“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. Be not ashamed therefore of the testimony of our Lord or of me his prisoner, but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God, who hath saved us and called with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace that was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
All things whatsoever proceed from God and there is no exception. Everything that exists has come from the only One with the purpose and power to create and perform all things according to the good pleasure of His most Holy Will. There is nothing outside or exempt from this declaration or is there anyone who is equal with God and in charge of those things which we may conclude are not so pleasant, such as sickness, pain, death, sin and evil. He is the One and only God and there is no other and He, the Lord and giver of ALL things has not given us the spirit of temerity or cowardness that His children should hide in fear. Rather He has instructed them not to be afraid of man who may kill the body, or of the accuser of the brethren or of the wicked One because He has overcome all and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He has given His children the Spirit, which has no material substance and therefore cannot be seen by the eyes of man, of His power and he is Almighty. This is the power that created the universe and all that is therein with the Word. It is the power that set all things in place, established the courses they should run, empowered them to move and causes them to keep the course without possibility of failure. This power is the Word of God and that Word became flesh and dwelt among us and has redeemed His children unto Himself by the power of His perfect Will.
He has also given His children the Spirit of love that is solely based on the eternal love of the Father for His elect. This is an eternal love (Jer. 31:3) and is not influenced or altered because of action. Before the Word was created and time set in motion there existed in the Godhead the love of the Godhead for the seed of the blessing. They loved the Father because He first loved them and they love each other because of the Spirit of power, for the fruit of the Spirit is love.
And He gave them, not a third Spirit but the same Spirit of a sound mind. This is the power of the Spirit over the elder brother, Adam, and the temperance or moderation and control that causes the elder to serve the younger. It is not a list of duty faith or self help books to aid and improve Adam, it is the manifestation of the power of God over His creation. It is the disciplines and boundaries set by the decree of God that enables and prevents the nature of Edom from exploring his corruption and satiating his lusts. It is the cause behind the wretched man that I am, the sin that dwells within me and that the yoke of my transgressions are bound up in His hand. This is only possible because He is God. This is the Spirit that He has given to His children for hope, guidance and comfort.
Because of this power and of the hope within, be not ashamed of the testimony of Christ Jesus. This is a testimony that He came to do the will of the Father as it had been written in the volume of the book by the law and the prophets and He finished it. He was raised again from the dead because he had finished the work in righteousness and the Father was well pleased, there fore He was manifested to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead. Paul was made a minister of the gospel of this testimony and a bond servant unto God, not of his choice or of the will of the flesh, but because he was appointed an apostle by the will of God, set apart from his mother’s womb, converted on the road to Damascus and taught by the Spirit of power, love and self control. He was assigned this station in life and made willing in the day of His power. Therefore to be ashamed of the bond servant of the gospel (which is the power of God unto salvation and by which ye believe) is to be ashamed of the testimony of the finished work of the Anointed Salvation of Jehovah and God has not given His children a spirit of shamefacedness.
All this is in complete accord with the eternal purpose of the One and only true God. He purposed in Himself, because there is none greater, a singular purpose for His glory and honour and He performed it with exacting precision and accuracy that all things fall out as He decreed; “Surely as I have thought so shall it come to pass and as I have purposed so shall it stand” (Is. 14:24). And by the hand of this Almighty God His people are delivered from the wages of sin, the law of God, the corruption of this world, the body of this death and tabernacles of this dwelling, not according to our works for we have no works in and of ourselves. We are framed from the dust of the earth. The Creator made us alive. He caused us to stand and assigned us the labours to exercise us without the slightest possibility of failure. No we have no works of our own but according to His love, His mercy. His eternal purpose and His grace He has delivered His people from their sin, brought them out of the house of bondage, redeemed them unto Himself and set His seal upon them for all eternity. They are not just the victors in this contest they stand as MORE than conquerors. Because he has overcome the world by His Word in that He was faithful, they have overcome the world even by their faith, which is the faith of Christ Jesus.
All these works were completed before time had a beginning in Christ Jesus, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, and they were accounted unto His children for righteousness sake before those foundations were even laid. This is the testimony of the finished work of Meshiah-Jeshuah.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 8, 2011