The prophetic messianic scripture taken from Isaiah 53:5 states: “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed” (NASB).
Unfortunately, this scripture has been taken out of context by many in the denominational world who assert that faith-healers still exist today as they did during the time of Christ and the apostles. We will try to convey the truth of this passage to you in simple layman’s terms using the proper context found within the text.
It says that he endured punishment in the form of being pierced through for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities and chastened for our well-being. The question that should one should ask is are these things spiritual matters or physical? The answer is simple: “spiritual”.
In the final statement it says: “by His scourging we are healed”. As we have concluded from the early part of the verse that the benefits are spiritual. Therefore the healing that is provided through Christ’s suffering is spiritual healing. The term “healing” can also mean “curative”. In other words, Christ cures us of our broken sinful condition through his suffering.
In our referencing of God’s Word (a.k.a. The Scriptures) we must always use proper context. While there are many scholars out there the average person who would be willing to take a little time and study (not just read) the scriptures can gain understanding. Admittedly, there are some areas of scripture that are more difficult than others. However, this is not a license to throw in the towel and leave all teaching to someone who is designated as a church leader even if the leader appears to have good intentions.
We need to reject all instances where God’s word is taken out of context as commanded in 2 Timothy 2:15. It would be tragic to lose one’s soul by taking another’s word concerning the scriptures.