What we can learn from the Healing Ministry of Jesus Part 3

We have been doing a series of articles in the Healing Ministry of Jesus, looking at some general principles we can learn from what the Gospels show us about this important part of His work.

We have seen that healing was not a ‘side issue’ in Jesus’ ministry, but was an important part of the work He did. He never sidelined it, or indicated that we in any way should do so; and as part of the commission He gave the church to spread the Gospel. He included a mandate to take healing to people.

We have seen how Jesus is the will of God in action. What He said and did shows the Father and His will for people, including for our day now.

We also examined the fact that whenever possible, Jesus ‘healed them all’. There were times when mass healings took place, and the Bible does not in any way indicate that there were some people whom ‘it was not God’s will to heal’ in those crowds, preventing them from receiving what we freely made available to all.

Let’s continue on our teachings, and look at some further principles:

4) Jesus ministry reveals PRINCIPLES about healing that are relevant and true today

This is an important point, because some people try to indicate that ‘things have changed now’. They try to imply that the principles of healing now are different and that the will of God now is different.

These are nothing more than unscriptural attempts to pull people away from Bible truth. The Bible itself does not in any way support these manmade theories.
The truth is that the Ministry of Jesus shows us principles of healing that are just as relevant and true about ‘how to receive’ and ‘the will of God concerning healing’ as they have ever been

The Gospel accounts of Healing:
The Holy Spirit, in the Gospels has given us a number of specific accounts of Healing in Jesus’ ministry. These are where we are given detail about the sick person and the events leading up to them coming into contact with Jesus and receiving healing.

Each of these reveals keys and principles that apply today. We can operate these principles now, because the Father is still doing it the same way now! These stories teach us principles – they each emphasis different principles, but we also see repetition of principles

Every healing in Jesus’ ministry can teach us truths about HOW God does things.

These accounts are not fictitious myths, they actually happened the way it says. These were real people who were sick, who came into contact with Jesus and left healed. They successful encounter with the Lord can teach us today about how to successfully receive from Him.

They teach YOU how to receive from God. Every one of these people left with results. You will find that your situation and need is categorised somewhere in these accounts

I am a firm believer that if you will do what they did, you can get what they got!

God did not just give us these Gospel accounts of healing for ‘nice Sunday school teachings’ for the kids. They are living examples of people who received results from Jesus, people we can look to and learn from to duplicate the principles they operated by to get results in our lives today too.

The Holy Spirit chose these specific accounts for a reason, there were more people healed in Jesus’ ministry, than these ones where we are given detail, but these cases were selected because individually and combined together they teach us.

They cover pretty much everything, how to receive healing and deliverance from God, different people in different situations and the necessary qualities they needed to receive.

They show Jesus’ responses to certain things (reflecting how God responds today). How Jesus got these people focused right, and in the position to receive

There are principles that govern the ministry of healing (just like there are principles which govern how other things work in life).


It’s not enough for us to know THAT God heals, we need to learn, through the Word, HOW He heals – the principles.

Some people think these are things we cannot know, but as you study this article, you will soon see that the Word of God does teach these things through the ministry of Jesus, and since God shows us these principles, it is clear that He WANTS us to know and understand them.

We fail because we don’t understand how to do things properly. We either don’t understand the principles, or we misapply them.

Sometimes we only understand PART of them and not the rest (& therefore get jumbled!)

Healing is NOT to be a ‘hit-and-miss’ situation. It is not a coincidence, mistake or chance. It is not to be a ‘mysterious’, unknown thing!

It’s something where if we understand the principles and operate them (apply them correctly), we’ll get the results promised in the Word.

God’s goal in your life is for you to get the results He shows in His Word, He wants you to experience the fullness of what He’s provided
One good place to learn these principles is to see them in operation in the life of someone who knew them and operated them successfully. We need to see an example of someone who was successful in the ministry of healing, and as we know Jesus is the best example we have of the healing ministry.

Jesus knew exactly what a person needed to hear in order to receive. He knew exactly what they needed to do, and He knew how to handle the person who needed healing.

We can also learn some important principles about the sick person themselves. How they approached the Lord, any adjustments they needed to make, and what they needed to do in order to receive healing.

Sometimes when we are trying to receive healing, there are things we’re doing that are hindering. Our focus (mind & thinking) is wrong which hinders results and blessings.

