Protective of His home

I cringe when I hear people blaming sickness and disease on God. In a previous post I spoke about God’s love being better than an earthly father’s love. What earthly father would give His child cancer, or some incurable disease? I want to add to this by quoting the following verse:

“Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God’s temple (His sanctuary), and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]? If anyone does hurt to God’s temple or corrupts it [with false doctrines] or destroys it, God will do hurt to him and bring him to the corruption of death and destroy him. For the temple of God is holy (sacred to Him) and that [temple] you [the believing church and its individual believers] are.” 1 Cor 3:16-17

This verse clearly states that we are God’s temple, and that His Spirit dwells in us. Now, what logic is there in sending sickness to overtake and destroy your own temple, if it is sacred to you? This verse goes as far as to say that God will destroy the man who touches or hurts God’s temple. That means He is so protective of us (His dwelling place), that He will avenge any evil or harm done to us. God does not have a split personality, so why would He be so fiercely protective of our bodies (His temple) on the one hand, and then send disease and sickness to hurt it on the other hand? It makes no sense – and it also does not line up with the goodness of His character that He reveals to us in Jesus.

Do not be mislead – sickness does not come from God, but from sin. Please see this post for more information.

Jesus changed everything

The cross of Jesus is the center of Christianity. We must never underestimate it’s significance – it is crucial to every aspect of our faith. I don’t think we will ever be able to fully comprehend the magnitude of what was accomplished on the cross – but I love the parts that God has already revealed to me!  Also read “God’s gift to us (Part 1, 2 and 3)”

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” John 16:33

Many people simply quote the part about tribulations and trials in the previous verse, without referring to the parts that precedes and follows it. Firstly, Jesus promised us IN Him we will have perfect peace and contentment. Secondly He tells us to be of good cheer, for he HAS overcome the world and deprived it of it’s power to harm us! Therefore it is a choice – stay in the world where you will have trails and tribulations and distress, or believe in the complete work of the cross.

Jesus deprived the world of it’s power and released it’s stronghold on the children of God (those who believe). The world in this sense refers to what we experience daily as a result of sin. Sin came into the world, and death  (decay, suffering, problems, sicknesses etc.) as a result of sin. Jesus completely abolished sin, therefore also setting us free from it’s power:

“Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],” Rom 8:3

We cannot look at anything without considering what was accomplished on the cross of Jesus. Everything was made new after that sacrifice. In Revelation we also read the following incredible confirmation from Jesus:

“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Rev 21:5

Where does sickness come from?

I used to think sickness came from God.  Whenever I got a cold, or some kind of sickness, I would wonder what I did wrong to deserve it.  There are many twisted theories on the origin of sickness – and most of them lead you into self condemnation.  You might believe if you are not holy enough, you are punished – and sickness is one of the ways God punishes people.  This is such a load of rubbish!  The Bible clearly explains where sickness comes from – and we should never associate it with God.

“Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and death as the result of sin, so death spread to all men, [no one being able to stop it or to escape its power] because all men sinned.” Rom 5:12

This verse clearly states that the origin of sickness (death) is sin. Adam put all of mankind under a curse through his disobedience, and no one was able to escape the dreaded spread of sickness (death). Luckily God had a plan – Jesus turned the whole scenario around. Through the complete sacrifice of His Son, God brought life back to mankind. We are not under the curse anymore!

“Well then, as one man’s trespass [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men.” Rom 5:18

To sum up – the origin of sickness is not God, but sin. The good news is we have been redeemed from this curse through one Man’s act of righteousness, which leads to life (the opposite of sickness and death) for all men. Also read God’s Gift to us (Part 2).

God’s gift to us (Part 3)

In the previous two posts we spoke about the incredible gift God gave mankind in the sacrifice of Jesus.  He saved us entirely – body, mind and soul.  We’ve already established that faith in the sacrifice of Jesus leads to salvation of our souls and reconciliation with God.  We’ve also established that Jesus took it upon himself to carry every sickness and disease in order for us to experience health.  The third aspect of this complete salvation is the salvation of our minds.

Let’s look at Isaiah 53:5 again:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”

The highlighted part of the verse refers to our minds, and the fact that we can now enjoy peace.  Peace of mind means calmness, composure and freedom from worries.  It is a quiet place of contentment and joy, free from all depression, sadness and anxiety.

John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you.”

“May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Pet 1:2

A gift needs to be received in order to be enjoyed.  We just need to realize God’s heart towards us, and how blessed we are the moment we are born again.  We must get to know Jesus, who is God’s gift to us.  It is knowing the Truth that will set us free, really and unquestionably free (John 8:32, 36)!