“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire,”
The address of this epistle by Peter begins with identifying to whom it is intended. This is a specific group that has always been, from before the foundation of the earth, according to an everlasting intimate relationship of the Father, elect in Christ Jesus. Not according to any conduct that they performed, not according to any good intentions they may have and not according to anything of merit in and of themselves. They are elect, being chosen IN Him, because of the everlasting love of the Father who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Let the ignorant speak of a unity of God and His people that is not eternal and they impugn the integrity of Jehovah God. This election IN the Anointed has no beginning same in He who is Alpha. It can never change because He can never change and therefore stands safe and secure in His immutability.
Those elect according to this personal intimate relationship IN the Godhead have been set apart through the Spirit of God unto the obedience of Messiah in the shedding of His blood and have been consecrated to do the work of the true Tabernacle by the sprinkling of that precious blood. They have been set apart, protected, assigned, prepared and begotten among a living hope because of the mercy of God. He told Moses that it was not according to the will of man, nor was it according to the virtue or deeds of man that mercy was demonstrated, when He said, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” It was none of the business of Moses and still is none of the business of any descendant of Adam upon whom and unto whom God shows forth His abundant mercy. But unto whom He has blessed according to His abundant mercy he has manifested this living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead unto an inheritance which man cannot approach.
This is the inheritance which is ONLY for the children of the King that have been born of an incorruptible seed, by the Spirit of God. It is not nor does it have the potential to be corrupted because Adam cannot come nigh unto it. He cannot put his tool to it and pollute it, he cannot lay the hand of corruption upon it and defile it, he cannot comprehend it because he is finite and he cannot approach it because it is reserved in heaven ONLY for those who have been born from above. Adam does not qualify as having the right or the portion in this inheritance. It is exclusively reserved for them that are kept by the power of God through faith unto the deliverance of the final day. Man has no faith and although he is sustained and consists by the hand of God, he cannot be delivered from the body of this death and the bondage of corruption unless he is changed to be like the Son of God. This is reserved for those who have been AFORE prepared unto glory and can only occur when the tabernacle of this dwelling be dissolved. At that time, the redemption of the body of the child of grace shall transform Adam from a creature of the dust of the earth, to the spiritual body like the risen Lord. Yet for now the evidence is by faith in the hope of glory. Two things which Adam will never have.
This hope, based upon the evidence of the presence of the Spirit of God within, causes the child of promise to greatly rejoice because of the testimony of the Spirit from faith to faith. And it is needful that for a season there is heaviness and manifold temptations. The need exists for this heaviness and manifold temptations according to the will of God for there is a purpose to every time and a time to every purpose under heaven. If there was no purpose then there would be no trial but because there is a trial there must be a purpose and a need. The need is not to refine the faith that is the fruit of the Spirit of the Most High God. This is the imputed faith of Jesus Christ which is perfect, pure, righteous and complete. Nothing needs be or could be added unto it or performed to it that could make it better so the need for the trail of your faith must be to demonstrate the vanity and weakness of the flesh. Paul said that the life he lived was by the faith of the Son of God. This faith was sufficient enough to appease the wrath of God and merit His approval for He raised Him from the dead when He saw the travail of His soul and was well pleased. He was faithful above all the house as the one who built the house. Therefore this faith needs no refinement, cleansing or enhancement to be found unto the praise, honour and glory of God.
This faith stands BEING more precious than gold that perishes and nothing may be done to it to make it any better. It exists in the present state of being because, like the Godhead from whence it proceeds, it is the same and changes not. Therefore it IS. It cannot be compared to the most precious rocks of this earth or any other portion of creation. It exists outside and apart from any corruption or influence of this world and although it be tried with fire yet shall it stand as it was once delivered unto the saints.
Many times people associate fire with the judgment of God. Pride, haughtiness, iniquity, wickedness and the like are all spoken of as stubble that is consumed by the fire of God and swept away. It is very easy to stand as that Pharisee, clasp the lapels and proclaim, “I thank you God that I am not like one of these”. Yet this letter of Peter’s is unto a select group of those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and they shall be tried with fire. This is the refiners fire that consumes the wood, hay and stubble of the work of man and as Paul told the church at Corinth, “Every man’s work shall be made manifest because the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (I Cor. 3:13). As long as the child of grace dwells in the tabernacle of dust, that house of Esau which is Edom and Adam, he is drawn away by the lusts and desires of the flesh. He knows that in him dwells no good thing and a conflict continues until the last days. The trial of his faith by which he lives does not prove the faith but rather manifests the flesh and as he grows in the grace and knowledge of His will, he experiences heaviness and manifold temptations as revealed by the refiner’s fire and fuller’s soap, of the vanity of all things. Esau is stubble (Ob. 18) and shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven (I Cor. 15:50) and the tabernacle of Edom is stubble before the wind (Spirit) (Ps. 83). Therefore there is need that these things come to pass for good.
The child of grace believes in Him whom Adam cannot see. They are sustained by faith that cannot be proven to man and they love Him that loved them with an everlasting love. In this they greatly rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. The one like unto the Son of God, whose eyes were of flame and whose loins were gird about with a golden girdle, told the church of the Laodiceans to come to Him for that gold tried in the fire (Rev. 3:18). It cannot be bought with the mammon of unrighteousness nor bartered with the corruption of an evil generation, but everyone who hungers and thirsts after righteousness, who are partakers of the new covenant, even the sure mercies of the Beloved (Is. 55:3), shall come unto Him and their faith, which is His faith, shall be to the praise, honour and glory of Jesus Christ.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
Sept. 11, 2011