“Love not the world neither the things in the world. If any man loves the world the love of the Father is not in him.”
Love is a very popular subject when speaking to religious people, but both the meaning of the word and the expression of the intent are obscured in the mind of Adam. Normally the attempt is made to use the Greek words for love as found in the writings and make application from the definitions. The problem, however, is that no matter how the words are defined, if the intention or manifestation is carnal then the application is limited and temporal. The love of the children of God does not originate in the flesh neither can it be properly manifested in Adam; the same is true of the love of the brethren one for another.
The love of the Father for His people is eternal. Although it is manifested in time and space when each child is made to be partakers of flesh and blood, yet nothing done in time can have any effect upon it. This love includes all things decreed of the Father to be necessary for the discipline, nurture and admonition of His Beloved as the manifest token that they are the sons of God. It is the governing force which controls the trials and tribulations that have been ordained whereby the Father makes it painfully clear that this world is not the home of the Redeemed of Yehovah; neither is the body of this death the eternal abode of His bride.
The words which the Spirit gave to John to communicate to the strangers upon this earth, speak of his experience and the authenticity of his words. They are given in a loving manner as unto younger people, a word of encouragement to the young men and as comfort to the fathers who have endured. He reminds them that, while in the habitation of this dwelling, none shall ever escape the inability of the flesh. This is also an identifier of those who have been born from above, not as a word of condemnation, but as an assurance of reality. The sin in Adam has been cleansed not for the salvation of Adam but for the deliverance of the children from the uncleanness of the flesh, yet, each and every sin, imputed unto the Lamb for which His precious blood was shed, must and shall be enacted in the flesh. Adam is limited, carnal and sensual and shall return to the dust from whence he came but the seed within shall never be tainted, contaminated or corrupted by the body of this death.
The commandment which John speaks of is not according to the types and foreshadows of the law in the wilderness. It is not saturated with daily routines in ceremonies and the semblance of comradery and fellowship based upon outward appearances. The light of the gospel of grace manifested the weakness and impotence of the handwriting of ordinances by which no flesh can ever be justified. The testimony of the Spirit within is the revelation of the love of the Redeemer for His people and the work He finished. This cannot be seen of the flesh nor can it be understood according to the logic of man.
When Moses commanded the people to slaughter animals the people swore obedience because of the wondrous presentation of the power of God at the mount. They had not even heard what the Lord was to require when the people hid their faces and told Moses, “all that Yehovah has spoken we will do” (Ex. 19:7). They obligated themselves because of fear to be obedient to a law which they had not received, not knowing that it could never make them whole in the presence of earthly manifestations of an unseen God; thus John writes; “A new commandment I write unto you which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is past and the true light now shines” (2:8).
The evidence of the existence of this light in a person is the fondness and affection of a brother (also called neighbor or ‘fellow companion of the pasture’) for whom the love of God has been made known because He has opened their eyes to see the truth. This truth is not of this world nor can it be found of the indigenous people of the land. Nothing can be done in time and space that can prove this love and those who possess it, are constantly reminded in the flesh that they have no right to it. It is this common experience of the common salvation which is complete in every child of grace that is the common denominator of the equation. The Father has loved His people having cleansed them from all unrighteousness and justified them by His faithfulness. He revealed this in time when He made Himself of no reputation and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. He confirmed His Sonship and the surety of His finished work when He was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of Holiness by the resurrection form the dead’ (Rms. 1:4).
Therefore, anyone who claims to be born from above loves the brethren of like precious faith and experience because they have the same hope of glory. Everyone who has this hope within, which is testified from faith to faith, must love one another because he first loved them. If one says he loves his brother but indeed does not, then the love of the Father is not in them. If the love of the Father is in them, then they know that, in Adam, they are unlovable because of their failures, their hypocrisy and their selfish desires. It is unto these individuals that John instructs; Do not love the world.
“And He is the propitiation for our sins and not only ours but the whole world” (2:2)
The sacrifice of the Lamb of God is the expression of His love. He provided Himself a sacrifice for sin of His people, in Adam, so that they would not be part of the limitations and inabilities of the creature. This love is because of the fullness of the Godhead wherein the children are one in the Father. His love is the cause for the work which Yehovah completed before the foundation of the world, for the vessels He had afore prepared for the glory of the seed within. He created all things for His good pleasure and He causes them to come to pass by the power of that will.
