First Corinthians 12 mentions many gifts of the Spirit. One of these is the “gifts of healing.” Note that Scripture says gifts, meaning that there is more than one type of gift of healing. The Holy Spirit gift of healing covers spiritual, emotional, and physical healing. Let’s look at spiritual healing.
All believers experience spiritual healing beginning the moment we are born again. (1 Peter 2:24) says, “‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.'” We are made whole, eternally saved, and spiritually healed through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
Jesus clarified the ultimate value of spiritual healing when He sent out 70 disciples with the gifts of healing. Elated by their many miraculous deeds, the disciples returned home rejoicing. Jesus put things in perspective and said, “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).
Jesus knew that spiritual healing on earth pointed to the greater reality that there is eternal healing that is far more valuable and amazing — the real reason to rejoice. “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
Another type of healing is emotional healing. There is emotional healing power in our Savior. He alone has the power to heal shattered lives and broken hearts. Jesus alone can come against demonic forces we may have allowed into our lives through sin or a lack of repentance. Only Jesus can tear down the strongholds that lead to our being harassed by the enemy. Jesus alone can set the captives free. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
A third type of healing is physical healing. Examples of physical healing abound in the New Testament. In Matthew 9 alone, He heals people who are deaf, paralyzed, mute, bleeding, and even dead.
What God did 2,000 years ago, He can still do today. His nature is unchanging. But God does not always heal right away. He did not immediately heal Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-30) or Trophimus (2 Timothy 4:20). We may not understand how Paul emerged from the shipwreck at Malta and used his gift to heal Publius’ father on the spot (Acts 28) but was not delivered from the thorn in his own flesh mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12:5-10.
God is sovereign over all of the gifts and will do what is best for our good and for His glory. We cannot begin to know His thoughts and how He will use everything for His divine purposes. God deals with no two people alike. For some, healing is instantaneous; for others, He will use doctors and extended periods of treatment and prayer. For a few, their complete healing will be in glory.
Prayer: Father, thank You that the moment I accepted You as my Lord and Savior, I experienced spiritual healing. Thank You for the promise of eternal healing. God, I don't always understand Your ways, but I trust You today for emotional and physical healing as You see fit for my good and Your glory. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.