NO PLAGUE

The present Coronavirus crisis has seen a focus upon Psalm 91 as a means of supernatural protection against plague and “the pestilence that walks in darkness.”

I have preached on this myself, seeking to give comfort to those anxious about the Coronavirus.

Yet the wonderful promises of Psalm 91 are not “whosoever will” verses.

The promises of immunity and protection from pestilence and plague in Psalm 91 are for those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High, not those who visit.

Such promises must be so much in our consciousness that they are fundamentally part of who we are. That doesn’t happen by quoting these verses in times of trouble but by saturating our hearts and minds with them continuously.

To live in the secret place of the Most High and abide under His shadow, you must continually speak that He is your refuge and fortress, your immunity from plague and evil. Psalm 91 must live in YOU, in order for you to live in the blessings of its verses.

There are a couple of New Testament verses that you must flood your spirit and mind with in order to put up a shield against sicknesses and viruses.

They are Romans 8:11 and 8:26.

I will leave it to T.J. McCrossan, whose awesome work on Bodily Healing And The Atonement has helped many find deliverance from sickness and disease,  to explain what these verses mean:

Since the very same Holy Spirit, who did all of Christ’s miracles and all of Paul’s miracles, is in the Church today with all His old-time power (dunamis), why should we not expect Him to heal the sick
today?

No wonder Paul declares (Romans 8:26), “The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities” [astheneiais – from G769 ασθενεια]. This Greek word astheneiais is the dative plural of astheneia, the commonest word
in the Greek language for “sickness”. But note well the word here translated “helpeth” (sunantilambanetai – from of the deponent verb sunantilambanomai, and comes from sun [G4862 συν], together with; anti [G473 αντι], against; and lambanō [G2983 λαμβανω], I take hold of. This word, therefore, means “to
take hold against together with”.

Thus, in Romans 8:26 we are told that the Holy Ghost takes hold against our sicknesses together with someone. With whom? Why, with ourselves, whenever we meet the needful conditions, the
conditions set forth in John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”.
Romans 8:26 teaches us that it is just as much the work of the Holy Spirit today “to take hold against our sicknesses” as it is to convict sinners of their sin.

Listen now to Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken [zōopoiesei] your mortal [thneta – G2349
θνητα] bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you”. This verb “will quicken” is zōopoiesei, the future, 3rd person singular of zōopoieo [G2227 – ζωοποιεω, and comes from zōe [G2222 – ζωη], life, and poieō [G4160 ποιεω], I make.

John Calvin, that superb Greek scholar, is therefore correct when he says of Romans 8:11, “The quickening of the mortal body here cannot refer to the resurrection of the saints, but must mean a giving of life to their bodies, while here upon earth, through the Spirit”. No real Greek scholar – one skilled in Greek grammar – can possibly come to any other conclusion.

Let us now read again Romans 8:11, “If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies {these bodies subject to death, but not dead} by his Spirit that dwelleth in you”.

The word for “quicken” here is zōopoiesei. This word comes from zōe [G2222 – ζωη], life, and poieō
[G4160 ποιεω], I make. Then it is the work of the Spirit “to make life”. Second Corinthians 3:6 says, “…for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life [zōopoiei]”.

Since it is the work of the Holy Spirit, as Paul assures us, to keep making life in these mortal bodies of ours, no wonder this apostle asserts (Romans 8:26), “The Spirit takes hold against our sicknesses
together with”.

This verse proves that, while it is the work of the Spirit to keep making life in our mortal bodies {bodies subject to sickness and death}, yet He will not do this blessed work unless we, God’s saints, do our part, and take hold together with Him.

What is our part? John 15:7 gives the explanation, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”. In other words, we must let the Holy Spirit control us in thought, word, and deed, and then He “will take hold against our sicknesses together with” ourselves {literal reading of Romans 8:26}. The result will be that He (the Holy Spirit) will keep making life {the exact meaning of zōopoieō} in these mortal bodies of ours.

Yes, praise God, all Christians should expect God to heal their bodies today, because the very same Holy Spirit who did all of Christ’s miracles (Acts 10:38) and all of Paul’s miracles (Romans 15:19) isstill in the Church as “the maker of life” (zōopoieō), and He is here “to take hold against our sicknesses together with” ourselves, as Romans 8:26 asserts. Hallelujah!

In essence, then, if we are conscious of the indwelling Holy Spirit flooding our bodies with life at every instance – and of His continual taking hold of us and overthrowing sickness that would attack us, how then can we succumb to any virus or disease?

Immunity is ours. Healing is our portion. But, although it is available to all, it is appropriated by those who labour diligently in the Word and who dwell in the secret place. In other words, if you want to walk in supernatural power and immunity, you cannot be a casual Christian.

The rest of faith is for those who dwell in the Presence, not those who visit occasionally.

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