There seems to be several perspectives in The Church as a whole on the subject of healing for the sick or injured body. Some groups teach an exclusivity in their acceptable source for healing, such as (1) healing by miracle alone by faith in Christ alone because [they say] the Cross is now complete and “by His wounds we are healed;” or (2) healing by medical science alone because [they say] God’s miracles ceased with the completion of the New Testament writing.
My personal study and interpretation of the scriptures (and subsequent experiences that seem to confirm what I have concluded in the scriptures) has lead me to believe that God provides healing through various avenues, supernaturally and naturally, while ultimately our faith remains centered in Christ. “Whatever is not of faith is sin” (Ro. 14:23) is not just about a vegetarian or Sabbath issue, it is concerning all issues.
A brief devotional, which this article is, cannot explore [and counter or affirm] every group’s healing doctrine that is within The Church. What we can do in this brief moment is look at a few scriptures that show God’s positive and affirmative comments about doctors (who represent the medical community and medical science).
Jesus compared Himself and His mission to that of a doctor that treats and heals the sick, recorded for us in three of the Gospels:
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
~ Mark 2:17, Matthew 9:12, Luke 5:31
The Apostle Paul, whom we believe was inspired by God in his writings (along with all of those who penned the scriptures) also expressed God’s affirmation of doctors, the representatives of the medical community and medical science, when he wrote:
“Our dear friend Luke, the doctor…”
~ Colossians 4:14
As we can see in several passages, Doctor Luke was a fellow minister and friend of the Apostle Paul. He was also the author of two books of the Bible: the Book of Acts, and one of the gospels, the Book of Luke. He was a doctor before he entered the ministry, and he continued to be respected as a doctor during his godly ministry.
Again, this is a brief treatment of the topic of doctors and medicine. But, one thing that we can know for sure, those who practice medicine and care for the sick are being like Jesus, just as He was being like them in His ministry.
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