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We,  as Christians, believe in a supernatural God.  We believe in miracles, healing, and other supernatural events being common and often. God confirms the message we preach, ‘with signs following.’ (Mark 16:20) The gifts of healing, and the gift of miracles were given to the church.

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (KJV)
 But the manifestation of the Spirit  is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit  the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge  by the same Spirit;  To another faith by the same Spirit;  to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits;  to another divers kinds of tongues;  to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that One  and the selfsame Spirit,  dividing to every man severally as He will.

We want to carry on the miracle and healing power shown by Jesus.  We are to have signs and wonders following our preaching.

Hebrews 2:3-4 (KJV)
 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord,  and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness,  both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

Sickness is universal and we all of  experience sickness.

All of us, barring the rapture, will someday die.  Yet, when sickness comes, why are we not all healed?  We wonder and question.  No matter how wonderful our spiritual level is, we have roughly ‘three score and ten’, or ‘fourscore’ years.

Psalm 90:10 (KJV)
The days of our years are threescore years and ten;  and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years,  yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Remember, there are a number of CAUSES of sickness, so, likewise, there are a number of reasons that healing does not come.  Sometimes God brings sickness, plague, and death. Sometimes the devil brings those.  Man is often the culprit of the ailments.  The curse upon mankind is most frequently  the cause.  The spiritual lapses can also bring sickness, disease, even death.  Satan is the author of sickness and disease.

Mankind  is subject to sickness due to the temptation of the devil upon Eve. When Eve, and then Adam, sinned, the devil had accomplished making immortal mankind to become mortal and frail.  Mankind did die spiritually that day. Mortality of the body claimed their bodies also in time. Corruption set in, the curse went into effect.  The devil probably felt victorious.  Satan was the originator. 

Jesus came and claimed VICTORY over the devil. 

Acts 10:38 (KJV)
 How God anointed Jesus  of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost  and with power: Who went about doing good,  and healing all that were oppressed of the devil;  for God was with Him.

Since we are promised to do the ‘works’ that Jesus did, and even ‘greater works’, then we have authority to also speak healing to ALL that are OPPRESSED by the devil. 

Yet, not all sickness is ‘oppression of the devil’.

Some is due to the original sin, and its curse. Balding, sweating, childbirth pain, sickness and death are traceable to that cause.  The curse of sin is a cause of sickness, disease, and death. The curse is ever present, and even the righteous are still ‘bodily’ under the curse. Even those who are righteous will bald, age, wrinkle, get sickness, and even die. Some teach that the righteous should not get sick,  but if that were true, they also should not age, nor get gray hair. The body of all of us is still under the curse. Our spirits have been made alive, made eternal, So, some that are sick, are not sick due to personal sin, but are sick due to the original sin.

John 9:2-3 (KJV)
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.

Thus, that sickness was not due to oppression of the devil, but due to a plan of God to demonstrate His power over sickness due to the original sin, not due to current personal sins.

Personal sins can bring sickness too.  Paul said that some took the bread and wine, representing the body and blood of Jesus, unworthily.  He said that many were ‘weak, sickly, and even dead’ due to that unworthy taking of communion.

1 Corinthians 11:29-30 (KJV)
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.

Sickness does not always equate with personal sins, sometimes, the curse from the original sin allows the sickness. Until the curse is removed from the body, which takes place for the saints at the resurrection time, we can still suffer effects of the curse upon the body. 

Romans 8:21-25 (KJV)
21 Because the creature itself also shall  be delivered from the bondage of corruption  into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation  groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also,  which have the firstfruits of the Spirit,  even we ourselves groan within ourselves,  waiting for the adoption,  to wit, the redemption of our body. 
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not,  then do we with patience wait for it.

Some undergo a test or trial of faith by illnesses that come.  So, another reason for sickness is the test, the trial of our faith. Paul prayed three times for the thorn in his flesh to be removed.  God’s ultimate goal was to this thorn  to teach Paul some things. It was not removed.