Sometimes we are doing or saying things incorrectly, or our believing is incorrect in an area and we are being hindered from receiving. God is saying, ‘Change so that My power can access your life’

There are people who don’t like to hear this. They want you to think that your receiving healing is ‘all up to God’ and that really there is nothing you can do or change that will affect it. The ministry of Jesus shows clearly that the person receiving healing DID play a part in whether they received or not.

Having a need alone is not enough to get God to move on your behalf. There are many people with needs all over the world. He desires to meet the needs, but the need alone is not what makes God move. There are hospitals full of people with needs.

What we want to understand is how do we get God to move to meet the need?

Just the need alone cannot activate His power without our cooperation. In order to activate His power WE need to bring ourselves into position to receive from Him so that He can help. (He wants to help!).

We see this truth in the life and ministry of Jesus. God is not withholding, but He knows the things in your life that are necessary to enable His power to work for you

That is why Jesus spoke of things like faith and believing. These affected whether the person received.

God desires you to receive healing, prosperity etc. In fact before you even had a need, God had sent Jesus to provide the supply! Now, WE need to come into position to receive.

These healing accounts teach us how to do that.

Jesus understood how to operate in God’s power (cooperate with it) and how to get it to man. These principles are taught in the Word. They are demonstrated in Jesus’ words and actions

If we learn & understand the principles taught in Jesus’ ministry, we’ll get the results that He got


They are eternal truths and apply today

Follow His plan & pattern and Get His kind of results!


5) When it comes to healing, there is a part that God does, and there is a part that we do:

Jesus ministry also reveals to us that there is a ‘God ward side’ and a ‘man ward side’ to healing.

In other words there is a part God’s plays in the healing and there is a part we play.

We don’t ‘make’ the healing happen with our works, but we have a part to play in the receiving of it, and often people do not understand how to do their part, and then the healing does not occur and they think God failed them.
This truth is so in other areas besides healing

Jesus died on the cross and purchased our salvation, but people today still have a part to play in RECEIVING Him into their lives. The same is so with healing.

There are also people who THINK they are doing their part correctly, so get offended when you try to tell them they are not, but we need to face the truth.

Humility is involved in walking with God, being humble enough to admit we need to change and adjust in areas. Pride holds to its position and resists correction, refusing to change and refusing to admit it needs to change. This is hindering a lot of people from receiving from God.

God has His part, we have ours. He is always faithful to do His part, but if we don’t do ours, we will not see results. We must find out our part and do it, and then results will follow

Many believe healing is all up to God. The Bible doesn’t teach this.

People have the idea that, ‘If it’s God’s will it will happen’ which is not so. This is not a mentality that the Bible supports; rather it is an idea man has come up with to explain some things away

Mark 9:17-27

:17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.
18 “And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”
:19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”
:20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
:21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.
:22 “And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”
:26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.”
:27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

Notice some important truths from this passage:
1) This man brought his son to Jesus’ disciples, who were unable to help the boy.
Here we see that the disciples were not able to get the boy healed. Many people at this point would blame God.

The amazing fact is that they had previously cast out demons and ministered to the sick, because Jesus had commissioned them to do so, which is why they were puzzled when they were unable to get results here.

Many times people fail to get results in an area, and in their confusion as to ‘why’ they begin to come up with theories, which are mostly not based upon the Word of God, but rather human reasoning.

One of the most popular of these theories is that ‘it is probably not God’s will to heal’ the person!

But notice in the account above, that by the end of the account, the boy is free and delivered! So we can see it clearly IS God’s will to minister to him, even though initially the disciples were not able to get him healed.

We cannot take our lack of results as more authoritative than the Word of God and come up with unscriptural theories to explain away our lack of results.

We need to go to the Bible and see what it has to say about the reasons we are not getting results.

In this passage Jesus answers them about why they couldn’t get results, and it had nothing to do with God or the will of God.
2) We see the man’s responsibility in receiving.

:22 “And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”


This man comes to Jesus and puts all the responsibility for results upon Him saying, ‘…if YOU can…’

Jesus immediately rephrases the man’s remark back to him and focuses on him, putting responsibility for results back onto the man, ‘If YOU can believe…’

There is a play on the Greek words in this passage, Jesus uses the man’s phrase back at him: ‘If you can…? If YOU can believe all things are possible…’

In other words Jesus says to the man, ‘It is not about what I can do but about what you can believe’
Here we see the human responsibility in receiving from God. Jesus is the Healer, but we have to receive His healing power.

There is a God ward side and a man ward side, we see this operating in the lives of those Jesus healed. We need to learn from this and do our part

Mark 6:5

:5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.
:6 And He marvelled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

Here Jesus is restricted from doing mighty works.

It says nothing about it not being God’s will to do mighty works.

It says nothing about God’s side at all. Instead it tells us exactly why Jesus could not do mighty works there: because of THEIR unbelief. The reason is given as being because of the people themselves that Jesus was trying to minister to.

Jesus was restricted because of the people’s response of unbelief

Hebrews 4:1 – 2

:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
‘..the message they heard did them no good’ TCNT
‘..failed to benefit them…’ Weymouth
‘…was of no use to them…’ Moffatt’s translation


This passage in Hebrews shows that the Word preached will not profit (benefit) a person when it is not mixed with faith.

There are people who argue with this truth, but you will find it repeated over and over in the Word of God and we need to decide whether we believe the Bible or whether our opinion is more important.

It is possible for God’s Word not to benefit a person until they fulfil their responsibility?

This passage in Hebrews says so.

Let’s see this same truth in connection to receiving something else from God:

James 1:5-7

:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
:7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;


This passage is very clear and leaves no room for uncertainty.

This person is to ask God for wisdom.
Then verse 6 adds a very specific ‘BUT’
‘… BUT let him ask in faith…’ indicating that if he does not ask in faith he will not get results.
Verse 7 brings this out, saying don’t even think you are going to get results if you are in the wrong condition of not being in faith.
Does our faith play a part in receiving from God?

Certainly it does, and we will see this over and over again in the Word of God.

Faith is ‘our side’ of the healing. It is what we need to do in order to receive what God is giving.
On our website there is a list of the Gospel accounts of Healings, and next to a number of them there is a (F) which indicates those healing accounts where the Bible specifically teaches that that persons faith was involved in them receiving healing.

It is true that not all the healing accounts show faith as being a factor, and in other teachings on our website we will deal with this
Jesus placed an emphasis on people’s faith in the area of healing; not the will of God, not the power of God, but their faith. Again people argue with this, but the Bible speaks for itself.

God’s will is already made clear in Jesus that He does heal people. God’s power is given to back that up, but when people are not receiving the Bible pin points faith.
Many are sick because they don’t know they have a part to play.
They think it’s all God so they are waiting.
There are people who don’t like this, and will argue with this truth, because people like to believe it is all up to God (because that leaves us no responsibility) but a study of Jesus’ ministry will show clearly that the people he ministered to played a part in whether they received or not.

We can argue with this Bible truth or we can humble ourselves and realise we have a responsibility in the receiving of healing, learn our responsibility and make sure we are doing it!

Matthew 9:27-31

:27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
:28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
:29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”
:30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.”
:31 But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.


We see this same principle taught here with these blind men who received their sight under Jesus healing ministry.

They came to Him crying out for mercy, but Jesus did not just turn and heal them. He had a question for them first: Do you believe?
Let me ask you: Do you think this question is important?
Is it an issue?

If it is not an issue, then why did Jesus ask it?
Some people would teach that your believing has nothing to do with your healing, but then I wonder why Jesus put emphasis on their believing before ministering to them!

Again we cannot just make up our doctrine on this subject based upon what we like the sound of, we must be interested in and open to Bible truth.

Jesus knew exactly what He was talking about and exactly what He was doing. He knew fully that their believing had EVERYTHING to do with them receiving, which is why He focused in on it before ministering to them.
Jesus’ response to the answer proves this:

They say, ‘yes’, then Jesus makes another statement: According to your faith (belief) be it unto you’.

In other words, because you believe you will receive.

They got what they believed; they received in line with their faith on the issue.
What if they had said to Jesus, ‘well no we don’t believe, we were just kind of hoping you would do it for us…’

Or what if they had said, ‘we don’t really know what we believe, we thought we would see if you heal us then decide if we believe…’

If they had said anything like this, then based upon what Jesus said, they would have received nothing. Jesus said their belief was an issue, so if there had been no belief or the wrong belief there, then that would have determined what they got – nothing!

Jesus is the Healer, but we are to have faith in Him for that healing. This is clear in the Word of God. We need to understand Bible faith and how the Bible shows we must operate in faith in relation to God.


This article is Part 3 in the series:
‘What we can learn from the Healing Ministry of Jesus’

Part 1

Part 2


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About Owen Walton

Owen is a full time Minister and runs Exceeding Faith Ministries, which is an itinerant teaching Ministry. His desire is to help Christians understand the Bible and get established in biblical truths.