Bandaging Spiritual Wounds: The Missing Component

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The Missing Component

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The year was 1920, and young newlyweds Earle and Josephine Dickson were enjoying their life together. However, they had one small problem. Josephine hadn’t yet mastered her many new cooking and housekeeping duties, so she burned or cut her fingers while preparing meals.

Although they carefully wrapped these wounds using cotton balls and gauze, the method was cumbersome and inconvenient. Earle, who was employed at a surgical-dressing manufacturer, began thinking that there must be a better way to care for Josephine’s minor injuries.

So he cut small squares of gauze, covered them in a thin fabric known as crinoline and placed them on strips of adhesive tape. The little bandage squares worked quickly and easily on cuts and scrapes. Soon thereafter Earle shared the invention with his employer, who considered it innovative and highly practical.

What began as a simple idea in the home of newlyweds soon became Band-Aid® Brand Adhesive Bandages, the world’s first self-adhesive dressings for small wounds, produced by the Johnson & Johnson Company.

Ancient and modern wound care

Today self-adhesive bandages are a staple in medicine cabinets and first-aid kits. What’s more, they hold an important place in the legacy of dressing and medicating injuries. An article titled “The History of Wound Care” relates:

“One of the oldest medical manuscripts known to man is a clay tablet that dates back to 2200 BC. This tablet describes, perhaps for the first time, the ‘three healing gestures’—washing the wounds, making the plasters and bandaging the wound” ( The Journal of the American College of Wound Care Specialists , April 19, 2012).

In ancient times plasters, which refers to medicated wound dressings, included ingredients such as oil, honey, vinegar and wine, which offered some protection from infection. The famous Bible story of the Good Samaritan describes how he used oil and wine to treat and bandage the wounds of a man who had been attacked, robbed and left for dead (Luke 10:34 Luke 10:34And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
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Beyond those early methods, many of the greatest advances in injury care began taking place in the 20th century. Today there are more than 5,000 wound-care products including semipermeable films, spray-on and foam dressings, advanced honey dressings and many others.

Treating physical injuries properly is critical in aiding the body’s natural healing processes. However, it’s imperative to address another aspect of wound care, which centers on often unrecognized spiritual injuries.

Isaiah 1:6 Isaiah 1:6From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
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declares: “From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.” God through Isaiah was speaking figuratively of the dreadful spiritual condition of the people of Israel. Yet this scripture applies equally to all former and current human societies.

The deficient human condition

Men and women the world over are tormented by severe spiritual wounds that need bandaging and healing (Proverbs 17:22 Proverbs 17:22A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
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). People afflict one another through acts of selfishness, violence and abuse, which ignite anguish, heartache and despair. But why does this appalling circumstance exist? At its core is the proclivity of people to decide for themselves what is right and wrong—under Satan the devil’s deceptive, malicious influence (Proverbs 14:12 Proverbs 14:12There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
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The Bible reveals that God gives every person the “spirit in man,” which imparts to the mind everything that facilitates human knowledge, creativity and achievement (1 Corinthians 2:11-12). Yet even with this spirit, the human mind is limited and incomplete (Romans 8:7 Romans 8:7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
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). It’s incapable of godly love or higher spiritual comprehension (1 Corinthians 2:10 1 Corinthians 2:10But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
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Although people have a narrow, often superficial ability to believe in and appreciate God, they of themselves are incapable of comprehending His breathtaking purpose in creating humankind (Psalms 8:5-6 Psalms 8:5-6 5 For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet:
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). Also, while they can obey God’s commandments at least in the outward letter of the law—for example, not stealing, lying or murdering—they are unable to truly obey the weighty spiritual intent of the commandments (1 Corinthians 2:14 1 Corinthians 2:14But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
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; Isaiah 55:8-9 Isaiah 55:8-9 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
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This deficient human condition results in most people having little or no interest in spiritual matters (Romans 3:11 Romans 3:11There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God.
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; Ephesians 4:17-18 Ephesians 4:17-18 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now on walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
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). It also prompts actions motivated primarily by selfishness, deceit and arrogance, generating wretched emotional and spiritual wounds (Jeremiah 17:9 Jeremiah 17:9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
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; Galatians 5:19-21 Galatians 5:19-21 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
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The result of this egregious situation is portrayed in a passage in which people figuratively grasp what is happening to them: “Therefore justice is far from us, nor does righteousness overtake us; we look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness” (Isaiah 59:9 Isaiah 59:9Therefore is judgment far from us, neither does justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
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Writing bitter lessons of failure

But why has God permitted this? The answer is summarized in Psalms 127:1 Psalms 127:1Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.
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: “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” This means that nothing spiritually durable can be constructed unless the Creator is involved.

In creating human life, God gave people freedom to govern themselves. Throughout history they have designed, built and operated their own political entities, economic systems and religions. But all such structures have failed. Why? Because God was excluded from their plans or labors (Proverbs 14:12 Proverbs 14:12There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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). The result is the suffering, tyranny, wickedness and poverty that have afflicted humanity since the Garden of Eden.

