Quick question- How many of Jesus' miracles weren't miracles?
Yeah. Sounds kind of heretical to even ask it doesn't it?
Turns out, there are a few different words in the Bible used for "healing." Let's break them down...
One word, iaomai, means "instant healing." It's abrupt. It's cataclysmic. It changes things immediately.
I've seen iaomai firsthand.
* I watched it when my brother's eye was healed (he scratched it rushing through trees in the backyard when we were kids and wasn't supposed to be able to see out of it, again, when we were kids).
* I saw it when my little sister's heart murmur was healed... Now, the doctor uses the chart of her first heart rhythm to teach was a bad heart is like- and he uses the second to show what a perfect heart is like...
The tension for me is this...
Jesus said that we would lay hands on sick people and they would recover (Mark 16:15f.). He said we would do greater works than He did because He was going to the Father (John 14:12). Yet, we lay hands on sick people... and they don't always get better. Sometimes they stay sick; sometimes they even die.
Where are the greater works? Where is the health and healing?
Maybe there's more to this... and maybe we can uncover it when we look at what Jesus actually did Himself- and what He empowered His disciples to do. When we dive into it, we see that Jesus healed with miracles... and He taught others to be well, that is, to live a lifestyle of health and wholeness.
In fact, the word iaomai (instant healing) is used 30 times in the New Testament- and the word therapeuo (healing over time) is used 40 times. In other words, if anything there's a slight emphasis on the "walk it out" method of healing.
I explain the difference in these two kinds of healing in the video clip above, which is about 5 minutes taken from the 4.5-hour healing workshop I shot in downtown Birmingham.
You might also like The Oils of Ancient Scripture video, as well.
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