During his time on earth in a human body, Jesus always did the will of God the Father. Part of His mission was to demonstrate the true character and nature of God, and He completed His mission successfully on all points.
Because of this, we can look at His life to get a picture of what God’s will looks like when someone is obeying it perfectly.
Consider the following scriptures that bring out this idea:
(NLT) – Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.
(NLT) – The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
(NIV) – The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
(NASV) – And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high
(NKJV) – Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
From the verses above, and many others, we see the following principles:
- If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus
- If you want to know how God feels about something, look at how Jesus feels about it
- If you want to know what it looks like when God’s will is obeyed and performed, look at Jesus.
Jesus is the only “person” that ever demonstrated God’s will perfectly. He is the only one that was without sin…he never missed the mark. He was perfectly obedient to the will and the instructions of God the Father. Through His words and actions, God’s will was put on display for all to see.
With that in mind, read the following verse:
(NKJV) – God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
In the life of Jesus, specifically when it comes to dealing with people that are suffering from sickness or disease, there is a very definite pattern that is easy to see. If a sick person came to Him for healing, then healing is what happened. Jesus healed people. According to the record we have in the Bible, Jesus healed everyone that came to Him. There is not a single exception.
And since Jesus demonstrates the will of God perfectly, then the only conclusion we can come to is that healing is God’s will.
Jesus is a Better Example
Jesus shows us perfectly how God wants things to be done. He is the best example we have of a “human” that is doing the will of God. Every other man or woman of God that we could look to will only have a measure of God’s will on display. People make mistakes, and people don’t always obey and demonstrate God’s will perfectly.
But Jesus did not make mistakes. He demonstrated God’s will perfectly.
So when we look through the Gospels and see how Jesus treated sickness, we can see what God’s will is when it comes to sickness.
We can’t look at Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Peter, Paul, Timothy, Augustine, Martin Luther, Smith Wigglesworth, Billy Graham, your grandpa, your pastor, or any other person to see it perfectly.
Only Jesus demonstrated God’s will perfectly every time. He is our example. Only through Him can we get a completely accurate view of the will of God. He is the better example. He is the best example. He trumps all others. And He healed everyone that came to Him. He healed “all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)
If Jesus truly and accurately represented the Father (which He did), then we have to come to the conclusion that our God wants to heal people. Healing is God’s will.
Once you begin to understand and believe this, then you are probably going to have a lot of new questions about healing. Depending on your different life experiences, some of the new questions may be very difficult and uncomfortable. That would not surprise me because that has been my experience as well. This is a part of the process of being transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).
However, regardless of the other questions that come up, we can safely eliminate God’s will as a variable in healing. There are many factors in healing, and there are many variables that affect what we see and experience as we minister. But God’s will in healing is not variable. It is constant. This is one reason we never see anyone in the New Testament minister healing by praying “God please heal the person if it be Your will.”
Neither Jesus nor His disciples seemed to have any question about whether or not healing was God’s will. If you read what they said, and how they said it, then you will see that they were all operating on the belief that God wanted to heal people.
If we are trying to represent Jesus and do the will of God, then we need to operate on that same belief. Otherwise, we are believing something that is not biblical, and we are misrepresenting our Father and our Savior.
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