Kenneth Copeland - The Power of the Name of Jesus To Heal
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Good morning everyone. Welcome to class. This is Monday morning, Kenneth Copeland Bible College. That still really gets to me. My name on a Bible. Come on. But good evening. Welcome to class. Glory to God. We are going to be talking about the importance of healing, I'm talking about divine healing, in anyone's life that's called into the ministry. Even if you're not called into the fivefold ministry, apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher. Just as a believer you are called into the healing ministry. And we won't start here this morning, but you remember the Great Commission, go into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature. Those that believe will be saved. Those that don't won't. Remember that? "In my name," he said. I mean, this is just before he left the earth and he didn't have a big smile on his face.
Let's turn there. The Lord changed direction is the first two seconds here. Mark and then hold your place in Matthew 10. We'll go back there. 16th chapter of Mark, verse 14. "Afterward he appeared unto the 11 as they said at meet". Now listen to this. "He upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart because they believe not them, which had seen him after he was arisen". He wasn't all this kind to them right now. These are words. These are final words right before he departed the earth. So would you say this is important? Anything Jesus says is important, but this is a commander in chief giving orders to those that are about to be sent out. Up to this point they are not apostles. They were disciples. An apostle just means a sent one, but when you're sent of God, it's extremely important. But notice here, they're about to see him go. And the angel said, "This same Jesus will return".
Then Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday," say it with me, "Today and tomorrow forever and ever and ever. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow and forever". Yesterday, today, and forever. So he's the same this morning as he was yesterday morning. And he'll be exactly the same tomorrow. He'll be just as good. Amen. And wonderful. But he hadn't changed his mind. Look at this now. And he said unto them, "Go into all the world and preach". Glory to God. I like it. "And preach the gospel, the good news, to every creature. He that believeth and his baptized shall be saved. He that believeth not shall be damned or condemned. These signs shall follow them apostles". No, prophets. That don't say no. These signs do follow them, if they're believers. "These signs shall follow them that believe". Here's the key, in my name. In my name.
Now he immediately delegated power of attorney to the believer. Power of attorney to use his name. That is a legal term. In my name shall they cast out devils. And don't you dare come to me and tell me that you pray and ask God to do something about the devil. That ended that right there. No, you do something about it. You're a believer and you have the name and now you have the authority. "They shall speak with new tongues". I heard a Spanish word. I didn't intend to say it, but I heard it anyway. Hallelujah. Thank You Lord. You'll not be like a little puppy that knows not how to pray. You'll not be like "You will not be helpless and unable to contact me," sayeth the Lord, "Because all you have to do is just yield to the Holy Spirit. Let me have your tongue and I will rise up on the inside of you and I will give you the utterance and I will hear it and I will answer it and it will come to pass," sayeth the Lord. Glory to God.
"Yeah, but Brother Copeland, I don't speak in tongues". Well that's your fault. "Well I'm just waiting for the Holy Spirit to speak through me". No, he doesn't do that. If he did it wouldn't be by faith. No. The Bible very clearly says he will give you utterance. He'll give you the utterance, but it is your tongue. This is the most unruly thing about any human being. But you have to learn to yield it to the Spirit of God. Easiest thing you ever did in your life. The problem that most Christians have with it is religious teaching and so forth or fear. "Well, I might say the wrong thing". What would be wrong about it, if God gave you the utterance? What would be wrong? "Well, I don't know. What if the devil gave me something"? Are you born again? Huh? What'd I just get through telling you about the devil? "No". What did Jesus just get through saying to you about the... you have authority over him. Shut him down. You say, "No devil... This is for me and I believe I receive it thank God and I'm going to do it right now. To please the Lord by faith. Amen".
Now notice, "They shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them". Now there have been people that have misread that and play with snakes. That's not what he's talking about. He's talking about that old serpent the devil. Devils and scorpions, that refers to evil spirits. Unclean devils that Jesus called them. Amen. Because it's in his name. Praise God. You know, amen is allowed in here. I know you get focused. You do need to breathe though. Now notice, "They shall take up". Who? The believer, "Shall take up serpents or evil spirits. If they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. That is your authority to lay hands on the sick". It's wonderful to have a special anointing. This is a special anointing. It is the anointing of Jesus. That anointing is in his name.
Jesus himself said, "It is the Father within me. He does the works". Well is the Father within you? Is the Father within you? If he's not, you need to accept Jesus right now as your Lord and savior. And I'll show you in a moment how simple that is to do. Glory to God. So remember now, our focus all this week and probably most of next week, I'm not certain and sure about that yet, but I have this for certain, that we're focusing on the absolute importance of teaching and preaching divine healing and divine health in any called ministry or just as a believer, as I've said before. And I really want to make a point of this. Jesus didn't set ministries against sickness and disease. He set the church against it. Now it's been said, I've heard it. I've had it said in my presence.
