Contributor: Isekhua Evborokhai
Introduction: In the last study we looked at the second of the Power gifts. The gift of the working of miracles and concluded that It takes purity and earnest desire to access the gifts and also if we are ready to pay the price. Today by the grace of God we shall be examining the gifts of healing. The gifts of healing are manifested for the supernatural healing of sickness and disease without any natural source or means. Most of us basically understand the subject of healing. Healings were, of course, in prominence, in Jesus' ministry as He walked on the earth. Jesus had a healing ministry, and He also gave authority to His disciples to heal the sick (Matt. 10:8). Healing the sick is also included in the Great Commission (Mark 16:18). It will help us to understand the operation and the purpose of these gifts of healings by looking at some of their uses in the Scriptures. We know, first of all, that the purpose of these gifts is to deliver the sick and to destroy the works of the devil in the human body.
1 Cor. 12: 9b: “To another faith by the same spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit”
The spiritual “gifts of healing” is the supernatural manifestation of the Spirit of God that miraculously brings healing and deliverance from disease and/or infirmity. It is the power of God that destroys the work of sin and/or the devil in the human body, such as the healings that Jesus and the disciples performed (Matthew 4:24; 15:30; Acts 5:15-16; 28:8-9). The gifts of healing were given to the church as noted in 1 Corinthians 12, where the spiritual gifts are listed.
The gifts of healing have nothing to do with medical science or human learning. The gifts of healing and other methods of divine healing (miracles, faith) are supernatural.
Divine healing comes by the laying on of hands, anointing with oil, the use of items or sometimes just by speaking the Word, just to name a few Bible examples of how healing is ministered.
Ministering by the Gifts of Healings
Let us look again at 1 Corinthians 12:28: "And God hath set some in the church. ..."
Paul was not talking here about spiritual gifts, or the gifts of the Spirit when he said, "And God hath set some in the Church. . . ." He was talking about men and women who were equipped with spiritual gifts and ministries. He wasn’t referring to a healing that is given to a person to bless him; but a ministry of healing given to bless others.
The Holy Spirit: The Person behind the gift.
It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that activates the gift. Even in the life of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Himself ministered not as the Son of God but as a man anointed by the Holy Ghost.
Jesus was just as much the Son of God when He was twenty-five as He was the Son of God when He was thirty years old. Yet at twenty-five years old, He had not healed a single person; not one miracle of healing had been wrought under His ministry prior to His receiving the anointing of the Holy Spirit at the age of thirty.
It was only after the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove in order to anoint Him to minister that the gifts of the Spirit began to be manifest in His ministry.
This should prove conclusively that Jesus didn't heal the sick by some power that was inherent in Him as the Son of God, the second Person of the Trinity. Rather, He healed the sick just as anyone else called of God would minister to the sick today — by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, by the manifestation of these gifts of healings, and by the preaching of the Word of God.
Jesus stood up and read in His hometown synagogue,
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me . . ." (Luke 4:18).
Then Peter, preaching to Cornelius and his household, said, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him "(Acts 10:38).
Interesting Observation about the “Gifts of Healings”
First, let’s look at a few verses in First Corinthians chapter 12. In verses 9, 28, and 30 the gifts of healings are mentioned.
1 Corinthians 12:9, 28, 30
Verse 9: “To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit....”
Verse 28: “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues....”
Verse 30: “Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?”
Notice in verse 28, both the words "gifts" and "healings" are plural. According to Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, the word "healings" is plural in the Greek in verses 9, 28, and 30.
Notice also that this gift and that of tongues are the only two spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 that are in the plural. The gift of tongues (for obvious reasons)
Why are they "gifts of healings" and not the "gift of healing"?
The Bible doesn't specifically say, but Kenneth Haggin’s opinion; which he believes is well-founded as to why this is so is that there are gifts of healings because there are different kinds of diseases and one gift wouldn't heal every kind of disease. He came to this conclusion based on his experience and that of other ministers:
He noticed in his ministry, as well as in the ministry of others who have these gifts of healings in operation in their lives and ministries, that when it comes to healings, in some areas he has more success than in other areas. Other ministers have concurred that this is also true in their ministries as well. For instance, one fellow who was greatly used of God in praying for people who were deaf, said by his own admission that he very seldom got any other type of malady except deaf folks. However, in the ministry of Jesus, every manner of sickness and every manner of disease was healed (Matt. 9:35). That's because Jesus had the Spirit without measure (John 3:34) and all the gifts of healings were in manifestation in His life and ministry.
Gifts of Healings vs. Receiving by Faith
There is a difference between receiving healing through the manifestation of gifts of healings and just simply receiving healing by our own faith in God's Word.
Not all healing is not necessarily the gifts of healings in manifestation. For example, someone can be healed by believing the Word of God and acting on it in faith.
1 Corinthians 12 verse 30 says, "Have all the gifts of healing? . . ."
The simple answer is “No, all people do not have the gifts of healings.”
This scripture refutes the idea that if a person receives healing, he has also automatically received the impartation of the supernatural gifts of healings (which is the gift of the Spirit to minister healing to others).” It also refutes the idea that a person is necessarily always healed by gifts of healings; he could be healed on his own faith in God's Word.
We don't operate the gifts of the Spirit as we will; it is as the Spirit wills. However, if there is no gift of the Spirit in manifestation, people can always be healed and set free based on the Word of God. The Bible says it is the anointing, or the power of God, that breaks the yoke (Isa. 10:27). The anointing is on the Word of God. That's why it is so important for believers to be members of a local body — a local church — where the Word of God is preached and where God moves by His Spirit. It is also true that when the Spirit of God is moving, it is a whole lot easier to receive whatever it is you need from God than it is at other times, however, that still does not eliminate receiving healing on your own by simple faith in God's Word because the Bible says, ". . . by whose [Jesus'] stripes ye were healed" (1 Peter 2:24). Thank God for His Word and for the privilege of believing and acting upon His Word. Thank God, too, for supernatural manifestations and for gifts of healings.
This study was extracted from Kenneth E. Hagin’s book; The Spirit and His Gifts.