In his book, True Spirituality, Francis Schaeffer, the renowned missionary and author, wrote of the confidence that people can find “substantial healing” through union with Christ. What can this mean in a context where all people, without exception, remain “appointed to die”, i.e. where the curse of death has not been lifted?
While we are tempered by the continuing reality of sin and death, we are to be a people driven by God’s promises. Second Peter 1:4 (NIV) declares that it is through God’s promises that we “participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” Notice that it does not say “reception of God’s promises”, but simply “promises”. While “promises” may be signifying that which is promised, nonetheless the emphasis is still on expectation, not fruition. We are people compelled by a promise – to trust. And trust in God, while it sometimes confounds, will not disappoint in the end. So, it is in the same vein that we seek substantial personal healing in this life – physical healing as a testimony of God’s power given as He chooses, and spiritual healing that is real and substantial. So the church is merely a collection of folks who are driven by the hope of substantial healing (in this life and beyond) and who are delighted by the confirmations all around us that this hope is surely not in vain. Continue reading The Church and Substantial Healing