Wednesday, 11 January 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 2

HEALING UNDER THREE DIFFERENT DISPENSATIONS

Starting from this capsule we would have a systematic discussion on Divine Healing. On this occasion I would be taking an approach that I have not come across anywhere else, with the hope that this will create a freshness and fire up your imagination. However before we go into the meat of the matter, again I would implore you to refresh yourself on the first capsule for this year. We touched on two things needed to unlock the divine. The first is that you need to spend time to verify and validate the TRUTH, in other words be like the Berean Christians (Acts 17:11). Let the scriptures become revealed to you, then make it yours. The second, act on the truth you know NOW! Act on the little things first, when the big things come along, you will be able to make a 'withdrawal where you've made deposits'.  This is so simple and obvious, NO DEPOSIT, NO WITHDRAWAL.

Introduction
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2 KJV

Every right thinking person has a genuine desire to be healthy. Nobody (not even hypochondriacs) when you drill it down, wants to be sick. That is why we build hospitals, spend huge amounts on pharmaceuticals, even go through painful procedures and other great lengths. 3 John 1:2, also makes it abundantly clear that God supports this desire without any reservations and has made provision for this in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1Peter 2:24). With these in mind, why do we have so much sickness and disease even in the church? I do not claim to have a definitive answer to this question but unlike most I am not ready to settle for less or come up with some sophistries. To be clear I am not against Western Medicine, no not at all. However Western Medicine comes a distant second to what we have in the Word. Innately we know this, that is why we always turn to God when we have exhausted all that Western Medicine has to offer and our backs hit the wall (Mark 5:25-29). There are so many reasons why we are not getting the desired results, but one of the foundational reasons that I have found is what I call 'MUDDLED THINKING'. Throughout the bible we see the dealings of God with man in three categories or dispensations . The way we see and receive from God is based on these three categories, and more so healing. Once you understand this, it would create a paradigm shift in the way you see God. Honestly. I cannot overemphasise the importance of this and my prayer is that you will gain understanding and move forward

NO COVENANT
OLD COVENANT
NEW COVENANT

No Covenant
Ephesians 2:1-3, gives a graphic description of those without covenant with God. This group have four cardinal standout characteristics. They are spiritually dead, controlled by Satan, children of disobedience and recipients or candidates for God's wrath. In case you are in doubt these are people without Christ, they are Aliens or Outcasts from God's covenants (Ephesians 2:12). This sounds harsh, but I challenge you to search the scriptures and see. But God in His unsearchable mercy and tenderness has made a provision for this group including divine healing and we would consider it in details later.


Old Covenant
Galatians 3:22-26 and Hebrews Chapter 8, gives a vivid description of the Old Covenant as a TEMPORARY arrangement until the New Covenant was consummated. This Covenant was filled with Types, Shadow and Patterns. In other words every provision under this Covenant was either a type, shadow or pattern of the Real Deal to come, that is the New Covenant! (Colossians 2:17, Hebrews 8:5, 10:1). The people under this covenant had a better relationship with God than those without covenant , in that they were not aliens or outcasts, they had something, but at best they were Servants (Isaiah 41:8-9). Though they had a form of relationship with God which qualified them above the first group, yet they were all spiritually dead like the people without covenant (Romans 5:12-14). This Covenant also had a provision for Divine Health but it was not the best God had in mind. It was just a provision for SERVANTS and a shadow of God's best. It is crucially important that you keep in view the statement I made earlier that, 'the way we see God and in turn receive from God is dependent on the relationship we have with Him'. The first groups are ALIENS or OUTCASTS. The second group were SERVANTS, who had a temporary, inferior arrangement based on Dos and Don'ts (that is the Law).Hebrews 7:19

New Covenant
2 Corinthians 5:17-20, describes God's best. A different species of people, created after the image of the last Adam, SONS of God . As I study the scriptures, it has become so obvious to me that it is patently wrong to describe us as Homo sapiens. The bible describes us as NEW CREATURES, in the original Greek, this refers to a species that has never existed before! We are Son of the Father. Like Christ we are born from above (John 3:3-6). This truth has been so trivialised, that it is almost meaningless in the modern church. We have become so distracted by temporal things,(Myself included). In Matthew 11:11, Christ said the best of the Old Testament:John the Baptist, is inferior to the least in the New Covenant. This means a newly Born Again Christian has a far greater, and more meaningful relationship with God because he or she is a 'son', John was a servant. Can you then imagine the provision in this NEW COVENANT? Everything you see in the Old Covenant is either a type, shadow or pattern of what we have in the New Covenant including Healing. The truth is the Old Covenant is actually a discontinued brand, expired, gone forever (Hebrews 8:13).

When we understand this, then surely the provision and dynamics of interaction with God must be different. Surely God could not have gone to this extent and then mix everything together like we do in the modern church. In the next capsule we will start showing the difference. For those with the Berean disposition, the question you will ask yourself is 'Why you never saw this before?'

CONCLUSION
NOT TYPES, SHADOWS AND PATTERNS, BUT THE REAL DEAL

PS
In the next capsule we would look at divine healing for those without covenant, the lost man, aliens and outcasts!

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'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk