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The Atonement and Healing: Wrestling with a Contemporary Issue

Hill, Graham Joseph (2013) The Atonement and Healing: Wrestling with a Contemporary Issue. Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, 8 (1). pp. 9-18. ISSN 1177-0228


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Some Pentecostal, neo-Pentecostal, and Charismatic movements have attempted to explicitly link physical healing with the atonement by appealing to Isaiah 53:4–6, Matthew 8:14–17, and 1 Peter 2:21–25. This theology has been felt in Evangelical circles also, especially in the majority world and among churches with charismatic leanings. This article simply asks, can a theology of healing be developed from these passages, and, if so, what do we mean by healing?
This article argues that while these passages may include physical healing, they do not guarantee it. These verses cannot be used to justify physical healing on demand. While the atonement includes the possibility of physical healing, especially in the Parousia, this healing cannot be demanded. It is only in the age to come that we are completely healed and receive our promised resurrection bodies. The article considers the relationship between a theology of healing and its relationship to our theology of the atonement. Our theology of the atonement can expand our understanding of the nature and scope of healing and its connections with the atonement and the incarnation.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Atonement, Healing, Theology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 01:34
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2019 05:13
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1674

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