Search Eternally Blessed Archive

Search by passage (e.g., John 3:16), keyword (e.g., Jesus, prophet, etc.) or topic (e.g., salvation)

He Sent His Word and Healed Them

It says in God’s Word that God sent His Word and healed people. For many years I didn’t understand what that meant: “God sent His Word and healed people.” Then as I got deeper and deeper in the working of the Bible I began to see that literally God’s Word is healing. When we put on His Word in our minds, when we absorb it, when we begin to live it, we receive the greatest healing I know.

A person can teach God’s Word to thousands, and thousands can be delivered when that temperature of believing rises so when they hear the Word they appropriate it to themselves.... It is that simple. I want you to see from the record in Mark 3 that Jesus Christ ministered to the man simply by giving him God’s Word. After that, many more were healed because the spiritual temperature, the whole level of believing, was so fantastic after they heard the Word. This is what I expect to see among believers those who have a need in a category can have that need met just with the teaching of this wonderful Word of God.

Topic: Healing - sozo - Mark 3 - whithered hand
Format: PDF
Pages: 4

Victor Paul Wierwille (December 31, 1916 – May 20, 1985) dedicated his life to the research and teaching of the Bible. In his quest for truth he consulted and worked with some of the most outstanding individuals in Biblical studies and Christian living; including Karl Barth, Joseph Bauer, Glenn Clark, Karl J. Ernst, Joseph Friedli, Louis C. Hessert, Elmer G Homrighausen, E. Stanley Jones, George M. Lamsa, Richard and Reinhold Niebuhr, K. C. Pillai, Paul Tillich, Ernst Traeger, and many others.

Dr. Wierwille received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from present day Lakeland College, and conducted graduate studies at the University of Chicago and Princeton Theological Seminary. It was at Princeton that Wierwille earned the Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. He later completed his Doctor of Theology degree at Pike's Peak Bible Seminary and Burton College in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Wierwille was the author of numerous books in the field of Biblical research, including Are the Dead Alive Now?; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today; Jesus Christ Our Passover; and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed. Additionally, he developed and taught several comprehensive classes directed toward helping people to understand the Bible and to increase the power of God in their lives, such as the Power For Abundant Living series, Living Victoriously, and the University of Life courses. Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille was the founder and president of a world-wide Biblical research, teaching, and fellowship ministry for forty years; as well as the founder and president of several Biblical research centers, colleges, leadership training, and Christian outreach programs associated with it.

Victor Paul Wierwille served the Lord with unending joy all the days of his life as he travelled continuously throughout the world to hold forth the Word of God. He reached thousands of people during his lifetime through his live presentations, numerous radio and television broadcasts, film and video classes, and recorded teachings. And countless others continue to enjoy and be enriched by his books and hundreds of hours of recorded works, many of which are available in the public domain. A detailed listing of his work, as well as more information about his life and teachings can be found at Eternally Blessed (www.eternallyblessed.org).

PDF

He Sent His Word and Healed Them

Victor Paul Wierwille

It says in God’s Word that God sent His Word and healed people. For many years I didn’t understand what that meant: “God sent His Word and healed people.” Then as I got deeper and deeper in the working of the Bible I began to see that literally God’s Word is healing. When we put on His Word in our minds, when we absorb it, when we begin to live it, we receive the greatest healing I know.

Yet, on a greater plane, what does it profit a person to be healthy a lifetime and still lose his soul in the end because he was not born again? Jesus came that all of us might have complete wholeness. “Salvation” and “wholeness” comes from one Greek root, sōzō, thus salvation means wholeness and wholeness means salvation. When Jesus Christ cleansed the ten lepers, he sent them to the temple to show themselves to the priest, so that the priest could acknowledge, according to the law, that they had been healed. After going to the priest for a clean bill of health, only one returned and gave Jesus Christ credit and thanks. Jesus said that leper was made whole. All ten were healed, but only one was made whole. So there is a lot more to living than just physical health and well-being.

Jesus Christ came that we might have life to the fullest. I know that by his death upon the cross, by his shed blood, we have both our remission and forgiveness of sins. Also, by his stripes we were healed. Therefore, the potential for wholeness physically and spiritually is available in Christ Jesus.

Now the thing we as informed believers do—and I see this thing happening or beginning to happen in our community and our country—is to help the spiritual temperature of believing God’s Word rise. As we hold forth God’s Word, and the believers receive that Word and put on the mind of Christ, believing, expectation goes up. And when that temperature rises sufficiently, people are delivered mentally, physically, spiritually, financially and every other way so that they are made whole.

