Monday, March 27, 2017

A Believer's Question

I am looking for your interpretation of James 5:14 anointing of the sick by an elder

Response from Believer.com

God Bless your beautiful heart and thank you for your question. We at Believer.com believe the Scriptures:

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

So all Scripture is God's Word and must interpret itself. To find the True meaning of a verse one must be clear on to whom it is written or many errors will enter. Today the greatest errors taught stem from a failure to find to whom a section of the Bible is addressed for what was true for one people or given calling of God would be inappropriate for another. As an example if the church today was practising animal sacrifice it would show they had no understanding of the ultimate sacrifice for sin our Lord Jesus Christ and would do harm to the Gospel.

The Epistle of James is addressed to the twelve tribes;

James 1:1  James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

and therefore chapter 5:14 cannot apply to the present administration of God. Those who say otherwise have many difficulties to solve. Who are the elders? If they be ministers or church officials, how many of these can offer the prayer of faith? The whole atmosphere of the Epistle is Jewish in the period of the last days.

We hope this helps and God Bless you,
The Believers

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0 #3 The Believers 2011-06-26 18:04
Dear Joe,
We certainly believe in the healing power of The Lord Jesus Christ and that individual believers are healed by Him quit often through prayer and simple believing but we don't believe it has occurred by the hands of men for over two thousand years. Before Acts 28:28 healing ministries we in operation on a daily basis to demonstrate to God's people that the words spoken by the Apostles were in Truth The Word of God but since Acts 28:28 those sign gifts were removed. The instructions in James likewise were not written to us as these are also shadows of the substance that we now have in the Body of Christ. What we have today in the revelation of The Mystery far outweighs the earthly blessings occurring in the Book of Acts and the Truth that God will supply all our need according to His riches in Christ Jesus is ever abounding.

All God's Blessings,
The Believers
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+1 #2 joe hodges 2011-06-26 05:45
No matter how people interpret this particular passage, the fact still remains that we are to pray for the sick believing that they will be healed based upon many other scriptures that promise healing. Physical healing is ALWAYS Gods will. He is not willing for anyone to be sick any more than He is for someone to remain in sin. Its time for the Church of Jesus Christ to start appropiating what He paid for on the cross.
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+5 #1 Danny 2011-06-25 14:38
Thank you for the teaching and how clearly it is put. It seems so many these days are willing to teach without rightly dividing the words. When I mention Dispensations many time I get blank stares form others.
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