“Where unto I am appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher of the Gentiles.”
The Apostle Paul affirms his position to his beloved brother and son in the faith, Timothy as a point of reference for him to follow. He does not present any liberty or freedom of subject, interpretation or opinion with the matter. He expressly declares that he is a preacher of the gospel. That gospel is completely and totally, the power of God unto deliverance. This deliverance was completed in the Lamb, slain before the foundation of the world, of necessity because of sin, caused to come to pass by the power of God, according to His own purpose, based on His eternal love for His people and the covenant of love wherewith the Father loved the Son and the Son the Father, secure in the immutability of God (therefore the sons of Jacob are not consumed and given to His children, in Christ Jesus before the world began.
Now in the fullness of time, or when time had been filled up, this deliverance was made manifest in the appearance of the Saviour Jesus Christ. Not at His conception and birth, not at the announcement to the sheepherders or the arrival of the emissary from the east; not in the miracles which He performed, in His death or His burial, but in His resurrection and triumph over all things. His appearance is the culmination of all that He did to fulfill the will of the Father, fulfill the Law in righteousness, conquer sin and abolish death and then, when the Father saw the travail of His soul and was well pleased, He “declared Him to be the Son of God with power, according to Holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rms. 1:4). Herein is the appearance manifested in its fullness and completion as He appeared unto up to five hundred of the brethren, at once and confirmed that the work was finished and the Father was well pleased.
The gospel, as declared in simplicity and truth, is that God had saved His people and called them with an Holy invitation and because of the life within, being born from above, they that had ears to hear, have heard the Word, had come forth and have been delivered. No works of righteousness, no will or desire and completely according to His own purpose and grace.
All that had been written by the Law and the Prophets has been completed. Every jot and tittle of the Law has been satisfied and death has been abolished, being put under His feet. All things are under His feet and there can be no exception to that statement. All means all and includes, life, death, pain, sorrow, suffering and sin; all dominions, all thrones, all principalities and powers; of things on the earth and of the earth; of things above the earth, in heaven or beneath the earth below; every thought or intention of the heart, all the devices of the wicked and the depravity of the flesh; all things are under His feet and have been placed there because He went forth conquering and to conquer and He is victorious.
Did this happen when He came to earth two thousand years ago? No! It was made manifest. All these works were finished before the first spec of created matter was formed by the mouth of Jehovah and was made manifest in the last days when He sat down at the right hand of the Father, having all things under His feet. At this time He brought forth life and immortality through the power of God unto salvation. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life” He did not mean that when He raised Lazarus from the dead he became alive, He meant that He is the resurrection and the eternal life of His people. Just as He is the way, the bread of life and the truth of His people that are in Him so when He rose from the dead His seed rose with and in Him to eternal life, “He that liveth and believeth in me shall NEVER die”
He did not set aside a first aid kit before creation for anyone who might stub a toe or skin an knee, He completed the remission of sin by the perfect sacrifice, perfectly slain to deliver the precious blood of the Lamb, whereby His elect might be saved. He did not establish a trust fund for some fortunate individuals, whom He foreknew would be obedient to His invitation, so that He could reward them at a latter time. He ordained life, forgiveness and peace for His chosen people, His Holy nation and He revealed it all by the power of His own will.
God called Moses, Aaron, Nadab and Abihu with seventy elders of Israel up to the mountain in the wilderness. Before the tabernacle was built, the first sacrifice slain, the first drop of blood shed, poured out or sprinkled, before any effort had been put forth to keep the law, God showed these men a vision of His Holiness. “And they saw the God of Israel, and under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone and as it were the body of heaven clearness” (Ex. 24:10). The saw the declared white (righteous) work completed and so pure as to be transparent. This is the same thing that John saw in the revelation of Jesus Christ when he viewed the city of pure gold like unto clear glass which had as the second foundation the same declaration that Moses saw (sapphire stone). This is the immutability of God who cannot change. This is the surety of the salvation of the children of the King, He does not change, His love shall not fail, He shall never leave His elect nor forsake them for the are safe and secure, being engraved in the palms of His hands. The gospel is consistent from Genesis to the Revelation for it is all the power of God and none other.
David could not build the house of God because he was a man of war. Solomon could not build to house of God until the man of war had subdued all his enemies and put them under his foot stool, so when the Elect Servant came forth, riding that white horse with the two edged sword coming out of His mouth, He subdued all and was victorious over every foe (the last of which was death. He is now seated at the right hand of the Father, having all things put under His feet and he has built the habitation of God, that Temple He raised up, His body, His church His Bride. Therefore we have peace with God!!!!!!
Now Paul was appointed a preacher of this gospel. He had been born in Tarsus of Cilicia about 400 miles from Jerusalem but in the course of the path set for Him by God, he came to Jerusalem and entered into the schools of higher learning. He attended the best cemetery (seminary) there was and sat at the feet of Gamaliel. Here he excelled far above all his fellow Israelites and became more profitable than them all. But most of all, here he learned how he could keep the law and be found blameless according to the righteousness of the Law. He was so powerful and respected that he consented to the stoning of Stephen and the coats of the assassins that performed the heinous deed. He received letters and authority to incarcerate those who confessed Jesus as Lord and some were killed as he persecuted the church of the living God.
But when it pleased God who had separated him from his mother’s womb to reveal Himself in Saul, immediately Saul did not receive counsel, advice or learning from man. He was not sent back to study with Peter or be indoctrinated by John, rather he was sent to Damascus. ‘Damascus’ means the sackcloth weaver is silent. Sackcloth was worn as a sign of repentance and sorrow and the coat was worn by those who were trying to convey to others that they were holy. The fact that Saul was led to the place where there were no weavers of sackcloth meant that there was no show of humility and righteousness. The fact that the weavers were silent meant that there was no work being done, so, here was a man who had spent his life doing righteous deeds and establishing his piety and holiness and when God revealed Himself to him, he sent him to a place where neither of those attributes were of any worth. He sent him into the wilderness where there were no crowds to impress or converts to be made. He led him into the kingdom of the Syrians (Assyrians) where the rod of His anger and the staff of mine indignation resided. Then fourteen years latter, God brought His chosen vessel to Jerusalem to declare the power of God unto deliverance unto the nations. Paul was then God’s bond servant, appointed a preacher, sent out for a purpose and a teacher of the nations.
There is One God, One Word and One Gospel. The only true declaration is the sure sound of that certain trumpet of the everlasting gospel spoken in the power of His Messenger and the only way it can be accepted, heard and received is by that Holy invitation whereby the Word speaks and the dead in Christ stand forth. Let he that has ears to hear, hearken unto the Word of the Lord. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken” (Is. 40:5).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 15, 2011