The Gifts of Healings
What should be noted is that the word gifts is plural and the word healings is plural. The word healings is plural because there are various classes of sicknesses; therefore, there are various classes of healings. But the word gifts is also plural, which was not true of the previous gifts. In Greek, the plural often emphasizes repeated action. The statement gifts of healings shows whereas with the other gifts, once one had them, they stayed with him and could be used at any time, in the case of the gifts of healings, the same is not true. One who had the gifts of healings could not use it all the time, it is a gift that comes and goes.
This explains how Paul, on one occasion, was able to raise someone from the dead but, on another occasion, he was not able to heal one of his disciples of a sickness and had to leave him there in Miletus. 2 Timothy 4:20 states: Erastus remained at Corinth: but Trophimus I left at Miletus sick.
Paul did not say the person was sick because he was sinful. He did not say he could not heal Trophimus because he did not have enough faith. Paul was not able to heal him on that occasion because the Bible does not teach that it is God’s will to heal everyone. In those cases where He wishes to perform a healing of some person, He will provide someone with the gifts of healings. It was not God’s will to heal Trophimus, so Paul had to leave him behind, still sick. There are gifts of healings, but this gift came and went; sometimes Paul had it, and sometimes he did not. When Paul did have it, he could proceed to heal regardless of whether or not the sick one had faith. To use the gifts of healings did not require the healed person to have faith. Healing came by the will of the healer. That is important to note: if someone has the gifts of healings at a certain point in time, he could proceed to heal whether or not the person who was sick had faith. Examples of healings based on the will of the healer, not on the faith of the one being healed, include Acts 3:1–7; 9:32–34, 36–42; 20:9–12; and 28:8.
The Workings of Miracles
The word miracles is plural, emphasizing that there are various categories of miracles. The word workings is also plural, emphasizing that, like the gifts of healings, it is not with a person all the time. It comes and goes as God wills it.
 Fruchtenbaum, A. G. (1983). Vol. 71: The Messianic Bible Study Collection (20–21). Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries.
Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 @ 4:10 AM CDT