Smith Wigglesworth, one of the greatest healing evangelists, was a diabetic.  He was sick everyday. In his ministry, he saw many diabetics receive healing. Yet, not he did not receive it, himself. Naaman expected an instant healing. His healing was delayed until he learned a humbling obedience in dipping seven times in a muddy river.

Sometimes, God delays healing till we right our lives.

Sometimes we need to learn what God wants us to learn. 

Sometimes we need to get desperate for God’s help. 

Until the trial of our faith does its perfect work,  we are not healed. 

Elijah prayed for rain seven times, and each time sent a servant to the top  of a mountain to look for a cloud  indicating the rain was on the way. Until the seventh time, there was no cloud. Our trials of our faith, can mean that for a time, perhaps until the rapture, we do not see the miracle.

Hebrews 11:13 (KJV)
13 These all died in faith,  not having received the promises,  but having seen them afar off,  and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers  and pilgrims on the earth.

Hebrews 11:39 (KJV)
39 And these all, having obtained a good report  through faith, received not the promise:

Some people lowered a sick, but sinful man, down through the roof, to where Jesus could  heal him.  Jesus said: Thy sins be forgiven thee, rise and walk.’  The man was healed.  He had needed forgiveness first,  the spiritual change to allow the outer change.

James 5:14-15 (KJV)
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick,  and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins,  they shall be forgiven him.

Matthew 13:58 (KJV)
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Jesus preached to these people, they had heard Him before, many of their sicknesses were not ‘oppression of the devil’ but were sins of rejection of Jesus, of carnal choices.   Therefore, Jesus did not do many miracles there, their unbelief kept them from being able to be healed.

Some see in the Bible what looks like that Jesus healed ‘all’ the sick.  He healed many, but in this town He could not do many mighty works, for their unbelief kept them from being healed, even by Jesus.

Some have healing lines today, and proudly proclaim that all will be healed.  It does not happen.  Some in those healing lines have sins, willful sins, such as being the church gossip. She may not be healed, because the cause of that sin is not oppression of the devil.   The healing she may get someday, will be after getting forgiveness for her sins. 

Those under test and trial of faith, will be healed after the test is over. 

Those who are simply suffering the original sin, and its curse, will die unless the rapture comes first.  We are all ‘groaning’ awaiting the redemption of the body.   So, not all are healed by simply ‘anointing with oil’ and praying.  Jesus healed all that were oppressed of the devil. 

The causes of sickness vary.  God can bring or allow sickness, the devil loves to afflict and trouble with sickness.  The curse brought the possibility of sickness upon the adamic race.  Man often brings on his own sickness due to personal sin. Finally,  sometimes, sickness is a spiritual trial.

There are then various possibilities of the purpose of sickness. God sometimes allow sickness to be the means which bring one home to heaven.
Sometimes, sickness will be a test of faith. Sometimes sickness is the result of the curse of original sin being in this world.  Sometimes, one’s personal sin is the reason for sickness. Sometimes, sickness is the result of improper care of the Temple of the Spirit of God (i.e. the body).

Some expect God to heal all the same way. Some healing lines, have all be anointed with oil, all have the laying on of hands, and all have the elders of the church pray.  What if God chooses another way?  We have to learn to listen to God give His direction on the method of His healing. 

There are giftS of healing.  That means plural methods are used in God’s plan. 

1. Sometimes, we need to press through to touch Jesus.
The woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.  She was healed, and Jesus felt the ‘virtue flow from’ Himself.  Not all are healed that way, but God lets some be healed that way.

Another example is the blind man who called out to Jesus until he was heard.  Jesus stopped to heal the man. 

God sometimes wants us to be determined and to seek  God enough to get that personal touch from God.  Others are not needed, no elders need be called, no hands of others need laid upon the person,  no oil needs to be anointed upon them.  The person in determination pushes into the presence of Jesus, and there finds healing. 

2. Some need to call for the elders of the church, and confess sins and wrongs.

Church prayer can be needed, as one method of healing. 

