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Did the gifts of healing vanish away since the word of God was inscripturated?

 

John Calvin insists that the gift of healing has vanished away.

The gift of healing, like the rest of the miracles, which the Lord willed to be brought forth for a time, has vanished away in order to make the new preaching of the gospel marvelous forever. (John Calvin, IV, 19, 18.)

     The note “The gift of healing has vanished away” is thoroughly unbiblical because of the following reasons.

John F. MacArthur insists that the sign gifts were no longer needed and ceased.

The temporary sign gifts included prophecy (revelatory prophecy), miracles, healings, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. The sign gifts had a unique purpose: to give the apostles credentials, that is, to let the people know that these men all spoke the truth of God. Once the Word of God was inscripturated, the sign gifts were no longer needed and they ceased. (John F. MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos, p.243.)

     This note is thoroughly unbiblical because of the following reasons.

Mark 16:20  Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. (NIV)

     If the gifts of healing and miraculous powers of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 12:7-11 were no longer needed and ceased, the word of Mark 16:20 should be applied to only the disciples who had lived in first century. But it must be applied to every disciple until Jesus’ second coming. The disciples in this century and in the next century are to preach everywhere. The Lord will work with them and confirm His word by the signs that accompany it. So the nine gifts including the gifts of healing and powers of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 12:7-11 are needed. They will not cease until Jesus’ second coming.

Rom. 15:18-19  I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done-by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. (NIV)

     The apostle Paul proclaimed the gospel of Christ to the Gentiles by what he had said and done - by the power of signs and miracles through the power of the Spirit. He proclaimed the gospel not only by what he said but also by what he did - by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. The disciples in this century must proclaim the gospel just as Paul did in first century. If the gifts of healing and miraculous powers of the Holy Spirit are no longer needed or have ceased, it really makes no sense at all.
     John F. MacArthur insists that once the word of God was inscripturated, the sign gifts were no longer needed, and they ceased. The note, “once the word of God was inscripturated” is right, but to insist that “the sign gifts included prophecy, miracles, healings, tongues, and interpretation of tongues were no longer needed and they ceased,” is thoroughly unscriptural. The gifts of healing and miraculous powers of the Spirit are needed. Moses, Jesus, Paul, and Peter proclaimed the gospel to the Jews, the unbelievers, and the Gentiles by the word of God and by the gifts, that is, the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 Cor. 2:4-5   My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. (NIV)

     In first century Paul said his message and preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. It makes no sense at all for the disciples in this century to preach with only wise and persuasive words without a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. The power of the Holy Spirit, that is, the gifts of healing and miraculous powers of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 12:7-11 are now needed and they will not cease until Jesus’ second coming.

1 Cor. 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. (NIV)
KJV           For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
NRS           For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.

     The apostle Paul said that he did not preach the gospel with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. It implies that if he preached with words of human wisdom (wisdom of words, eloquent wisdom), the cross of Christ would be made of none effect. The disciples in this century must preach the gospel-not with words of human wisdom but with the power of the Holy Spirit, that is, with the sign gifts just as Jesus Christ and the apostle Peter and Paul did. 1 Cor. 1:17 affirms that the argument, “Once the Word of God was inscripturated, the sign gifts included prophecy (revelatory prophecy), miracles, healings, tongues, and interpretation of tongues were no longer needed and they ceased,” is thoroughly unscriptural.

Matt. 8:17   This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.” (NIV)
1 Pet. 2:24   He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (NIV)
 
     The texts say that Christ took up our infirmities and carried our diseases, and by His wounds we have been healed. This word of God must be applied not only to  first century believers but also to believers until the second coming of Christ. Without a single exception, every true believer must be healed by Christ who died for all men. The Bible affirms that John Calvin’s claim, “the gift of healing, like the rest of the miracles, has vanished away in order to make the new preaching of the gospel marvelous forever,” is quite unbiblical. The gifts of healing like the rest of the miracles are needed to make the gospel marvelous forever until Jesus’ second coming.

James 5:14-16  Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (NIV)

     If the gifts of healing have vanished away since the word of God was inscripturated, “the gifts of healing” were only for the first century sick. If so, it makes no sense at all. The word of God in James 5:14-16 must be applied to every true believer until the second coming of Christ. Charles F. Parham who is called father of the contemporary Pentecostal movement insists that divine healing is God’s will for all true believers. (John F. MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos, p.241.) The Bible affirms that “divine healing is God’s will for all true believers” is thoroughly biblical.

Ex. 15:26   If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you. (NKJ)
 
     The text says, “I am the Lord who heals you.” God the Father is our Father and we are the sons of God the Father. Without a single exception, we must be healed by God since God is our Father who is the one and only successful medical doctor in this world. So the word of God in Ex. 15:26 must be applied to every son of God in every generation until Jesus’ second coming.  

Matt. 8:1-3   When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (NKJ)

     In the text, Jesus says, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Here, the doctrine of healing can be established as God’s will for all true believers, for all children of God until Jesus’ second coming. If the word of Christ written in Matt. 8:1-3 was applicable only to the first century believers, it makes no sense. It must be applied to all believers from the first century forward. Here, it is confirmed that the argument, “the gifts of healing have vanished away and once the word of God was inscripturated, and the sign gifts prophecy (miracles, healings, tongues, and interpretation of tongues) were no longer needed and they ceased,” is thoroughly unbiblical. It should be proclaimed that the gifts of healing of the Holy Spirit had/have never vanished away and will never vanish away until Jesus’ second coming.