"...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31)
By Prof. Mario Velez, Th.M.
The gift of healing is yet another temporary spiritual gift that is being distorted today (1 Cor. 12:9, 28, 30). The gift of healing was listed after miracles, and it certified that the man as well as his message was indeed from God.
“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” (KJV 1 Cor. 12:28)
Healing today does not come through any delegated human authority as was the case in the pre-canon period of the Church Age. Today, in individual situations, healing can come directly from God depending if the situation lines up with His sovereign will. This was the case of Epaphroditus when Paul solicited prayer on his behalf. Paul states in Phil. 2:27 that Epaphroditus was sick and almost died on him, but God had mercy and healed him. At one time, Paul’s ability to heal was so strong that even “handkerchiefs or aprons” touched by him were able to heal people (Act 19:11-12).
“11) And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12) So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” (KJV Acts 19:11-12)
By the time Paul wrote these words to the Philippians, he no longer had the gift of healing since he was already certified as an apostle from God.
Of course, there is true healing that occurs when a demon-possessed person experiences the demon leaving their body. This is another of Satan’s deceptive methods that he uses to establish his false teachers who then proceed to teach their false message.
We know that Satan himself can be the source of diseases as seen in what he did to Job when he afflicted him with sores throughout his body (Job 2:7). We also know Satan was responsible for Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7). In addition, Satan also uses his demons to inflict disease (Mt. 12:22).
“Then was brought unto Him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.” (KJV Mt. 12:22)
Notice that as a result of our Lord removing the demon, the man immediately regained his sight and ability to speak. The reason was because it was the demon that caused the man’s afflictions. We should not take the demon possession as a third illness that was different from the other two, but the actual source that caused the man’s blindness and inability to speak was the demon. This point is brought out more clearly in Mark 9:17.
“And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit.” (KJV Mark 9:17)
The reference in this verse is to the demon restraining the boy’s tongue and vocal cords. The Lord acknowledged that the demon was the cause of the affliction in verse 25 when He specifically called the demon a “dumb and deaf spirit.”
“When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.” (KJV Mark 9:25)
Therefore, we now see that Satan does possess the power of disease and uses this means to counterfeit healing by the removal of the demons. Again, he is then able to introduce his false teachers with their false message.