“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” Matthew 10:1
The primary way that Jesus heals the sick today is through His body, the church. In other words, God uses earthly vessels, men and women whom He has called and anointed, to bring healing to the sick. Just like during Jesus’ earthly ministry, God is still today calling and anointing some with a special healing anointing and ministry.
Here in this verse of scripture we learn two primary things. First we learn that Jesus is very passionate about bringing healing to the sick. So much so that He was willing to call, train and then anoint others with the same healing power that He had so they too could bring healing to the sick. We can clearly see that it is God’s will for the sick to be healed because Jesus did not just call and anoint others to preach, but He called and anointed others to heal the sick as well!
Secondly, we learn that God calls and anoints some in the body of Christ with a special healing anointing and ministry. As you study the scriptures you will find that the most common way by far that the sick received healing was through the ministry of a man or woman who was called and anointed by God.
This truth has begun to be lost in the church today and as a result it has caused much harm. Many who are sick have failed to receive healing because they have failed to recognize the fact that God has placed His healing power in the ministry of an earthly vessel. I wonder how many have missed out on their healing because they would not go to the special miracle and healing service because they were taught that those “evangelists” were fake or just in it for the money. They didn’t realize that Jesus Himself called and anointed that evangelist with His healing power so that they could be healed!
Remember, Jesus Christ is the head of the Church. Ephesians 1:22 says, “And He (God the Father) put all things under His (Jesus’) feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church.” In other words, Jesus is in charge! The book of Ephesians then goes on to tell us in chapter 4 and verse 11 that, “He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.”
The church is the body of Christ on the earth. In other words, the church is to be an extension of Jesus Christ on the earth. Two thousand years ago, when Christ was on this planet ministering in a physical body, He had power to heal the sick. In Acts 10:38 we learn that God gave Him a special anointing to heal the sick. It just makes sense then, that Jesus would give His church, His body on the earth today, this same healing power. After all, He is still the same yesterday, today and forever! If it was His will to heal all while He was ministering two thousand years ago, then it is still His will to heal all today.
Within the body of Christ, Jesus has personally chosen certain ones to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors or teachers. Not everyone in the body is called to one of these ministry offices, but the Bible is very clear that SOME are.
Sadly, many have made the mistake of believing that God would somehow get less glory from their healing if they received their miracle through the ministry of another person. Most Christians I know who are sick want God to heal them, but they don’t want their healing to come through the ministry of another person. They want to be healed while they are by themselves at home.
However, a close look at the scriptures reveals that God’s primary method for healing the sick is through the ministry of another person. I think that when some people get to heaven and ask God why He did not answer their prayer for healing He is going to say something like, “I did answer your prayer. I sent brother so and so to your city so that you could be healed, but you never went to any of the meetings.”
In Acts chapter three we read the story of the crippled man at the temple who was healed. It must have been God’s will to heal Him, because, after all, He did heal Him. However, I find it very interesting that this man never was healed until Peter took him by the right hand and said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” God healed this man THROUGH the ministry of His called and anointed servant, Peter.
Did God get less glory because the healing came through the ministry of a man? Absolutely not! Acts 3:8 and 9 says, “So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them – walking, leaping, AND PRAISING GOD. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.” As a result of this miracle 5,000 people were born again! (See Acts 4:4.) Sounds like God got all the glory to me!
So don’t make the mistake of missing out on your miracle just because God may want to use one of His earthly servants.
Confession: Thank You, Lord, for your ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. I choose to honor and receive Your anointing through these vessels that You have called.