The Truth About Divine Healing - John G Lake
The following are articles 4, 5 and 6 taken from a series of 24 written by John G Lake that appeared in the newspaper “Sacramento Union,” Sacramento, California, July and August, 1927. These are taken from the book shown above, John G Lake - His Life His Sermons His Boldness of Faith, The Truth About Divine Healing, pages 356-357. (Articles 1,2 and 3 are in the August issue of the Journal of Healing, which you can access by visiting https://healingrooms.com/ and scrolling to the bottom of the page, then click on Articles.
Article 4 –Is Healing By Process on Instantaneous?
God does not always heal instantaneously.
Jesus’ miracles of healing were not always instantaneous.
Healing takes place by process as well as instantly. Recall when Jesus prayed for the blind man, and asked, “What do you see?” The blind man answered, “I see men as trees, walking.” Then Jesus ministered to him the second time, and he saw clearly (Mark 8:22-26).
Let us reason. A tubercular person is consumed of the disease. Healing may come at once, or it may come over a period of time. The returning weight and fullness of health is the evidence that the healing is real.
Jesus in cursing the fig tree, did not kill it instantly. It “dried up from the roots.” The death stroke dealt the tree by Jesus was effectual and complete. He struck the root. The leaves withered by process (Matthew 21:19).
At one time I was a rheumatic cripple. When healing came to me on a wave of divine power, my pains departed gradually. I was well in five days. This is healing by process.
Later, I was stricken with blindness and was healed instantly when Mrs. Robert Brown of Glad Tidings Mission of New York prayed for me.
There we have the two forms of healing. In one, the disease is stricken at the roots and its evidences in the body wither by process, for the source of its being has been destroyed.
In the instantaneous healings, the disease was expelled from the body by the divine power, root and branch, and the sick one becomes whole on the spot.
Under my ministry, healings of both types are constantly taking place. In some cases, 30 days pass from the time of prayer until the last evidence of disease has vanished. However, I believe instantaneous healings are in the majority.
Article 5 – Does God Always Heal?
In Him there is no darkness at all. Can darkness come out of light? Can sickness come out of health? Is death born of life?
The issue resolves itself into: “Of what is the redemption of Jesus Christ constituted? What existing powers does He promise to destroy?”
First, sin. When Christ’s redemption is completed, sin is gone. Through sin death entered into the world. Death entered through sin (Romans 5:12).
Sickness is insipient death—death in process.“He healed all that were oppressed of the devil” (Acts 10:38). In Luke 13, Jesus demanded His right to heal the woman bowed together with the spirit of infirmity 18 years as follows: "Ought not this woman whom Satan hath bound these 18 years be healed?” And overriding traditions of the Jews, He healed her then and there.
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26). “For this cause was the Son of God manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
Sin, sickness and death are doomed—doomed to death by the decree of Christ Jesus. Sin, sickness and death are the triumvirate of the devil; the triple curse.
Heaven is the absence of this triple curse—heaven is sinlessness, sicklessness and deathlessness. This is the ultimate of Christ’s redemption.
Jesus anticipated the world’s need. He commanded His power for the use of mankind, and invites us to help ourselves to His eternal quality and become thereby Sons of God.
Article 6 – The Love of Jesus Healed Sick
Take the shackles off God. Jesus did not heal the sick in order to coax them to be Christians. He healed because it was His nature to heal. The multitude surrounded him. His love gushed forth like an electric billow. “There went virtue out of Him, and healed them all” (Luke 6:19).
Some modern evangelists have degraded divine healing by making it a teaser to bring those desirous of healing under the sway of their ministry. Jesus healed both saint and sinner—to the dismay of His apostles, who had not yet grown to the soul-stature of Jesus.
They reported to Jesus: “We saw one casting out devils in thy name…and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.” Jesus replied, “Forbid him not, for no man can do a miracle in My Name and speak lightly of Me” (Mark 9:38-39).
He met a man at the pool of Bethesda, a paralytic. This man did not ask for healing. Jesus went to him and said: “Wilt thou be made whole?” Here Jesus is asking for the privilege of healing the sufferer. He healed him. His love compelled it.
Next day, Jesus met the healed man in the temple and said: “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee".
Jesus’ action is a perpetual rebuke to the priestcraft who endeavor to use the possibility of the individual’s healing as a means to force him into the Church.
The outgushing of His love for the world burst all bounds, and four times He healed multitudes. But some say: “This was Jesus. No apostle had such an experience.”
When Peter went down the street as the evening shadows fell; when his shadow reached across the street, “They brought the sick, that his shadow might overshadow them” (Acts 5:15). The clear inference is that they were healed (see Acts 5:16).
James, writing to the 12 tribes scattered abroad—not the little group of Jews constituting the kingdom of the Jews, but the whole body of the nation of Israel scattered throughout the world, both the ten-tribed kingdom and the two-tribed kingdom—shouts: “Is any sick among you, let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him”, not prepare him for death, but that he might be healed. “If he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him” (James 5:14-16).
Healing was the evidence of God’s forgiveness—heaven’s testimony that their sins were remembered no more.
Take the shackles off God. Enlarge our theologies to Christ’s standard, and the world will love and worship Him forever.