“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world that come to nought.”
The presentation of the gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah God has been a topic of controversy and debate from the beginning. Many have taken the privilege of ‘publishing glad tidings’ to be a very lucrative endeavour, saying, “What profit is there?” (Gen. 27:26). They have been drawn away after the fame and glory of the things of this world as the logic of Adam makes merchandise of the glory of God. The study of God has resulted in a great ‘confusion by mixing’ to the point that the lines of division are established and defended upon semantic understandings and interpretations of men which are defined by activity and following. The more benevolent the endeavour the greater the catch and since Jesus said “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mat. 4:19) then the greater the number of followers the more the blessing of the Lord. This is the logic of the flesh and the stubble which the Refiner’s fire consumes.
The wisdom of God is not a matter for scholastic endeavours for it cannot be found by observation, research or meditation. It inhabits eternity, which the mortal being has neither a point of reference for comparison nor the mental faculties to understand. It proclaims the glory of Yehovah in all His wondrous work and manifests the standard of perfection by which all was made. The purpose of God is brought forth by the power of His will which is the fullness of all wisdom and inseparable from the Godhead. Wisdom encompasses every thought, word and deed that has been, is or shall be, without exception; “Yehovah possessed Me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old” (Pro. 8:22).
The apostle of Jesus Christ was made so through the will of God and the learning of the world was an essential part of his composition but when the Father revealed Himself to Saul, he was given of the Spirit to relinquish and abandon those things which came before. The former training and education in which he was immersed was shown to be as futile and repulsive to the preaching of the truth as the eyes of the blind or the ears of the deaf. Thus immediately after his eyes were opened and he was baptized, Saul did not seek the help, advice or tutelage of the flesh; “neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me, but I went to Arabia and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to see Peter and abode with him fifteen days; but other of the apostles I saw none save James the Lord’s brother. Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God I lie not. Afterward I came into the region of Syria and Cilicia and was unknown by face unto the churches of Judea which were in Christ: But they had heard only that he which persecuted us in times past now preaches the faith which he once destroyed and they glorify God in me” (Gal. 1:17ff).
Paul did not come with the theology of man or the practices of the Pharisees when he proclaimed the power of God unto salvation. Nor did he attempt to lift himself up by giving wonderful stories about how much he knew of the mystery of God. He had been lifted up to the third heaven and seen things which was unlawful for a man to utter but this was not given unto him to exalt the man. He was shown the heavenly reality of the types that he had spent his entire life attempting to keep in the light of the perfect righteousness of God. It was manifestly declared unto him that his status of blamelessness according to the law was more accurately understood as helplessness and all the profit gained by his previous endeavours were now painfully realized as being worthless. The system of beliefs that he had under the religious hypocrisy of man were replaced as faith was revealed in him and the power of God was completely understood as absolutely sovereign over all His creation.
“...them that are perfect...”
There is a prerequisite for the presentation of wisdom and that is perfection. This automatically eliminates the natural man for he is created, limited and corrupt. He follows after the passions as he is enticed by the needs of the flesh and the cares of this world. These ‘attributes’ were given to him by the Creator, wherein he is daily exercised, so that the creature can never find out the work which the ‘Wise Master Builder’ has done from the beginning (Ecc. 3:10). Yet man continues to strive to understand God and explain Him in a manner which his fellow children of the dust can understand.
The incorruptible seed, born of God, is as complete in every way as the natural seed was in Adam. The incorruptible seed of the Israel of our God grows in the grace and knowledge of His will yet it can never be made any better than “complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power” (Col. 2:10). Within these children of light the Spirit of Yehovah dwells in the fullness of the Godhead. He shows them that in the flesh they have no hope before the perfect throne of God as He testifies to them of His grace and goodness. This is not taught after the natural means for man cannot receive the things of the Spirit. It must, therefore, be that these spiritual things are compared with spiritual things in the heart and mind of one who is of full maturity in Him.
There have been those unto whom the Lord has revealed Himself at a very young age and the time of this awakening is not a barometer for spirituality. In the time appointed approved of the Father, He reveals Himself already dwelling in His people. He has drawn them unto Himself by the cords of man, though they neither perceived His hand nor knew His ways, through the Law which as the schoolmaster brings His Beloved ones unto the Anointing. The Spirit within causes the redeemed of the Lord to know the vileness of the flesh and the vanity of this habitation as He opens their eyes to the truth, but they could not know the truth unless they were perfect in Him.
If one is not of the eternal seed then they shall never hear the wisdom of God. Also if the time of revelation has not yet come, such as the thief on the cross or Saul of Tarsus, the words fall where they will but are not discerned. Thus the Lord Himself said to Saul upon the road to Damascus, “It is hard for you to kick against the pricks” (Acts 9:5) The Spirit caused the Prophet of God to pray that the ears of the people remained sealed “lest at any time they should see with eyes and hear with ears and should understand with heart and should be converted and I should heal them” (Matt. 13:15) and so it is that there is a specific and particular group of individuals unto whom the Wisdom of God is given.
