“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.”
The apostle begins the letter to the brethren in Corinth with a description of the active work of God in and for His children. God gives comfort to His children as they walk in the habitation of this dwelling because He has ordained it necessary that they be afflicted. He has prescribed a continuous progression of trials and tribulations for the good of the strangers in the foreign land as He shows forth His love for them and gives them hope. This procedure is carefully and specifically designed for each seed, during the time they have been appointed to be partakers of flesh and blood, as a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God. This judgment is not sprinkled upon some while being a deluge upon others for it is poured out upon the ungodliness of all men. It is intended to demonstrate the nature of the creature as a testimony of his inherent inability to please God while manifesting the pure and perfect holiness of the Creator. Every son of Adam is subject to this judgment, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
The gift unto His little children is that they each are proven to be the sons of God through the testimony of the Spirit within from faith to faith. This testimony cannot be proven to the mind and feelings of the flesh but there is awareness to the presence of the Spirit as the children ‘ kick against the pricks ’ until the time of the awakening. This two-fold witness becomes evident in the time appointed of the Father and by this Holy Spirit each one in their order experiences these many trials which shew forth that they are indeed children of the dust ; “ Hearken unto Me, you that follow after righteousness, that seek Yehovah: Look unto the Rock from whence you are hewn and to the hole of the pit you are digged” (Is. 51:1).
The two-edged sword of the Word of God reveals the eternal glory of God and the temporal glory of man, which fades away. It is the same testimony to every seed of Adam but only they who are born of the incorruptible seed have eyes to see the vanity of this world and ears to hear the language of Ashdod. These are taught by the Spirit within that they are carnal, sold under sin in Adam and, as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will, they understand that His will is whatsoever comes to pass. The works of man while necessary and pleasing to the flesh are shown to be abomination before the Lord and the labours of man are understood as being of no profit.
Therefore, unto His children, having obtained an inheritance in Him and being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works ALL things after the counsel of His own will and since ALL things work together agreeably to them that love God, to the called according to His purpose, these trials and tribulation have been ordained of old as a demonstration of the love of God for His Beloved. This is the chastisement of God upon His children for “ whom the Lord loves, He corrects, even as a father the son he delights” (Pro. 3:12)
The particular trials sent to the church at Corinth, members in particular, included the infighting and pride due to factional identification within the group. There was the arrogance of education for the attaining of knowledge without love, the foolish tolerance of indecent activity “ as is not so much named among the Gentiles” and the inclusion of the people of the land in matters pertaining to the members of the congregation. This was compounded by the Pharisaical approach of eating meat offered to idols as contrasted with the liberty found in the Anointing, the resumption of legalism and duty faith activity and the carnal Adamic actions that defile the beauty of the order of the church. Then came the pride of the manifestation of the gifts, a two edged sword which God intended for the confirmation of the church and which puffed up the members, coupled together with the selfish attitude in the observance of the ordinance of the Lord’s Table and the speculative confusion of the resurrection when this life is over.
These were the details of the tribulation, the pressing to prove that which is within, which God had lovingly assigned unto His called-out people. This pressing is the work of God upon His people and the reason for the comfort that is given in these trials. This pressing is because one is born of the Spirit and the awareness to the pressing is because of the Spirit within thus the comfort is by the Comforter whom God has sent to His pressed people. The course ordained by God was that these individual members collectively endure these hardships as evidence of the truth about Adam which none may see unless born from above. Since there is nothing new under the sun and these trials and temptations are common to all men, even though many do not see them or understand their meaning, every son of the dust experiences them and none can overcome them.
The bitterness of the waters of this world and the heartache of the vanity of this life are discerned only by the divine nature within. Since the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit, neither can he know them, he is as ignorant and blind to his condition now as Adam was in the garden. And just as Adam devised a plan to cover and conceal himself from the presence and righteousness of God, so the natural man justifies his actions having great self-confidence in his abilities as he walks according to the god of this world, the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience ; “ in those days no king in Israel and every man did right in his own eyes” (Jud. 21:25).
