“By His Stripes We are Healed”
Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Is it true that because Jesus was whipped we are healed?
Yes, it is true. Not in the Physical sense as many say this passage means but in the spiritual sense.
The verse says that Jesus was “wounded for our transgressions”
The Hebrew words being used:
Min-nay and peh’-shah
meaning He was wounded because of our—rebellion or sin
“It then says He was bruised for our iniquities”
Heb: Avon means fault, mischief, sin
In other words Jesus went through the pains of the cross because we were sinners and required a Saviour. He was beaten in place of the punishment we were destined to receive but He did it for us.
Finally, “And with His stripes we are healed”
Heb. Rapha meaning cured or made whole.
There is no mention of any physical sickness nor is there an implication of such. What is obvious is we were sinners and needed the cure. Jesus took our punishment upon His body to pay that debt for us and so, by His stripes we are made whole.
It is not by His stripes we are physically healed, our marriages restored, our finances established, none of it.
Yet something much more important is established here. It is our eternal salvation.
In a broken world, we are made whole.
Recently I was reproved because of one of my monthly updates I asked for prayer for a member who had cancer. I was told if I had faith she would be healed.
I refuted that argument by scripture but the hurt still remains. One of the worst things someone could say to someone (I believe) is that a loved one would not die if someone else had faith. What a burden to put on someones shoulders!
The Bible says: 2Ti 4:20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. Wow, was that Paul who left someone sick? Didn’t Paul have faith?
Again the Bible says: 2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
2Co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Paul was one of the top Apostles yet he could not have this “infirmity” removed from him but rather said he would “glory” in his infirmities
So infirmities other wise known as, “disease, sickness, weakness” are sometimes used to give glory to God.
What if the blind man was told he was blind because he had no faith? Joh 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
Joh 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Did the blind man have faith? Of course he did and Jesus healed him.
We do not pray to trees. Why, because they can not hear or respond to us. We pray to God. What does that tell you? We are able to realize that God can hear us and respond to us. So, when we pray to God, it shows that we have faith in God or else, why would we pray to Him?
There are some that think Faith is our ability to cause things to happen such as healing, miracles… It’s not. Faith is our ability to believe God in any situation knowing whatever He answers is the absolute best for all involved.