At this time I want to look for healing at that part of God’s Word found in Mark 3. It seems that Jesus Christ could get into what we might consider messy situations without effort. The Pharisees had criticized Jesus, as recorded in the second chapter of Mark, for “working” on the Sabbath. Jesus responded directly that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. From that confrontation, Jesus went into the synagogue. It seems like every time he entered in to a synagogue he found himself confronting the religious leaders. The reason he had problems with these leaders is he was endeavoring to put new wine into old bottles. After all, Jesus Christ had a ministry and his ministry was to Israel. So he had to go into the synagogues, that is, where the people of Israel were to be found. He had to give them an opportunely to hear what he had to say. The account in Mark 3 takes up when Jesus entered into the synagogue in Capernaum. There he found a man who had a withered hand. “And they [the Pharisees] watched him [Jesus], whether he would heal him [the man with the withered hand] on the Sabbath day.” Now here is a man who has a real need: his hand is withered. The man had a need and he was in the synagogue. That’s the place where the Word of God was to be. That’s where that sweetness, that tenderness, that love, that kindness, that understanding, that forgiveness was to be. He put himself as layman right at the place where greatness should have been. The man did his best.

Jesus had just told the Pharisees that the Sabbath was made for man then since the Sabbath was made for man, then the man with the withered hand had the right to have his need met any day of the week, including Saturday, the Sabbath. Jesus had just explained this to the religious leaders when he went into their synagogue. Yet they still watched him to see if he would heal on the Sabbath day that they might do one thing—accuse him of dealing with a man’s problem. Just how devilish and mean can people get? Jesus Christ, God’s only-begotten Son—who hadn’t done anybody any harm and had always done the will of God—wanted to help a person who needed help and yet the religious leaders were only interested in accusing Jesus of acting unacceptably to them.

This rends my heart, people, that at the very place where we ought to be able to get help, people sit around to find fault and accuse. It seems to me it is high time that we as Christians bind together and fight the devil instead of fighting each other because frequently we’re just as guilty as the Pharisees when we’re caught up in matters other that God’s Word and His Love.

Now this man in Capernaum had a real need. He was at the place where he should have been to have his needs met, but the people there were not interested in meeting his needs; they were interested in arguing as to whether Jesus operated in the right way at the right time, with the correct protocol, and all kinds of things that didn’t matter under the circumstances. Jesus was not stupid. He knew that they were watching him as to what he would do. But you see, he did God’s will all the time. Had he not ministered to that man after he had revelation, Jesus Christ’s ministry would have failed and he could not have been your redeemer and mine. He was the perfect savior because he walked perfectly before God. So, do you know what Jesus did? “...He saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.”

First of all it took tremendous courage on Jesus’ part to do it. Secondly, put yourself in the shoes of the impaired man. If those Pharisees and leaders are going to be unfair with Jesus, what do you think they are going to do with this man? Look at the courage it took to stand forth, to stand up.

Then Jesus looked around on the people, “And he saith unto them, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath day, or to do evil? To give life, or to kill? But they held their peace.” The observer’s weren’t going to open their mouths. They remained silent because they couldn’t answer that question without looking foolish.

It took me years to believe the verse which begins, “And when he had looked round about on them with anger....” Jesus Christ looked round about on those leaders with anger. He was angry. He was, in our terminology, mad. He was not just some wishy-washy push-over, He was God’s man. He stood. Jesus looked on the unbelievers that day in Capernaum, he stood up for what he believed and he was angry. Do you know why? Because of the hardness of their heart. The hardness of people’s hearts to God’s Word doesn’t break our hearts, but it does hurt. Jesus Christ only wanted to share the greatness of God, and His Word, but the people in that synagogue who were responsible for that synagogue and its operation had hardened their hearts.

Jesus said to the man “...Stretch forth thine hand....” That is all the Word of God that man had. His hand was withered. He couldn’t do anything with it when Jesus commanded him to stretch it forth. Now ladies and gentlemen, that is an impossibility. But we’ve got a possible God. And God is bigger than all impossibilities, for with God all things are possible. He makes us more than conquerors; He gave us eternal life. I hear people say, “Well I want to see a miracle. I want to see a person healed.” You’ve seen the greatest miracle in the world if you will just look in the mirror. For when you got born again, you were raised from death unto life. And to raise a dead person unto life is no small miracle, is it?

