Is there healing in the atonement?

The following article was written by Sam Storms. I saved it using Pocket years ago, and now I can’t access the original, so I am copying it to my website to keep it safe.

This article expresses incredibly well what I believe to be true concerning the issue of “is healing in the atonement?”.

Storms alludes to 1 Peter 2:24-25 in his opening sentence, but the scripture is not in the article. I believe 1 Peter 2:24-25 to be misinterpreted by people who claim that healing is in the atonement of Christ. Here are the verses, then Storms’ article follows.

1 Peter 2:24-25
[24] He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. [25] For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (ESV)

Here in 1 Peter 2:24-25 the apostle is very clearly alluding to Isaiah 53:4-5. There the prophet declared:

“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”

In order to understand what Peter had in mind in quoting this OT passage, I need to address a very controversial question: Is there healing in the atonement?

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A foundation of prayer

Last night at church we ended our 48 hours of prayer. The prayer room was used for 48 hours straight, with people praying in hourly slots.

In the morning I preached from Leviticus 6:13, about the fire that is to be continually burning on the altar. I talked about Zinzendorf and the Moravians, and the 100 years that they prayed unceasingly. The Moravian prayers created a foundation on which was built some incredible missionary work. People like John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, and even the American Jonathan Edwards were impacted by the Moravians’ prayer.

Frustration when things are not run as you want them to be run

Or when things are not run as you yourself would run them.

Or when things are run somewhere else in a seemingly more effective way.

Something has to happen with that frustration.

Frustration left undealt with will create more frustration.

The reason why you are is frustrated is because you long for things to better. You long for excellence. This is a good thing. Just make sure your motives are right. Really. Think deeply and for a long time about your motives.

Frustration left unchecked will easily morph into being critical of the leader. If that criticism is left uncommunicated, it will harm the respect you have for the leader. You will view him or her as inadequate, and you will begin to treat him or her as such. Don’t think they won’t notice this. You may not notice your attitude towards them changing outwardly, but they will.

If you are dissatisfied or frustrated, please tell the leader, in a calm way. Don’t beat around the bush. Don’t talk in circles. Say it clearly, and to the point. The leader will appreciate you sharing your viewpoint and they will be encouraged by your desire for excellence. They will listen to you. They may ask you to step up. They certainly don’t want you to be frustrated.

Electronic Bullet Journalling

I found a Bullet Journal app for my Android phone. I think it will prove to be very useful. Although in my opinion Bullet Journals work best when they are in a notebook. I have tried on a few occasions to keep a paper Bullet Journal. I really, really want it to work, but can’t. However the Bullet Journal app is different somehow, and I can’t quite put my finger on why, apart from obviously I don’t have to write, I just type. Or swipe.

Check it out if you have an Android phone. Because there is no iOS version that I’ve found. Syncing between phone and iPad would just be too good.

Spirit-empowered prayer

2020 at Christchurch Elim is starting with a focus on prayer. I’m sure that is the case with many churches. This year is an exciting year, if only because of the fact that 2020 is a “nice” number. 20. 20. 2020 vision. I’m steering clear of that one, tempting though it is to leverage as much cheese as possible from it.

But there does seem a fresh expectancy, despite the attractiveness of the number 2020. God is continuing to work, and it seems as though momentum is picking up. The prayers of 2019 and before were certainly not wasted. We are getting closer to something big. Perhaps something bigger than anybody has ever witnessed in the course of history.

It is true, because Jesus said it, that Jesus is building His church. Our primary responsibility as Christians is to stick as close to Him as we possibly can. If we do, we will find ourselves being used by Him to bring about His will.

And so we are praying. As a church we are praying. Last Sunday I spoke on the fact that “the effective prayer of a righteous person is powerful”, or, “avails much” (James 5:16).

The New Testament Greek word translated “effective” is energeo, which has the meaning of the supernatural power of God at work to produce results.

It is an encouragement for God’s people to seek the Holy Spirit’s enabling and empowering in our prayers. Not to just jump into our prayer lists “dry” as it were, but to firstly immerse ourselves in His presence. Ask Him to fill us. Listen to His voice before we talk. Ask Him to guide us. Pray in tongues.

Seeking the empowering of the Spirit in our prayers is going to be a very significant part of our lives in 2020.

Back home to LIFE

What a day. We arrived back home early afternoon, which is a record in terms of getting home after a long time away. Usually we arrive in time for the kids’ bed time, which is no good to anyone and creates rush and stress. But we had plenty of time to get a little more sorted this afternoon. Tired children, yes. Lots to do, but more time to do it.

This evening I’ve been finishing off my sermon for tomorrow morning. I’ll be preaching from James 5:16 – depending on the version, “the effective prayer of a righteous person avails much.”

And now to iron some clothes for the morning and sleep.

In other blogging news, I am liking the idea of blogging every day, with such thoughts as the above. It may not be interesting for anybody else, but experience tells me that for my benefit it is useful to look back on posts like this.

Regular blogging may mean that occasionally something of value does get typed up and published. But it may mean sifting through a lot of seemingly random drivel first.

A few from the park

We took the kids to the local park in Hull. Here are a few photos that I have managed to upload to Google Photos via my phone, using the service station WiFi. (We are currently staying overnight halfway down the country enroute to Christchurch.)

In other news, I am enjoying getting to grips with WordPress once again. It has been a while, and it is proving to be able to be a much better (simple, minimalistic) writing experience than previous versions. I am also writing a sermon on WordPress this evening (a private post), for Sunday morning.