Would you like to see radical healings happen on a daily basis? Would you like to enter a hospital and heal every person there? Would you like to enter a school for the deaf and open the ears of every person there, so the people can suddenly hear?
I know I would. I’m standing in faith for God to do these things in my life. Why? Because God’s Word says we can have the gifts of different kinds of healings, and that we can use those gifts to reach people for Jesus. And we are supposed to desire everything God says He wants to give us. 🙂
Where are the gifts of healings mentioned in Scripture?
The gifts of healings by the Holy Spirit are a sub-set of the nine power gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11. This passage reads:
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” (emphasis mine).
It’s important to note first that this passage specifically uses the word “gifts,” plural, as in “multiple gifts”; and the word “healings,” plural, as in “multiple healings.”
We often tend to call it simply “healing,” or even “the gift of healing,” but that’s not technically correct. And being technically correct is important, since we are obligated to rightly divide the Word of truth. 🙂 Reading the passage correctly will also help us understand what the gifts of healings by the Holy Spirit are.
So what are the gifts of healings by the Holy Spirit?
They are different kinds of healings that God gives, using people as His healing agents, and working through those people in various ways.
For example, in the famous healing revivals of the 1940s and 1950s, God called many evangelists so share the Gospel in huge tent revivals, using healing as proof of the Gospel they were preaching.
Generals of the faith like Oral Roberts, William Branham, Gordon Lindsay, Jack Coe, T.L. Osborn, and many others preached the Gospel around the world during that time. During their revival meetings, tens of thousands of people were saved, and many more were healed. [Read more…]