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Wilt thou be made whole?

John 5:1-9 (KJV)

1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

Jesus asked this interrogatory of the man, who had been sick for 38 years. Did the man really want to be healed? Jesus asked, to make the man reflect on his illness, why he had laid at a pool, with the hope of being first into the pool, and beat the others, not as impotent as was he. His chances of healing that way were almost nil, and yet he was there. His hopes could be nearly zero, but he was still there, going though the same routine, but not truly expecting healing.

Christ Jesus interrogates him, his motive, his desire to be healed or not. Was he demonstrating to the passers by that he was helpless, gaining more donations for his sorry condition? Was he satisfied with his ailment, using it to avoid working for a living, using it for sympathy and receiving of consoling from those who pass by.

There are some who really prefer the disability check, the sympathetic looks, and the charity received for the sick condition. Healing would mean working, needing to be charitable themselves rather than receiving of charity. Healing is not always desired as much as the pity and economic gains without working is.

Jesus bluntly asks this man to make a choice. Do you want to be ‘whole’, healed, and able to now work. He had not worked for 38 years.

Hearts get hardened, desire to exert energy for earning a living, rather than just receiving handouts, is somewhat common in society today.

Jesus wants to heal, but He wants those that ask to be sincere and ask for ‘the desires of their heart’, not the pretending of wanting healing, when in actuality, the change in their lives, if healed, is not truly wanted.

Health was natural before the fall. The curse took effect slowly, increasing as time when on. The immediate event at the time of the fall, was spiritual death. From it came all other effects of the fall. The inner part of man, the soul and spirit of man, effect the physical. Eventually, physical death came to Adam and Eve, but the effect on the physical was not first. God had made everything ‘good’.

Genesis 1:31 (KJV)

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Till mankind fell into sin, there was no way for them to get sick. The fall into sin brought the curse. Everything began to change. Sickness is in the world today, not due to a sin of the sick person, but the sickness is here due to the original sin. In fact, all pain, sorrow, death, tears, hard work, pestilence, frustrations, etc. came from the sin of Adam and Eve. This does not mean that we cannot get sickness due to our own sins, we can. But the presence of sickness, disease, is due to the original sin.

Jesus was asked about a person to be healed, if the sickness was due to that man’s personal sin, or was it due to ancestral sins. Jesus answered:

John 9:1-3 (KJV)

1 And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

So, some sickness is due to sin, some of original sin, some of personal sin. Yet, this shows that some sickness is due to other factors. Sickness is part of the curse, healing is part of the redemption.

How do we obtain healing

First, we need to discover the cause, causes, of the sickness or disease. Then, we can seek the healings. One reason so many healing lines in church services have the same attenders, week after week, is that they have not sought to find the reason for the sickness.

What is divine healing

Divine healing is a indisputable act of God, through faith in Jesus, by the might of the Holy Spirit, by the Word of God, and by the blood of Jesus, whereby the mortal body is recovered, mended, restored, delivered from illness and its power, and thereby made whole, sound, fit, and healthful.

Healing is promised, as a benefit of the redemption provided by Jesus. It is called ‘the children’s bread’, by our Lord Jesus.

Matthew 15:22-28 (KJV)

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But He answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

This part of the redemption from the curse, is paid for by the stripes given Jesus at His crucifixion time. So, the price is paid, the curse is still attempting to inflict sickness, but we can claim God’s power.

Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

There are some conditions, even for Christians, to have healing. We see healing lines, and time after time, the same people are in them. Why were they not healed on a previous attendance at that healing line? Sometimes, they do not truly want healing that much.

The Lord needs to uncover that fact, if it is true of them, and stir them to wanting the healing and the usefulness they can be, if healed. Some inner faults need healed before the phy0sical healing can come.


There are some conditions, of getting the inner man healed first, so that the curse cannot claim the body with sickness.

John 15:1-7 (KJV)

1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.

6 If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

There is healing power, but we are told to ‘abide’ in the Lord. We are instructed to have His words abide in us. If God’s word is not abiding in us, and if we are not walking with Him in His will, we will find our body can wither and be fruitless.

So, the redemption power to overcome sickness and disease is there, if we learn to get the inner person healed and in order first. If we truly have healing as the ‘desire of our heart’, God will offer healing. If He promised the desires of our heart, and we prefer disability to healing, He will give us that.

God is not the direct cause of either sin nor sickness. He has abundant provisions to cleanse sin, and to heal disease. Yet, He made the law that ‘whatever a man sows, so shall he reap." If a man chooses to break God’s laws, he must reap what he sows. God does not put disease on man, but He does allow His laws to be executed. Some sickness (not all) is due to mankind’s personal sins.

Exodus 15:26 (KJV)

26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

God, to bring sinners to repentance, does permit Satan to afflict mankind.

1 Corinthians 5:5 (KJV)

5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Satan is the direct power in executing the law of sin, sickness, and death. Jesus went about healing all who were ‘oppressed of the devil’. Sickness originated with, and is still being propagated by Satan.

Job 2:6-7 (KJV)

6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.


Man is the ‘law breaker’, and must often reap what has been sown. Man is responsible for yielding to sin, and for breaking God’s laws. The breaking of those laws make man more susceptible to the effects of the curse. Man often lives carelessly, not seeking the close walk with the Lord that mankind needs to overcome the curse’s effects. Adding to this the lack of proper exercise, improper diet, overwork, intemperance, worry, anger, guilt, etc. and man is ripe for sickness.

1 Corinthians 11:28-30 (KJV)

28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

Many today are ‘weak, sickly, and sleep (are dead)’ due to not ‘discerning the Lord’s body’, and having improper behavior toward others in the body of Christ. These sins bring weakness, sickness, death.

The curse brought on by the original sin can still bring sickness, death, etc.

If one puts their hand on a hot stove, it is burnt. It matters not if they are saved or lost. The curse is still in effect whether or not they are saved. Some disease and sickness is in this world because of the curse. Not all who get sick have personal sin doing it. They may have just repented, been fellow shipping with the Lord, having great Bible study, and still - get sick, get tired, add some grey hair, be burnt by their hot coffee, etc. Those are caused by the original sin, and the curse that is still not redeemed upon the body. Therefore, a lowering of one’s resistance may result in a cold, etc. That is why even an innocent, never having sinned yet, can catch a cold. Those germs would not have been present, had there been no curse for the original sin.

Israel murmured, ‘what shall we drink?’. The cure for that was the Word of God, prayer, and obedience. The cause of the sicknesses was the murmuring lips, the complaining and faultfinding of the children of Israel.

Exodus 15:24-27 (KJV)

24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

The confession of faults, the changing of one’s improper mind set, and the repenting of sins are interlocked with many healings. The releasing of the preference of sickness to healing, allows physical healings to come. Some need to know that oftentimes, God wants some kind of OBEDIENCE, and CORRECTING OF APATHY TOWARD HEALING first.

Wilt thou be made whole? Jesus is still asking that question. Some are pretending to want healing. Some get in the healing line every week, but would be disappointed if they were truly healed. The Lord often INTERROGATES and asks, do you truly want healed?

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