and God chose not to heal her. I can’t explain why, but I trust that God knows what He’s doing.
Now, as to the gift of healing, there are Christians who have this gift. I believe we can all pray for healing for ourselves and for others, but the Holy Spirit gives specific Christians the ability to heal. We see this more often in missionaries in foreign countries, but it can happen in the US too. We have all heard stories of people being miraculously healed of diseases, restored sight, etc. just as Jesus and His disciples did in the Bible.
I think the two things that stop many Christians who have this gift but aren’t using it are doubt and fear. They doubt that they can truly heal people because many Christians today (including myself) have a serious lack of faith. And they fear what people will think or what will happen if they try to heal someone and it doesn’t always work.
What about going to a doctor? I certainly am pro-medicine, but I think we need to stop going to the doctor first, before turning to God. I believe we should pray for healing first and then go to the doctor. Who knows? By the time we get to the doctor, we may have already been healed! And if not, keep trusting God anyway. Do what you can through the doctor, but keep praying and seeking healing from the Lord.
Here’s why I say to go to God first: If it comes to the point when the doctors tell you that there is nothing they can do, who are you going to turn to? Everyone, even people who claim not to believe in God, will turn to God when their lives are at risk. So, why not turn to God first? Why should God be the last resort? Make God your first resort! Prayer is far more powerful than modern medicine.
Again, I’m not telling you not to go to the doctor. God gave us modern medicine and we should use it. But always go to the throne of grace before you head to your doctor’s office. Pray before you go. Pray on the drive there. Pray while you wait for the doctor. And pray no matter what the doctor’s report may be. If you are already healed, praise God for His faithfulness. If you aren’t, pray and ask for His healing. Yes, do what the doctor says to do, but more importantly, keep praying.
If you need healing, I would love to pray for you! You can use the comment form or contact me through my contact form (only I will see it).
If you have the gift of healing, I would love to hear from you! Please respond in the comment section below or contact me through my online form. I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can (usually the same day).
Have a blessed week!