This article "He Sent His Word and Healed Them" was taken from the Heart Magazine, August/September 1987.
Publication Date: 08-1987
Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.
By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.
In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.
Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.
Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).
Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.
HE SENT HIS WORD AND HEALED THEM
Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille
HEART Magazine – August/September 1987,
Volume 11, No. 3 – pages 3 and 7
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” come 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 priests so that the priests
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 on 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.
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 into 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 that 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
opportunity 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 as 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 a 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 and, 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 than God’s Word and His
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, Sand 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’re 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 days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.” The
observers 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 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
hearts. 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
Let’s read on. “And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved
for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand.” Jesus was
angry when he said to the man “…Stretch forth thine hand…” So God didn’t heal that man
because Jesus was angry. Is that right? You haven’t read the record, then.
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 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 a person in a
wheelchair 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 wheelchairs I have read about shortly afterwards in the obituaries, while the
wheelchair 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 who 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 a woman an 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 thy hand…” That is all he
needed. But 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 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 to desry 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.
7 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
8 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.
9 And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the
multitude, lest they should throng him.
10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed [rushed] upon him for to touch
him, as many as had plagues.
11 And unclean spirits [that were in some of those people], when they saw him, fell
down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.
12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.
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 us instructions for each situation. He simply charged them “…that they
should not make him known.” The devil spirits had made him known by saying, “Thou art
the son of God.”
13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they
came unto him.
14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them
forth to preach,
15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, 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. 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
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 that 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 of the spiritual temperature, the whole level of believing, was so
fantastic after they heard the Word. That is what I expect to see among believers – those who
have a need in a category can have the need met just with the teaching of this wonderful
Word of God.