Spiritual Gifts, Part VI
To another gifts of healings by the same Spirit. I Corinthians 12:9
Many in the Bible healed the sick in the Old Testament as well as in the new. Jesus healed the sick and sent His disciples to do the same and throughout the history of the church men and women have healed the sick, but I believe there is a supernatural gift of healing given to specific people to validate the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, especially today when we have put our trust in medical science instead of God!
John G. Lake was one such man who had a special gift of healing to employ in the body of Christ and did so in such a manner and with such consistency that he was proclaimed an honorary doctor and in the city where he eventually set up healing rooms it became the healthiest city in the United States. We have had many faith healers and TV evangelists proclaim that they had the gift but in many cases proved to be false prophets who were in it for the money, but that does not mean that God doesn't heal any more because He is the same, never changing and always concerned with the health and well being of His people.
Although the gift of healing still exists today it has been overshadowed by medical science and many of God's people have turned away from trusting Him for their health. Even in the Old Testament God gave His promise to heal in Psalm 103 when He said, "Forget none of His benefits, who heals all your diseases." The Lord Jesus Christ bled in seven specific areas to give us a complete healing of all sickness, disease and infirmity and His healing power still exists today within the true body of believers who still take Him at His word.
Is anyone among you sick? 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. And the prayer of faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins he will be forgiven. James 5:14,15
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin