The two walk through the warmth of summer grass. Mathitis, the younger of the two, has just experienced a tragedy, and now seeks truth. The story unfolds…
Aletheia: What does Satan do?
I am a believer, I know this; “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,” John 10:10
Aletheia: That is right Mathitis, the enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy. And why did Jesus come?
Well sir, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,” the same verse. And while I’m on this, “the Son of man is come to seek and to save,” in Luke 19:10
Aletheia: Good; Jesus has come to give, seek, and save. Now I have another question, did Satan come to restore, save, and bring life?
Mathitis: Now I suppose he did not, quite the opposite, in fact.
Aletheia: That’s correct my brother, and one more item of trivia, but in the reverse; did Jesus come to steal, kill, and destroy?
Mathitis: Here again, I suppose quite the opposite! I understand that Jesus had come not to steal, but give, not to take life, but to give life, not to destroy, but to restore!
Aletheia: So to your question, brother; of the will of God, is it sickness?
Mathitis: I recall, my friend, in Luke 10:9, Jesus instructing us to heal the sick, and tell those same people that the kingdom has then come near. Am I right to understand that the kingdom of God is healing?
Aletheia: It is the safest to say so, brother; for when did Jesus put his hands on someone and not bring restoration and life?
Mathitis: Good sir! The Lord Jesus conveyed many miracles, and saw the dead raise! Was he in the will of God?
Brother, you have asked a trenchant question! Indeed, as a fellow brother Dan Mohler has said, Jesus is the will of God revealed; the word became flesh, as John 6:38
describes, to do the will of God; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Mathitis: So God brings life, not death?
Most wise man, you have observed well; Acts 3:15
described the Son as the Author of life, and Hebrews 2:14
speaks of “the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.”
Mathitis: But what of the evil people? What of the sinners? Do they not deserve death?
Aletheia: What pride your tongue is finding! Here, and who are you? in 2 Peter 3:9, God reveals his will “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” I would ask you Mathitis, how many people does God desire to perish?
Mathitis: I can see this to be none.
Aletheia: Very good. And what causes us to perish?
Mathitis: The wages of sin is death, I know this.
Aletheia: And so is it God either willing for or causing us to die?
Mathitis: No sir.
Aletheia: Then we have our answer. Sin brings death, sin makes us sick, God brings life, God heals us; do not get the two confused.
Mathitis: What a very simple and obvious truth? From where does the controversy about this come?
Aletheia: I have found it a dangerous thing for people to build doctrine to suit their experience. Satan is the destroyer, Jesus is the life bringer; I say again, do not confuse the two.
Mathitis: But sir, what particularly of sickness (of which I asked)?
Aletheia: My friend, I would ask back, where does sickness come from?
Mathitis: Does sickness not come from God himself?
Aletheia: No my friend, you have been misled. God does not cause sickness. When God made man in his image, was sickness part of the plan?
Mathitis: I figure brother, considering we were made in God’s image, and I suppose that God is not subject to sickness, so we, in his image, are not subject either, through Christ; sickness comes not from God, but every good and perfect gift comes from the Father, and sickness is neither good nor perfect! God does not cause sickness, Satan the accuser and sin causes sickness!
Aletheia: You understand; if God made sickness, Jesus would have been going against the Father by healing it, and this cannot be. No: disease is from Satan.
Mathitis: But could God not cause things that are not of Him, or allow things not of Him, in order to do His will?
Aletheia: Brother, you have contradicted yourself; one cannot go against one’s own will to accomplish one’s will, or else one or the other is not truly one’s will. God would never cause sin, death, or sickness; He would never touch anything apart from Him, and furthermore He intensely hates it, and loves to work through us to destroy it. That is what sin is; anything apart from God’s will, and of course God cannot sin. He hates sin and everything that comes from it; death, sickness, and separation.
Mathitis: I see; God did not have any part of the process! If it was up to Him, we would be well. He did not cause it, or even allow it? Is this true?
Aletheia: It is most true, brother, because, as we have discussed, it is not His allowance and reign that brings sickness, but the kingdom of darkness.
Mathitis: So sir, I infer that you assert God does not only cause sickness, but also that it is His will to heal all sickness?
Aletheia: I will make no assertion, sir, but I will look on these things;
Mathitis: Tell them to me, so that I may learn!
Aletheia: I see here in Matthew 7, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Mathitis: And so?
Aletheia: If you ask your heavenly Father for healing, is it His will to give you sickness?
Mathitis: I understand now. By no means!
Aletheia: And how much more, my friend, will he bestow what he has already promised, for God is never unfaithful.
Mathitis: What now has God promised us?
We look again to the word, God commands and empowers us, under all the authority in heaven and on earth in the name of Jesus (Matthew 28:18), with the same power that rose him from the dead (Romans 8:11), to heal the sick, (Luke 10:9) raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons (Matthew 10:8), and do greater things than Jesus, speaking in new tongues; picking up serpents with their hands; drinking deadly poison without harm, and laying their hands on the sick, and seeing them recover (Mark 16:17
Mathitis: Amazing sir, that not only does God want to heal people through us, but also do many other great works! How unworthy we are, and how worthy He is!
Aletheia: It does not stop there, sir, the will of God for healing is overwhelmingly obvious and prevalent! We were instructed by Christ to pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, where God’s will is perfected, without the influence of sin. In heaven, death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore (Revelation 21:4); this is God’s will, God’s plan, to use heaven inside of you, to bring heaven onto the earth.
Mathitis: God’s plan for us is abundant life, of which sickness has no part!
Aletheia: Indeed, abundant beyond what no ear has heard, nor eye has seen, nor heart of man has imagined (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Mathitis: And sir!
Aletheia: Yes brother?
I see now, in the word God’s will in 2 Corinthians 5:18; “
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” God desires for us to be reconciled to Him, not sick, not broken, not distant; healed, restored, close, and desires furthermore that we would reconcile others to Him through healing and love. I have learned much, and my heart is at peace.
Aletheia: I am proud. And what did you learn today, friend?
Mathitis: I now know that God did not make my grandmother sick, that he did not want her to be sick, that he wanted to heal her. I now know that the enemy and sin’s enterprises are where disease and cancer comes from, and that Jesus came to destroy these works (1 John 3:8), and this is his will! I now know that I can be fully assured that when I am praying for healing (James 5:14-16, 3 John 1:2, 1 John 5:14), I am asking kingdom come! I don’t need to fear an angry, unfaithful God, but instead, I believe in a God that always wants to see us healed.
Aletheia: My friend, we should never be afraid. Never be afraid of God; He is your Father, and He is always good. You have no reason to doubt in fear of either of these things; fear God in reverence and love, but you need never fear His hand when you know His heart.
Mathitis: God loved my grandmother, He loves me, He loves you, and He loves everyone else I will ever meet. I want to spread this joy to others; I will stop seeing things how I want to see them from my experience out of fear, and let the Light of the World shine on how things really are: God’s plan to bring us closer to Him through powerful love, and unending grace.
Aletheia: Sickness always comes from the kingdom of darkness, and in God there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). I am glad your grandmother is finally at peace; God works out all things to the good of those who love Him. God did not take your grandmother’s life.
Mathitis: I do not understand sir, how can any man refuse to see what is so obviously the will of God?
Aletheia: Brother, people live in fear, fear blinds.
Mathitis: Thank you. I see now, brother; love doesn’t take, love gives.
By now, it was long past time for lunch, and the friends had finally found themselves back home, where they rested in knowing that Mathitis’ grandmother, and they themselves, are loved by the Father of Lights.