Do You Understand the Difference between Healing and Miracles?

In the passage of 1 Corinthians 12 we observe that among the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit we found gifts of healing and working of miracles. This proves that gifts of healings are distinct from working of miracles.

There are some basic differences between healing and miracles. One of these is that the purpose of healing is to recover function of some organ or tissue that the individual already has in his (or her) body. But in the working of miracles there is an instantaneous creative formation of a new organ or tissue, or it happens when something disappears from the body such as a tumor.

Let’s see some examples: when a bolt joining in a fractured bone disappears and in its place there is a perfect bone, or when a tumor disappears, or when a missing arm grows, this is working of miracles. On the other hand, when a bad functioning organ begins to function perfectly, or when an injured tissue is recovered this is healing.

However, I believe that the major difference between healing and miracles is that miracles are instantaneous and divine healing is not always instantaneous.

This is well shown in Mark 16.15-17a, 18b. Let us read this passage in King James Version of the Bible:

MARK 16.15-17a, 18b KJV 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name… 18 …they shall lay hands on the sick, AND THEY SHALL RECOVER.

This passage in Mark tells us that healing can be a process. When we read that the believers in Christ can lay hand on the sick in Jesus name for divine healing, and the sick shall recover, so here the verb to recover speaks of a process that is not always instantaneous.

This tells us that when the gifts of healing are in operation, the lay on off hands shall transfer to the individual the power of God to heal (the healing anointing) and that power not necessarily will do the job instantaneously, but from that moment the healing anointing will begin to operate until the individual would be completely healed after a period of time.

In this period of time in which the healing process is taking place, the individual must keep his confession of faith in the Word of God, even when the symptoms are not gone completely. This is the way divine healing takes place.

The lack of understanding of this healing process principle is one of the main causes why many do not receive divine healing, even when the gifts of healing (the healing tangible anointing) are in operation. If the individual confessed with his mouth that did not receive his(or her) healing or confessed that only had a little recovery after the moment he (or she) received the healing power impartation, so this person is aborting divine healing process through his (or her) bad confession, taking ineffective the healing power of God in his (or her) body. God’s healing power is activated by faith, and faith is released when healing confession in kept through all process, until healing is complete.

In Christ,

Rogerio Clavello


Bentley, Todd. Understand The Process of Healing. Article can be read at:

Hagin, Kenneth E. Bible Healing Study Course. Tulsa: Kenneth Hagin Ministries, 2002.

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