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Infirmities, What does it mean?
The American Heritage dictionary defines infirmity as lacking power, disability, bodily disability, frailty, or moral weakness. The word “infirmities” is found 12 times in the Bible and all are in the New Testament. The word “infirmity” in the singular form is found 10 times in the Bible, 7 times in the New Testament and 3 times in the Old Testament. So there are just 22 references in all with the words infirmity and infirmities found in the King James version of the Bible. And they are as follow:
#1. Matthew 8:17 “…Himself took our INFIRMITIES and bare our sickness.”
#2. Luke 5:15 “…multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their INFIRMITIES”
#3. Luke 7:21 “And in the same hour he cured many of their INFIRMITIES, and plagues, and of evil spirits.”
#4. Luke 8:2 “…which had been healed of evil spirits and INFIRMITIES.”
#5. Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps our INFIRMITIES: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought.”
#6. Romans 15:1 “We then that are strong ought to bear the INFIRMITIES of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”
#7. II Corinthians 11:30 “If I must needs glory, I will glory in the things which concern mine INFIRMITIES.”
#8. II Corinthians 12:5 “…yet of myself I will not glory, but in my INFIRMITIES.”
#9. II Corinthians 12:9 “…My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness, Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my INFIRMITIES, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
#10. II Corinthians 12:10 "Therefore I take pleasure in INFIRMITIES (could refer to either weakness or sickness and disease), in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
#11. I Timothy 5:23 “Drink no more water, but use a little wine for thy stomachs sake and thy often INFIRMITIES.”
#12. Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our INFIRMITIES: but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
#13. Hebrews 5:2 “…himself also is compassed with INFIRMITY.”
#14. Hebrews 7:2 “For the law makes men high priest which have INFIRMITY (weaknesses).”
#15. Luke 13:11 “And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of INFIRMITY (speaking of an evil spirit that oppresses people with sickness and disease) eighteen years, and was bowed over together, and could in no wise lift up herself."
#16. Luke 13:12 "And when Jesus saw her he called here to him, and said unto her, Woman you are loosed from your INFIRMITY (sickness or disease, perhaps arthritis).”
#17. John 5:5 “And a certain man was there which had an INFIRMITY (sickness or disease) thirty and eight years…”
#18. Romans 6:19 “I speak the manner of men, because of the INFIRMITY (or weakness) of your flesh;...”
#19. Galatians 4:13 “You know how through INFIRMITY (could be either weakness or sickness) of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.”
#20. Leviticus 12:2 "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her INFIRMITY (or weakness) shall she be unclean."
#21. Psalm 77:10 "And I said, This is my INFIRMITY: (or weakness in faith) but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High."
#22. Proverbs 18:14 "The spirit of a man will sustain his INFIRMITY; (or weakness) but a wounded spirit who can bear ?"
Notice here is Galatians 4:13 the phrase “at the first” meaning that Paul when he FIRST became a Christian he did not have an eloquent speaking ability as perhaps he thought that he needed to have, yet Paul still had confidence to boldly speak the gospel even though he felt weak in his speaking ability. Now perhaps this verse can be INTERPRETED either as having a WEAKNESS in his speaking, or as having some sort of sickness or disease AT THE FIRST when he first began to preach the gospel. Either way this verse does NOT prove that God places sickness or disease upon his children to teach them something nor to keep them humble as some teach. Yes it is true that at the brightness of the vision that Paul was blinded, but Jesus sent Paul to Ananias to be HEALED of his blindness and when Paul OBEYED the Lord he was HEALED immediately. Please read Acts 9:1-18 which tells us the conversion of Saul from being a sinner who persecuted the church to become a Christian who was named Paul and he served the Lord all the days of his life.
"And Saul, yet breathing out threats and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2. And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me?
5. And he said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.
6. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do.
7. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he PRAYS,
12. And has seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem:
14. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on your name.
15. But the Lord said unto him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16. For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
17. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto you in the way as you came, has sent me, that you might receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized ."
Now as for me, I personally believe Galatians 4:13 is referring to Paul's WEAKNESS in his ability to speak as eloquently as he thought he should, and NOT some dreaded eye disease as some FALSELY teach. And I base my belief upon the following verses of scripture. Please read Acts 18:1-10…verse 9 says,
"Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, be not AFRAID, but speak, and hold not thy peace."
Then in I Corinthians 2:1-3…verse 3 we read, “I was with you in weakness and in fear, and in much trembling.”
And in II Corinthians 11:5,6…verse 6 says,
“But though I be rude in speech…”
Also in II Corinthians 10:1,2 we read,
“…in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you.”
Then verse 10 goes on to say,
“For his letters say they are weighty and powerful: but his bodily presence is weak and his speech contemptible.”
So you see my dear brothers and sister in the Lord, Paul at the first was WEAK, in that, Paul had an infirmity in speaking before people. He was bold or powerful in his letters, but being present his speech was infirm or weak.
Now this does not prove that Paul was NEVER sick, but it is CERTAIN that Galatians 4:13 does NOT mean that Paul suffered from incurable eye disease as some FALSELY teach, because this verse PLAINLY states AT THE FIRST, which means that later on WHATEVER this INFIRMITY was Paul no longer had it.
Now from some verses of scripture it is clear that AT TIMES infirmity or infirmities may mean sickness in body, but at other times infirmity and infirmities definitely mean moral weakness in the flesh. So the meaning of these words may go either way, but for the most part the words infirmity and infirmities refer to the moral spiritual weakness of mankind.And in every other instance where these words do refer to sickness and disease we see that it was ALWAYS the WILL of Almighty God to HEAL these people from the oppression of the enemy, Satan, the devil.
So don't let the enemy DECEIVE you into accepting an infirmity in your body just because you may find a few verses of scripture that say that someone in the Bible had an infirmity therefore it is not God's will to heal you. This is a lie from the devil you is SEEKING to devour you, and if you do NOT resist him then he will overcome you.
You see, even though there are a few instances in the Bible where it states that someone was sick or left sick does not mean that it was God's WILL for this person to ever be sick or remain sick. We all know that it is God's WILL to save all of mankind, but we also know that this is not going to happen just because it is God's WILL. If requires the FAITH of EACH and every individual to BELIEVE for themselves in order to be saved. The SAME is ALSO true of RECEIVING healing from sickness or disease. YOU must BELIEVE unto the end, UNTIL healing is manifested in your body.
Thanks for reading. Always remember "If you CONTINUE in the word of God then you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" May your way be blessed and your eyes open to the TRUTH as you read the word of God.
Yours in Christ Jesus
Now and forever
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