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Resource Sheet 2 - Healings in the Early Church

The Book of Acts records the following healings:

  • Acts 3:1-26 - The crippled man in Jerusalem is given complete healing in the name of Jesus when Peter helps him up.

  • Acts 5:15-16 - The sick were healed and delivered of demons by the apostles.

  • Acts 6:8 - The deacon Stephen did great wonders and miraculous signs.

  • Acts 8:6-9,13 - Philip brought healing to the demonised, paralytics and cripples in Samaria, astonishing Simon by the great signs and miracles.

  • Acts 9:17-19 - Ananias, an ordinary disciple in Damascus, brings healing to Saul's eyes.

  • Acts 9:33-35 - The healing of Aeneas by Peter brings faith in Lydda and Sharon.

  • Acts 9:36-43 - Dorcas is brought back to life after Peter prays, and faith results in Joppa.

  • Acts 10:38 - Peter told Cornelius, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him."

  • Acts 14:3 - Paul and Barnabas' message in Iconium was confirmed by miraculous signs and wonders.

  • Acts 14:8-10 - A crippled man in Lystra is healed when Paul tells him to stand up.

  • Acts 14:19-20 - Paul is stoned and left for dead in Lystra, but after the disciples have gathered round he is able to get up and go back into the city.

  • Acts 16:16-18 - The spirit of divination in the slave girl in Philippi is cast out by Paul.

  • Acts 19:11-12 - God did extraordinary remote healings through handkerchiefs and aprons Paul had touched and evil spirits left sick people.

  • Acts 20:7-12 - Eutychus is raised from death at Troas after falling out of the window.

  • Acts 28:3-6 - Paul suffers no ill effects from a snake bite on Malta.

  • Acts 28:7-10 - Paul prays for Publius' father, who is healed, along with all the sick who come.

The New Testament letters include the following:

  • 1 Corinthians 12:9-10 - Paul includes gifts of healing, miraculous powers, the distinguishing between spirits, as gifts given to the church by the Holy Spirit.

  • James 5:14-16 - Gives instructions to the church of the practice of praying for the sick. The Greek word used for sick means "lack of strength" and elsewhere is used for weaknesses or infirmities and includes defects in personality or character, a bent to specific sins and physical illness.

  • 1 Corinthians 11:29-30 - Paul attributes the poor physical health of church folk in Corinth to their sinful approach to the Lord's supper.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 - Paul's prayer was for their spirit, soul and body to be blameless - wholeness in every part. The way we live affects our body and spirit (2 Corinthians 7:1).

  • 3 John:2 - John prayed that Gaius would enjoy good health, as well as his soul getting along well.

  • The picture in Revelation is of a new world, peopled by those who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, without sin, its evidence or effects - death, mourning, crying, sorrow, anguish, tears, grief, pain, sickness, hunger and curse all gone, with the tree of life bringing healing to the nations. (Revelation 7:16,17; 21:4,27; 222-4).