In His perfect wisdom our Maker has permitted people to write these tragic, bitter lessons of disaster and failure. He wants them to come to the unmistakable conclusion that without Him, their own way of living results in painful spiritual wounds and death (Jeremiah 10:23 Jeremiah 10:23O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.
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). He has therefore activated a plan to show them how they can avoid those consequences through honoring Him and obeying His living laws (Matthew 22:37 Matthew 22:37Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
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; Matthew 19:17 Matthew 19:17And he said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.
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Many traditional Christians believe, however, that the commandments God gave the Israelites in His covenant with them on Mt. Sinai were flawed and that Jesus Christ came to abolish them. But Jesus said exactly the opposite (Matthew 5:17 Matthew 5:17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
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Although there was a flaw in that covenant it was not with the commandments. “But God found fault with the people and said: ‘The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah’” (Hebrews 8:8 Hebrews 8:8For finding fault with them, he said, Behold, the days come, said the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
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The trouble was with the Israelites’ hearts and minds —with their thinking and attitude (Numbers 15:39 Numbers 15:39And it shall be to you for a fringe, that you may look on it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that you seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to go a whoring:
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). They could have obeyed, at least in the letter of the law, but they didn’t have a heart to do so (2 Corinthians 3:14-16 2 Corinthians 3:14-16 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same veil not taken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, the veil is on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.
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). The same condition afflicts people today.

The missing component revealed

Is there a solution to this dilemma? Yes! God’s purpose and plan is to provide all human beings with a critical missing spiritual component that will make them complete (Romans 8:14 Romans 8:14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
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). What is this divine component? It is the essence of God’s own mind, power, righteousness and holiness, described in Scripture as the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:11 1 Corinthians 2:11For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
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Joining the human spirit with God’s Spirit can empower a person to replace damaging thoughts and attitudes with a strong, sincere willingness to love and obey God and care genuinely for others (Romans 8:5-8 Romans 8:5-8 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
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; 2 Peter 1:4 2 Peter 1:4Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
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). In giving people His Holy Spirit, God begins the process of healing their spiritual wounds (Psalms 147:3 Psalms 147:3He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.
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But He has not yet activated all elements of His plan! God is not bandaging all spiritual wounds or offering His Holy Spirit to most people at this time (Romans 11:8 Romans 11:8(According as it is written, God has given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) to this day.
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). He is allowing the vast majority to remain spiritually blind (Romans 11:25 Romans 11:25For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
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Jesus Christ made this fact plain when His disciples asked Him why He used parables to teach the people. He replied that only they —His true followers—were permitted to know the “secrets of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 13:11 Matthew 13:11He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
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, NIV), but the others were not (Matthew 13:13 Matthew 13:13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
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Why didn’t Jesus heal the people’s minds and hearts immediately? Wouldn’t it have been good for their spiritual wounds to be cleansed and bandaged? The answer is that they were not yet ready for God to call them (Matthew 13:14-15 Matthew 13:14-15 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
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). Was God being unfair? No, because He has a marvelous plan to eventually give every person who has ever lived or will live the opportunity to know Him and His way of life (Romans 9:14-15 Romans 9:14-15 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 15 For he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
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; 2 Peter 3:9 2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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Everyone will be given an opportunity

Every person who has died without having had access to God’s Spirit will be resurrected as a physical human being and offered that divine gift (Hebrews 8:10 Hebrews 8:10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, said the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
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). “Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.

I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live” (Ezekiel 37:13-14 Ezekiel 37:13-14 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall you know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, said the LORD.
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). In God’s blueprint for spiritual healing and salvation no one will be left behind except the incorrigibly wicked who reject the offer of salvation.

But for now, He is calling only a few people to escape the darkness of this world (John 12:46 John 12:46I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should not abide in darkness.
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; 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 26 For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
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). Upon repentance, baptism and the forgiveness of their sins, God gives them His Holy Spirit. This begins the process of healing their spiritual wounds so they can pursue a fresh, new life of service to God and fellow man right now and in His coming Kingdom (Ephesians 1:7 Ephesians 1:7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
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; 1 Peter 2:5 1 Peter 2:5You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
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; Revelation 5:10 Revelation 5:10And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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Prior to conversion, the people God calls into His Church have suffered the consequences of living in this world of sin. Feeling the pain of their spiritual injuries, they’ve needed bandaging and healing (Hebrews 12:12 Hebrews 12:12Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
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But just as it takes time to heal physical wounds, the same is true for spiritual injuries, since the penalties of sin can sometimes have long-term effects. Divine healing of a Christian’s past sinful ways requires that he or she exercise deep faith and patience while building a steadfast relationship with God through Jesus Christ (Revelation 14:12 Revelation 14:12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
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; Jude 1:20 Jude 1:20But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
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; 1 Thessalonians 5:17 1 Thessalonians 5:17Pray without ceasing.
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Spiritual darkness will end forever

Throughout their lives Christians must bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
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). While fulfilling this responsibility, their own pain subsides as they are spiritually renewed. As this occurs they look forward with eager anticipation to the awesome future period when all other people will have their spiritual wounds soothed, bandaged and healed beginning at Jesus’ second coming (Ezekiel 34:16 Ezekiel 34:16I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
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; Malachi 4:2 Malachi 4:2But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
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They will all be offered full, divine knowledge of God and His ways. God says: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 Ezekiel 36:26-27 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them.
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When that day arrives, the spiritual darkness that has enslaved humanity throughout history will finally come to an end (Isaiah 29:18 Isaiah 29:18And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
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). All people will be offered the vital missing component of God’s Holy Spirit so their spiritual wounds can be bandaged and healed completely.

But for now, God is calling only a few. Indeed, He may be inviting you to be part of His Church. Will you answer His call so He can begin bandaging and healing your spiritual wounds? He awaits your answer!

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