SIN IS A DISEASE

Sin is a a disease

CAN A MAN OF GOD ESCAPE FROM CHASTISEMENT

Leslie M. John

When a main sins, he is embracing disease.  On accepting Lord Jesus as savior, sinner‘s soul is redeemed, and upon confession that Jesus is Lord and believing in heart that God raised Him from the dead, he/she will surely be in heaven (Rom.10:9-10); but his physical body will be redeemed only on resurrection.

David decries his condition after sinning!

References:

Psalm 38:3-22 – David decries his condition

2 Samuel 12:15-23 — David lost his child in spite praying ardently. God does everything according to His purposes.

Psalm 42:11 — David decries on his soul cast down

“There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs. For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. For I said, hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slips, they magnify themselves against me. For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation” (Psalms 38:3-22)

YIELDING TO TEMPTATION

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Usually a saved child of God complains that he could not endure Satan’s temptation, and therefore, he committed a sin. Often he would quote that “no man is perfect” and then keeps sinning even after being born-again. If we strictly consider the teachings of John, it is evident that a man of God would not keep on committing sin.

Transgression of law is sin, and continual sinning is tantamount to practicing lawlessness. Lord Jesus, who is incarnate God, came down to this earth to take away sins. Whoever is born-again abides in the Lord, and the Lord in him; but if a born-again child of God keeps on sinning it is certain that he has neither seen Him nor known Him.

“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him” 1 John 3:4-6

The scripture says no temptation is beyond the controlling power of a believer. Every temptation a believer faces is common to mankind. God is faithful and He does not allow a believer to be tempted beyond his capacity of tolerance can bear. In fact, when a believer is tempted God shows a way out to escape from yielding to temptation so that a believer can endure it, and overcome it. If a believer still falls into sin, thereafter, it is his fault, and is surely because he has opted to fall into it voluntarily.

In spite of provision for escapement route the Lord provided, if a believer still falls into sin and seeks forgiveness from God, the Lord is faithful to forgive his sin.

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:8-10)

The Lord is compassionate and longsuffering and that is the reason why He is continuously interceding on behalf of believers in Christ sitting at the right hand of the Majesty. There is no strength in the argument that a believer will never sin after being born-again. As long as we are in flesh made of dust, we are fallible. Yet, there is consolation in the Scriptures that no temptation from Satan is greater than our capacity to bear.

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3 ESV)

“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25 ESV)

DAVID REPENTS

David was a man of wars and God was with him. However, on one occasion when David yielded to Satan’s temptation and numbered Israel he had to seek atonement for his sin.

Satan had David yield to his temptation and stand in his pride to number Israel and look upon his own strength. All the days of his life God helped him win the wars with small number in his army. If we recall David’s victory over Goliath it can be seen that he brought down the proud and hefty Philistine with just one smooth stone out of the five that he has collected from the brook. He put the five stones in a shepherd’s bag that he had and swung his sling with just one stone in it and brought down the Philistine onto the ground. Then, David ran and stood upon Goliath and drew the sword from Goliath’s sheath and killed him. (1 Samuel 17:40 and 51)

Lord Jesus Christ said, “But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils”. (Luke 11:22)

”And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel” (1 Chronicles 21:1)

In spite of Joab’s efforts to try to prevent David to trespass against God’s desires and against Israel, David’s orders prevailed and Joab numbered the Israel. God was angry at David and his actions in numbering Israel.

God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem and as the angel of the LORD was destroying Jerusalem, David repented of the evil he did and said to the angel to stop destroying. He saw the angel of the Lord standing between the earth and heaven having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. David and elders of Israel wore sack clothes and fell upon their faces.

David accepted that he sinned against God and prayed that he may be punished but not his people because it was he who sinned against the Lord. The LORD saw that David repented of his sin.

David built an altar in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, according to the desire of the LORD as ordered by the angel of the LORD through Gad who conveyed the words of the angel of the LORD to him. David paid full price of the land, the oxen, and the threshing instruments for wood and also for wheat that was needed for the meat offering. David refused to take all these free of cost. He paid Ornan, six hundred shekels of gold by weight. David built there an altar unto the LORD. The LORD, then asked the angel of the LORD to put his sword in his sheath. When David saw that the LORD answered his prayer in the threshing floor of Ornan, he sacrificed there. (1 Chronicles 21:28)

David was not a perfect man; however, his great sin against Bathsheba and her husband Uriah was forgiven by God when he repented of his sin, He sinned against his flesh and harmed others, but He was all repentant before the LORD. If God could forgive him, then there is no reason why He cannot forgive us of our sins.