I don’t understand a lot of things, but I know from the Word that our God is able to deliver. I don’t care what the fiery furnaces of life may be, our God is able to deliver. I learned long ago that all of us have our furnaces. Many times when you see someone in a wheel chair or you see a blind person, you immediately think what poor shape they’re in. I never think that. I only see the potential of the greatness of our God. Besides, a lot of people I haven’t seen in wheel chairs I have read about shortly afterwards in the obituaries, while the wheel chair patient was still alive. You see, really I don’t know very much, but I know God and God knows a lot. I know a God that is a God of love, I know a God that is a God of forgiveness, a God of understanding, a God of peace, a God of righteousness, a God that puts joy in the soul of a man or woman and makes it possible for him or her to lay down at night without any fear or frustration and get a tremendous night’s sleep.

Four words is all that man in Capernaum had: “...Stretch forth thine hand.” That is all he needed. But do you know something? Those were just words. He could have responded to Jesus’ command by saying, “Look, my Mom’s been telling me to do that for years.” But he didn’t. He believed that the words of Jesus Christ were truth to him, that Jesus Christ meant what he said and he said what he meant. Jesus said to the man with the withered hand, “Stretch forth thine hand. And he [the man] stretched it out...” Don’t ask me to explain it. That is all I know about it. That is the Word. I don’t know any more. He said to the man, stretch forth thine hand and he stretched it forth. Then “...his hand was restored whole as the other,” and right then and there the heads of the synagogue had a meeting. They immediately “...went forth, and straightway took counsel [not only with themselves, but with the king’s men] with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him [Jesus].” All Jesus had done was to be good to a man in need. He didn’t hurt the man and he didn’t steal from the synagogue’s collection plates. He didn’t do that, yet all they wanted to do was destroy Jesus. The Herodians, the top brass in government, and the leaders of the synagogue tried to figure out how they might destroy this one man who was doing nothing but good.

Mark 3:7-12
But Jesus withdrew himself [because he was afraid—no, because of revelation] with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judea.
And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him
And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.
For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed [rushed] upon him to touch him, as many as had plagues.
And the unclean spirits [that were in some of those people], when they saw him [Jesus], fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.
And he straightly charged them that they should not make him know.

Why did he do that? Word of Knowledge. It doesn’t say that Jesus cast out the devil spirits at that time, does it? Unless you understand Word of Knowledge and the other manifestations of the spirit, the Bible is so unclear. But when you see the walk of a man of God like Jesus Christ, just walking with the Father in alignment and harmony, knowing what is going on, but not having the go-sign to take any devil spirits out, we see how only God knows and must give is instructions for each situation. He simply charged them “...that they should not make him known.” The devil spirits made him known by saying, “Thou art the Son of God.”

Mark 3:13-15
And he goeth up to a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.
And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
And to have power to heal sickness, and to cast out devils.

As soon as Jesus had delivered the man with the withered hand followed by healing many others, the Herodians started to apply pressure to stop Jesus but God simply said to him. “You had better leave town and go up in the mountains.” Jesus didn’t go up because he was afraid. He went because he had revelation.

According to verse 13, Jesus called people up to the mountain with him “...and they came unto him.” And out of that group that came, “...he ordained twelve, that they should be with him...that he might send them forth to preach.” Later on in the Word it says that Jesus sent the twelve out. Later on he ordained seventy more and sent them out. Wherever these men went they brought deliverance to people because they were speaking the Word. And wherever people truly hear the Word, they are delivered.

Does it say in Mark 3 regarding the man with the withered hand that Jesus laid his hands on him? No, he never touched him. I believe he simply said to the man, “Stretch forth thine hand,” and the man believed what he said and did it. Jesus didn’t touch him. That is why later on many were healed, as it says, “For he had healed many....” He healed many in that synagogue because of the level of the believing temperature in spite of the leaders. The leaders could not control the people’s believing. It is the common folk that raised the temperature. No matter what the leaders said, the signs, miracles and wonders continued. Even though the leaders went to political leaders, they couldn’t deter Jesus from doing God’s work. God’s healing will move when common people, just like us, believe and begin to move. The greatest healing I know is the hearing of God’s Word. When the Word is taught and people believe that Word, then they get deliverance. The Word brings healing. There is no man living who could minister to all of you; I know I’d never get the job done. But a person can teach God’s Word to thousands, and thousands can be delivered when that temperature of believing rises so when they hear the Word they appropriate it to themselves. Do you understand what I am saying? It is that simple. I want you to see from the record in Mark 3 that Jesus Christ ministered to the man simply by giving him God’s Word. After that, many more were healed because the spiritual temperature, the whole level of believing, was so fantastic after they heard the Word. This is what I expect to see among believers those who have a need in a category can have that need met just with the teaching of this wonderful Word of God.