James 5:14-16 (KJV)
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church;
 and let them pray over him,  anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;  and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another,  and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Many ‘call for the elders’, but then they stop.  The prayer of the elders is only a part of this method.  Sins need repented, and faults need confessed,
and then the ‘effectual fervent prayer’ of that  person who is now a ‘righteous’ (in right standing) person.  That prayer ‘availeth much’. 

We need each other, and yet, sometimes, wrong relationships in the church body result in sickness. 

Paul referred to this in I Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 11:28-31 (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.
31 For if we would judge ourselves,  we should not be judged.

If we partake unworthily, with bad relationships, with wrongs and sins between the members of the church,  the elders need to step in, get confession of sins,  encourage confession of the faults, and then, with a righteous congregation, the sicknesses will be healed.

Many in Corinth were ‘weak, sickly,’ and some had died, because of those kinds of unconfessed sins.

3. Some need to rebuke the disease, and the devils’ oppression.

Some disease is due to demonic oppression. Jesus went about and healed all who were ‘oppressed by the devil.’  We still find some who are ‘oppressed’ in that way.  The sickness is therefore not from God, and it is not due to the person’s own sins.  Therefore, still today, God wants to heal those that are oppressed due to the devils’ choice.  We have authority to rebuke the devil, rebuke the sickness placed upon the person. 

Matthew 17:18 (KJV)
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him:  and the child was cured from that very hour.

Mark 16:17-18 (KJV)
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe;  In my name shall they cast out devils;  they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing,  it shall not hurt them;  they shall lay hands on the sick,  and they shall recover.

John 14:12  (KJV)
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you,  He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;  and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

4. Some need to know that oftentimes, God wants some kind of OBEDIENCE first.

Naaman had to go to the muddy Jordan River, and obey by dipping seven times in that river.  This was humbling, and showed faith, to obey that directive.

The blind man needed to wash in the pool of Siloam. 
John 9:7 (KJV)
7 And said unto him, Go,  wash in the pool of Siloam,  (which is by interpretation, Sent.)  He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Lepers were told to go to the priests. There, the priests would examine them, and declare them clean from leprosy.   These lepers started on the trip,  while they were still lepers.  It was while they were on their way, that the  healing came.

Would these healings have happened if there had not been obedient?  Some people need to respect Jesus as Lord, and that can often be shown to be true that they do, or false, that they don’t, when the test of obedience is given.

Sometimes, God will lead one with a word of wisdom, and a word of knowledge, to give instruction to a sick one, and if followed, healing will come. 

5. Some need a ‘point of faith’.

This can be the ‘anointing oil’, the laying on of hands, Peter’s shadow, prayer cloths, the hem of Jesus’ garment.  It is not the article that is the healing feature, it is something that sparks the faith.  Sometimes there is great typology in the article.  The oil is the type of the Holy Spirit anointing.  The hands laid upon represent the flowing through a vessel of God’s power. The shadow of Peter was also the shadow of Him, Who dwelt in Peter, the hem of the garment, represented the power of the One  wearing the garment. Recognizing the symbology of the article, can spark one’s faith in God.

6. Prayer as Elijah prayed from rain is often needed to bring healing.

James 5:17-18 (KJV)
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain:  and it rained not on the earth by the space
of three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again,  and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

When the time for restoration of rain came, Elijah prayed seven times, and each time, he sent a servant up the mountain to see if any cloud had appeared.

1 Kings 18:41-45 (KJV)
41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink;  for there is a sound of abundance of rain.
42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink.  And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel;  and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up,
 and looked, and said, There is nothing.  And he said, Go again seven times.
44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab,  Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.
45 And it came to pass in the mean while,  that the heaven was black with clouds and wind,  and there was a great rain...
Sometimes, we pray and pray again. We must keep on asking, and after often praying, the answer finally comes.

