Our Great Physician
2 Chr 15:17 Although he did not remove the high places from Israel, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.
2 Chr 16:12 In thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the Lord, but only from the physicians.
Our Great Physician is commanding us to banish anxiety from our heart and cast off the troubles of our body (Phi 4:6-8), but we will not believe that he has given detailed instruction on how this is to be accomplished. This would be like going to the top specialist in the world and have him diagnose you with a serious but easily treatable disease and then sending you home without giving you detailed instructions to follow. This would be inconceivable and would show a level of incompetence beyond measure.
On the other hand, when he tells us and we make excuses or refuse to follow his directives, we must conclude that we enjoy the practice of the actions which bring about our illness. Sin is enjoyable for a time, therefore we would rather be sick than give up gratification of the senses.
As we look around, we can see intricate details of life, and start to appreciate the complexity in this world. Christ formed every detail in life and substance, which makes His word completely competent and precise; therefore, we can rest assured that all details surrounding any problems are in His Word. Jesus has not only given us the method to overcome, but the only power possible by which this can be accomplished. Here again, we pay our Lord lip service, we call him our Great Physician, but we never let Him work on us, or follow his directives. Instead we quickly go to our doctor and allow someone who has very little knowledge on the working of the body to prescribe for us some drug that he thinks might help us. These drugs alter the symptoms, but never fix the cause, and even if you don’t believe it, your mind is worse off than before.
Rev 9:21 … and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries (5331 – medication, a drug, spell giving potion, poison).
We are under some backward allusion that Christ wants to share his glory with someone who wants to either, cut apart or pollute His Holy Temple. If you believe it is His temple, then believe that His word has the answer to repair it.
Mark 5:25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
Are we going to spend a good portion of our life suffering as we watch the life blood flow out of us, along with our money before we surrender and obey our Great Physician? This woman’s belief compelled her to come to Jesus with determination and perseverance as she struggled through the crowd, just to touch His robe. There is no easy believing? Are your actions going to spend all your money only to get worse? Why is it that it is only after your doctor tells you there is no more he can do for you that you turn to Christ?
Our actions prove we do not think it worthwhile to retain and follow the instructions of God. In many cases we even know the science behind His directive, but chose not to believe. How much more will we be held accountable?
To admit that Jesus is our Great Physician and then be sick or diseased is to act disgracefully and shows unbelief. It holds Jesus up to ridicule, and mockery.
Our God is a God of peace and order, and the last place He will tolerate lawlessness is in His temple. That is why Jesus came to change sick bodies that are out of order, and have no peace.
What a work of deception; to have us hold Christ up as our Great Physician, to speak of His order and peace before the world, and then by our actions, spit in his face. It’s no wonder Jesus said, (Matt 15:7) “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’”
If it is true that God will give you over to a mind that is depraved, to wax worse and worse, if you do not follow His sciences, does it not make sense that if you comply with his sciences that the opposite would also be true?
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.
When we were born, we had a new body with a new mind, providing our mothers were relatively pure. Our bodies and minds took time to develop and you may have not even known you had a mind until age five or later. Somewhere in this time period you crossed over from being innocent, to being held accountable for your actions.
Why do we believe that if one of these small children were to die, God will take them to Heaven? How ever you reply to this question, purity must be apart of your answer. We know that these small children will believe anything, but the question which should demand an answer is “What gives them the capacity to believe everything?”
Jesus said to us in Mark 9:23 “Everything is possible for him who believes” and Matt 18:3 “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.” As we live and mature in this world, we take on things that corrupt the tissues of our bodies. And remember the mind is made up of tissues, brain tissues.
The word renewing is implying an ongoing action of cleaning up and clearing out, that, which keeps us from believing. Since the body feeds the mind, it is the body that must be the first to be purified or renewed. Renewing of the mind is a natural out flow of the purified body, just as the fruits of the Spirit are a natural out flow from a renewed mind; walking in the Spirit.
The bible shows us, by Christ’s actions, and tells us (in Mark 2:17) that Christ being Lord, is also Lord of our physical bodies, which makes Him our Great Physician. Since the Bible cannot lie, this reality that Jesus is in fact our Great Physician is true, and anything that is true you need to believe.
Since the word ‘believing’ is a verb, it is demanding action that would posture the respondent such, that he or she would be ably take full advantage of all the benefits deriving from any particular truth.
Christ cannot ask us to believe His truth’s without providing adequate details on the actions required to situate ourselves to receive them. A good God is not going to tease us with a wonderful promise and then provide no instruction on how to receive it. If the promises are not evident in your life, then you need to find and apply God’s instructions, rather than to make excuses why some particular blessing cannot be realized.
Isaiah 33:24 No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill”; and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven.
If I am battling sickness, then I am not in the holy city in Zion. Zion cannot represent heaven because of Isaiah 33:14 which says: The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: “Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire?”
If this Holy city in Zion is the only place where sins are forgiven, and it is not Heaven, sickness is either telling me that I need to start my pilgrimage in Zion, or that I have further to go before I reach the Holy City. Either way, sickness is God’s message to warn you that sin is going to rob you of your freedom.
Isaiah 46:13 “I will grant salvation to Zion.” You will know when you arrive because, of Isaiah 33:17 “Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.”
If you are seeing the king in His beauty, you are of the privileged class who see by understanding the intricate details of who He is and how He loves. You look back down the mountain to understand the steps of faith through which you traveled to arrive at this place of great height. You look out, through His word from this great mountain top, to a panoramic view ahead.
But remember, it is only after you arrive at your destination on top on this Holy Mountain, that Romans 6:22-23 apply to you. But now you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the results is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Slaves obey their Lord, which in this case, leads to holiness and this holiness does away with sin, (1John 3:6) which results in us receiving eternal life from God.
It is only in using the strength in God’s grace, which is given freely to us in His son Jesus, that holiness can be secured and our gift acquired. Some people will call putting God’s grace to work for us, ‘receiving salvation by works’. But let us remember; only the sheep hear His voice. Once you attempt to sustain the actions that God requires, you will no longer be under any illusions that this is of works. God’s desire is to give us eternal life through obedience, but in the vastness of His love, God also has a way through a time in captivity to restore the disobedient.
Is it any wonder that Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness? (Matt 10:1)