The god of this world delights in the corruption and frailties of this world because he has been assigned to walk to and fro and up and down in the earth. He does not seek the heavenly reality of that city not made with hands whose builder and Maker is God and, being lifted up by the pride of his heart and the beauty of his being, he has been cast out and assigned the duties of blinding the eyes of man so that he cannot see the light of truth. He has been given to find great satisfaction in the dainties and pleasures of life and has been deceived of God to make merchandise of the truth and seek the profit of this world. He presents the festering dung heap of self-righteousness and the daily putrefying of the outer man as the glory of man, the paragon of God’s creation in the Garden of Eden, and as Eve was deceived to believe the lie and listen to the serpent, so the natural man is given to this prevarication. This is appealing to the itching ears of the children of the dust and uplifting to the limited mind of man. This is combined together with an insatiable attention to the desires of the flesh, a gregarious nature, blinded eyes, a deceitfully wicked heart and the need to rise above the station assigned unto him and you have the ingredients to make the fullness of man after the order of Adam. This is the earthen vessel.
“And such were some of you but you are washed but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Spirit of our God” (I Cor. 6:11)
When the Spirit reveals this loathsome truth about the vessel wherein He dwells, even though it has been afore prepared by the shed blood, the creature groans desiring not to change and improve that which was formed from the dust of the earth, but rather to be delivered from the body of this death. The incorruptible seed does not fall short of the glory of God as he walks in the light of Yehovah according to the Lamb that was slain. The seed cannot sin (miss the mark) because the Spirit of God remains in him, despite what the conditionalistic doctrines of man may infer, and he cannot sin because he is born of God. In this the children are manifested to be the sons of God by the testimony of Messiah and keep the Law of God (I John 3:9).
The vessel has been cleansed by the shed blood having the leaven removed from within so that the Holy flesh is not contaminated. This vessel is not transformed into something new but rather is struck with the blood like the door posts of the shanties in Egypt to show that a child of Israel dwells within. Thus the vessel was afore prepared and the ground made ready for the seed which should be planted and there remains no condemnation to them that love Him.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field ; the which, when a man has found, he hides and for the joy thereof, he sells all that he has and buys the field” (Matt. 13:44).
The treasure is the eternal seed of God for which He has done all things. This seed was in Him from the beginning as His Beloved bride and since all His desire is upon her, all He has done has been for her. Since He created all things by Himself, through Himself and for Himself and He loves His wife as He loves Himself, then the whole of creation was formed and fashioned for the Beloved. The love of God is an eternal and everlasting love which is completely immutable ; she loves Him because He first loved her. The love of the body, which is the body of the Anointed, the Temple of Yehovah, is the love of God for His people whom He has scattered as seed into all the world ; “ for as the body is one, and has many members and all the members if that body, being many are one body, so also Messiah” (I Cor. 12:12)
The eternal unity of the seed and the Father is essential to the understanding of the whole of creation. As God created everything having its seed in it, so the seed of God is in Him. He created man in His image, male and female created He them for His Bride is eternally in Him and since everything brings forth ‘ after its kind ’ so all that are born from above are hewn from the Rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ the righteous. Because of this inseparable eternal unity between seed and source, He has not lost one of His sons, His Bride is not deficient and there are no parts missing from His body. He did not give Adam half a woman when He brought his wife unto him nor did He make his seed incomplete. Rather He made the seed of Adam to be the same as the first that in him all are revealed to be limited, weak, corrupt and finite. His seed, therefore, is infinite, perfect and complete in Him and He has done all these things for them ; “ to them that are sanctified by God the Father and preserved in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah” (Jude).
The perfect love of God for this peculiar people is as eternal as He. He did not scatter the seed into the field for the purpose of the dust of the ground making the seed precious ; He scattered the incorruptible seed into the ground that it should glorify Him. Although nothing can be added to the seed, yet it pleased the Father to ordain it necessary that the seed be sown in corruption that it might bring forth fruit. The quality of this fruit is peaceable and the purpose is for the healing of the holy ones ; not that the incorruptible seed is in need of healing for in it is neither spot nor blemish, but it has been made partaker of flesh and blood. Herein is the fruit in its season and the leaves of the tree of life for the healing of the people (Rev. 22:2) as they endure the contradiction of sin against themselves. This seed is not carnal neither is the fruit for the brethren (Eph. 6:12).