Paul did not come with irrefutable logic, great swelling words or the flare and brilliance of man. He was humbled by the hand of God before the brethren as the one who persecuted the church yet he was exalted in Christ in the power of God. The esteemed of the world, wherein he once walked and excelled, now hated him for the name of Jesus and the way that they called heresy was the way he served his God. The educated and holy men of his day are the sane that walk the face of the earth today. They have immersed themselves in archival research and have compared the writings of the ages in hopes of making themselves better suited for the ministry but they have not been taught of God. These princes of the world, the architects’ of social and religious society have learned as the Pharisees of old to dismiss and discard faith as impractical and replace it with primary source materials gleaned from an extensive library.
The children of hope however have nothing to cling to save the teaching of the Holy Spirit of God who has given them exceedingly great and precious promises along with all things necessary for life and godliness. The wisdom of the princes of this world passes with the days and vanishes as the dew, but the Word of God and His testimony of the finished work remains world without end.
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery hidden, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.” (2:8)
The fullness of the Godhead is far too magnificent and holy for mortal eyes to behold. He would not permit Moses to see His face as He hid him in the cleft of the rock and passed by him yet He has revealed Himself inn the bodily form of Jesus; “Phillip said unto Him, shew us the Father and it is sufficient. Jesus said unto him, Have I been so long time with you and you have not known Me, Phillip? He that has seen Me has seen the Father and how is it that you say, Shew us the Father” (John 14:8).
Mary, who knew the Lord and had been with Him a long time, did not recognize Him in the garden nor was she there looking for the risen Lord. She presumed the man to be the grounds keeper of the cemetery area until the Lord spoke her name and her eyes were opened. The two on the road to Emmaus had their mind closed and their eyes blinded until such time as the Lord revealed Himself unto them, opening their hearts and teaching them that Messiah must have suffered these things and be delivered up to die. Oh how their hearts burned when they spoke to Him yet they did not know it was Him until the mystery of the ages was revealed.
The doctrine of man asserts that a person can be taught to know Jesus and come to the knowledge of the truth through the means of the flesh. The wisdom of God does not need the assistance of the creature in the completion of His will. He has performed all things in and through Himself for His good pleasure. He made man incapable of knowing why and how sin entered into the world by his actions and, while enabling him to be a part in the facilitation of the event, he was impotent in the coordination and actuation of the event.
The hidden mystery of the purpose and power of God in all that He has decreed necessary to the praise and glory of His name is completely unknown to man. Each and every aspect of the unfolding of the events of existence has been ordained of God of old for the glory of His Beloved; yes even the entrance of sin into the world. In the beginning He imputed the sin of His people, before Adam was created, upon Himself and shed His precious blood for that sin. The quantity of the shed blood of the Lamb of God, required to purge all the iniquity of the children of promise, upon whom the eternal love of Yehovah resides, was exactly perfect. Not one drop was spilt in vain neither was there left over any for the remission of sin so that the incorruptible seed could not be tarnished by the unclean body. Before God formed Adam from the dust of the earth, He had ordained that He should fashion one vessel unto honour and one unto dishonour. He knew how many vessels were needed to fulfill His will and thus He created Adam with his seed in him. Adam had no control over the seed he was given nor can he enhance or diminish the number of vessels that should be produced. Every man has been assigned a time of habitation before time began with each and every limitation necessary to perform the part he and she have been assigned in the course of creation to the praise and glory of the King of the universe.
“For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born of many brethren” (Rms. 8:29)
The Lamb must have been slain before man was created first as the head of His family and second as the first born from the dead; He was slain before man was made alive. The Father, having His seed in Him, knew each and every one for the foundation of God is sure having this seal; He knows them that are His. He also assigned a vessel afore prepared for each of the eternal seed that they should in the fullness of time become partakers of flesh and blood. The vessel wherein the child shall dwell has had the leaven cleansed from within by the shed blood so that the child of grace might experience the contradiction of sin against himself. God did not remove the nature of Adam from the vessel nor make it immune to the cares of this world. Much the rather, He opened the eyes of His children to see the uncleanness of their ways in Adam. He has surrounded them with the sorrows of death and as the pains of the grave tighten their grip upon them they find trouble and sorrow as the true justice of God is made clear to them.
The children of the Israel of our God cannot sin; they cannot fall short of the glory of God for His seed remains in them. Their vessels however cannot measure up to the perfect requirements of the Holy God. God, having imputed their sin in Adam upon His own head, experienced in the flesh as the Son of Man, every trial and temptation that is common to men, being touched with the feelings of their infirmities; this being from the foundation of the world.
He is the first, the one who goes before, He is the one who comes from behind and He is the one who girds His people. He has appointed the sin that they should experience and He has established the tribulation whereby His children will hate the vileness of their flesh and cry out to the Father. Herein are they made to know that salvation is completely of Yehovah without any intent or inclination by the vessel for in Adam they are without strength or hope. The Son of Man wept in the garden for the anguish of His soul as the wicked men who had been assigned the task of taking Him and crucifying Him approached. His prayer was that the cup of the fury of the wrath of God be taken form Him and given to another yet He knew that there was none other; there were none that sought after righteousness and there was no intercessor, therefore He brought salvation unto Himself by His right hand and His Holy arm.