Matthew 7:7-11 (KJV)
7 Ask (and keep on asking),  and it shall be given you; seek (and keep on seeking),  and ye shall find;  knock (and keep on knocking), and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth;  and he that seeketh  findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil,  know how to give good gifts unto your children,
 how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

The Bible says that we shall ‘reap if we faint not’.  This ‘asking’ process is part of the plan of God. We would prefer to ask only once,  and to then receive immediately. God chooses often, not to heal that way, but to do it His way.  Go figure !  So, we should not be discouraged and not give up,
if not immediately healed. One of His methods is to build persistence and perseverance in us.

Some criticize the healing evangelist, if no answer at first request. Yet, God made it plain that often He wants us to ask often. 

7. Another method of healing is fasting and praying.

Matthew 17:14-21 (KJV)
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples,  and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said,  O faithless and perverse generation,
 how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart,  and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:  for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain,  Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Sometimes, prayer and fasting is needed, in order that one’s faith might be increased.  Full faith in the Lord is oft needed for certain ailments.  Some, like this one here, had a devil oppressing,  a strong evil spirit, a ruling power.  This one could not only taunt in the brain, but could also throw the boy around physically.  This took a bit more faith to handle.  They needed a word of knowledge to know the problem, how to handle it.

8.  There are many methods of healing, and one final one to mention now, is the exercising of the office  of healing.

Some are given a ministry of healing. This is their job to which God has summoned them.  A supernatural endowment of healing power can often flow through that one.  They will have accompanying gifts of word of wisdom,  word of knowledge, discernment of spirits, to aid them in this
healing ministry.     

Kathryn Kuhlman comes to mind, as to one who was often used with this ministry.  Smith Wigglesworth was another one with this calling. 

Sometimes, God will call others of us, to have this calling for certain occasions, and perhaps other times be used with our primary calling, whatever that may be.  It is an anointing of power,  to be led to situations, and to people which  need healing, need released from demonic oppression,

need to handle sins and failings which led to sickness. 

We need to believe that God still wants to heal. God, though, will choose the method. God knows the reason for the sickness, and the purpose of His plan.
Our problem therefore, is to learn from God, why someone is sick, what is the purpose,  what is the method of God, how do we proceed to be part of God’s plan.

The first step in finding out all these things is found in:
Acts 6:4 (KJV)
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.


That all being established, that there are many reasons for sicknesses, and that there were times that Jesus could not, due to their reasons for illnesses, do many miracles in some communities, Jesus did not heal all that He could have.
In areas where they were mocking Him, where they had known Him as a child and did not look to Him as the Messiah, nor as Lord, nor trust His words, nor repent of there own sins, He did ‘not do many mighty works’.

Matthew 13:58 (KJV)
58 And He did not many mighty works there
because of their unbelief.

Certainly, not all those with that ‘unbelief’ were in perfect health.  Some of them had illness, disease, infirmities, handicaps, etc.   They attended Jesus’ meetings, and complained, found fault, and went away still sick, dying, having infirmities.   Jesus did not heal many there, for the reasons for their sins was not ‘oppression of the devil’.

Acts 10:38 (KJV)
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.

In that time, the devil knew that Jesus was due to come, via the prophecy of Daniel, and of Zechariah, the timing of the coming of the Messiah was established as to its generation.  Hence Simeon and Anna were in the temple waiting to see the Messiah child, knowing that He was due to arrive. 

Shepherds and wise men had announced His arrival, and the devil heard those announcements too.   The devils were therefore making many to be sick, maimed, hindered.  There was a physical and spiritual attack.  The devils encouraged Herod to kill babies under 2, there was much leprosy in the area, many were demon possessed, and afflictions were extremely common.  Those were ‘oppressions of the devil.’ 

Jesus countered this attack by healing all those who, not because of personal sins were they afflicted, but due to the devil’s attempt to hinder the coming of the One Who would ‘bruise his head’, and defeat him. 

In Acts 10, Peter was summing up the ministry of Jesus, and Peter did not say that Jesus healed ‘ALL’ the sick that ever were in His meetings, but Peter said that Jesus ‘healed all that were oppressed of the devil.’   There were others there in those meetings, that were aged, unrepentedly sinful, or being called home to heaven, that Jesus did not heal.

