How did Sickness Enter this World?

Sickness came through Sin

Our answer is found in Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”.

Then physical death and all that produces it are the direct results of sin.

But how came man to sin? Read Genesis 2:17 and Genesis 3:1-19, and you will find that it was Satan who caused our first parents to disobey God. Then Satan is the real originator of sin, sickness, and death.

Jesus Forgiving Sin

Ever wondered what John 1:14 and Mark 2:9-11 mean when Jesus says sin no more or your sins are forgiven!

Christ said to the man whom He cured at the Pool of Bethesda John 5:14, “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you”. His sickness had come as the result of sin. But not his personal sin.

This explains also Christ’ words in Mark 2:9-11, Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 

The people would not believe that Christ had power to forgive this man’s sins, so He says to them, in effect, “I will now prove to you that I have the power to forgive sins by curing this palsy, which is one of the consequences of sin. When you see that I can cure or take away this sin-produced disease, then you will know for a certainty that I also can take away sin itself”.

Satan the Author of Sickness

So we are absolutely sure Satan is the author of sickness, because Christ always uses the same harsh word, epitimaō [G2008], to rebuke sickness {Satan’s work} as He uses to rebuke evil spirits.

So every sickness, disease and deformity which Christ cured while on earth was the result of sin which is Satan’s work.

Acts 10:38, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him”.

Then all Christ cured, while on earth, were oppressed of the devil.

Let us here examine this word “oppressed”. The Greek word is katadunasteuomenous [G2616] really means “those under the domination or lordship of Satan”.

Every sickness, disease, and deformity that Christ cured while on earth was the result of Satan’s work either directly or indirectly and it is the same today.

Satan Propagates Sickness

Not only is Satan the originator of sickness, but he is the propagator of it, for the Bible informs us that he has special evil spirits whose chief business is to make people sick.

In Luke 13:11 we read, “And, behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together {bent double}, and could in no wise lift up herself”.

Luke 13:16 informs us that this was Satan’s work: “So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”

In Mark 9:25, we find that Satan also has “deaf and dumb” spirits: When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it (note – these evil spirits are persons), “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”.

In addition to “spirits of sickness”, Satan also has “deaf and dumb” spirits to afflict mankind. In Mark 1:23 we read, “And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean {unwashed, dirty, foul} spirit”.

Satan has all kinds of evil spirits, and thousands of these belong to that group designated as “the spirits of sickness”. No wonder we read in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”.

Satan is not only the originator of sickness and disease, but he is the propagator of the same by means of these many evil spirits who obey his every command.

It must be noted that not all sickness is due to an evil spirit. As a Christian we deal with sickness regardless of the cause by treating it the same.

Peace and Grace To All


Extracted from Healing in the Atonement by Dr TJ McCrossan

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