"Well Brother Copeland, we just preach the new birth". Well would you explain that to me? "Well, we lead people to salvation". Oh you're talking about getting people saved. "Yes. Amon" Well, I mean, if I had to make a choice, which I don't, well, let me rephrase that. I've made the choice to follow Jesus. The new birth is the most important of the two because that's eternal. This physical body is temporary, but this physical body is extremely important. Now I want to settle this with you right now and I'm going to read Romans 10 to you in the BLB, the Blue Letter Bible. All of you have that app, I suppose. How many don't? You do now. It's free, but you do need to support it financially. The blue letter Bible.
From the blue letter Bible, I'm going to read Romans 10 and I want to read you the definition of the Greek word sozo. Just to make this correct, let me read it out of the King James. The ninth verse, "If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus or the Jesus' Lord and shall believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shall be sozo, saved". Sozo, to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction. A, one from injury or peril, to save a suffering one from perishing, suffering from disease, to make well, to heal, restore to health, to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue, to save in the technical biblical sense, to deliver from the penalties of messianic judgment, to save from the evils, which obstruct the reception of the messianic delivery. That's what you and I received when we got saved.
I like to say it like this. That's what I received when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. My rescuer. He rescued me from the peril of death in hell. He rescued me from sickness and disease. He rescued me from poverty. He rescued me and gave me eternal residents forever and ever and ever and ever with him. Praise God. It's shouting time at KCBC this morning. Well I don't know what we're going to do the rest of the time. I mean, there's my whole message right there. No, I just opened it up. Now then, let's go over here to the 10th chapter of Matthew. And we'll put this up on the screen. I want you to see some things about it so you can just fix your eyes upon it. We'll read it in the King James and then we will go to the Classic Amplified. "When he, Jesus, had called unto him his 12 disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits to cast them out and to heal all manner of sickness".
Now look at that. When he had called unto him his 12 disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits to cast them out and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Go ahead. Next verse. "Now the names of the 12 apostles are these". They were disciples until that moment. Then they became apostles. And he names them. All of that he sent forth and commanded them saying, "Go not into the way of the Gentiles and into the city of the Samaritans enter ye not. But rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" and do what? Get them healed. Get them healed. Hallelujah.
So what just happened here? He ordained 12. What does ordination mean? To set apart. They were one way one day and another way the next. Suddenly they had been introduced into the ministry of Jesus. At that point, all they knew was he is a prophet. We know he's a rabbi. Now how did they know that? You could tell that by his clothes. He wore the clothes of a rabbi. When did he qualify to be a rabbi? Can anyone answer that for me? It's simple if you just think about it a little bit. Sorry. That's when he was baptized and ordained. But when he was 12 years old, he sat among the doctors of the law and they were astonished at him. Then he said, and I'm paraphrasing it, "Why'd you get so upset about looking for me for? Don't you know I have to be about my Father's business"?
So he never did deviate from that track. He became subject to Joseph and he just worked for his dad all the way up until he's 29 years old. Then according to Levitical status, at 30 years old, that's when he was baptized in the Jordan. And that's when he entered into His ministry. The moment he entered into his ministry, the Spirit of God sent him to the desert. What had to happen before anything else? Why was he called? Why did God sent him here in the flesh in the first place? To undo what Adam did. The Spirit of God sent him into the desert for six weeks to be tempted. And he settled the issue. Turn these stones into bread and eat. That was the first one.
Now since he wouldn't do that, that settled the Garden of Eden incident. But the devil kept pushing and pushing him. He tried him on three times and it was more than the devil could take. So he left him for a better time and it never did come. But he thought it did. And had the princes of this world known, they would have never crucified the Lord of glory. No, but they didn't know. They just thought they did. They fell in for a trap. Now listen to this, the death... now this is where, and those of you, as you particularly you go into an area and you begin to preach this, you'll get some flack out of it, but that's good. Amen. He had to go the whole route. The death of his body was not sufficient.
Now, I'm going to turn back here to Isaiah 53. And if you have a good cross reference Bible, it'll teach you something right here. Now, surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows or he bore our sicknesses and carried our pains. Yet we did esteem him stricken smitten of God and afflicted, but he was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. So forth. Now you come on down to the ninth verse, King James translation, do have a cross reference there. He made his grave with the wicked and with the rich in his death. Do you have that in your Bible? Do you have a cross reference there? It says deaths, plural. Not just his body, but also his Spirit. He had to get into hell and suffer there because he prophesied it for three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. And that's where he defeated Satan. And we're out of time. Well, praise God. Glory to God. Amen. We'll be back in just a moment.