Jesus Healed Them All

Apr. 29, 2018 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

In these end times, we must ask ourselves why some people are still living under the old covenant curse. The curse is not just sickness and disease on our physical bodies, but also emotional and spiritual attacks on our spirits and souls. To escape the curse, we need a proper understanding of God’s covenants and a knowledge of which one we are now living under. The first covenant was made in the garden of Eden and it was between God, Adam, and Eve. The second covenant, the Law of Moses, was between God and the Jewish people; under this agreement, the people were blessed when they did good but cursed when they disobeyed. The law was deliberately designed to expire when Jesus came, and now that He has come and established the new covenant of grace, the law is no longer valid. If we believe this, our faith moves us out from under the law and we are in a position to receive God’s favor.
  1. The law entices us to sin; God never intended for us to live under the law.
    1. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Genesis 2:16, 17).
      1. This indicates God’s generosity in telling man to freely eat from any tree in the garden of Eden except for one.
      2. If man had freely eaten of any tree, he would not have had time to focus on the one tree he should have avoided.
      3. In this Scripture, a type of law was in effect that carried consequences.
      4. It is significant that Satan tempted Eve specifically over the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; he did not simply tell her to kill Adam. At that time, there was no law against murder, only against eating from this tree.
      5. The only time the devil can tempt us is when a law is in effect.
      6. Every time we receive a command not to do something, temptation follows.
    2. The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law(1 Corinthians 15:56).
      1. The law actually strengthens sin.
      2. God does what He does based on His goodness, not on ours.
      3. Church today teaches us that we must be good in order for God to be good to us.
    3. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound (Romans 5:20).
      1. It was never God’s plan for mankind to live under the law .
      2. Additionally, the law was only for the Jewish people. The Ten Commandments were a pact strictly between God and the Jews.
  1. Under the law, the people were cursed with sickness and death if they sinned.
    1. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord (Exodus 19:8).
      1. The people basically told God they did not need Him because they could keep His Word by themselves.
      2. God had taken care of the people all along. He brought them out of captivity, led them with a cloud of smoke by day and a pillar of fire by night, and gave them water from a rock, and manna from heaven.
      3. When the Law of Moses was given, the agreement went from man receiving grace and mercy from God to man dying when he broke the law.
      4. After the people received the law, they suddenly craved an idol to replace God.
      5. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt (Exodus 32:4).
    2. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away (2 Corinthians 3:7).
      1. The law was called “the ministration of death.”
      2. This was an agreement that came with an expiration date .
    3. The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it. The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish…The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart (Deuteronomy 28:21, 22, 27, 28).
      1. Under the law, sickness and disease resulted from breaking any of the commandments.
      2. Sickness would come on people until they were wiped off the earth. Sickness does not strengthen people, it destroys them.
  1. The old covenant only focused on Jews. The new covenant includes everyone.
    1. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:12-14).
      1. Christ ransomed us; He paid to deliver us from the curse, and we are now blessed.
      2. The blessing is an agreement that has been extended to the Gentiles.
    2. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with  the house of Israel and with the  house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be tothem a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away (Hebrews 8:6-13).
      1. Born-again believers are no longer under the Ten Commandments.
      2. Most churches are unfamiliar with the concept of the new covenant. They think it is the entire New Testament, but the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John only recorded what Jesus did while He was still operating under the old covenant.
      3. The New Testament started when Jesus died. A last will and testament cannot be enforced until the testator dies.
    3. However, He finds fault with them [showing its inadequacy] when He says, Behold, the days will come, says the Lord, when I will make  and ratify a new covenant  or agreement with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their forefathers on the day when I grasped them by the hand to help and relieve them  and to lead them out from the land of Egypt, for they did not abide in My agreement with them, and so I withdrew My favor  and disregarded them, says the Lord.  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their minds, even upon their innermost thoughts and understanding, and engrave them upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people…When God speaks of a new [covenant or agreement], He makes the first one obsolete (out of use). And what is obsolete (out of use and annulled because of age) is ripe for disappearance  and to be dispensed with altogether (Hebrews 8:8-10, 13, AMPC).
      1. Under the old covenant, if the people did not do their part, then God could not do His part. The new agreement was deliberately designed to be different from the old agreement.
      2. Under the new contract, even if we are unfaithful God will still be faithful.
      3. When we have trouble being faithful, we can look at Jesus and have faith in His faithfulness.
      4. God is not judging us based on what we do, but on what Jesus did.
      5. This Scripture does not mean putting the Law of Moses in our hearts; it refers to the law of love.
      6. The Law of Moses was the old covenant that was made obsolete. For believers, it no longer applies; it is only valid for unbelievers.
      7. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers (1 Timothy 1:9).
      8. Under the old covenant, people got in trouble with God by breaking the law. Under the new covenant, they get in trouble with Him by not believing.
      9. God does not deal with us based on sin, but based on Jesus and our belief in Him.
      10. Jesus will not share a house with Moses, and grace will not share the throne with the law.
  1. The new covenant of grace works by faith. We cannot mix the old with the new.
    1. No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles (Mark 2:21, 22).
      1. We cannot be “sinners saved by grace.” A person is either a sinner or saved by grace. If we are saved, we are saints.
      2. We cannot mix the new covenant with the old and expect to get results.
    2. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4).
      1. No one who is sick, depressed, or in trouble wants to hear that Christ has no effect in their lives.
      2. Holding on to the law produces the curse, but favor is higher than the law.
      3. God wants to heal us right now. Our capacity to receive from Him is far less than His desire and ability to bless us.
    3. Jesus is God’s will in action. During His ministry He had not died yet, so the people He healed were still sinners. They were healed simply because they believed.
      1. 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 (Matthew 8:16).
      2. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all (Matthew 12:15).
      3. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all (Luke 6:19).
    4. 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).
      1. Sometimes demonic oppression keeps people sick. All we need is faith in Jesus to be healed; no drama is needed.

Scripture References

Genesis 2:16, 17

Hebrews 8:8-10, 13, AMPC

1 Corinthians 15:56

1 Timothy 1:9

Romans 5:20

Mark 2:21, 22

Exodus 19:8

Exodus 32:4

2 Corinthians 3:7

Deuteronomy 28:21, 22, 27, 28

Galatians 3:12-14

Hebrews 8:6-13

Galatians 5:4

Matthew 8:16

Matthew 12:15

Luke 6:19

Acts 10:38

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