The perfect Law of God demands that everything done be perfect and ‘hit the mark’. God created man incapable of accomplishing this so that no flesh should ever stand in His presence, for He is a jealous God who does not share His glory with any other. The glory of God is manifested in the creation of all things as the heavens declare His glory but that He had, before the world was made, exceeds the glory of the creation to the degree that the latter glory is esteemed as no glory. This is the glory that Jesus spoke of when He said that the Son was now glorified because He had manifested the work which was given to Him, the redemption of His people, in perfect righteousness and full of faith. He came in the form of the Elect Servant because there is none other worthy; therefore, He made Himself in the form of the servant. He came to do the Father’s will for there is none other able, for no man knows the mind of God, has the power of God or can do the work which belongs unto the Father. He looked, before Adam was created, and saw that there was no intercessor. He came as the given Son in complete obedience to the Father, which is the requirement of God, and for all that were given unto Him, He was the means of appeasing the Law of God; “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, our Lord” (Rms. 6:23).
This ‘means of appeasing’ the Law of God was provided and accomplished before the desires of man were manifested in the garden when Eve looked and saw. The deed that followed was the open display of the inward reality that man was not satisfied with the provisions of God; if he were, why then would Eve look upon the fruit of the tree as good for food? (Gen. 3:6). God had given man the need for sustenance which the body requires in order to live. He provided for him the garden in which He gave fruit bearing trees to satisfy that need, but man was not satisfied with what Yehovah God had provided him, therefore he looked to better his situation.
Man was not created with the knowledge of either good or evil; yet he desired to have that understanding. He was given great knowledge whereby he named the animals and kept the garden but when the adversary suggested that man could ascend above his station and be like the Most High, Eve was enticed and her husband with her; “and a tree to be desired to make wise”. Did she know that she was not wise? To what did she compare herself as a standard of wisdom to come to the conclusion that she was deficient? These questions may be discussed to great length as the opinions of Adam are bantered about, but the answer must be that God created man with these wants, desires and ambitions which, in the fullness of time became evident, being absolutely necessary in the eternal perfection of His Holiness.
These feelings and emotions being thus appointed, prepared and initiated by the power of His will, serve to the purpose of God, which is according to His great love, wherewith he delivered His people. Never was there a time (understanding that time is created and does not exist in eternity) when the election according to grace was in danger of being separated from God due to an imperfection or fault because, before the world began, He was the means of appeasing the perfection of His will. Accordingly, His people have peace in the fullness of God, being justified by His faith for Yehovah our God has ordained peace for us, because He has wrought ALL our works in us (Is. 26:12)
“Wherefore if you are dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances?” (Col. 2:20)
The children have always been one in the Godhead. They came forth with Him when in the fullness of time He came having His work before Him and His reward with Him. They are all buried with Him in His death and raised again unto newness of life. The imputation of the sin of Adam upon the Lamb made He who was incapable of missing the mark to become the inability of His people in Adam. He was not simply the courier that delivered the sin nor was He the messenger boy who relayed the news of this infraction of the Law of God. Sin has a beginning in God for it is the violation of His Eternal Law. Man is incapable of keeping God’s Law because all men have not faith and whatsoever is not of faith fails to hit the mark, therefore, the children of the dust are ‘cursed children who cannot cease from sin’ while the children of the King walk in the light of Yehovah.
The doctrine of man is occupied with various listings of the activities, conduct and attitudes which a person should abstain from in order to give the impression that they are Christian (of the Anointed). Like the Pharisees of old, man continues to desire to be seen of others in benevolent activities and pious abstentions to obtain the praise and adoration of his fellow man. These actions show a determination and dedication to be chased and modest in all things but not one of them gives any evidence of the love of the brethren or the disdain for the world that is indicative of those born from above.
The nation of Israel kept the form of the rituals while lacking the substance. They made an outward show both of obedience unto God and an abhorrence of the nations of the world, but these people drew nigh unto God in pretense, not in truth. They shunned certain activities and observed dietary restrictions; they refrained from touching the unclean things and made no confederacies with the people of the land, but these outward peculiarities were no evidence that they did not love the world. The desires for the needs of man and the comradery of the gregarious nature soon became evident as that which was the pattern of heavenly things became the commerce of the land and the people walked in the abomination that causes desolation.
Many came to Jesus and followed Him hoping to be seen of the common people of the land yet when the peer pressure came from the religious powers, they quickly departed. Others demonstrated their morality by abstaining from many pleasures which gave them the conclusion that they were better then the other; “I thank you that I am not as others, extortioners, unjust, adulterers or even as this publican. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all I possess” (Luke 18:11). Many followed Him because of the benefits they received as He healed those who were sick with infirmities; “and Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, You seek Me not because you saw miracles but because you did eat the loaves and were filled” (John 6:26). These acted after the understanding that the conduct of the flesh was the indicator of the life that was within but the actions, like the intentions, were no more than temporal, which things fade away.
John did not leave the matter up for interpretation or discussion as the Spirit instructs an all-inclusive illustration; Do not love the world or that which is of the world. The inclusion of the things in the world begins at the base elements. Anything that is in or of the earth attracts the attention of like materials; therefore, Adam, is drawn away after that which the body needs being sustained by the fruit of the field. The eating of meat to feed the flesh is not sinful but it does indicate that the flesh is limited. The passion for the feeding of them is that which the Lord has given to the sons of man to occupy and exercise them so that they cannot find out the work which He has done from the beginning (Ecc.3:11).
