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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Vision of the New Covenant, #15
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (8:21)
As time passes, the Christian Church is being led by the Spirit from the envisioned state to the actual, material restoration of all that was lost to the early Church, and finally to all that was lost to mankind. Each generation of Christians, from the days of the Protestant Reformers, has its own unique opportunity to place another brick in the wall that forever will surround the new Jerusalem.
The entire Scriptures contain the Divine plan for bringing into physical reality the restoration of all things, as spoken by the Hebrew Prophets.
When standing on the new covenant promises of sanctification of spirit, soul, and body we must keep in mind that in the coming Kingdom of God such perfection will be restored to the material realm. The Kingdom results in the doing of God's will in the earth as it is done in Heaven. The vision must become substance, otherwise the new Jerusalem is not actually holy. It is a city that is holy only by imputation (assigned righteousness). The perfection of it only is a concept in God's mind. There is no light, no good works, that can guide the nations of the earth.
The same principle holds true in physical healing. The Scripture states we already have been healed (I Peter 2:24). Many mental gymnastics take place as well-intentioned believers who are sick state they are healed. They believe this is the way to bring the Divine vision to reality.
If you are sick, you are sick, and it is no sin to be sick. How can you know you are healed until you first know you are sick?
God does not call the things that are as though they are; He calls the things that are not as though they are (Romans 4:17).
If you are sick do not state you are healed. Why should the Lord take His time to heal you if you already are healed?
The Kingdom of God is not a departure from reality.
Why should we go to the elders of the church and be prayed for if we already have been healed?
When we are sick we are to tell the Lord we are sick. We remind the Lord of His promise to heal all our afflictions, and then we place the matter in His nail-scarred hands. Every day we remind the Lord we are sick and in need of healing, and then we praise Him for the answer and for the wonderful blessings we already have received.
If we will let our requests be made known to God, and at the same time praise Him for His wonderful goodness to us, He finally will come to us and heal us. The writer has been healed several times and knows well the reality of Divine healing. He has promised to heal all our diseases!
Divine healing is another example of bringing the vision of Scripture into physical reality. The works were finished from the foundation of the world (Hebrews 4:3). Our healing was accomplished from the creation of the world. Now God is resting. We are to enter that finished work, that rest. When we do, we will have the glorious adventure and blessing of being made perfect in spirit, in soul, and in body. (from Fulfilling the Vision)