And He Healed them all: The Link between Holiness and Healing II.mp3 Podcast: Download (22.8MB) Subscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS
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1 Peter 3:15
2 Cor. 6:14-18
1 Cor. 3:16-20
1 Cor. 6:12-20
1 Cor. 9:24-27
The Link between Holiness and Health:
We have defined holiness as “other than”. God is “other than” everyone for even though we partake in His image in creation and in likeness to His character through the New Birth, we are still and forever will be the created and He will forever be the Creator.
This introduces the concept of sanctification and thus, our key text…
“…but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear: “ ~ 1 Peter 3:15
The word sanctify means to regard and venerate as holy, to hallow (Matt._6:9; Luke_11:2; 1 Peter_3:15; Sept.: Isa._8:13; Isa._10:17; Isa._29:23). Thus the verb hagiázō, to sanctify, when its object is something that is filthy or common, can only be accomplished by separation (aphorízō [G873]) or withdrawal. It also refers to the withdrawal from fellowship with the world and selfishness by gaining fellowship with God.
Within the idea of sanctification is separation from the common. This is often taken to extremes by those who do not understand its purpose.
What it does NOT mean…
It does not mean become a hermit and avoid all contact with the lost of this world.
What it does mean…
Do not strike up committed friendships, loyalties and fellowships with the lost.
Jesus surely spent time with the lost and loved on them, not condemning them for their sins, but inviting them to a change of heart through relational love and teaching. However, after teaching and demonstrating the love of God to a group, if they continued unrepentant He followed His Own mandate…
“Also He said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” ~ Mark 6:10-11
To hear, means to perceive with the ears effectually, so as to perform or grant what is spoken, to obey.
So even Jesus would not strike up long lasting friendships with the lost. This extended even to His own family,
And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.” But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.” ~ Mark 3:32-35
This verse has been abused to say that Christ did not recognize His family and ignored them, which this passage does NOT say, however, it does show that Jesus only claimed close association with those who knew God and lived by His word.
Further reflection on this line of thinking leads us to 2 Cor. 6:14-18…
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?
And what communion has light with darkness?
And what accord has Christ with Belial?
Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?
For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM. I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.”
Therefore “COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE, SAYS THE LORD. DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN, AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU.” “I WILL BE A FATHER TO YOU, AND YOU SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SAYS THE LORD ALMIGHTY.”
You reap what you have sown:
How then does holiness (or sanctification) apply to healing?
Let’s take a look…
“Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.” (Gal 6:7-8) HCSB
I like the Wuest translation the best…
“Stop leading yourselves astray. God is not being outwitted and evaded. For whatever a man is in the habit of sowing, this also will he reap; because the one who sows with a view to his own evil nature, from his evil nature as a source shall reap corruption. But the one who sows with a view to the Spirit, from the Spirit as a source shall reap life eternal.” (Gal 6:7-8) -Wuest
In essence, this tells us that God is not being outwitted or evaded because whatever field you are in the habit of sowing in, that is where your bumper crops will be reaped. If you perpetually sow from the flesh, then death will be your harvest.
What does this word death here mean?
Death, corruption in a natural sense (1 Cor. 15:42; Gal._6:8 [cf. Rom. 8:21]; Col. 2:22; Sept.: Psa. 103:4; Jon_2:7); the abstract being put for the concrete, what is corruptible or subject to corruption (1 Cor. 15:50).
How does this apply to healing?
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” ~ 1 Cor. 3:16-20
What does this word destroy mean?
To waste or pine away. To corrupt, destroy, punish with destruction, bring to a worse state (1 Cor. 3:17).
Another verse which speaks the same way…
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “THE TWO,” He says, “SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” ~ 1 Cor. 6:12-20
I will not be brought under the power of any…
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” ~ 1 Cor. 6:12-13
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” ~ 1 Cor. 9:24-27
I will end this overview with a summery statement,
“It is inconsistent to seek God for healing while maintaining active sin in your life.”
For much more depth concerning this teaching please listen to the recording.