The natural man cannot divest himself from the necessities of life even as he is perishing every moment of his existence. The Spirit within a child of grace teaches and comforts His Beloved in the assurance that the heavenly Father has full knowledge of the needs of His creation and that he has provided the same; thus, the instruction to pray after this manner, “Give us this day out daily bread” (Matt. 6:11).
The natural eyes of man look upon the creation of God as did mother Eve and in looking not only concludes that he has been short-changed by the Creator, for he desires what he sees, but is convinced that what he desires will make improvement upon his being. The passion of the visual appreciation of the creation supports the desires of the flesh for comfort, acceptance and success in all things and these are dunged and watered by the deception of the heart.
When God created the Adversary, He made him the most beautiful of all His creation. The ‘Covering Cherub’ was also given to be deceived to conclude that he not only could ascend to the throne and be like the Most High, but that he could rectify the issue of the sovereignty of God by being like God. Eve was deceived by the same notion for as she saw her nakedness, neither she nor Adam resorted to the Creator for the remedy of their condition. Rather they were given by nature to rely upon the works of their hands and the reasoning of their minds to make a covering for themselves. The heart is indeed deceitful and desperately wicked above all things and none can know it. Man is deceived by the pride in his heart to think, conclude and act in every thought word and deed in continuous manifestation of this deception; herein is wisdom to know the number of the beast, which is the number of man (Rev.13:18)
“And the world passes away and the lusts thereof, but he that does the will of God abides forever” (2:17)
John never intended that God is ignorant of these passions and desires of man when he wrote that these are not of the Father but of the world. Everything proceeds from the Father, for by Him, though Him and for Him was everything made that was made and without Him was nothing made that was made. He is the ‘beginning’ and in the beginning, He created the heavens and the earth. He created all things with a beginning and an end being subject to the time He has established of which no man can alter; “to every thing a season and a time to every purpose under heaven” (Ecc. 3:1).
The Israel of our God is eternal in the Father yet every man in his order is made a partaker of flesh and blood. It is during the time of this habitation that he is made to recognize, understand and grieve over the passions of the inherent nature of the flesh. The vanity of this world and the inhabitants whereof cause the children to cry out to the Father for mercy. They see the uncleanness of their ways in Adam and know that, in him, they have no right to call themselves of the redeemed. Yet the Spirit bears witness with their spirit they are the sons of God and that they are but strangers in a foreign land. The children long to return unto the Father’s house, wherein is the coming fort of peace (Jerusalem). They earnestly seek the time when the stammering tongue is released and the trammeled eyes are uncovered that they may see Him in the beauty of His Holiness and call upon His name in the pure language (which no man can know).
The testimony of the environment of time is that of decay as the heavens and earth are being consumed in fervent heat. The wisdom of Yehovah created the wood, hay and stubble which is the fuel for the Refiner’s fire and that same wisdom causes the fire to properly consume the fuel. It burns with exacting precision never consuming more than prescribed or becoming deficient in supply as the outward man perishes. The children find no rest in this wilderness while the outward man find sweet slumber and rest in the sweet of his brow saying, “soul, you have much goods laid up for many years, take your ease, eat, drink and be merry” (Luke 12:19).
That which is temporal fades away with the passing of time and the consumption of use. The natural man is compelled to follow after his needs, his sight and the arrogance of his pride. The kingdom of our God is not in the observance or abstention of anything for it is not of this world. The children of Jerusalem which are from above have their affections set upon the heavenly things. They keep His commandments because they love Him and His Spirit causes them to walk in the perfection of Holiness. Therefore, the world and all that is therein hates the children of the Kingdom of Light.
The man approached Jesus and asked what work he could do to do the work of God. Jesus answered and said that it was God’s work that you believe on Him whom He has sent. No man can conjure up this ability nor stir the intentions of the heart for man loves the darkness because his deeds are evil.
No son of Adam can come unto the Father but in the time pleasing to the Father He reveals Himself dwelling in His people; this has a profound impact upon the natural man but it does not make him to rise above his natural status. He will continue to be tempted in the passions of this world as he is drawn away after the lusts of the flesh and enticed. Then, when that lust has conceived, it brings forth sin and sin, when it is finished brings forth death; Do not err, my beloved brethren (James 1:14).
“There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12)
The children of hope love the Father because He first loved them. They walk in the light of Yehovah because His light shines in their hearts, revealing and reproving the works and ways of man. They see the corruption of the body of this death and bondage of sin and they long to be delivered. Let the inhabitants of the world labour over the things of this world, Yehovah God sits in the heavens ruling over the kingdoms of this world. He is the Lord God Omnipotent who lives and reigns forever, Amen
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 24, 2017