The promises of God are a revelation of His nature. He spoke the promises in His Word (In Hebrew “word” and “promise” is the same: דָּבָר/debar.) not for us to hold over His head; but rather, because He wants to do the thing promised.
In Exodus 15:26 we find a promise:
כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה, רֹפְאֶךָ
“For I am the Lord who heals you.”
Another way, “For I am the Lord who mends your wounds.” The picture of closing a gaping wound, or pulling a thorn.
Wherever the Lord is, there He is the healing Lord. Yet, at times, our physical weakness in illness or exhaustion distracts us from the object of our faith. To this Paul writes, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Ro. 10:17).
Paul was prompted to write these words, specifically with the unfaithfulness of Israel in mind, after quoting Isaiah 53:1 in Romans 10:16, “LORD, who has believed our report?”
He is bringing to mind the watch word of biblical faith, in Hebrew שְׁמַע/shema, hear. In essence, he is saying: start hearing, and faith will come when the hearing is of God’s Word. His promise.
In Matthew 17:5 on the mount of transfiguration, the Lord tells Peter to “hear Him” (Deut. 18:15), meaning, hear the incarnate promise, Yeshua/Jesus (II Cor. 1:20).
The revelation of the Lord’s nature to heal came to its fullness in Messiah. Yeshua did not heal to prove anything. He healed as a revelation and outflow of His nature.
In Matthew 8:16-17, we read the promise:
“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
Matthew, as Paul does, relies on Isaiah (53:4), the great expositor of the messianic hope, to explain the literal and spiritual healing of the sick and afflicted by the hand and word of Yeshua. In the exchange of word and/or touch, Messiah, “took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” (cf. II Cor. 5:21).
Are His promises still for today? Yes. The author of Hebrews writes, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8); therefore, He will not leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5). He writes this after explaining that God the Father now speaks to us by His Son (Heb. 1:2) – at the time ascended and seated.
By speaking through His Son, the Lord fulfills every promise contained in the written Word in the person of the incarnate Word/Promise. The One who is ever with us. Remember, wherever the Lord is, there He is the healing Lord. And when we confess, “Yeshua/Jesus is Lord” (Ro. 10:9), we are acknowledging His sovereign authority to do the thing promised.
When doubt comes: hear the Word. When fear comes: speak the Word. When sickness comes: lay claim to the promises of the Word. Because when the Word is spoken, and is heard in expectation, faith will come with it.
“For I am the Lord who heals all your wounds.” There are many wounds in this life, and He heals every one of them.
Be well. Shalom.