Will God heal me?
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases. Psalm 103:2-3
God forgives your sins. Tick. We’re all agreed. But does he heal all our diseases?
The more conservative wince; the more charismatic give a loud ‘Amen’.
The Christian’s now and not-yet
Christians often talk about our now-and-not-yet without realising it. We say that we’re ‘saved.’ As in, now. Even though the Bible describes salvation as a future event.
Because Christ’s death is sufficient for us, we can have absolute assurance of salvation. So the Bible says that we’re saved because it’s a done deal. Our future is as sure as the present.
The Bible often uses language that is true both now, and, not yet. We are citizens of God’s kingdom, now. And we eagerly wait for its coming. It’s not yet.
God has healed you
And so what for the Christian cancer patient? The depression sufferer? The paralysed and the poorly cared for? Will God heal all our diseases?
Well, God’s coming kingdom has broken in, now. So James tells us to call church leaders to pray for healing. God can and may do it. I know many for whom this is true.
I also know many who he didn’t heal. But the not yet of the kingdom doesn’t mean that it’s not true now. This is how the Bible can say God heals all your diseases. Because its future reality is as true as the present.
If the cancer cannot be treated, the depression persists and the paralysis sticks around, God has healed you. You’re a citizen of the new creation where there will be no pain, no sickness, no disease.
In Christ, he has healed you, because he will one day heal you. It might be tomorrow; it may be in his Kingdom.
The irrelevance of tenses for those in Christ
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities. Isaiah 53:4-5
He was pierced for our transgressions – he forgives all of your sins. But he also took up our pain – he heals all our diseases.
Whether he does it now or later, in 3 trillion years it will be wholly irrelevant. You have been healed.