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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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Matthew 8:17


The two primary references to Is. 53 in regard to healing that are quoted in the New Testament are Matthew 8:17 and 1 Pet. 2:24. It is important to examine these verses in the light of the above discussion.


Matthew 8:16-17 NKJV

16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses."


Delitzsch’s comment from Is. 53:4 is interesting in the light of this discussion. “In Matthew (viii. 17) the words are rendered freely and faithfully… Even the fact that the relief which Jesus afforded to all kinds of bodily diseases is regarded as a fulfillment of what is here affirmed of the Servant of Jehovah, is an exegetical index worth noting. In [Is. 53:] 4a it is not really sin that is spoken of, but the evil which is consequent upon human sin, although not always the direct consequence of the sins of the individual (Jn. ix. 3).

“[The Hebrew word translated borne in Is. 53:4, Verily He hath borne our diseases and our pains; He hath laden them upon Himself (Delitzsch translation)] signifies to take the debt of one’s sin upon one’s self, and carry it as one’s own i.e., to look at it and feel it as one’s own, or more frequently to bear the punishment occasioned by the sin, i.e., to make expiation for it, and in any case in which the person bearing it is not himself the guilty person, to bear sin in a mediatorial capacity, for the purpose of making expiation for it.


“But in the case before us [Is.53:4]  , where it is not the sins, but “our diseases” and “our pains” that are the object, this mediatorial sense remains essentially the same. The meaning is not merely that the Servant of God entered into the fellowship of our sufferings, but that He took upon Himself the sufferings which we had to bear and deserved to bear, and therefore not only took them away (as Matt. Viii. 17 might make it appear), but bore them in His own person, that He might deliver us from them. But when one person takes upon himself suffering which another should have had to bear, and therefore not only endures it with him, but in his stead, this is called substitution or representation…”[xxv] Clearly Delitzsch saw healing in the atonement and even points out that Matthew’s translation into Greek fails to encompass the full substitutionary aspect that the Hebrew original brings forth.


Some have suggested that Matthew was stating that the healings in the earthly ministry of Jesus were the fulfillment of Is. 53:4. Matthew was not writing his gospel during the earthly ministry of  Jesus. His gospel was written many years after Christ’s resurrection when the application of Is. 53 to Jesus was accepted in all parts of the Church. Jesus, in his earthly ministry, both forgave sin and healed disease based on His coming atonement. To suggest that His fulfillment of these verses in His earthly ministry exhausted their application would be as unlikely as suggesting that His forgiving of sins while on earth exhausted the atonement as far as forgiveness is concerned. Just the opposite is true! These attempts avoid the implications of healing in Is. 53 strike me as the fruit of the dualism and cessationist presuppositions mentioned above.

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Julius k.Campbell
Saturday 06th of August 2005

Yourmessage on Divine healing is abousolutetly 100%right keep on the good of God the father and ourLORD JESUS CHRIST.Ithank God for giving you HIS Spirit of wisdom and revealation knowledge of Him. Keep on the good work for the LORD JESUSCHRST he reward in heaven . God bless you. AMEN! Your fellow worker in the LORD. Healing evangelist.

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