by E.W. Kenyon
“Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” Matthew 8:17.
We have come to believe that it is just as wrong for a believer to bear his sickness when Jesus bore it, as it is for him to bear his sins when Christ bore them. We have no right to live in sin and to bear those hateful habits that make life a curse, because Christ bore them. It was wrong for Him to bear them if we are going to bear them too. It is wrong for us to have sickness and disease in our bodies when God laid those diseases on Jesus. He became sick with our diseases, that we might be healed.
What God Has Declared
Here is the foundation for faith, the Living Word of God. What God says, is. What man says, may be. What God says is never “maybe”; it is always made good. God’s Word is a part of Himself, just as your word is a part of you. What you say reveals the real “you.” People come to trust in the “you” in your voice. Your voice and your words are “you.”
Jesus was God’s Voice. What Jesus said, the Father said. Jesus was the Logos, the Word of God. When you read what Jesus said, or you hear it read, you are hearing God, you are hearing the Living Word. God is in back of what He has Spoken. The Throne of God is in back of what He has Spoken. God’s Character and Jesus’ character are involved in what the Father or Jesus has Spoken. So when He says, “Surely He hath borne our sicknesses and carried our diseases, Yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” we know that our diseases were laid on Him.
When He climaxes that statement with, “By His stripes we are healed,” we know that we are healed. It is a problem of the integrity of the Word.
“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his on way; and Jehovah hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5.
This solves the sin problem.
“But now once at the end of the ages hath he been manifested to put away sin by the Sacrifice of Himself.” Hebrews 9:26
The sin problem is a settled problem because God said it was settled. Disease and sickness are settled because God said that He had settled them.
He bore the diseases.
God said, “By His stripes ye were healed” so that ends the discussion. He said the issue was closed. The diseases have been put away, so sickness and disease shall not lord it over you. He said, “Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a New Creation.” That is His declaration. That statement is a part of Himself. He says you are a New Creation. He says that you are His Son, born from Above. “That which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.” This is a statement of Fact.
Sin and disease are one. They cannot dominate the New Creation. You are not only His Son, but you are a joint-heir with Jesus. You are a joint receiver in all that Christ did and is. This shows how near you are to Him; “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” God is a part of what He said. In Christ, you are what He says you are.
You are a New Creation created in Christ. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus” — to the New Creation. What God says, is. If you are a New Creation, then there is no condemnation for you. If there is no condemnation, disease cannot Lord it over you.
When you know that, “By His stripes you are healed” and you know it as you know that two and two are four, the adversary will have no power over you. When you know the Power and Authority of the Name of Jesus and that you have a legal right to use it, and the adversary lays siege to you, you will not be filled with fear. You will simply laugh at him and say, “Satan, did you know you were whipped? Leave my body.” He will leave. God made Him sick with our sickness. He was afflicted with our diseases.
As to our sins, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” He dealt with man’s body, and with his soul, and spirit. He laid our iniquities and our diseases upon Jesus. He was stricken, smitten, and afflicted with our diseases and with our sins.
“Him, Who knew no sin, He made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21
He has already healed you.
In the Mind of the Father, you are healed. Jesus knows that He bore your diseases. How it must hurt Him to hear you talk about bearing them yourself. Learn to say: “I am healed because He did that work and satisfied the Supreme Court of the Universe.” That makes you free.
Sin shall not lord it over you because you are a New Creation. When were you healed? When Jesus defeated Satan and stripped him of his authority and arose you were healed. The promises that cover your case are of no value until you act upon them. Believing is acting upon the Word.
Our purpose in writing this was that people might see their deliverance in Christ from oppression and sickness, that they might see their complete redemption already purchased for them. We feel that if they were to read of the physical manifestations in others’ lives, they would unconsciously look to the other person’s healing and not see their own deliverance already accomplished. We want you to look to the Word for your healing.