“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
CHRIST THE HEALER
THE BRAZEN SERPENT—A TYPE OF CHRIST
God ratified His Word to the dying Israelites by sending them the added Word, “everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it (the brazen serpent, the type of Calvary) shall live.” If bodily healing is not provided in the Atonement, why were these dying Israelites required to look at the type of the Atonement for bodily healing? As their curse was removed by the lifting up of the type of Christ, so ours is removed by the lifting up of Christ, the Antitype. Since the Spirit is given to us to make Christ a reality, why should we not look to Christ Himself with as much expectation as they did to the type?
It will be well to note that they could not look at the brass snake and their symptoms at the same time. Abraham’s faith waxed strong while he looked to the promise of God. Some people reverse this. Their faith waxes weak while they look at their symptoms and forget the promises. God’s Word is the only solid basis for our faith. God healed by sending His Word. We will miss healing if we allow our symptoms to hinder us from expecting what His Word promises.
THE SECOND STEP
The second step toward being healed is to be sure you are right with God. Our redemptive blessings are conditional. After we hear the Gospel, and know what it offers, Jesus says, “Repent ye and believe the gospel.” Only those who are right with God can follow these instructions. When seeking healing for our bodies, there should be no compromise with the adversary of our souls, because it is he who is the author of our diseases. Jesus has promised to destroy the works of the devil in our bodies. He cannot legally do that while we are clinging to the work of the devil in our souls. It is hard to exercise faith for the removal of one part of the devil’s work while we allow a worse part to remain. Until a man squarely faces and settles the question of obedience to God, he is not on believing ground. James says, “Confess your faults one to another… that ye may be healed.” It is God’s will “that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth.” “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me.” It is when our hearts do not condemn us that we have confidence toward God.
The command for the sick to “send for the elders” was first written to Christians who had been filled with the Spirit. There is something wrong when a man desires the blessing but not the Blesser; His mercy but not Himself. It is not proper to seek His mercy while rejecting His will. Do not ask for a little blessing while rejecting a big one. It is impossible to receive and reject divine blessings at the same time. God is waiting to say to Satan and disease what He said to Pharaoh, “Let my people go, that they may serve me” (Exod. 7:16). “Our first consideration, in all things, even in asking for the restoration of bodily health, should be the glory of God” (Rev. P. Gavin Duffy).
Strength for service to God is the only proper basis of approach when seeking health at His hand. The anointing with oil for healing is a symbol and sign of consecration. We must desire our health for God’s glory.
What then does the anointing mean? Turn to Leviticus 8:10-12, and you get God’s answer to the question. “And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them,” that is, he set them apart for God. The anointing “with oil in the name of the Lord,” was an act of dedication and consecration, implying on the part of one anointed, a full surrender to God of his hands to work for Him and for Him alone, of his feet to walk for Him and Him alone, his eyes to see, his lips to speak, his ears to hear for Him and Him alone, and his whole body to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Rev. R. A. Torrey “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper
and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.