Kenneth Copeland - Healing Comes By Teaching and Preaching The WORD
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Matthew 9:35. Now this is the ministry of Jesus, and Jesus went about all the cities and villages teaching. He did more teaching than anything else. In their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, healing every sickness and every disease among the people. There's his ministry. Why did he do so much teaching? Why did he do so much preaching? Because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, and this was the Word of God going forth and it was the Son of God doing the preaching. Glory to God. Go ye into all the world and preach. Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel, the good news to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.
Now don't let the word baptized throw you. There have been those that say you have to be baptized in water to be saved. There are three different kinds of baptisms. Of course, there is the baptism in the water. That won't save you. It is in my opinion necessary. It'll mark you. It has an effect on you that you go down a sinner and come up in the likeness of his burial and in the likeness of his resurrection. But then there is the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Then there is... Here's the one, being baptized... Go check out the Apostle Paul, being baptized into the body of Christ. Amen. That is an important baptism. The moment we accepted Jesus, we were immersed into the body. Amen. Thank You, Jesus.
All right. Those that believe will be saved. He that believeth not shall be damned or condemned. These signs shall follow them that believe. Are you a believer? Raise your hand if you're a believer. These signs should be following you. Not just me. These signs should be following you. Should be following you. They will not follow you if you don't exercise them. These signs shall follow them that believe. You remember in the 19th chapter of the book of Acts, when cloths and aprons would... he said that God did special miracles. Cloths and so forth. I have a question for you. Did that happen because he was an apostle? Did it happen because he was a preacher? It happened because he's a believer. It happened because he was a spirit-baptized believer. He said, I speak in tongues more than all of you. One translation says, more than all of you put together.
This is the responsibility of the born again believer. In my name they shall cast out devils. Are you doing that? You should be. They shall speak with new tongues. Are you doing that? Then you should be. God and his Word are one. This book is just as much God, as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. This is Holy Bible. This is his covenant promises. This is a blood book. Blood bought promises, shall then they which be of the faith are blessed with faithful Abraham, for as many of the works of the law under the curse for it is written, cursed is everyone that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them, but that no man is justified by the law on the side of God it is evident for the just shall live by faith. That's also spoken of in the book of Romans.
The law is not of faith, but the man that does them shall live in them. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law being made a curse for us. For it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on the 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. We have been redeemed from the curse of the law. You'll find that in the 27th and the 28th chapters of the book of Deuteronomy, don't just start with the 28th. The curse of the law is listed there, but you don't understand what's happening if you don't read the 27th chapter. So now what I was saying, at the same time that he bore our sins, he didn't just redeem us from sin. He redeemed us from the curse of the law in order that the blessing of Abraham or the blessing of the law might come on the Gentiles, that's you, that's me. Gentile just means someone without God. We're not Gentiles. We are grafted in Jews, because we are the seed of Abraham.
Let's go to the book of Luke, and Jesus in the 10th chapter of the book of Luke, ordained 70 more. After these things, the Lord appointed other 70 also, excuse me, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place where he himself would come. He appointed 70 more. Now notice verse 4, carrying neither purse nor scrip, nor shoes. Salute no man by the way. He did it again. He told his own disciples when he picked them, don't take clothes and money. Somebody said, they needed to be poor just like Jesus. When in the first place he wasn't poor. And they did not wear the same clothes for three and a half years. No, Jesus will explain this right here. And in the same house remain eating, drinking, such things as they give for the laborer is worthy of his hire. They went to work for him. Any man that can feed 20,000 people with two fish and some crackers, he can support you in a way. You'll find it really in the 8th chapter of Luke, you'll find out.
Well, let's turn over there. That's what we have to do is just back up here to that 8th chapter. And it came to pass afterward that he went throughout every city and village preaching and showing the glad tidings of the Kingdom of God, and the 12 were with him, not just the 12 and certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene out of whom with seven devils. Joanna, the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. So he ordained this 12 and notice what he said to them. In the 8th verse, into whatsoever city you enter and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. Heal the sick that are therein and say unto them, the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever city you enter and they receive you not, go your way and out of the streets of the same and say, even the very dust of your city, which cleaves to us, we do wipe off against you. Not withstanding be you sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
Verse 16, he that hears you heareth me. He that despises you, despises me. He that despises me, despises him that sent me. And the 70 returned again with joy saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through that name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning falling from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents. Oh, now he took care of that devil. Glory to God. I give you power to tread on the serpents and on scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you. Everybody he called and ordained to preach, he gave them power, he gave them authority in his name to cast out devils. Heal the sick. How do you and I heal the sick? We lay hands on them, in his name.
