Isaiah 53 and Physical Healing

Is physical healing included in the atonement of Jesus and is it for us all now?

Isaiah 53:1-12 NKJV

1  Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2  For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3  He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4  Surely He has borne (nasa) our griefs And carried (sabal) our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
6  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
8  He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9  And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
11  He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear (sabal) their iniquities.
12  Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore (nasa) the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
5  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

1 Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 

The verse here quoted by Peter was originally prophesied by the Prophet Isaiah concerning the Messiah. Notice it is past tense. Healing from God’s perspective is already available just like being forgiven and made righteous by the blood of Jesus. God has made a promise and given His word that by His stripes we are/were healed by the stripes/beating of Jesus.

The words used for “healed” each time was a word that was only used for physical healing.

In Hebrew it was: Rapha’ (raw-­‐faw’); Strongs #7495 (as in Jehovah-­‐Rapha) or raphah; a primitive root; properly, to mend (by stitching), i.e. (figuratively) to cure: KJV cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, X thoroughly, make whole.

Always used in reference to physical healing except once- there used in reference. to repairing the temple alter. (A physical restoration). In Greek it was: Iaomai (ee-­ah’-om-ahee); Strong’s #2390 below in Appendix A

How do we know that these two verses were referring to the same thing?

In Matthew 8:16-17  When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND BORE OUR SICKNESSES.”

Matthew, under divine inspiration, gave divine commentary that attributed the verse in Isaiah 53 to the physical healing of the people mentioned in Matthew 8:16‐17. This ties physical healing to the “Atonement scriptures” and the verse is again brought forth in 1 Peter 2:24, proving also that the verse applies to physical healing and not spiritual healing from sin alone.

If you would like a more detailed look at the meaning of Isaiah 53 then I can recommend:- 

It is full of detail and Godly wisdom. Dr. T. J. McCrossan, noted pastor, author, Bible teacher, and highly respected Greek and Hebrew scholar, taught Greek and Hebrew languages in the Manitoba University, Manitoba, Canada, before
entering the ministry.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s