<<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.>> “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou might be justified when thou speaks, and be clear when thou judges. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desires truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalms 51:1-7)

He longed to be in the Holy City of Jerusalem; not because it was a royal city but because it was the holy city. His body and soul craved to be in the LORD’s dwelling places because they are pleasing and friendly.

There is reconciliation when we pray and accept before God our sins. God forgives us our iniquity.

GOD SAID ABOUT DAVID… “A MAN AFTER MINE OWN HEART”

David depended upon God before waging wars. Before he went for war against Philistines he enquired of the Lord saying, “Shall I go up to the Philistines?” and God asked him to go ahead.

”And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand” (2 Samuel 5:19)

David not only put an end to Philistines who troubled the children of Israel but he also defeated Moabites. He also defeated Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobab and recovered his border at the river Euphrates. David smote Syrians and they became servants to David and brought gifts. Edomites also became servants of David and the Almighty God preserved David wherever he went. (2 Samuel 8:14)

David dedicated unto God the silver and gold that he had from all nations which he subdued. David’s administration and organization was excellent. David administered judgment and justice to all people. (2 Samuel 8:11, 15 and 18)

”And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people” (2 Samuel 8:15)

King David’s sincere worship of God is seen in many references. He thought of building a temple for God but God allowed his son Solomon to build the temple at Jerusalem.

Speaking to Solomon David said that it was in his mind to build a house unto the name of God, but God said to him that David had shed blood abundantly upon the earth in His sight, and made great wars, and, therefore, he should not build a house unto His name.

God said that his son Solomon would build a house unto the name of the Lord. God promised that He would establish Solomon’s throne forever over Israel. He wished that God may give wisdom and understanding to Solomon to keep the law of the Lord. David assured Solomon that if he kept the law of the Lord, he would prosper. He encouraged his son to be of good courage, not to dread, or dismayed. David helped him and said:

”Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto” (1 Chronicles 22:14)

God honors who honor him. God blessed David and Solomon abundantly.

”And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will”. (Acts 13:22)

WHAT THEN ARE MIRACLES CEASED?

I believe miracles have not ceased. My personal testimony is that God helped me and blessed me wonderfully in my life in several areas. I desire to share here about healing by miracles.

I am a living miracle of God’s grace in healing. More than twenty years ago I had kidney transplant — not the greatness of medical science! It is all by the grace of God! God works in different ways in different individuals. If it was greatness of medical science all the cases of kidney transplant should have been successful to live as many years as I lived until now.

There is a great deal of misunderstanding that miracles ceased and healing ceased. It is because faith-healers try to command God in the name of Jesus to heal the sick. God will hear our prayers, but one cannot treat God as a slave to obey man’s command and heal the sick!

There are great number of faith-healers, false pretenders, and charlatans, (as many quacks as in medical field), who manipulate events to lead in believing that it is by faith-healers command that sick are healed.  They deceive men that there is instant healing of all the diseases, and that by their command, God obeys them and heals them.  It should be noted that God answers prayers according to His purposes, and never according to the commands of men to God.

My kidney donor was not my relative. Believe it or not, that donor came to me and said God sent him to me, and he will give one of his kidneys to me and then only he will go. He did exactly as he promised. I was watching a video where the believer said he saw Jesus in his dream. Few things seem to be impossible; but God’s ways are miraculous and we cannot understand His ways.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8))

I still wonder who that donor was! I am sure he was led by the Spirit of God to give one of his kidneys to me. We pursued the case with Tamil Nadu Government in India and after successfully passing their regulations and conditions laid down for us to pass, I had kidney transplant done in 1997 after 84 dialyses.

WHAT ABOUT PHYSICAL HEALING?

Do or do not Isaiah 53:4, 5 and 1 Peter 2:24 refer to physical healing?

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4)

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5)

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24)

By His stripes we are healed from our sin and it is the spiritual healing. The Lord by washing our sins, restored us to the favor of The Father. The healing, in terms of the Bible verses, is frequently represented an act of healing from sin, which in itself is a disease. David says…

“Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. (Psalms 6:2)

“I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee” (Psalms 41:4)

“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” (Psalms 103:3)

Essentially, the meaning of the above verses is that Messiah was to be scourged on behalf of us as per prophecies, and the prophecies were fulfilled.  By His sufferings, our sin is healed and we are blessed with spiritual health. In our resurrection we will have glorified bodies and will have everlasting life.  It is in eternity that we will have no pain, no suffering and no death.

