THE ULTIMATE HEALING
Upon completion of this lesson you will be able to:
C Write the Healing Promise from memory.
C Provide specific guidelines for ministering to the terminally ill.
HEALING PROMISE TO CLAIM:
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory:
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are
not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:16-18)
The Bible indicates there is an appointed time for each person to die:
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)
Study the following outline if you are terminally ill and/or use it to help you minister to someone who is terminally ill:
MINISTERING TO THE TERMINALLY ILL
I. There Is Sickness Unto Death: In John 11:4 Jesus said the sickness of Lazarus was
not one unto death. This means there are sicknesses unto death.
II. There Are Two Types Of Natural Death:
A. Premature death: Turned to destruction of flesh that the spirit be saved (I
B. Appointed death : Because of the natural processes of life (Hebrews 9:27 ;
Ecclesiastes 3:2 ; II Kings 13 :14 ; Isaiah 38 ; II Kings 20 ).
III. The Goal Of Healing Is Not Immortality:
A. Even those Jesus raised from the dead eventually died.
B. Some people are supernaturally kept from the effects of old age like Moses
was. Others follow the natural way of aging, as Joshua did.
C. The Bible does not promise immortality in this world as part of the healing
covenant. Do not be disturbed when Christians who believe and have
ministered divine healing die from sickness. This happened to Elisha, yet
years later his bones had power to raise a dead man . This confirms he could
not have died because of lack of faith!
IV. God Can Give Wisdom And Discernment: God can give wisdom as to whether or
not it is the appointed time to die:
A. If God reveals it is the person’s appointed time, then help them prepare as
Jesus did the thief on the cross:
l. Be certain they know Jesus as their Savior.
2. If they are a believer , be sure there is no unconfessed sin.
3. Encourage them to set their business affairs in order.
4. Encourage them to make restitution if there are problems between
them and other people.
5. Help them understand death comes to all. For the believer, death is
just an event within the parameters of eternal life. We need to
change our attitude about it. We are not to seek death, but we are not
to place such an undue emphasis on the present life that we prefer it
to the one to come. To be absent from the body is to be present with
the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8). Death is an enemy, and it is the last
enemy that will be destroyed (I Corinthians 15:26). The resurrection
of Jesus was the "first fruits" to show that death is conquered
although it is not yet destroyed. It is the terror of this enemy that is
disarmed for the believer (I Corinthians 15:55). Even if it is time for
the believer’s death , it need not involve fear, distress , and agony.
God gives dying grace as well as living grace.
6. Help them understand that God is sovereign. He can still intervene
at any time to permit them to live longer.
7. Focus their attention on the resurrection and eternity. Use the
references: Job 19:25- 27; John 11:5-6; Romans 8:10-11, 17-18,
22-23; 10:11; I Corinthians 15:42-44,54-58; II Corinthians 4:16-18;
5: 1; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
B. If you do not receive knowledge from God as to whether this is the
appointed time of death:
1. Continue to pray for healing according to God’s will. This does not
demand your wishes , but releases God to do according to His will,
whether it is to take them or raise them up.
2. Pray in the Spirit, since the Holy Spirit knows the will of God and
will properly make intercession (Romans 8:26).
3. Encourage the sick one to commit themselves to total trust in God, so
that whether in living or dying, they know they are in His hands: Job
13:15; 19:16; John 10:29.
4. Focus ministry on preparation for death as well as physical healing .
V. Death Is The Ultimate Healing: For the believer, death is the ultimate healing .
There is no more pain or sickness and you enter God’s presence whole. Sickness and sin are similar : We are saved from the penalty of sin (sickness ) when we
accept Jesus as Savior and Healer. We can be continually delivered from its
power as believers , but only in the future when we go to be with the Lord are we saved from its presence .
God has a way of using things Satan intends for evil and turning them to good . Death was the penalty for sin, and by the death of Christ came life. This is why death is swallowed up in victory. In death, God performs the ultimate healing . Death is swallowed up in victory because those dead in Christ will rise again:
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be
changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and
this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (I Corinthians 15:51-55)
When a believer dies, rejoice, because something precious has occurred:
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. (Psalms 116:15)
For the believer, death comes as a release from this world of sin:
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the
heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from Heaven. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up in life. (II Corinthians 5:1-2, 4)
At death, the believer has entered the presence of the Lord:
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (II Corinthians 5:8)
A man named Arthur Brisbane pictured the funeral of a believer as a crowd of grieving caterpillars all wearing black suits , mourning as they carried a cocoon to its final resting place. Above them fluttered an incredibly beautiful butterfly.