“When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases” (Matthew 8:16 – 17).In the narrative above, Jesus is fulfilling the prophetic word of Isaiah in chapter 53:4, “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows….”
You will notice that there seems to be a discrepancy between Matthew’s wording and that of Isaiah. Matthew says that Jesus carried our ‘diseases.’ Isaiah states it is ‘sorrows.’ There is no contradiction here. The Hebrew word in Isaiah’s text means, “to feel pain” and can be translated literally or figuratively.The implication is profound: Christ went to the Cross to redeem us from all pain: spiritual, psychological, social, and physical. Sin wounds us spiritually, even unto death, but Jesus’ sacrifice has paid for the redemption of our sins. We may become ill, but Christ has redeemed us from all sickness and disease. If we are brokenhearted, we can be confident that the consolation of the Holy Spirit will be with us healing us of our emotional pain.
Consider the following:
The Greek word for salvation is soteria and the verb ‘save’ is sozo. It can be translated several different ways. For example, it can mean “to save, to deliver, to heal, or to make whole.” Moreover, the application goes beyond the spiritual including also, the social, physical, and even psychological. Moreover, ‘salvation’ can also be translated “deliverance from the harassment of an enemy.”
Biblical Examples of Salvation [Sozo]
- Forgiveness of Sin: In Romans 10:13 we see the spiritual application: “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
- Deliverance From Demons: “They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed” (Luke 8:36).
- Psychological Wholeness: In James 1:21, “receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” The word souls speaks of the psyche of man: emotions, mind, and will.
- Healing of Sickness and Disease: James 5:15 “The prayer of faith shall save [sozo] the sick.”
The Gospel delivers comprehensive salvation for spirit, soul, and body. Jesus instructed us to pray that we would be delivered from evil (Matthew 6:13). A study of the word ‘evil’ reveals the full scope of our salvation. In the New Testament language ‘evil’ is poneros and is a derivative of the word ponos meaning pain. And that word stems from the root word penes meaning poor. Consider the following: evil-sin, pain-sickness, poor-poverty. On the Cross, Jesus destroyed the power of sin, provided for healing of all kinds of sickness and disease, deliverance from demonic spirits, and made a way for us to walk in supernatural provision to escape poverty!
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