Anna was extremely old, she had been a widow for 80 years, and she met Jesus when He was sight days old.  She blessed Him, prophesied about Him, was shortly thereafter was called home.   She did not get bodily refreshment, de-aging did not occur, her body continued to be effected by the curse of sin, and she lived till that event, and thereafter, shortly died.
In particular services, there may have been some or many, where all in attendance were healed.   If all repented of sins that had brought them illnesses, and all that were oppressed of the devil, and there were none whom God was wanting to call their aged bodies to come to heaven, there were then the possibility in that service that ALL were healed.

Lack of repentance, sins amidst a congregation, lack of judging and correcting one’s sinful nature, results in weaknesses, sickness, and even death in congregations.   If a pastor today claims that “Jesus  ‘healed all’ so I should be able to also”, well, that did not happen in the early church, and still not happening today, for some are still resistant to God, still unrepentant, still criticizing others, and not in faith toward the Lord, so God does not now, nor then in the New Testament ministry of the apostles, nor in Jesus’ sermon time, heal everyone.  

God would like to heal ‘all’, but not ‘all’ respond in faith, repent of sins that cause sickness and death, nor want all of us to live forever here and not be called home to heaven.  

Paul spoke of some who were sick, and even dying, if they did not repent.

1 Corinthians 11:29-31 (KJV)
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.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

One of Paul’s traveling companions was left in Miletum, and Paul went on, for the man was too sick to continue.  Why?  Did not Paul have faith, did not he believe in the healing power of Jesus?  Of course, he did.  Perhaps that man was being called home to heaven, and Paul had no authority to override the will of God.  Perhaps the man was being tested, and the test was not yet over.  Perhaps the curse still on the body, but not on the soul of the saved, was afflicting his body. 
2 Timothy 4:20 (KJV)
20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

For all of us, whether we are super spiritual, or mildly spiritual, still age, bald, sweat, and approach death till we arrive there.  Our new bodies at the rapture will be ageless, and continue to live, but this body, until that rapture, resurrection time still ages, still is afflicted with the curse.  Healings are only temporary sustainments of that curse.  Lazarus who was raised from the dead, lived thirty years more, we are told, but then he died again.  The curse was still afflicting his body till he again died.  
Let us look at some more passages.
Matthew 4:23-24 (KJV)
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and He healed them.

Yes, Jesus did heal ‘all manner’ of sicknesses.  He healed blindness, leprosy, lameness, etc.   There were ‘divers diseases’ then, as there is now.  Notice here, it says also that those who were ‘possessed with devils’ and were therefore ‘lunatic, or shaking’ under the influence of such devils, were healed.  He had come to defeat the works of satan, and He took authority over the devils and healed the ones oppressed of devils.  
Matthew 9:35 (KJV)
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Jesus healed every kind of sickness, from colds to cancer, from headaches to leprosy.  Yet that verse does not declare He healed everyone, but only that every kind of disease was answerable to our Lord.
Matthew 10:1 (KJV)
1 And when He had called unto him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Jesus gave ‘authority’ and ‘dunamis’ power over all kinds of sickness and disease.   He gave power over all the ‘evil spirits’, and they cannot oppress any that Jesus or we His disciples take authority over.  Yet, Jesus did not give them power to overrule the will of sinful man to not repent, not get right with God.  Those sick due to their own rebellion are bound and remain sick, and even if in a church, like those in Corinth, will die of that rebellious, unrepentant sin.  Jesus did not over rule such rebellion.  He forgave the repentant man lowered before Him in that house, and healed him.  Had that man not repented, not been forgiven, the man would not have been healed.
Matthew 12:14-15 (KJV)
14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against Him, how they might destroy Him.
15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew Himself from thence: and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all;

