the people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them all. (Luke 6:19)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2a)
Heads up, Church: Three hardball questions are coming, probably progressing in the degree of their impact. They are posed to illuminate a situation that does not align with God’s word, in hope that we (1) desire and receive the necessary gracious alignment, and (2) rejoice as hungry unbelievers are drawn to Christ in droves because they see Him manifest in us as never before.
The questions are prompted by the first two Scriptures above, and by the observation that the gospels never describe Jesus referring a sick person to a physician, despite their existence at the time. Before you ponder them, make certain you are resting in our Lord Jesus, knowing that there is absolutely no condemnation for those who are in Him (Romans 8:1).
Question 1: Why is there no obvious distinction between what Christians and unbelievers spend on healthcare?
Question 2: As a whole, why aren’t we Christians readily distinguished from unbelievers by seeking and receiving complete healing (eradication) of our diseases directly from the Lord instead of reflexively seeking medical treatment and long-term disease management from physicians?
Question 3: (Gird yourselves!) Why do we Christians even think we need health insurance?
The answers, although multifaceted, are essentially one and the same, and are largely addressed by our third Scripture. When it comes to healthcare, our understanding of sickness, and buying health insurance, we Christians as a whole are presently conformed to the pattern of this world instead of God’s word.
Our remedy is to be transformed by the renewing of our minds: we must earnestly seek being washed with the water of the word (Ephesians 5:26), and search the Scriptures like the Bereans (Acts 17:11). Our Remedy is actually a Person – Jesus – and as we keep pressing in and looking to Him, the veil is removed, and we are transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).
Be greatly encouraged that God’s word has the power to perform itself, and does not return to Him empty, but achieves the purpose for which He sent it (Jeremiah 1:12; Isaiah 55:11).
Of course, His word on disease is vastly different from our worldview of it…. We must prepare our hearts and minds to receive the living water.
He who belongs to God hears what God says – John 8:47a
I bless us with the desire and ability to hear what God says regarding the spiritual roots of disease and its eradication. May we receive the fullness of His revelation and the riches of His grace, including healing of any diseases that we suffer from. May we be receptive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in all ways regarding the Scriptures examined herein. In Jesus’ name, amen!
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