Sickness cannot be avoided by believers. Scriptures say all of us have sinned, we who have body made of out dust, will suffer in our bodies. Isiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24 are referring to the promise God made that our salvation is secure and we will have perfect sanctification in eternity. We have the promise that we will see Lord Jesus Christ, when He comes again, face to face and will be confirmed to His image. We are saved by grace through faith.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6)

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14)

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29)

Those who are saved by the grace of God are healed of their sin. Paul advises Timothy, whom he considered as his son in faith, to have little wine for his stomach’s sake. Trophimus, who was a seven-year companion of Paul, was sick and Paul says he should be left in Mellitus.

“Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities” (1 Timothy 5:23)

“Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletus sick” (2 Timothy 4:20)

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7)

Paul had a “thorn” in his flesh and when he prayed to God, the Lord said to him “my grace is sufficient for you” rather than removing the “thorn” from his flesh. Paul never complained again, he continued to reap the blessings from God. Truly, God’s grace was sufficient for him.

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)

There is no reason why someone should doubt God’s willingness to pardon abundantly.  Even though wicked man’s ways seem to be unpardonable, yet God in His mercy forgives a repentant sinner. Lord Jesus took upon Himself our sin even though He was sinless and knew no sin in order that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him. David prayed to God to forgive his sin, which was indeed great! We are justified by His blood and will be saved from wrath through Him.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

“For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great” (Psalms 25:11)

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:9)

PROPHECY FULFILLED

“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17)

Matthew 8:17 is fulfillment of Prophecy in Isaiah 53:4 and 5

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Prophet Isaiah lays out clearly the doctrine of atonement. He prophecies that Messiah was to bear our griefs, sorrows and our sin. This also corroborates with the 2 Corinthians 5:21

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Matthew 8:17 is taken out of context and grossly misinterpreted by some Christians that Lord Jesus healed everyone by his death on the cross and His healing was voluntary, nay, that is not right! Surely Lord Jesus took our infirmities and bore our sickness, but was it for everyone in the world? Pondering over the context in which it is written shows that only those who were brought to Him, and only on whom He had compassion, were healed by Him.

The griefs and infirmities are the diseases of the body. Therefore, it can be conclusively said that by Jesus becoming sin for us, we are made righteous, and our sickness was borne by Him, which is to say that our sin was removed, upon our confession that Jesus is Lord and God raised Him from the dead on the third day. The cause of all sorrows and griefs of those that needed healing was because of their sin. When Lord Jesus paid for our sin, it is also tantamount to paying not only for the redemption of our soul, but for our bodies as well. Our bodies will be transformed to glorified bodies only at our resurrection.

It is worth reading and understanding John 1:29; and 1 Peter 2:24

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24)

PASSAGE 1. The context in which Matthew 8:17 appears is as follows:

“And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:14-17)

First of all, it was Peter’s house. Jesus went into the house of Peter. He saw Peter’s mother-in-law was laid with fever. (It clearly suggests that disciples of Jesus Christ can marry and own houses). Jesus had compassion on Peter’s mother-in-law and touched her hand and fever left her. The text that follows is that she arose and ministered unto them and at evening, many, who were possessed with devils, were brought to him, and the Lord cast out the spirits with His word and healed all that were sick. Note again, it was in the house of Peter. People brought who needed healing to the Lord. The Lord healed all those who were brought to Him.

PASSAGE 2. Lord Jesus healed only few

“And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching” (Mark 6:1-6)

Notice that the healings referred to in this passage are done in the home town of Lord Jesus Christ. He could have done “mighty” works there, but He did not. The Lord “laid hands upon a few sick folk and healed them”. There are multiple accounts of His healing sick, but the Lord healed only those who were brought to Him. It shows clearly that to receive healing the sick must to Him, or be brought to Him first. Lord Jesus Christ’s showing of compassion follows then, and heals them. Based on Mark 6:1-6 it could also be deduced that He does not heal everyone. Just because the Lord entered His hometown does not mean that everyone who needed healing in his home town were healed.  There was a role to be played by the one who needed healing; and it was to go to Him and obey Him or pray to Him to heal. “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them”

PASSAGE III: Draw Near to God and he will draw near to you.

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resists the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:6-10)

“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14)