Kenneth Copeland - Receive Your Healing and Be Made Whole
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We're going to take our medicine today in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Let's go to Isaiah 53. "Who hath believed our report and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed"? Now, this is the prophet Isaiah. "For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant and as a root out of a dry ground. He hath no form nor comeliness and when we shall see him, there's no beauty that we should desire him". I had a vision and saw him just for a moment and it was a faith vision. I was preaching in Little Rock, Arkansas for Happy and Jeanne Caldwell. I woke up at four o'clock that morning, just wide awake, and I didn't raise up in the bed. I just did like that and there was Jesus right between the posts of that bed. He had this big tray of cookies with a frown on his face.
I thought, He said, "Have a cookie". "Okay". "No, your response is, 'I believe I will. I take it. I have it. I praise you for it. And I forgive.'" And He was gone. Well then just then my spirit came up in my mind then. I mean I saw him just for a fleeting second. Then I saw myself in a party and then somebody walked up there and said, "Brother Copeland, have a cookie". I said, "No, thank you. I have one". Where is it? Can you see what He was teaching me? I took it. I already have one. Thank you very much. He gave me the six I's of faith and it covers the spirit, the soul, and the body in faith. "I believe. I will. That's my soul. I take it. I have it. I thank You for it. I forgive". The six I's of faith. Now, here we are. "He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows". The Hebrew word there is pain. So you might want to make a note of that. "And acquainted with grief". The Hebrew word there is disease.
Now, I want to read that to you from the Classic Amplified in Verse 3. "He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a man of sorrows and pains, acquainted with grief and sickness. Like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised and we did not appreciate his worth or have any esteem for him. Surely He has borne our griefs, sicknesses, weaknesses, distresses, and carried our sorrows and pains of punishment. Yet we ignorantly considered him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God as if leprosy. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our needful to obtain peace and wellbeing for us was upon him, and with the stripes that wounded him, we are healed and made whole". I wanted to get that to you. Healed and made whole.
Now, let's go back to the King James and I'll show you something then in the ninth verse. "And made his grave with the wicked and with the rich in his death". My cross-reference number one says deaths, plural. That's correct. The curse is threefold: spiritual death which is separation from God, sickness and disease, and poverty. The blessing is threefold. Spiritual life. He's given us life the moment you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Healing and good health and prosperity. Prosperity of the body and the physical life, prosperity of the mind, the will, and the emotions, and prosperity in your spirit being. Glory to God. You can continue to train and develop your born-again human spirit. I wish we had time. We'd get over into that, but the first thing of that is put the Word of God first place in your life and then understand the need for corresponding action.
Now in the King James, it just uses the word works, but in the Weymouth Translation of the New Testament, and it was out of print for many years, but our ministry put it back into print. It is excellent and if you'd like to have it, just contact KCM and we have them. It's Kenneth Copeland Publications. Instead of works, it uses the word corresponding action, action that corresponds to your faith. The Lord said through him, "You show me your faith, I'll show you my action corresponding to what you believe". Now, let's go back to this. "Yet it please the Lord to bruise him. He hath put him to grief and when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied".
Now, the eighth chapter of Matthew please. Look at that 12th verse. "The children of the kingdom shall be cast into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth and Jesus said unto the centurion..." Now, his name is Cornelius. You find that out in the 10th chapter of the Book of Acts. There was only one centurion there. He was a major officer in the Roman army and he was commander of that whole area and he was the crucifixion commander. He's the same one that built the synagogue in Capernaum that had the servant that was sick unto death. Now, Jesus is so easy. They told him about him. He said, "I'll come and heal him," and the centurion said, "No, I am not important enough for you to even come under my roof. I'm a soldier under authority. I tell a man to go and he goes. I tell one to come and he comes. I tell him to do this, do that. You speak the Word only and my servant will be healed". You remember Jesus' response? "I have not found such great faith in all of Israel".
How do you think that must have made his staff feel? Well they knew it. They understood it. "Go thy way as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee". It's done. "And when Jesus came into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother laid and sick of a fever". Dr. Luke called it a great fever. So she was sick unto death. This was something in the order of like typhoid or something like that, great fever. "He touched her hand and the fever left her. She arose and ministered unto them and when evening was come, they brought him many that were possessed with devils and He cast out the spirits with his Word and healed all that were sick". Now, look at it. "That it might be fulfilled that which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, 'Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses". He bore our sicknesses and there's no need for us to bear them. It's been fulfilled, folks. It's fulfilled. Amen.
"Well Brother Copeland, I believe it's passed away". Has faith passed away? It's fulfilled. How could it pass away when it's been fulfilled? That passed away doctrine passed away. Now, there's probably churches that preach that today, but I haven't been around them. Now, I heard a good man, outstanding man... It's an example I want you to hear because there's things that have come out of the curse of the law that should never been preached. He got all excited and said, "God will break your leg to prove to you He can heal it". Well that just kind of jumped out of his mouth, I'm quite sure, but it comes from spending too much time in something that's been preached incompletely.