This mystery is unknown to the natural man neither can he explain the ways of God. Sufficient to say that God was completely aware of His doings as He fulfilled His will and accomplished every work. He came into the world having His work before Him and His reward with Him and even though these works were finished from the foundation of the world, yet He hid them from man. He did not leave a trail of breadcrumbs or simple clues for people to follow to find Him for He is found of them that did not seek Him.
God set the testimony of His wondrous work in all of creation. He raised up the nation of Israel and blessed them with signs and wonders which showed forth the salvation of Yehovah as everything was a type of the Anointed One who should come. The evidence is in plain view for all to see so that man is without excuse before God.
“Which none of the princes of this world knew for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (2:8)
So very often I was told, growing up under the tutelage of Adam and his minions, that Satan sought to destroy Messiah by taking Him and killing Him. It was intimated that the wicked one rejoiced to see the Lamb hanging on the tree but that he was only thwarted when Jesus arose from the grave; this is preposterous!
Satan knew that this was the Son of God for he was dispatched to try Him in the wilderness saying, If You be the Son of God.... He fled from Him as Jesus manifested His proof before the Adversary that indeed He is the Son and that the kingdom had come. The demons and unclean spirits knew He was the Son of God for as they cried out in testimony saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus Son of God? Are You come hither to torment us before the time?” (Matt. 8:29) And when the man came into the assembly, the unclean spirits cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Leave alone, what have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Are You come to destroy us? I know who You are, the Holy One of God” (Luke 4:33f). So it would seem clear that the Devil and those assigned to him were well aware of who Jesus was and why He had come into the world; the princes of the world, however, did not know.
God has blinded the eyes of man and made his ears deaf so that he cannot hear the Word of God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God but there can be no forgiveness for anyone for whom the blood was not shed. God has set the testimony of His salvation before all the world and all flesh shall see it together. But unto those who have not ears to hear the Word it is like unto the seed that was cast upon the wayside that God ordained the foul of the air, being the spirits of the wicked one, should come and take it away. He sent the Mann into the wilderness and all partook of it but unto the children of wrath it was a light bread which their souls did loathe and the Rock which is the chief of the corner, the master builders of this world have dismissed and rejected.
God blinded the hearts of the wicked men whom Satan entered into to slay the Perfect Sacrifice for sin. He dispatched His servant at the appointed hour and when he had entered into Judas, Jesus ordered him to be about his business and be swift about it. He enraged the crowd against the sinless Lamb as He stood innocent before the people and infuriated their passions to cry out, “Crucify Him, crucify Him”.
If Satan was intent on stopping the manifestation of the redemption of the Lord’s people, he would have prevented the crowds from staking down the Lamb. Then the work which was proclaimed to have been finished would be proven to be a lie. Jesus told the disciples how that Messiah MUST suffer many things and be crucified for then would all things written of Him in the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms be fulfilled; Satan was the obedient servant who according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, stirred up the people at the appointed hour, so that in the fullness of time the manifestation would be completed.
Does this exonerate Satan? Not in the least! Is the Adar forgiven because it’s venom kills a man whom he has bitten, or is he hunted down and killed himself? Satan and all the powers of darkness are completely under the sovereign hand of the Omnipotent God. The world teaches the doctrines of Adam and after the wisdom of this world they try to amend the justice of God whereby they may be found blameless according to the righteousness of the Law.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given us of God” (2:12)
The Adamic nature of the children desperately seeks to have some semblance of proof whereby he might know that he is a child of grace. The children of the dust are not the children of promise. There is nothing that can be shown unto the natural man that could prove the Spirit within because the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit neither can he know them. The flesh desires to see tangible evidences, which indeed the Lord gives but the flesh assumes them to be of his own doing, but that which is tangible fades away. The Spirit has blessed His people with all Spiritual blessings in the heavenlies and has given them all things necessary for their life in the flesh. He has assigned unto them their daily bread, like the Manna in the wilderness, yet the flesh is not thankful. He has promised never to leave them nor forsake them yet the mind of man still expects to see Him walking alongside once and a while as proof of His love.
His Spirit bears witness with the Spirit within, seeing how they are one in the same, that they children are of the King. He shows forth His love in ways that the ignorance of Adam cannot see as he has preserved the Beloved in His Anointed Salvation. The testimony to the flesh is the revelation of its unfaithfulness and wretched contempt for God. The testimony in the inner man is the immutable love of the eternal Father whereby He has lost none but has raised them up in Him unto His glory and honour.
These things are not to be explained or comprehended by the wisdom of man, the attempt to do so is commensurate to trying to find a shadow in a place without light. It is only when the light of His glory shines forth in the hearts of His people that the truth is seen.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 3, 2017