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Wordwise Insight, Issue #067
March 14, 2010

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Is there a difference between healing by the gift of healing, and healing by faith?

WORDWISE HYMNS: My Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!

MORE ARTICLES: about Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ"; and an article on the subject of Cremation

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(Is There a Distinction?)

QUESTION: What is the difference between receiving healing through the gift of healing and through faith?

ANSWER: Thanks for the question, "AJ." I'll try to give you an answer based on my understanding of the Word of God. When you ask about the difference, I assume you're not talking about the difference in the result. Healing is healing, however it comes. But I think you're asking about the difference in the means.

When the Lord Jesus was on earth, healing power resided in Him (the gift of healing, if you like). In fact, He healed "all" who came to Him (Matt. 4:23; 8:16). This complete mastery over every disease, over demons and death was an authenticating sign that His claims about Himself and His overall teaching were true (Acts 2:22). As Nicodemus rightly put it, "No one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him" (Jn. 3:2).

Then, when the Lord Jesus ascended back into heaven, the apostles were given the task of building the church and continuing to preach God's message. To show that they had the same authority Christ had, they were given the ability to work various kinds of miracles (called "the signs of an apostle," II Cor 12:12). And when the demonized and diseased came to them, "they were all healed" (Acts 5:16, italics mine). Even the dead were raised, just as they had been through Christ (e.g. Acts 9:36-41).

These miraculous powers possessed by the apostles (including the gift of healing) authenticated them and their message, showing that they spoke with the authority of the risen, glorified Christ (Heb. 2:3-4). But once the inspired Word of God was given, the authenticating gifts were no longer needed. We have God's complete written message now. We can only believe it or reject it. No one has "the signs of an apostle" today. The apostles laid the...

To see the full article, click on The Gift of Healing and Faith.


Come and Pay Us a Visit!

In the spring I developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

A Special Feature
There is something unique about this blog that I don't believe has ever been done before. It contains what we could call a Hymn Almanac. If you want to know what happened in the history of hymn writing on any particular day, just click on the blog and you'll see!

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.


As we are nearing Easter, I thought it would be helpful to call your attention to a lengthy critique of Mel Gibson's much talked-about film, "The Passion of the Christ." When it first came out, many Christians promoted it. But not so much now, given Gibson's behaviour over the last several years. There are very serious problems with this film that need to be considered.

Recently, we attended the funeral of a godly Christian woman, and I was surprised to learn that her body had been cremated. There are some important biblical principles to consider on this subject. While each person must make up his or her own mind, I personally do not believe this is appropriate for Christians. See what you think.

A Critique of the Passion

Cremation--Is It Biblical?

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