Names of Sickness
Why sickness abounds today
The "Permission" of Evil
Are the days of miracles past ?
Why is there no healing as we see it in the Bible ?
My Church does not teach healing
Why is bodily healing important ?
Aging - A Divine perspective
Sickness among Old Testament Heroes
Sickness among Ministers in the New Testament
Why are people with strong faith and godly lives sick ?
Premature deaths
Does God teach through sickness ?
Don't miss this subject. It is the heart of the school. Causes for sickness
Paul's thorn in the flesh
The case of Job
The man born blind in John 9
Difference between Healing & Health
Medical Science and Healing
Why some are not healed
Reasons for healing today
Some methods of receiving healing
Some difficult Old Testament scriptures
Healing in the light of the Law and Judgement
The healing ministry of Jesus Christ
Healing outside the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Is there healing in the Atonement ?
He did, He can, He will
Healing & Church Growth

Sickness among Ministers in the New Testament

. Many who deny divine healing to be part of the Atonement, have pointed out sickness among the New Testament ministers as reason for their skepticism. As we look closer at the cases of sickness among the early saints, may God who gives a sound mind dispel all doubt and unbelief.

  • Epaphroditus

  • Phil. 2: 25-27 “Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

    Epaphroditus’ sickness was caused by overwork. Verse 30 says, “Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me”. Helping Paul in the ministry, Epaphroditus had been doing the work of many people single-handedly, not caring for his own health. As a result, he was ill and that too for a short period. God in His mercy, restored his health.

  • Timothy

  • I Tim. 5 : 23 “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

    Paul was like a father to young Timothy. Paul’s letters to Timothy are full of personal advice to him and this verse is Paul’s health advice to Timothy. Would we not tell many today to drink less of coffee or soft drinks? Does not the excess of these beverages and drinks cause health disorders?

    Would we not exhort others to drink fresh fruit juices and milk instead of fizzy drinks? I know several people who simply do not drink more than a glass of water a day but continue to work in humid conditions. Over a period of time this would cause conditions of malnutrition and stomach disorders. A very common but unknown problem today is that people get dehydrated without their knowledge! Very soon they have frequent stomach disorders.

    Timothy was a young man with huge responsibilities. His faith and love for God made him an ideal co-runner with Paul in church work. Many who have the zeal but not the stamina for arduous work can end up with stomach disorders that lead to infirmity. Thus, Paul was simply giving a natural health tip to help him overcome malnutrition and infirmities.

  • Trophimus

  • II Timothy 4: 20 “Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

    Trophimus may have been ill and unfit for the journey, when Paul set out on his journey, . But this does not mean he remained sick. Sickness may come, but it need not overcome. Is it possible for Paul to have withheld divine knowledge which would have helped Trophimus. Is it not possible for Trophimus to have recovered? Why do we choose to think that Trophimus remained sick?

    In all this, we need to remember that these early saints did not have the fully compiled written New Testament as we do today. God’s provision of healing and health through Calvary is fully revealed in the New Testament or the New Covenant. The saints of the NT days did not have the written word of God with which we are blessed.   Back to top of page


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