F. F. Bosworth on God’s Will to Heal

F. F. Bosworth
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F. F. BOSWORTH: Internationally known healing evangelist of the early 20th century shared these truths in his book Christ the Healer:

The greatest barrier to the faith of many seeking bodily healing in our day is the uncertainty in their minds as to it being the will of God to heal all. Nearly everyone knows that God does heal some, but there is much in modern theology that keeps the people from knowing what the Bible clearly teaches – that healing is provided for all. It is impossible to boldly claim by faith a blessing which we are not sure God offers. … If it is God’s will to heal only some of those who need healing, then none have any basis for faith …. Faith must rest on the basis of God’s will. … Appropriating faith is not believing that God can, but that God will. …

“‘The Lord is gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works.’ (Psalm145:8-9). In the study of God’s compassion, we have, to my mind, a complete revelation of the Lord’s willingness to heal …. During His earthly ministry Jesus was everywhere ‘moved with compassion’ and healed all. To have compassion is to love tenderly, to pity, to show mercy, to be full of eager yearning. God is not anything so much a He is love. … By showing His compassion everywhere in the healing of the sick, Jesus unveiled the compassionate heart of God to the people, and the multitudes came to Him for help. …

“Hundreds needing healing have come or written to us, saying, concerning their need of deliverance, ‘the Lord is able,’ but their teachings, as well as their lack of teaching, has kept them from knowing that the Lord is willing. How much faith does it take to say ‘the Lord is able’? The devil knows God is able, and he knows He is willing; but he has kept the people from knowing the latter fact. …

“Faith begins where the will of God is known. Appropriating faith is not believing that God can, but that He will.”

(Christ the Healer by F. F. Bosworth, pub. Fleming H. Revell, pp. 40, 62-64, 81)

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