The seed has been made subject to the bondage of this corruption by reason of He that subjected the same in hope. This hope or earnest expectation is the means appointed of the Father that encompasses the child as they await the moment when, in the twinkling of an eye, they are made like the Son (adoption). Sin, that it might be clearly seen to be sin, works death in the natural man by the Law of God written upon the fleshly tables of the heart (II Cor. 3:3). The inner man, that hidden treasure, delights in the law of God which is the perfect, holy standard by which the field is made evident, day by day, as the outer man is perishing.
Now Esau was a cunning hunter and a man of the field. His delight was in the fruit of the ground and his attention was focused upon the acquisition and utilization of the things of the field. He was respected and sought after by his fellow companions of the field for his abilities, understandings and wisdom for God had put it in his heart and mind to excel in the things of this world. To this end, Esau is a mighty nation yet he has no love for the Kingdom of God for his affections are based upon that which is temporal.
Esau is Edom (Gen. 36:8) and Edom (red) is Adam ; therefore the sons of Adam are hated of the Lord with an eternal hatred. They are a stubborn and rebellious people from the beginning and though God has digged and dunged about the plant, yet it shall always bring forth wild grapes. This type is set forth in the example of the nation of Israel ; “ what more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done ? Wherefore when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, it brought forth wild grapes ?” (Is. 5:4). Esau shall never rise above being a man of the field as he is incapable of changing his nature and though he be shown righteousness yet shall he remain carnal sold under sin.
God purposed in Himself that His seed become partakers of the insufficient frailties and weakness of flesh and blood and He, likewise, became partaker of the same. He decreed that He should be made like unto His brethren and in all points proven like unto them, yet without sin, that He could be the aid to those who have been assigned to endure the same (Heb. 2:18). He is the first-born of the brethren and the author and finisher of their faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:2).
The children therefore, having been predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son, have this constant reminder before them all the days of their lives ; that in them, that is in their flesh (the earthen vessel) dwells no good thing yet they are complete in Him. They see the uncleanness of their ways in the field and they despise themselves in Adam yet they have been declared to be the sons of God by the resurrection from the dead of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. They earnestly await the deliverance from the body of this death and the manifestation of the sons of God in that tabernacle not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
The Salvation of Yehovah shed His blood before the foundation of the world to identify and consecrate His people by the sprinkling of the blood. He is the great king over all the world and He has power over all flesh and blood. He has taken from the same lump of clay (dust of the earth born of water) and fashioned every vessel decreed essential for His design and when He causes the bones to come together in the womb, the predestined vessel is manifested in the appointed time. Each vessel has a purpose and a function in the manifestation of the creation of God in time. Many vessels are made unto dishonour in the great house and He plants in them the seed of the serpent ; therefore they are of their father the Devil. Few, however, have been afore prepared unto the glory of receiving the incorruptible seed ; these are born from above and not of the will of the flesh.
These vessels are all after the kind of Adam, deceived and fallen. They do not delight in righteousness nor seek after justice for they are governed by the senses of the flesh, the intellect of the mind and the passions of the heart. They are temporal and have no hope for they are the indigenous people of the land who do that which is right in their own minds. The difference between these vessels is not found in their inherent nature but in the seed which is planted within. The vessels were formed from the dust of the earth and thus, being dust, they shall return to the dust when the time of this habitation is over. The seed of the serpent is cast into outer darkness where eternal damnation is appointed ; this shall be manifested when time is no more. The children of the King however, having inherited His kingdom and, as joint-heirs in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, they are that city not made with hands shall see Him in the beauty of His Holiness, speak His name in the pure language of Zion and see Him as He is. They shall be delivered from this tabernacle as it is dissolved by the Refiner’s fire and it shall be revealed that they are like Him.
