One day I was laying on the surgical bed, awaiting to be taken into "day surgery" for a routine colon exam and praying that the exam would be without any complications when God spoke to me. I was rather surprised when God said that He was not just my Healer, but was also my Health. It seems in my life, that often I am pray to experience the touch of the Healer. For example, the Scripture says concerning God, "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases" (Psalm 103:3).
That is great as far as receiving healing. However, I received a greater revelation that day. God is our HEALTH! However, when we "hear" a word which we believe is from God, we are to test the spirits. "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (I John 4:1). Does Scripture confirm what I heard as being truth??
I. Words used in Scripture.
A. "arukah" is one word translated health which means health, wholeness, or perfect.
II. What is God's attitude toward His children having health."Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward" (Isaiah 58:8).B. "yeshuah" is a word that means health, salvation, and deliverance.
"So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it" (II Chronicles 24:13).
"For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after" (Jeremiah 30:17).
"Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth" (Jeremiah 33:6)."Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God" (Psalms 42:11).C. "marpe" is a word that means sound and wholesome.
"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God" (Psalms 43:5).
"The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him" (Exodus 15:2).
"God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations" (Psalms 67:1-2).
Note: Many scholars agree that the name "JESUS" comes from "Yeshua"; therefore, Jesus our health?"For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh" (Proverbs 4:22).D. "riphuth" is a word that means health or a cure.
"There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health" (Proverbs 12:18).
"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones" (Proverbs 16:24)."It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones" (Proverbs 3:8).E. "shalom" is a word that has many meanings including peace, well, welfare, and health."And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance" (Genesis 43:28).F. "soteria" is a word that means salvation or health.
"And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him" (II Samuel 20:9)."Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you" (Acts 27:34).G. "sozo" is a word that is used 120 times in the New Testament which is often translated to be saved, but means much more than we might think. It also means to deliver, protect, heal, make whole, do well, and preserve.
Special Note: This is the common word for "salvation" used 44 times in the New Testament and come from the root word "sozo" meaning "to save"."And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish" (Matthew 8:25).H. "hugiaino" is a Greek word that means sound, whole, or complete.
"And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee" (Luke 18:42).
"And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live" (Mark 5:23).
"They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed" (Luke 8:36).
"The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed" (Acts 14:9).
"Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well" (John 11:12).
"But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour" (Matthew 9:22).
"And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole" (Mark 6:56).
"And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (II Timothy 4:18)."Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (III John 1:2).
"This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith" (Titus 1:13).
"And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick" (Luke 5:31).
"And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound" (Luke 15:27).
"If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness" (I Timothy 6:3).
"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" (Exodus 15:26).III. There is health through the atonement.
"He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes" (Psalms 105:37).
"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:9-10).* There will be perfect health in heaven."That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations" (Psalms 67:2)."And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:4).* Yet, Jesus has told us to pray that the kingdom should be on the earth as it is in heaven.
* Therefore, we should pray for health, here and now.
"But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:31-32).
The way to remember the concept of the "atonement" is by the expression of "at-one-ment" or bringing into oneness with God.
"And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary" (Numbers 8:19).
"And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement" (Romans 5:11).
"That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me" (John 17:21).
"And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all" (I Corinthians 15:28).
"Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases" (Psalms 103:3).*******.......... If He suffered in our place, why should we?
"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" (Isaiah 53:5).
"That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses" (Matthew 8:17).