Question: In Isaiah 53:4 it says,
“Surely he (Christ) hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”
I was told that the word “griefs” in Hebrew means sicknesses, and “sorrows” means disease. Also, I was told that the healing is in the atonement; so, after I am a Christian, I won’t have any more sickness. Is this right?
Answer: So-called “faith healers” thrive on this verse, deceiving many people. It is true “griefs” means sickness, and “sorrows” means diseases. This prophecy only concerns the Lord Jesus Christ and the physical healings He would do prior to the cross, as evidence He was the Jewish Messiah. All the healings Christ performed fulfilled this prophecy as evidenced by Matthew 8:16,17.
“...they brought unto him (Christ) many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word and healed ALL that were sick: (16) That it might be FULFILLED which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bear our sicknesses.”
Now, in Isaiah 53:5 we have the healing that is in the atonement; His death on the cross and His Resurrection. This is spiritual healing, or salvation; not physical healing.
“But he (Christ) was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our inquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Peter makes this perfectly clear in 1 Peter 2:24,
“Who his own self BARE OUR OWN SINS in his (Christ’s) own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
The healing in the atonement is salvation; not physical healing.
I have personally challenged many so-called “faith healers” to go to the hospitals with me and heal all those little children that are sick. None have accepted, so far. Remember, they go to the doctor also when they get sick or need an operation!