By His Stripes We Are Healed Is About Salvation And Not Physical Sickness

Updated on June 27, 2020
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Cheryl is a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, poet, and Liberal Arts major and founder of two outreach ministries.

Always know the context of scripture

Isaiah 53:5 King James But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes, we are healed

Preachers in the word of faith movement have been teaching believers in Christ that Isaiah 53:5 is a promise of healing in our bodies. I've encountered numerous individuals who repeat like a mantra, "By His stripes, I'm healed." The context of this Bible verse, however, is not about our bodies being healed of infirmities, but it is related to the salvation of our souls and where we will spend eternity. The healing that is spoken of is our sin nature, because of the redemptive work of the cross. Reducing the prophet's words to indicate everyone is already healed because of Calvary, is a gross misrepresentation of why He came, was crucified and rose again.

Consider this scripture from the Amplified Bible

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing];
The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him,
And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.

This clearly indicates that the sins, injustices, and wrongdoing of the entire world were upon Him and does not mention physical ailments. He took upon Himself the punishment that was rightfully yours and mine to bear.

The Complete Jewish Bible puts it this way:

But he was wounded because of our crimes,
crushed because of our sins;
the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him,
and by his bruises* we are healed.

The Message Bible breaks it down even further:

Here is Isaiah 53:2-6

The servant (Jesus) grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.

(He did not look as if He were anyone great but He was our Savior.)

But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!

(Again sin and not sickness)

He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
on him, on him.

Over and over again the need to be healed of our sin nature is emphasized, not physical ailments. Christ came to redeem us from the curse of the law that Adam and Eve brought upon mankind. Satan had a right to us and we deserved to be separated from Him for all eternity. He brought us back into the right relationship with the Creator and when we die, or when He returns we will be with Him forever. Unfortunately, verse 5 has been so improperly ingrained into the psyche of many Christians they have forgotten or were never taught the true context of this scripture. I have had to break myself from quoting this when sickness attempts to attack my body, now that I understand what this verse was really intended to convey.

The tomb is empty because He lives
The tomb is empty because He lives

The words of Christ Himself

After Christ rose from the dead He had a long talk with the remaining 11 disciples. Mark 16: 4 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

He gave them explicit instructions:

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Christ went on to say even more: 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

If Jesus crucifixion meant that all believers were healed because He had taken physical sickness upon Himself, why then was there the necessity to give instructions to lay hands to heal the sick?

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

This scripture is clear that the signs followed the first disciples but sadly we don't see that today. Instead of laying hands and seeing the sick healed, in many cases, believers have been taught to wrongly "confess" verse 5 of Isaiah 54 and other scriptures like a mantra. Isaiah was seeing into the future prophetically how the crucifixion would deliver us from the evil one.

In 1 Peter 2:24-25 the disciple expounds upon what Isaiah said many years before:

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Peter explains that we once were lost but now our Shepherd has made a way for us to return to Him.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston


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    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      6 weeks ago from Roanoke

      Yes, Margaret, it is so discouraging when people misquote the word for financial gain.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      Cheryl, another misunderstood scripture is John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." The context of the scripture is LIFE and not MONEY. I wrote an article about that misconception.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      Cheryl, you are right. Many people believe that scripture refers to physical healing. I agree with OLUSEGUN that it still works for physical healing. I believe once we get the spiritual healing for our sins, we are in the position for the physical healing of our bodies.

      Your article provides a lot for people to reconsider about that popular scripture.

    • OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile image


      4 months ago from NIGERIA

      Good, but the word still works for healing, I have tried it severally and it works, because in Him we are whole.


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