Kingdom of God and Healing PDF Print E-mail

Jesus proclaimed that the Kingdom of God is "at hand". This means it now exists. He used as proof that the Kingdom of God is real by healing everyone he prayed for. Every demon possessed person was set free. Every leper was cleansed. Every blind person could see. He raised the dead when he prayed for them.

John the Baptist was the forerunner messenger of the Kingdom of God. It was not preached or talked about directly in the old testament. Jesus picked up from John the Baptist preaching the Kingdom of God is at hand. The message is revolutionary; it says that God's kingdom shadows the life on this Earth. Obviously, God rules in his Kingdom and what he says goes. During our time in history the Kingdom of God expands by choice. After we hear the message we have a choice to agree with it, submit to its requirement-that we acknowledge we are sinners and that we accept his payment by his death and resurrection for our sins. We then become citizens of the Kingdom of God.

Sometime in the future the door to this Kingdom will close. But let's take a look at the Biblical way the kingdom was preached during the time of Jesus and how it should be preached today. The message is all about life with God as King. The proof offered to verify that the unseen Kingdom of God is real is the healing of the sick by the messengers.

There were two occasions while Jesus was on earth he commissioned others to go out and preach the message without him. Look at what he charged them to do and notice how they were equipped to preach.

Jesus sent his 12 closest desciples to preach in cities around the  country about the Kingdom of God. Later, he sent out 70 others and asked them to also preach about the Kingdom of God. He gave EACH messenger power to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons.

This power was given to prove the message! Jesus told the messengers they have "freely been given the power so exercise this power in the lives of others freely". The implication is that the power is not earned or deserved, but that it goes hand-in-hand with the message.

The church should have the same message and the same power to go along with the message today!

The Kingdom of God has been a mystery. It is not understood because it is not apparent. It exists now and has always existed but to understand it we must grasp the idea that it is present with us but in another dimension. It will become apparent in God's time frame. When it becomes apparent it will take over the earth and Jesus himself will visibly be King on the throne. Until that time it still exists and Jesus is on the throne now. For now, he is willing to see who will choose to accept him as King based on faith.

In his kingdom when it becomes apparent there will be no more tears, suffering, or pain. No more sickness and disease. Peace will rule and reign. The will of God will be the will of the people. There will be no more rebellion and there will be a previously unexperienced harmony among all people and all of creation.

Look again at the message and the signs and wonders that Jesus empowered his messengers with to convey this truth. His message is that forgiveness of sings is available to all that would repent-or ask for forgiveness. His message is that he is King and all that would accept him would be saved. He gave EACH messenger power to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons.

We must rediscover that power today. It has been lost in doubt and unbelief. We have intellectually watered it down so that is seems available only to a handful of Christian workers. The power to heal  is as available to the messengers as the power to help others find their salvation.

The Bible says "Jesus is the same yestersday, today, and forever". The Kingdom of God is likewise the same forever. His message is the same forever. His proof of the Kingdom is the same forever- to heal the sick.

Before we leave this, consider what the apostle Paul wrote some thirty or forty years after Jesus-reassuring us that the Kingdom of God with proof by power belongs to the church and all believers throughout history. 1 Cor. 2:4 "And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power".

So we see that Paul claimed that the key to his preaching was not clever, culturally accepted words and ideas. But the key to his preaching was the demonstration of the power available to heal the sick and help the poor that is to accommodate the message.

Jesus promised to be with us and confirm our words of the Kingdom with signs and wonder following our proclamations. This truth is for us today-we must search it and learn how to access it. The good news is that the Holy Spirit has been promised to us to be available to "guide us into all truth". So as we develop our relationship with him we can learn how to exercise the power.

It begins with faith to believe that with God this power to heal is possible.

 

Scriptures to help us understand that healing is part of the Kingdom of God message:

Matt. 10:1 and when he had called his 12 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.

Matt. 10:7,8 And as you go, preach, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand". Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Mark 6:12,13 So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and annointed with oil many who were sick , and healed them.

Another time he sent out 70 others:

Luke 10:1,2  After these things the Lord appointed 70 others also, and sent them 2 by 2 before his face into every city and place where he himself was about to go. Then he said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Luke 10:8,9 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, "The Kingdom of God come near to you".

Luke 10:17-20 Then the 70 returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name". And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to tramply on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because you names are written in heaven".

Luke 9:11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spoke unto them of the Kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, verify, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.

The apostle Paul preached in his last days before he was executed.

Acts 28:30,31 Then Paul dwelt 2 whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the Kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.

1 Cor. 4:20 for the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Mat. 4:17 from that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, "Repent: for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand".

Mat 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Luke 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.

Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, to there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within  you.

Luke 8:10 And he said, unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God: but to other in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.