Musings on divine health

1 Corinthians 6: 15-20 :

“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! 16 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.”17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 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? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

I would like to list some key points from this passage for your edification –

  1. vs 15 – Our physical bodies are members of Christ. Our physical bodies are plugged in to the spiritual body of Jesus. Therefore his life must flow into our physical bodies. What is the implication of this fact? Should we expect to be in divine health because of the fact that the life of Jesus saturates our physical bodies?
  2. vs 17 – He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Upon salvation, we are joined to the Lord and become one spirit with Him. My spirit is “dissolved” in Christ’s spirit and we are indistinguishably, inseparably united. John Sandford says that our spirit fills the body as water does a sponge not as water fills a glass container. Therefore, should I expect to live in divine health because the sprit of Jesus fills my body as water does a sponge?
  3. vs 19 – Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. In the light of the explanation in point number 2 above, our bodies are saturated with the Holy Spirit, every fibre, organ, muscle, ligament, tissue and cell is saturated with the Holy Spirit. Should I expect to be healed of every sickness and live in divine health as a result?
  4. vs 20 – For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. Our bodies were bought with a price, the blood of Jesus. It is not just our spirits that were bought with the blood of Jesus, our bodies were too. Jesus’ life was given up so that our bodies could be purchased by God, that God might own our bodies and make them His dwelling place. Should’nt every cell come alive as a result? The Word asks me to glorify God with my body. Was’nt it the healing of the blind man in John 9 and not his blindness that glorified God? Would a sick body glorify God? Certainly not. It is only an undefiled body and a  sickness free body that will glorify God. Hence, should’nt I expect to live in divine health?

Look at God’s purpose for our bodies – he bought them at the price of the blood of Jesus, made them His dwelling place, saturated them with His Holy Spirit, made them part of Christs’ body and desires that our bodies glorify Him through holy living and sickness free living.

Think about it.

Use the name of Jesus to repeatedly command healing to the members of your body that “did’nt get the message” of Christ’s salvation.

 

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Salvation – 1

To the contemporary Christian, salvation is about Jesus Christ saving the soul from sin and eternal death. This limited view has kept believers the world over in a state of perennial mediocrity. The one who dares to believe the Bible will see that it is much more – it is not only about being saved from sin and eternal death, but about being saved from sickness, Satan and the curse as well. It does not end there – it also includes being placed in a divine union with Jesus Christ when we were baptized (Rom 6:3). There is more good news – Salvation is Christ Jesus living in me, transforming me into his likeness, expressing himself through me and bearing fruit through me.

When I received Christ, I was instantly delivered from the dominion of darkness and transferred to the dominion of Jesus, who exercises that dominion by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit has dominion over my spirit, soul and body. Therefore, sin cannot have dominion over me. Sickness, disease or pain cannot have dominion over me. Satan cannot have dominion over me. The curse cannot have dominion over me. Death cannot have dominion over me.

Through the Holy Spirit, I exercise dominion over sin, sickness, Satan and the curse.

The temple of God

Scripture Declarations

My body has been bought with a price – the blood of Jesus.

My body belongs to God. I am not free to do with my body as I please because my body belongs to God.

My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

My body is for the Lord.

My body is a member (part) of Christ (member of Christ’s body).

The fullness of the Godhead bodily dwells in Christ. Christ dwells in my body in his fullness. Sickness cannot co-exist with Christ in my body. Sickness, disease and pain must leave; they have no place in my body.

My body is presented as a living sacrifice to God, holy and acceptable. This is my act of worship.

I do not allow sin to reign in my body.

I present my body to God and the members of my body as instruments of righteousness to Him.

I present the members of my body as slaves if righteousness.

The Spirit of God gives life to my body and keeps me in divine health.

I am the expression of God’s glory. The glory of the vine is in the branch. Christ’s glory is manifested through me.

By the stripes of Jesus, my body has been healed of all sicknesses, diseases and pains.

My body has been delivered from the dominion of darkness and brought under the dominion of Jesus Christ through his Spirit.

My body is under the dominion of the Holy Spirit of God. The Spirit of God brings life and health to my body.

The effects of sin in my body are eliminated since my sins have been forgiven.

Jesus Christ is God’s salvation for my spirit, soul and body.

Christ lives in me.

I have one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom I live.

Healing

How could it ever be that Jesus Christ left the glory of heaven and came down to earth only to save man’s spirit?
Would he have gone to such a great length just to save the spirit and not the soul and body?
I believe that he came to earth, lived, died, was buried, resurrected and ascended to heaven to provide salvation for man’s spirit, soul and body. Salvation for the body here primarily refers to healing of sicknesses and living in divine health.
Yet some would say – if he did provide salvation for the body, how is it that good Christian people struggle with sicknesses?
Well, I look at it this way –
Jesus did come to save us from our sins and to free us from the power of sin. Do people still sin? Yes.
Galatians 2:17 says that if while we seek to be declared righteous by Christ, it becomes apparent that we are sinners, does that make Christ a minister of sin? Certainly not!
Similarly, if while we seek to live in divine health in Christ, it becomes apparent that some struggle with sicknesses, does it mean that Christ’s sacrifice did not provide for bodily healing? Certainly not!
What is more difficult? Saying “Your sins are forgiven” or “Arise, take up your mat”? Obviously it is more difficult to say “Arise, take up your mat”. Jesus did say that and healed the paralytic.
If Jesus could leave heaven to provide salvation for mankind, would he have stopped short of providing for salvation of the body? Certainly not!
Jesus Christ is the Savior of man’s spirit, soul and body.
So, take heart, those of you who are struggling with sickness. The Savior, Jesus, is the Savior of the body as well as of the spirit and soul. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.