“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. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
THE TYPE OF THE BRAZEN SERPENT
Again, in Numbers 21:9, we read of the Israelites all being healed by looking at the brazen serpent, which was lifted up as a type of the Atonement. If healing was not to be in the Atonement, why were these dying Israelites required to look at 28
DID JESUS REDEEM US FROM OUR DISEASES WHEN HE ATONED FOR OUR SINS?
The type of the Atonement for bodily healing? Since both healing and forgiveness came
through the type of the Atonement, why not to us through Christ, the Antitype? As their curse was removed by the lifting up of the brazen serpent, so Paul tells us that ours is removed by the lifting up of Christ (Gal. 3:13).
In the book of numbers – we see that the people of God fell into sin – enmasse. The people, not satisfied with God’s way for them, chosen in love and mercy, spoke against God and against Moses. They were cursed with the fiery serpents. They again met God’s conditions by confessing their sins. His Word through Moses to them was, “It shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it [the brazen serpent, the type of Calvary] shall
live” (21:8). Again, the Scriptures show us that it was still God’s will to heal, not some, but all. Every one that was bitten lived by beholding the brazen serpent, which was a typical foreshadowing of the coming sacrifice on Calvary in our behalf.
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.
It was by “looking unto the promise of God” that Abraham “waxed strong in faith.” Every one that. . . looketh upon it” [the brazen serpent, God’s remedy and God’s promise] was likewise the condition God required for the healing of the dying Israelites (Num. 21:8). When coming to God for healing, be sure that this shall be your attitude, because there is no healing promised except on this condition.
THE BASIS OF OUR FAITH
When we base faith on our improvement, or are affected by our symptoms or by what we see or feel instead of by the Word of God alone, just to that extent ours is not real faith. To be occupied with what we see or feel is to exactly reverse the condition God lays down for us to follow. “Every one that … looketh upon it, shall live.” This simply means that every one who, like Abraham, occupies himself with God’s promise so that he is no longer affected by symptoms “shall recover.”
If healing was not in the Atonement, why were the dying Israelites required to look at the brazen serpent, the type of the Atonement for bodily healing? If both forgiveness and healing came by a look at the type, why not from the antitype?
*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.