As a continuationist, I believe God is still in the healing business. I’ve known of several people who have experienced miraculous healings. And yet, I can name more people who have died from diseases than those who were healed. As a young Christian I was always confused by this. I heard many messages in which it was proclaimed that God has promised us healing so long as we will believe. Indeed, it’s often said that Christ’s atonement not only secured our salvation, but our healing as well. An appeal is made to Isaiah 53:4-5 which reads:
But he lifted up our illnesses, he carried our pain; even though we thought he was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. 5 He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed. (NET)
If Jesus’ atonement secured our healing just as it secured our salvation, and both can be received by faith, then why do so many who have received salvation by faith not receive healing? Is it because they lack faith? Is it because they have not prayed enough? Perhaps in some instances, but clearly not all.