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The Healing Wound

Whether from a paper cut or splinter, an automobile accident with multiple trauma; whether from an unkind word said once or bullied over seasons; or from divorce of parents, deaths of loved ones, betrayals or disappointments; these and myriads of other known and unknown causes produce wounds and pains.  The result of all these “sticks and stones” is a wound in the spirit, soul, and/or body.  

The result of all these “sticks and stones” is a wound in the spirit, soul, and/or body.  

The wounds of the body can heal quickly depending on the degree of injury.  But the wounds in the soul are a different story.  It is the desire of Christ that we are “blameless,” i.e. perfect in our whole “spirit and soul and body” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

But what about when God causes the wound or allows it so we can be healed?  It’s like when a patient goes to the doctor because some pain has got their attention from any number of reasons and they just want it to “go away” to “make it better.”  Often another pain is initiated for the healing to begin.  For example, an injection or incision, the setting of a bone, the discussion (to deal with sadness, fear, anger, etc.)  The WORD says, “Come, let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; he hath smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us:  in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight” (Hosea 6:1-2).

There is a process of healing and restoration that requires the removal of the old so the new can come.  As there is a physical body that can feel pain, there is a spiritual body that can experience the equivalent.

Paul understood this intimately.  “I am crucified with Christ,” Paul said, and he was “always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body,” (Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 4:10).  David sang his revelation of this when he said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all my iniquities; and healeth all my diseases,” (Psalm 103:2).  This understanding has brought healing to my soul as taught to us by evangelist Michael Petro here at ForerunnerIntl.  In my twenty years of Internal Medicine, the component of healing the soul by the WORD was missing.  Now we are seeing healing from cancers (stage 4 breast cancer, skin cancers, scoliosis, drug addictions, major depression, x-ray proven fractured ribs and toes healed in 24 hours without signs of previous injury, and more).

The Early Church Fathers (before 325 A.D.) spoke of our day and said the “greater work” Jesus spoke of is the healing of the soul.  

The “greater work” is the healing of the soul.

Origen, one of the Early Church Fathers said, “Whoever then has a spirit capable of bringing together and considering the glory and splendor of all these things which have been created in Him, struck by their brilliance and pierced by the magnificence of their beauty as if, as the prophet says, “by a secret arrow” (Isaiah 49:2), he will receive from it a saving wound and will burn with the blessed fire of its love.” (2)  The same prophet spoke of the saving wound that Christ would bear for all “whom the arm of the LORD” is “revealed.”  He was “despised and rejected,” He was “smitten” and “wounded” and took “stripes” so we can be “healed” (Isaiah 53:1-5).

As Christ-ones, we get the privilege of becoming like Him so others can be healed.  Look forward to the “greater works.”  Until next time.

Pastor Roni

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