God’s Desire to Heal

healing_of_the_blind_manThis past Sunday, at Christ City Church, we moved towards finishing out our series on the book of James. This was the next to last Sunday and, with that, James 5:13-18 was covered. This is the passage that exhorts the sick to call the elders to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord,” all for offering prayer for the sick person that they may be healed, or that the Lord may “raise them up.”

As Jonathan McIntosh fleshed out the passage, he also drew from the gospels to remind us of the powerful invasion of the rule and order (kingdom) of God in Jesus’ ministry. One major way the rule of God was made known was through the healing of people. When God’s rule comes on earth as in heaven, people are “saved” (delivered, liberated) from a holistic standpoint.

In all, what I found most interesting was this quote from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic TheologyI thought it very stirring. Continue reading

Does Christ’s Atoning Death Provide Healing?

jm_200_NT1.pd-P16.tiffOne of the big questions that arises in discussions about miraculous healing is this: Does Christ’s atoning death on the cross provide healing?

Those who affirm that the atonement is our provision for healing will usually refer to 3 passages of Scripture: Isa 53:4-5; Matt 8:14-17; and 1 Pet 2:24.

I quote them below for reference: Continue reading

Raised from the Dead

Craig Keener continues his discussion around the reality of the miraculous today, this being connected to his newest released work, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts. Here, he particularly recounts the story of his own sister-in-law who was raised back to life after being dead for 3 hours. He also discusses other accounts of raisings of the dead.

What’s interesting is the way in which Keener discusses these. Remember, he has had his theological perspective changed because of his own studies and because of God’s work of miracles in his own family, being married to a Congolese-African woman. But Keener does not approach this like a typical ‘super-charismatic’. He is very calm and collective as he recounts what took place and he maintains a strong theological anchor. Continue reading

Eye Witness Testimony of Miracles – Then & Now

I continue with posting some videos of Craig Keener’s discussion about miracles, one in which he bases it off his newest 2-volume set, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts.

In this video, Keener not only speaks of eye-witness credibility in biblical times, but also in our present-day. What was to be a footnote in a book slowly and surely became a 2-volume work. And he learned a little bit about miracles from his own family members. Continue reading