Recently, my sister Cindi posted a quote from the Word of God, regarding physical healing, on her Facebook page. One of her followers “begged to differ,” regarding the biblical fact that what Jesus did for us on the cross and afterward, guaranteed physical healing. Her statement was that though OTHER healings (spirit and soul) were “finished,” it would be wrong to say that physical healings (body) have already been paid for, when we can all SEE that the effects are still in place (as if we can’t see when they are still in place for spiritual our mental/emotional healings).
The following information was contained in my two responses to her original comment:
1 Peter 2:24, below, from the New King James Version of the Bible.
“[He] Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we–having died to sins–might live for righteousness (by whose stripes you were healed).”
Getting into the meat of the differences of opinion,…
First of all, the Greek word “sozo” is what is translated as “saved” in all of the following references, which you can study. In the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, that specific word (Strong’s #4982) can mean: to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literally or figuratively):–heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon indicates similar multiple possible values.
“Sozo” is the word used for both “saved,” and “healed,” in James 5:15-16. It could absolutely be used either way (spiritual healing or physical healing).
5:15 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.
5:16 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.
Secondly, the Greek word “iaomai” is ACTUALLY what is used specifically (obviously very intentionally) at the end of 1 Peter 2:24. In the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, that specific word (Strong’s #2390) can be used to mean: to cure (literally or figuratively):–heal, make whole.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon indicates only three possible usages: to cure/heal; to make whole; to free from errors and sins/to bring about salvation.
You can read through that listing, here:
The listing linked just above has a single page (28 incidences) of applied scripture. 22 of those 28 incidences refer DEFINITELY–without question–to physical healing.
The final incidence of “iaomai” in those limited listings, is 1 Peter 2:24. It COULD be applied either way. The fact, however, that it is used INSTEAD of the word “sozo,” is indicative that the emphasis was being put on the “body” part of what Jesus’ sacrifice had covered, and that it should be interpreted as physical healing.
Going back to the Old Testament, to see what the prophet Isaiah had to say about all this, we can find out a LOT of interesting stuff! 😀
You can find the entire chapter of Isaiah 53 (King James Version), by clicking this link, which takes you to biblehub.com, and contains all of the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance markup for Isaiah 53.
Once you’re there, as you read, you can click on ANY verse number or word, and you will be taken to a page that relates what that word means in this scripture, as recorded by the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. There are TONS of rabbit holes you can go down, as you study this out (so much fun). 😀
I was going to go down into (and back out of) several of those rabbit holes, but then I found a wonderful resource about this very subject, which has been extensively researched and well-written, by the Rev. Ann White (of whom I have had no prior knowledge…that I recall, at least). I will, however, be checking through at least some of her other listings. This one is REALLY “good stuff!”
Check it out: REDEMPTIVE CHAPTER
Get ready for some INTENSE information. It’s not ONLY about what you’ll find in Isaiah 53, but in 3 John 2; John 13:12-13; Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 28; 1 Peter 2:24; and Psalm 107:17-20 (all of which are HER rabbit holes). 😀
I will leave you with all of that, and I do hope you’ll go read through at least the main narrative, even if you don’t go down any of the lovely side roads.
If you’d like to see what ELSE Ann White has to say, here is her TOPICS LIST.
Glory to God! Hallelujah!