But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … gifts of healing. 1 Corinthians 12:7–9
So are there people who can simply choose to heal anyone, anywhere, at any time? As mentioned last week, the evidence is against this. There is no biblical basis for anyone permanently possessing any of these gifts, with the exception of tongues. Although some might have a more frequent manifestation of some of the spiritual gifts, there is nothing in Scripture that indicates someone could have a permanent gift of healing, which they could exercise at any time they choose. Therefore, you do not need to make special plans to go and see that self-acclaimed “healing evangelist.” Instead, you can “call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord … that you may be healed” (see James 5:14, 16). As believers, we are all channels through which the gift of healing might work.
What Do the Scriptures Say?
Some people say that the gift of healing is now being manifested through modern medical technology and that we should not look for supernatural healing to take place. The important matter when it comes to issues like this is, “What do the Scriptures say?” As far as I can see, the Bible says nothing about “the supernatural” being superseded by “the natural.” Medicine falls into the realm of the natural; the gift of healing is in the realm of the supernatural. Unfortunately, there are those in the church who seem to want to eliminate anything supernatural, but they do so in contradiction of the Scriptures rather than in agreement with them. Granted, medicine has made great strides since the days of Jesus and the apostles, but it is still a long way from eradicating sickness and disease. Although we thank God for modern medical technology, we recognize the ongoing need for divine intervention.
A Gift To Edify the People of God
Be assured that God is still supernaturally healing people. Although I have never been miraculously healed, I have seen people healed through a simple prayer. I personally know of two people who were instantly healed of terminal cancer One is still going strong after fifteen years! We thank God for the gift of healing. Like all of the gifts, it is given for the edification of the people of God.