Wisdom, knowledge, passion and faith from God are essentials for healing many have overlooked. In A HEALTHY THEOLOGY OF HEALING, Phil Moore teaches on them. This synopsis is from a 24 page pdf you can download. See below.
Most Christians agree still further that we have a role to play as Christians in turning the now-but-not-yet Kingdom of God into reality on earth today. Jesus, after all, told us to ask the Father “Let your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is inheaven” (Mt 6:10).
This paper will therefore examine each of the four main Christian answers to the question of how much the Kingdom of God has already come in Jesus Christ, and will conclude by showing how a biblical answer to this question provides us with the framework for a healthy theology of healing. This will then provide us with four crucial areas in which we need to grow in our own personal ministries if we are to bring the healing of God to our own generation as an expression of the Kingdom rule, here and now, of the Great King.
- LIBERAL VIEW
- CESSATIONIST VIEW
- THE CLASSIC PENTECOSTAL VIEW
- THE CLASSIC CHARISMATIC VIEW
Four key lessons from Jesus in John 11, which I believe are the four crucial areas of growth for us if we are to see more and more healing in these last days.
1) THE WISDOM OF GOD
If we minister with the wisdom of Jesus, then we also will share his triumphant but not triumphalistic approach to praying for the sick
2) THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
Jesus’ prayer in v41-42 is based almost entirely on his relationship with the Father and not on any formula for praying for the sick. His confidence that the sick would be healed was not based on a technique he had come to know, but on the Father he had come to know.
3) THE PASSION OF GOD
The passion which gripped Jesus’ soul and which brought about such a great miracle was primarily the love of God. John comments three times in the first half of the chapter that Jesus was filled with love for Lazarus and his family (v3,5&11), and even the cynical crowd saw his tears of compassion and commented “See how much he loved him!” (v35-36).
4) THE FAITH OF GOD
The gospel writers consistently emphasize that faith is vital if anyone is to be healed (eg Mt 9:22, Mk 10:52, Lk 17:19, Acts 14:8-10), but Jesus and the apostles took responsibility for having this faith themselves rather than rebuking the sick for not having enough faith. J
Finally, to those of us who are digesting the words of this paper in an earnest desire to grasp a healthy theology of healing for the sake of the glory of God in our generation, Jesus tells us to place our faith him as “the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world” (v27) and in the fact that he brought a Kingdom which is characterised by supernatural healings (Mt 11:2-6).
Phil includes 44 informative footnotes. This one stood out to me.
16 John Wimber ‘Power Evangelism’, p151-166, (USA 1985). Wimber’s overview of church history includes amongst many others miraculous healings in the time of Augustine in the early 5th century, in the time of Francis of Assisi in the early 13th century, and in the ministry of Martin Luther in the 16th century. Only a crass prejudice against finding any miraculous healing in church history could dismiss the consistent testimonies of all these people of high spiritual calibre as myth or superstition