Is Jesus Wanting to Heal the Soul of Each of Us?
The Lord Jesus Christ is the sovereign God/man, who is enthroned in heaven, having been given all authority in heaven and earth — a grant from God the Father.
As sovereign Lord over all, and being the wisdom and power of God, Jesus Christ is not “wanting.” This term misrepresents Christ and the perfection of His attributes. “Wanting” implies there is something lacking in either His eternal decree or in the execution of His decree, by way of His perfect providence.
First, we must emphasize that Jesus, the King of glory, is wanting nothing. Whatever He wills is ordered by His eternal good pleasure, and His will is never wanting. He is willing. He is able, and He accomplishes all things by the counsel of His will. He works all things together for good for those who love Him, and who are called, according to His purposes.
Second, does Jesus heal souls? If yes, what does that mean? The soul is the inner man. Each human being is a living soul, created by God. The first man was created in the image of God, being granted a physical body and a soul.
If a soul is to be healed, as it says in the Bible, then by way of implication, the soul has fallen into some malady. This malady is called, “sin,” which is each man’s nature and crimes against the Holy God. This began with the first man, and it has been the condition of every man since…except Jesus Christ.
Who can remedy man’s sinful nature, behavior, and daily practice? Jesus is the Savior of sinners. He Himself made atonement for sin. By His stripes, we are healed. The blood of the Cross is the remedy for man’s condition, he being dead in trespasses and sins. Thus, the healing is a full blown resurrection of the dead soul, by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, we must consider the extent of this healing, effectually applied by the Spirit of Christ. If someone would say, “Jesus heals each of us, “ He may be representing the truth, or he might be deceiving people. Pronouns are one way people are greatly derailed in their Bible interpretation.
The statement, “Jesus heals…,” is true. We have established that fact. The phrase in question is, “each of us.” Who is “us”? This needs clarification to ensure the statement is true, not false. Does Jesus heal the souls of every man, everywhere, and at all times? If yes, then “each of us” means all people, and if Jesus heals all people, then all people are healed, indeed. This is the position of the Unitarian-Universalist.
If “us” is a select group of people, it would include everyone within the definition of who is in the group. “Jesus heals each of us,” is actually not true for everyone, so this has to mean that “each of us” is everyone in that group. Who is the group? The answer is the elect of God, the bride of Christ, the Israel of God, the people of His own possession. By His stripes, this particular group is healed.
In conclusion, I present this question and the seemingly innocuous terms to show the danger of making blanket statements about biblical or theological truth. Terms are absolutely essential, and if there is any doubt about the meaning of what one says or writes, then they should be defined or explained to ensure others understand what you are communicating.
The tragic confusion between Reformed and Arminian theology is born from the employment of misused terms. “Grace” means one thing to Reformed Christians, and it means quite another thing to Arminians. “Predestination” means one thing to Reformed Christians, and it means quite another thing to Arminians. There are innumerable other terms that have shared use, but the meaning is always different.
The Reformed use of terms produces a God-centered theology, and the Arminian use of terms produces a man-centered theology. These theologies are diametrically opposed to one another. One of them is true, making the other false. It is a sad observation to see the great majority of people embracing false theology, and the reason they do is the wrong definition of terms, leading to a wrong interpretation of Bible, which produces wrong doctrine, hence, a wrong system of theology.
Our exhortation, today, is for every Christian to examine their theology. This includes the path that brought them to their theological conclusions. One day you might give a defense, “Lord, Lord, did we not tell the world that You heal each of us.” Only to hear the Lord reply, “Yes, you told the elect and the reprobate alike that I heal them because you were not clear in defining your terms. Why did you not tell them the truth?”
Hood River, Oregon
August 3, 2021