Broken to Healed

Study Guide

As followers of Christ, we are living in two categories: the “now” and the “not yet”. Our bodies now are broken, but when we die, we will be transformed into healed bodies—living in the Kingdom of God forever. And while we live on this earth, although there are present benefits to salvation, we do not yet have the fullness of our healed bodies until we are in Heaven.
Application
  1. Faith reaches to the unseen and pulls the unseen into our current experience. In what situation are you only looking at the “seen” and not at the “unseen”? What does it look like for you to grow in your faith in this circumstance?

  2. Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-12. What does this tell us about being broken and God making us healed? What are the implications for our lives now?

  3. It is our responsibility to plead, to ask God for what we want, and then to submit to his purposes. How might you find it difficult to ask God for what you want?

  4. Read 1 Corinthians 15:51-58. What is our hope? Name one thing this truth and hope changes about the way you live.

Key Points
  • God takes us from a position of guilt and, through the cross, transforms us to a place of love and glory.

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  • We’re living in the now with the taste of the not yet.

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  • We have to be disciplined in our faith to trust God in both the “now” and the “not yet”.

  • Our spiritual bodies in the “not yet” are more material than what we can handle in the “now”.

  • We were cut off from our source of life but through Jesus we get our life back, triumphing over sin and death.

  • What is broken now was restored through the work of Christ.

  • Faith reaches out into the things unseen and it drags them into our current experience.

  • Although a lot of false teaching will tell us that if we have faith then we will always win right now on our terms, we have to understand that sometimes faith means God answers the way we want him. It also means God gives us something we did not ask for but we can still find rest, peace, and hope in him (e.g. 2 Corinthians 12:1-12).

  • God is going to heal us, but it is not within our power to dictate to the Lord how he should bless us; it is our responsibility to plead, to ask him, and then submit to his purposes.

  • Don’t saddle those who are suffering with the responsibility of their own sickness.

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