“And David perceived that Yehovah had established him King over Israel and the he had exalted his kingdom for His people Israel’s sake” (II Sam. 5:12).
There are many ideas and postulations concerning the lifestyle and conduct of the earthen vessels which house the incorruptible seed. The testimony of the scriptures of that man after God’s own heart should be sufficient evidence of the manner of people that the subjects of grace find themselves to be. David was an unbecoming youth who was as unqualified, naturally speaking, in the station that God had assigned him, yet he was summoned from the sheep-gate to be anointed king over Israel. He was not made king in prospect nor was he placed on probation as he proved himself ; rather as the Spirit gave evidence of His indwelling presence in David, Adam gave ample evidence of his nature, desires and aspirations.
After the old man, Samuel, poured out the horn of oil and anointed David king at such a young age, he did not instruct him to get off to school to learn how to be king nor did he inundate the lad with reading materials and self-help study guides to prepare him for what some day might come to pass. God sent Samuel unto David because He had “ provided Me a king” (I Sam. 16:1). This same God had afore prepared this lad with sufficient means and materials to perform this station exactly as God decreed for He had given David, according to His divine power all things pertaining to life and godliness, “ through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue, whereby are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises” (II Pt. 1:3).
The Spirit of Yehovah was upon David and he found favour in the eyes of men but he was a man of like passions and fears like any other son of Adam. God wrought mighty works by his hands in open testimony to all of His presence and power, yet the natural son of Jesse was not converted or persuaded. He fled in fear from the man he was anointed to replace. He lied and cheated his way into many adverse situations which were ordained of God for his good and even feared that his life would be ended. He demonstrated no more ability to believe God after the flesh than his father Adam and was moved accordingly.
After the time appointed unto the son of Kish came to its appointed and designed end, David was not received as king and he did not go about flaunting his anointing by Samuel. He had no confidence in the flesh and no assurance that he was to be king, yet he had the testimony of the Spirit within. Even after the tribes of Israel came to him saying, “ Behold we your bone and your flesh” , and the house of Jebus was overthrown and Hiram, king of Tyre built David an house, Uzzah was struck dead because of the pride in the heart of David who supposed he was above the law of God. David thought to bring forth the Ark of God unto the city of David but like Adam in the garden, he devised a new and exciting way rather than be obedient to the designs of God. And as God gave him victory after victory over the kings of the earth, yet He did not remove the natural lusts of the flesh from his heart. The result of this was the elicited sexual conduct with Bath-sheba, the murder of Uriah and the loss of the joy of the salvation of Yehovah.
Yes this all came to pass for good for this was the means interwoven into the tapestry of creation by which God brought forth Solomon, the type of Messiah. It was decreed necessary and essential for all these things to fall out exactly as they did not only that the promises of God unto Abraham, Moses and David might be manifested as a pattern of heavenly things but to show unto all His children, from generation to generation, that they are a people that has no confidence in the flesh. Though they are “ troubled on every side, yet not perplexed ; perplexed but not in despair ; persecuted but not forsaken ; cast down but not destroyed ; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of the salvation of Yehovah might be manifested in our mortal flesh” (II Cor. 4:8ff).
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding, eternal weight of glory, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen ; for the things seen are temporal but the things which are not seen are eternal” (4:17)
The brethren know even if they cannot explain this affliction and few acknowledge it as light affliction. The mind and feelings of Adam would have God remove His testimony of love and leave off this pressing and proving, yet God has decreed this procedure necessary that no flesh should glory in His sight. His sovereign control is over every thought, word and deed of the imaginations of the heart of man which He reveals to His people in the furnace of affliction for a brief moment. He governs all by the power of His eternal will according to the excellency of the power of the Creator and not the creature so that ALL things, including the proving by pressing (trials and tribulations) which are to show forth the bitter curse of the poisoned head (wormwood and gal) , that His people might have hope ; “ for we are saved by hope”. Therefore the brethren bear each other’s burdens, working together in the tabernacle of this dwelling as they lift up fallen hands and encourage one another. This is the edification of the body ; this is the way, walk ye in it.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
April 9, 2017