The Truth About Divine Healing - John G Lake
The following are articles 7 and 8 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, and 4, 5 and 6 are in the September issue, which you can access by visiting: https://healingrooms.com/ and scrolling to the bottom of the page, then click on Articles.
Article 7 – Jesus Created Miracles in Succoring Ill
Jesus not only healed the sick but performed a creative miracle on the man born blind. (John 9) Being born blind, it is self-evident the eyes were not a finished creation. Otherwise he would have seen. The narrative reveals that the man did not know Who Jesus was. Jesus did not make Himself known until after the miracle had been performed. Let us analyze the incident.
Jesus discovers the man born blind (verse 1). He spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle. Why? Because Jesus was a fundamentalist. The story of creation in Genesis says that “God made man of the dust of the ground.” Jesus, in finishing the creation of the eyes, adopted the same method. He stooped down, took up some dust, spat on it, and put it on the blind man. That is not healing. That is a work of creation.
In 2 Corinthians 12, it is said that in distributing the gifts of the Spirit to the members of the Church, one was given the “gifts of healing”, to another the “working of miracles.” Healing is the renewal of the body from diseased conditions. A miracle is in the creative order.
The case of the blind man was an exercise of creative authority, not the restoration of diseased tissue. The man was made whole.
The grouchers made their kick. The Pharisees examined the man and asked, “Who healed you?” He answered, “I know not.” Then they asked, “What do you think of him?” He replied, “He is a prophet.”
Later Jesus found him and said to him, “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” The man replied, “Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?” Jesus answered, “I that speak unto thee am He.”
The struggle of the centuries has been to free the soul of man from narrow interpretations. Jesus has sometimes been made to appear as a little bigot, sometimes as an impostor. The world is still waiting to see Him as He is. Jesus the magnificent, Jesus the spiritual giant, Jesus the compassionate, Jesus the dynamic—the wonder of the centuries.
Take the shackles off God.
Let Him have a chance to bless mankind without ecclesiastical limitations.
As a missionary, I have witnessed the healing of thousands of Africans. Thus was Christ’s love and compassion for a lost world revealed.
And thus the writer was assisted into the larger vision of a world-redeemer whose hand and heart are extended to God’s big world, and every man, saint and sinner, is invited to behold and love Him.
Article 8 – Are Jesus’ Healings Instant?
In one of the letters received from readers, this questions is asked, “Why are not all persons healed instantly—as Jesus healed?”
The writer of this letter is mistaken in thinking that Jesus always healed instantly. A case in point is the healing of the ten lepers: “as they went they were cleansed.” The healing virtue was administered. The healing process became evident later.
Again, Jesus laid His hands on a blind man, then inquired: “What do you see?” The man replied, “I see men as trees walking.” His sight was still imperfect. Then Jesus laid His hands on him the second time—“and he saw clearly."
Healing is by degree, based on two conditions. First, the degree of healing virtue administered. Second, the degree of faith that gives action and power to the virtue administered. “The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith.” (Hebrews 4:2)
It is clearly evident to students of divine healing that sometimes the Spirit of God is ministered to the sick person to a degree that he is manifestly supercharged with the Spirit. Just as a person holds a galvanic battery until the system is charged with electric force, yet no real and final healing takes place until something occurs that releases the faith of the individual; a flash of divine power is observed, a veritable explosion had taken place in the sick person, and the disease is destroyed.
The tangibility of the Spirit of God is the scientific secret of healing.
A diseased woman followed Jesus in a crowd. She knew the law of the Spirit, and had observed that it flowed from the person of Jesus and healed the sick. She was convinced it must also be present in His clothing. So she reasoned: “If I could but touch the hem of His garment, I would be made whole.” She did so. She was healed of a 12-year sickness that had baffled physicians and left her in poverty. (Matthew 9:20)
Jesus was aware that someone had been healed. He turned to ask who it was. Peter said: “See how the multitude is thronging and jostling You.” But Jesus answered: “Someone has touched Me for I perceive that virtue has gone out of Me.” Jesus was aware of the outflow. (Mark 5:25-34)
The woman was aware of the reception. The healing was a fact. Here faith and the power of God were apparent. It was a veritable chemical reaction. Healing always is.
I believe the reason people do not see the possibilities of divine healing is that they are not aware of its scientific aspects.
The grace and love of God in the soul opens the nature to God. The Spirit of God resounds as the sunlight and banishes darkness.