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Joe McIntyre is the President of the International Fellowship of Ministries.


Originally published in Refleks 1-1 (2002). Included by permission.

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Healing in Redemption

By Joe McIntyre

 

The church has been divided over the subject of divine healing for many years. Various opinions exist within the community of Bible believing Christians. People who hold to orthodox belief on all the essentials of the Faith can be divided over the question of divine healing. In this article I want to examine this controversy and suggest some reasons why it exists. I want to present a case for divine healing being provided in Christ’s atonement and therefore available to God’s covenant people. I want to conclude with some reasons I believe we don’t see more divine healing in the Church and why I believe that this will change.

 

Pentecostal Opinion

 

It is interesting to note, that while many have defended the idea of healing in the atonement, it is primarily the Pentecostal denominations that have formalized this view into their doctrinal statements. The statement of faith made by the Assemblies of God in 1916 concerning divine healing reads “In the Atonement full provision is made for our physical healing.”[i]

 

In Foundations of Pentecostal Theology, Guy Duffield and N.M. Van Cleave comment, “The most positive answer to the question concerning God’s will with regard to healing today, is found in the relationship between Divine Healing and the Atonement. No doubt is entertained regarding Christ’s ability to heal, but the heart of the matter centers around the question: Did Christ make special provision for the healing of the body? Is this blessing included in the Atoning Sacrifice which He made on Calvary’s Cross? We believe that the Bible teaches that this is so.”[ii] Duffield and Van Cleave write as scholars in the Foursquare movement.

 

A truth that seemed to have been emphasized in the light of the Pentecostal outpouring that led to the establishment of the Pentecostal denominations, was that healing was in Christ’s atonement. Although this truth was being proclaimed in the Faith-Cure movement in the latter part of the nineteenth century by many voices, few denominations embraced this idea.  It was, however, part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance fourfold gospel. (Jesus as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King). The CMA was not initially a denomination but rather a fellowship of like-minded believers from many denominations. CMA founder A.B. Simpson wrote, “Divine healing is part of the redemption work of Jesus Christ. Its foundation stone is the cross of Calvary.”[iii]

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