In this congregation, Jesus healed ALL of them.  This congregation had heard the sinful reaction of the Pharisees, heard their plan to kill Jesus, and had decided to accept Jesus, and the dangers of following Him.  They followed Jesus to a different area, and that congregation were all choosing Jesus over the sinful of the time.  Those in that group, who were committed to Jesus, those following Him, despite the threat on lives,  and still had sickness, were ALL HEALED.   Yes, in that sermon, there was total healing.   The oppression of the devil could not hinder their healing. They had forsaken the sinners, and any sins they had.  They were ‘all healed’ in that service.  Oh, that we might see a service where all would commit to Jesus, forsake their own sins and doubts, and yield completely to Jesus.  Oh, what a service that would be!   We would need to identify the sinners, see who would stand with a hated Lord, and depart from the sinful, leaving only the yielded and repentant of sins, and then, we could have a service where ‘ALL’ are healed.

Luke 6:18-19 (KJV)
18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

In this congregation, all who were oppressed by devils were healed.  And all who sought to reach out and just ‘touch’ Jesus were healed.  These were not the rebellious, sinful, lying, pharisaical of some congregations, these were repentant, loving, cleansed saints.  They were reaching out for healing, for Jesus. 

Some today in congregations want healing so they can continue their affairs unhindered.  Some want to be able to concentrate more on their deceptive, greedy, lying businesses.  Some want to continue to be the church gossip, continue to attack the pastor, continue to speak foul words amidst the non-church areas, and still want healing.  Jesus did not use power then to heal that kind, nor does He give us power to heal that kind. 

Yet, those who reach out to ‘touch’ the Lord, who release all their sins to His redemption, who choose to suffer with Jesus and be His disciple are not afflicted by the devils, and healing comes.  But those who were sick in the congregation, but stayed with the rebel Pharisees, were unwilling to walk away from the blasphemous sinners to stay with the hated Jesus, were not in that crowd where ‘all’ were healed.
Jesus did not come to overrule God’s decision of taking home an aging saint. Nor did Jesus overrule God’s choice to take home even a younger saint, if it was God’s choice, not the devil’s.  

Jesus did not stop all aging, did not stop all balding, did not stop all pain at childbirth, did not stop the effect of the curse on the bodies of all.  For that effect of the curse is awaiting the rapture time when new bodies free from the curse is given to all God’s children. 

Jesus did not do that, and neither has any preacher since Jesus.   All of us continue to age, suffer effects of the curse on our bodies, till then.

Romans 8:18-25 (KJV)
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

We know that soon, our body still suffering colds, headaches, sweating, balding, pain, and effects of toil, will be replaced at the rapture, not before, with an eternal body not to suffer any of that.   Until then, our spirits have been redeemed, made eternal, and are rejoicing in the redemption of the spirit.  The ‘redemption of the body’ is yet to come.  We await it.  We have the ‘firstfruits’ of our salvation, but await, hopefully ‘patiently’, the finish of our salvation, when we see Jesus in the clouds.   We ‘shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption’ at a time very soon.  Jesus will finish the process He has started.   Even then, Jesus did not heal all from the effects of the curse upon the body.  Some of the disciples would have worn glasses had they had any back then.  Paul had to write with large letters, for his eyesight was poor.  

The effects of the curse still are affecting all of us.  Great healing evangelists have died in our age too.  Oral Roberts went to a California hospital to have eye surgery, rather than have it at his own hospital, for he was concerned that some would lose faith in healing, had they learned of his many ailments of body.  Those ailments were the continuing effects of the curse on all of the adamic race.  They will continue, perhaps be temporarily suspended by healing, but our bodies still progress toward death.   The rapture/resurrection will suspend forever those effects, for then, and not till then, will our body become ageless, no longer under the effects of the curse on the adamic bodies.
Jesus healed all that were oppressed of the devil.  He healed all kinds of sicknesses, all kinds of diseases.  He did not remove the curse on the body then, nor yet now.  We patiently await that kind of healing, and it will be soon.  Till then we ‘groan and travail’ at times.  The time of the ‘redemption of the body’ is nearing.

No, Jesus did not heal all the sick that ever came to His sermons.  In some areas, He had not many signs and wonders, for they were rebellious, sinful, and Jesus ‘could not’ overrule the effects of their sinful persons.

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