Healing in the Atonement III
Atonement in the New Testament
by Tom Brown
We now direct our attention to the New Testament. First let us
look at the famous passage about the crucifixion of Christ.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our
sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our
transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was
upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isa 53:4-5,
The Amplified Bible translates the passage in Isaiah as
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses,
and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of
The Hebrew word for griefs is choliy. The word is
interpreted "disease" and "sickness" in Dt
7:15; 28:61; 1 Ki 17:17; II Kings 1:2; 8:8; II Chron 16:12;
21:15. This word does not mean grief in the sense of emotional
sadness. It means sickness, including physical sickness. It is
used by Saint Matthew to refer to sickness.
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet
Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our
diseases." (Matt 8:17)
The word sorrows is makob. It is rendered pain
in Job 14:22; 33:19. Usually pain is associated with
sickness. Matthew actually translates this word as diseases.
The point of this Greek study is to show that Jesus actually
took our infirmities and diseases at the same time he
was wounded for our transgressions, and was bruised for
our iniquities. Physical infirmities were taken as well as
Some have argued the words for borne and carried do
not mean borne and carried in the same sense as atonement.
However, Isaiah uses these same words in reference to sin.
"He will bear their iniquities" (Isa 53:11). The
word used is cabal, the same word used in borne
our griefs. Isaiah also mentions, "For he bore
the sin of many" (Isa 53:12). The word for bore is nasa,
the same word in carried our sorrows. Isaiah
uses exactly the same words for Christ who bore our sins
as he does for He who bore our sicknesses. How did Jesus
bear our iniquities if not in the atonement?
Isaiah chapter 53 is clearly a reference to the atonement of
Christ, and healing is included in the cures, which Christ
Did Jesus Take Our Infirmities?
A new argument Ive heard against healing in the
atonement comes from Hank Hanegraaff. He writes:
the healing mentioned in Isaiah 53:4 was fulfilled during
the healing ministry of Christbefore His atonement
on the cross!and consequently does not guarantee our
healing today. (Christianity in Crisis, page 252, Emphasis in
Hanegraaff assumes because Isaiah mentions the scripture in
reference to the healing ministry of Christ that it has no
reference to the atonement. He forgets that John the Baptist
called Jesus the Lamb of God before Jesus was sacrificed. Does
this mean Jesus was the Lamb during his earthly ministry?
Jesus is "the Lamb that was slain from the creation of
the world" (Rev 13:8). Jesus is considered in Gods
mind to have already been slain. If the atonement does not cover
anyone born before the actual, historical crucifixion, then there
is no salvation for anyone prior to the cross. Jesus
atonement covers everyone who has ever been born.
One question to Hank, "If during Jesus earthly ministry
He did not heal based on the atonement, then did He forgive
sinners based on the atonement?" He told the paralytic,
"Your sins are forgiven you." And then He said,
"Rise and walk." Jesus forgave and healed. Under what
basis did Jesus forgive and heal, if not on the atonement?
Besides, Matthew says, "He took up our infirmities and
carried our diseases." Whose infirmities and diseases did he
carry, "Ours" or "theirs"? He said OUR
diseases. "Our" means all of us. If our does
not mean us today, then who was Isaiah referring to when he said
He was wounded for our transgressions, he
was bruised for our iniquities? I would
hope our includes us today.
Hank Hanegraaff is grabbing for straws to build his doctrine.
A straw house will not stand.
Redeemed from the Curse
A wonderful faith-building scripture is Galatians 3:13:
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by
becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is
everyone who is hung on a tree."
Many know Christ redeemed them from sin but few know He
redeemed them from the curse of the law. Paul had in mind
the curse uttered at the top of Mount Ebal. Several curses were
included such as fever, inflammation, painful boils, sever and
lingering illnesses, diseases of Egypt, and every kind of
sickness not recorded in this Book of the Law. (see Deut 28)
Now if Christ redeemed you from the curses, then why should
you continue to carry them? No reason you should. Stand against
these curses based on your covenant right.
Read Deuteronomy chapter 28. You are redeemed from every curse
mentioned. Praise God!
Hank Hanegraaff tries to wreck your faith again. Concerning
the passage in Galatians 3:13 about Christ redeeming you from the
curse of the law, he writes:
When Paul refers to being redeemed from the
"curse" of the law, there is not even the slightest
possibility that he is referring to the "curses"
described in Deuteronomy 28. (IBID, page 251)
Is that right! Isnt that interesting. According
to Hank, Paul was not referring to even the "slightest
possibility" of "the curses described in Deuteronomy
28." If that is true, then Hank will have a hard time
explaining why Paul quoted from Deuteronomy 27 in this very
All who rely on observing the law are under a curse,
for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not
continue to do everything written in the Book of the
Law." (Gal 3:10)
Paul was quoting from the passage in Deuteronomy 27:26, which
is the last verse before chapter 28. How could Hank absolutely
know Paul was not referring to chapter 28 when in fact Paul
quotes from those same passages of scripture? Its clear
Hank does not have the "slightest possibility" of
knowing what Paul was referring to about the curse of the law.
Someone else might argue, "The curse of the Law is
singular, not plural such as curses." That is right.
The curse is the "pronouncement" of judgement for
disobeying the law. With the pronouncement come the actual
curses. If you are redeemed from the "curse" then you
are redeemed from the "curses" of the law as well.
Why Are Some Still Sick?
People often ask me, "If it is true that Jesus took our
infirmities, then why do some remain sick?"
I understand the difficulty people have with healing in the
atonement. The assumption is that if Jesus took our infirmities
then sickness should obviously disappear. Well, Jesus also
"bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die
to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been
healed" (1 Pet 2:24).
Jesus accomplished two important things on the cross: he bore
our infirmities and also our sins. The purpose of Him bearing our
sins is so that we might die to sins and live for
righteousness. Does everyone in the body of Christ "live
for righteousness"? We would hope so, but we know that not
everyone lives out the beautiful deliverance our Lord purchased
for us. The same is true of healing.
Healing is purchased along with salvation, but both need to be
worked out in our lives. We dont automatically walk in
either one of them. We need to persevere by faith until both
healing and righteousness is worked in us.
So to answer the question why some remain sick, I simply
answer it the same way I answer salvation: we must believe and
act out our faith. The answer will come!