So let's complete it today. Now, it's been fulfilled, right? So let's go over to the Book of Deuteronomy. The problem with this, people begin to preach the blessing and the curse of the law in this 28th chapter, but let me tell you it actually starts in the 27th and it goes in the 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th. Well I just got directions from the Lord. I've never preached it this way, but we're going to go to Chapter 30 and then back up because it really explains it here. Let's go to the 30th chapter and look at the 19th verse. "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you".
Now, look. "That I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore, you choose life that both you and your seed may live, that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave to him. For He is thy life and the length of your days that you may dwell in the land and the Lord swear unto the fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give them". He did all of this to demonstrate to them, "I've placed before you, life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose life, you dummy. You don't want any of that cursing". He wasn't out to curse anybody. But people take little bits of that and say, "See there. He'll give you fever. He'll give you the flu. He'll give you the consumption". No, no, no, no, no. That was under the curse. This was before the blood of Jesus. This is only the covenant of circumcision. It hadn't been fulfilled. This is preparing that.
I'll show you now. Let's go to the 27th chapter, verse 9. "Moses and the priests, the Levites, spoke unto all Israel saying, 'Take heed and hearken, O Israel. This day thou art become the people of the Lord thy God.'" They'd had a covenant with him for years, but they had been away for 400 years. In my aviation term, they had to have recurrent training. They had to have a simulator and that's what this was so they could see a demonstration. Notice this. "Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the Lord thy God and do his commandments and his statutes which I command this day. And Moses charged the people the same day saying, 'These shall stand upon Mount Gerizim to bless the people when you are come over Jordan. Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin.'"
Well Jesus is of the tribe of Judah so that's where we are. We're on the blessed side. Did you notice that? Hallelujah. Knowing that Jesus would be of the tribe of Judah, David is of the tribe of Judah. The apostle Paul is of the tribe of Benjamin. So he's on that side. "These shall stand upon Mount Ebal to curse, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, Naphtali". Now, two different mountains. What is it now? Gerizim is the blessing mountain. Ebal is the cursed mountain. All right. Let's look at a picture of it. There they are. Look at the blessing mountain. Look at the cursed mountain. It's bald. Check it out. It's mostly alkaline. Nothing grows on it. Look at Gerizim. See the difference in the two mountains? They were all down there where Shechem is now. They were all in the middle there and so Moses had... We're talking about a couple million people here. They can make a lot of noise. This was show-and-tell, responsive shouting. The Levites would say it and they'd say, "Yes, amen". Then they'd bless and, "Yes, amen". They'd curse. "Yes, amen". Bless, "Yes, amen".
Now, you can read the 28th chapter and understand what was happening. So let's turn over there then. No, wait a minute. There was something else I wanted to do here. I want to go to the place... Now, Jesus, third chapter of Galatians, was made a curse for us. I'll show you the type of that in Joshua 8, the fifth book of the first covenant. Verse 23, "The king of Ai they took alive and brought him to Joshua". Verse 25, "And all that fell that day, both men and women, were 12,000 even all the men of Ai". Verse 27, "Only the cattle and the spoil of the city Israel took for a prey unto themselves according to the Word of the Lord which He commanded Joshua. Joshua burnt Ai and made it a heap forever, even a desolation unto this day. And the king of Ai, he hanged on a tree until eventide and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcass down from the tree and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city and raise there upon a great heap of stones to remaineth to this day".
Now, come down to the 33rd verse. "And all Israel and their elders and officers and their judges stood on this side of the ark and on that side and the priests and the Levites which bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, as well the stranger as he was born of them. Half of them over against Mount Gerizim and half of them over against Mount Ebal as Moses and the servant of the Lord commanded before that they shall bless the people of Israel. And after he read all the words of this law, the blessings and the cursings, all that is written in the book of the law. There was not a word of all Moses commanded which Joshua read before all the congregation of Israel with the women and the little ones and the strangers were conversant among them". That's the type of Jesus hanging on the tree. So let's go to the third chapter of the Book of Galatians please.
Now, if there ever was a faith book, it's this little letter to the church at Galatia. The third chapter. Look how many times faith is used in there. The second verse, "This only would I learn of you, received ye the spirit of the works of the law or by hearing of faith? So foolish having begun in the spirit and you're now made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain"? Verse 5, "He therefore that ministers you the spirit and worketh miracles among you, does he do it by works of the law or by the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him to righteousness. Now you therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached", the scripture preached. You see that? "The scripture preached before the gospel unto Abraham saying, 'In thee shall all nations be blessed.'" That's the gospel. "So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as of the works of the law are under the curse".
Now, you know what he's talking about. That goes to that. That's what that refers to. And you go on. Now, come on down. "And the law is not of faith, but the man that does them shall live 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 a tree". And now, you see the king of Ai hanging on that tree. And they stood up there and did it again, one on one mountain and one on the other, half of the tribes, impressing these people, keep what God said. Do what He said. You don't want to be over there on that old alkaline, old beat up old mountain where nothing grows. You want to be over here on this wonderful mountain where it's lush. Amen. And you ask Christians today, "What did Jesus redeem us from"? "Ugh, sin, I guess". Well yeah. No. He redeemed us from the curse of the law.