Have any of you ever heard of a teaching called the “two-fold atonement”? Those who teach this claim that Jesus not only died for our sins but also for our sickness. They cite Isaiah 53:5 and claim that the word “healed” means physical healing and that those who believe will be healed physically. Is this so? Have a look at the following article; http://imrah.org/2008/03/and-he-healed-them-all.html
Before we examine verse 5, let’s take a look at the whole passage.
Isaiah 53:4-10 ESV
4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief;
Hmmm. I find it hard to believe that anyone who has even a fragment of biblical knowledge would consider this passage to include physical healing, however it is being taught so we must examine this teaching to eliminate all doubts as to what the above passage means.
Are transgressions and iniquities diseases in the physical sense? Let’s break this down and see if there is such a thing as “double atonement”.
The Hebrew word for transgressions is “pesha”. It means a “revolt” and can mean national, moral or religious.
The Hebrew word for “iniquities” is “awon”. It means “perversity” or moral evil.
The Hebrew word for “healed” in this instance is “rapa”. It means “to mend (by stitching”) or to cure. It can also mean to heal, physician or to make whole.
Hermeneutics teaches if a word has two or more meanings then we must look to the prevailing theme of the passage for the correct definition. The prevailing theme of this passage is our sin and God’s way of reconciling us to Him through the public humiliation, physical torture and death of His only begotten Son.
Let’s look at the rest of the chapter the author of the eisegetical article conveniently left out;
Isaiah 53: 10-12 KJV
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt 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. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Nowhere in the entire chapter does it even HINT that Jesus died and was resurrected for our physical healing. Let’s look at verse 5 in another translation and see what it says;
Isaiah 53:5 BBE
But it was for our sins he was wounded, and for our evil doings he was crushed: he took the punishment by which we have peace, and by his wounds we are made well.
The Bible in Basic English doesn’t even come close to saying that Christ died for our physical healing. Maybe the writer of the eisegetical article studies from the Benny Hinn Study Bible?
Did Jesus die on a cross for our physical healing as well as our spiritual healing? No….He didn’t. Let’s look at what Peter had to say in his second epistle.
1Peter 2:24-25 KJV
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
This was the very same Peter who witnessed many healings, including his own mother-in-law. He knew why Christ came to earth. He understood that Christ didn’t die on a cross for our physical diseases. Peter said and did foolish things…but would never teach that Jesus died for our physical healing.
Christ died for our sins….and disease is a direct result of sin. Christ healing while here on earth was really a “type” of what He would later accomplish on the cross. Taking away sickness was a “type” of Him taking away sin. It’s really that simple.
Jesus didn’t “heal them all” during His time on earth as the author erroneously teaches nor does He heal us all of our physical diseases today. What He did accomplish, for the elect, was heal us of our sinful depraved state and reconciled us once and for all to God the Father. Isn’t that enough?
Let’s examine a direct quote from the article;
“I have studied the ministry of Jesus and the ministry of His disciples, I have also analyzed their response to the sick and do you know what I found out? There was not one instance where either Jesus or His disciples asked God to heal the sick. I had written an article on this earlier, but I think I’ll explain it again. You can’t ask God for something He has already given. God has delegated each of us the authority to heal or in order to avoid controversy, let me put it this way…He has given you and me the authority to impart healing to the sick”.
Ah. So because Jesus and the Apostles (and select others) were given miraculous sign gifts that means we have them as well? I used to study Bjorn Borg, and I might have the same strokes, and believed I could win millions of dollars in prize money but Borg was on a completely different level with vastly different abilities. The same holds true for Jesus and His disciples. We may all believe…we just aren’t on the same level nor do we have the same abilities.
Here’s one last quote;
God has freely given us healing, and therefore it is wrong to ask Him to heal someone or ask Him why He won’t heal someone. Have you ever seen Jesus asking God to heal or pleading with God? Did Peter and John plead for healing in the above Scripture? No! They took authority and commanded. We are in command in this area of healing, friends. Stop all your pleading and go by Constitutional rights and exercise your authority over the works of the devil.
The above statement is WRONG on a multitude of levels. It’s wrong to pray for healing? Let’s see what James has to say;
James 5:13-16 (KJV)
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James, inspired by the Holy Spirit, says to pray and have the elders anoint the sick with oil; Sidharth inspired by his own agenda and only God knows what else says we shouldn’t and just “command” healing because we have authority over the works of the devil! I’ll take God’s Word over Sidharth and just keep on praying…..and believing.
This is the God mocking garbage that has crept into the Body of Christ. The entire “and He healed them all” article is nothing more then a heretic desperately pulling verses out of thin air in order to make his unbiblical agenda look “biblical”. It’s teachings like this, if not exposed, that will make it much easier for the antichrist to fool the masses.