Now, I've been called a faith healer. This is not faith healing. And I'm not a healer. I just work here, but I know the healer and his spirit is alive and well on the inside of me. And that is the reason I'm alive and well at 85 years old, I am alive and well, and I've had a lot of opportunities not to be. Amen. Somebody asked Gloria one time, she said, "Well, are your children never sick"? She said, "Well, we have had a lot of opportunity to be sick, but we passed them by". We just took him at his Word. Just took him at his Word. Glory to God. Another area of healing is the prayer of agreement. But it has to be agreement and not the prayer of hoping. How do you come to that place of agreement? You meditate those scriptures in them. You don't start with where it says agreement. You go up to the first verse of that chapter and get the articles of the agreement. You can't have all against any. You're going to have to take authority because Jesus said... he said, again I say... it's evidently he taught this before and he was teaching it in his own home. He said, whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven. Whatever you lose on earth is loosed in heaven.
So there's some binding and losing. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst. We could say that in here this morning, but no, he said there am I in the midst. For what? To carry out the agreement. Praise God. Whatever that agreement is. Thank You, Jesus. Glory to God. Now, here is 70 more, healing. What did he say? Heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, the kingdom of God has come nigh unto you. Praise God. Heal the sick. Raise the dead, cast out devils, for freely you have received, freely give. Let's go to John 5. Actually, start with chapter 4, and look at the 34th verse. From 31, in the meanwhile his disciples prayed him saying, master eat. This is the woman at the well, you remember.
But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that you know not of. Therefore, said the disciples to one another, have any man brought him anything to eat? Jesus said unto them, my meat is to do the will of him that sent me and finish his work. The will of God was for him to teach, preach and heal because he said, I only say what I hear him say, I only do what I see him do. Jesus has never changed. God has never changed. So it's up to us to change. It is his will. So, then you go to the 5th chapter, 30th verse, I can of mine own self do nothing, as I hear, I judge and my judgment is just because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. Then you go to the 6th chapter 38th verse. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of him that sent me. Amen.
Healing is in the plan of redemption. It was borne, bought and paid for at the cross. It was bought and paid for in the pit of hell. He was manifested in the flesh in Bethlehem. He was made alive in the spirit, in the pit of hell itself. Peter brought that up, and when he preached concerning in the name of Jesus has made this man strong, and then he went ahead and talked about thou shall not leave my soul in hell. And people argue about that, well, it's still true whether you believe it or not. And it is worthy of your acceptance. Look at the 10th chapter of the book of Romans. We won't do it now. We don't have time, but you study it. The gospel of Jesus Christ is in the book of Romans. It is there. Healing... thank You, Jesus, comes... Healing always comes. It's like salvation. Salvation is there. Healing is there. Salvation is here. The same word, the same Greek word, sozo. In some places it's translated, save. In other places it's translated, heal. An excellent word that covers both, it'll bring you to soundness, wholeness.
Jesus said, daughter thy faith have made thee whole, sozo. Your faith has made you whole, that's the plan of God that you be whole, spirit, soul, body, financially, socially, in every way sound and made well. So, we've seen the plan. It is his plan because healing comes by teaching and preaching. Let's go to Romans 10, and here we see it again, that Jesus went into the deep. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved, sozo. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge or in other words, it's incorrect. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness have not submitted themselves under the righteousness of God. For Christ, the anointed one, is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes. Moses describes the righteousness, which is of the law, that the man which does those things shall live by them. But the righteousness, which is of faith speaks. Faith has something to say. On this wise, say not in thine heart who shall ascend into heaven that is to bring Christ down from above or here it is, who shall descend into the deep that is to bring Christ again from the dead.
Don't turn there, I'll just help you with it. In the book of Isaiah, in the great healing chapter, the 53rd, we see it there. The 52nd, 53rd, 54th chapters of Isaiah all deal with the same thing. Who has believed our report and to whom the arm of the Lord is revealed? He shall grow up before him as a tender plant and as a root out of dry ground. And he has no form or comeliness. And when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He has despised and rejected to men. A man of... says, sorrow that Hebrew word is pain. A man of pain and acquainted with sickness and disease and weakness. We hid as it were our faces from him. He was despised and we esteemed him not. Surely... this is sure thing. This is guaranteed. He had borne our sicknesses and carried our pains.
Well, of course, griefs and sorrows were there because he bore our shame. But specifically, he was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our Shalom was upon him. And with his stripes, we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray and have turned everyone to his own way. And the Lord have laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet, he opened not his mouth. He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people was he stricken. He made his grave with the wicked and with the rich in his death. I have a cross reference there that says plural, in his deaths.
In his deaths, the death of his body did not finish it. He stepped, he shouted with a loud voice, "my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?" Go to the 22nd Psalm and read it in the Classic Amplified. It begins, "why has thou forsaken me?" And then that 22nd Psalm is Jesus on the cross. Jesus said that you could find him in the Psalms. He said that while he was on the earth. Look it up for yourself. And I know he was referring to the 22nd Psalm. He was referring to the 8th and the 9th Psalm. He was referring to the 91st Psalm, but he latched onto that 22nd Psalm. And at the end of it in the 22nd Psalm, it begins, "why has thou forsaken me". And ends with, "it is finished". What was finished then? Not redemption. Not just his body. His spirit had to die. If you don't let him really die, then you can never let yourself really live.