“But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us.”
Many a man has endeavoured to understand and explain the mercy of God by the natural reference points of nature and the ability of Adam. These have proven to be less than futile because the natural man cannot understand this most precious spiritual subject. Adam stands gird in his apron of fig leaves in attempt to appease the righteous demands of the Law of God and he sees no need for anything else. When Adam took and did eat and his eyes were opened, then they knew that they were naked. Adam went into nature and sewed together aprons out of the leaves of the fruit of the earth because he knew that he could not stand before God in that condition. He knew he had done contrary to God’s commandment, he knew something had happened to he and his wife and he knew that something else must be done, but he did not know what it was. Before he had the knowledge of good and evil, he and Eve were naked but this fact was hid from them and they did not know that a covering was required. The condition was present but the severity of that condition was not known. In this condition, no amount of instruction could have been given to him to convince him of his condition for he had no point of reference. Even when he had the knowledge of good and evil, he did not possess the understanding of how to do that which he knew must be done. Therefore he followed after the imagination and desires of his natural mind and fashioned aprons out of fig leaves demonstrating that Adam knows nothing about mercy.
God is singular and immutable. He does not share His glory with another and no flesh has or ever shall glory in His sight. Sin is the manifestation of the inability of the flesh to measure up to the standard of the perfect holiness of God. That which is flesh and blood is not of the spirit and therefore does not have faith for faith is the fruit of the Spirit. Whatsoever is not of faith is a demonstration of the inability of that which is of the earth to hit the mark of perfection. Whatsoever is of the flesh is a continual attempt to hit that mark by the arm of the flesh and to establish the righteousness of man. He stands condemned of sin in Adam being completely polluted and yet tries to measure up to the standard because he has the knowledge of good and evil. Yet the natural man, being carnally minded, does not possess the ability to understand the true concept of sin or the condition of being dead in trespasses and sin. This was well demonstrated when Adam stood guilty before God and blamed God and his wife for his actions being clothed in his works of righteousness.
“If we confess our sin God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).
The confession of sin by a contrite and humble heart is caused by God to demonstrate His faithfulness in the forgiveness of that sin and the cleansing from all unrighteousness. The contrition of the heart is no more possible with an heart of stone than humility is possible in a stiff-necked and rebellious people. The heart of stone must be removed, the obstinacy broken and the rebellion defeated. This is the work of God in and for each of His seed when they become partakers of flesh and blood but it is not a remake of the flesh.
When the child is born of the Spirit, he is separate from the natural man as Jacob was separate from Esau. He has been separated from his mother’s womb, which is Jerusalem from above the mother of the redeemed and he is a different manner of person. He has an eternal existence in God, has the Godhead dwelling in him and has the mind of Jesus Christ. This spiritual man knows the perfection of Holiness that pertains to God being one with Him. Therefore he knows what is the standard of perfection which God demands and how that Adam cannot hit this mark.
In the fullness of time, when it pleases the Father to reveal Himself in His children, the revelation of this dichotomous relationship is made manifest. The child is made aware of the perfection of Law and the status of Adam, being guilty of all charges. The Law, which is life, becomes death in that the glory of God reveals the fact that in the flesh dwells no good thing. The child is made to understand by the Spirit within that the flesh cannot keep the law, does not delight in the Law and is drawn away after the lusts and desires of the people of the land. Herein does he groan within himself and travail in pain (Rms. 8:22).
Until this time of awareness, the natural man does not know that he is dead in trespasses and sin or that he walks according to the course of this world. He has no spiritual life or light and although he may strive to be a moral and benevolent person, he is ignorant of the fact that his conversation is in the lusts of the flesh. By nature, he is a child of wrath, like unto every son of Adam. He perceives himself as still wearing the fig leaf apron from the garden and acceptable before God. (It is interesting that when God clothed Adam and Eve with skins, He did not remove those aprons, but rather left them on thus signifying that every child of Adam, would forever think that he stands in his own righteousness; cp Gen. 3:21).
“For I was alive without the Law once, but when the commandments came, sin revived and I died” (Rms 7:9).
When the children of God are awakened to their dwelling in Adam and their minds are illuminated in the truth, they see the righteous Law of God. Only a subject of the King can hear and know His Law. But with that understanding of the righteous demands of God comes the realization of the corruption of the tabernacle of this dwelling. The comparison between the eternal perfection of the incorruptible seed and the finite, corrupt body of this death can only be seen and comprehended by one who has been born from above, by the Spirit. This is not when the flesh feels or discerns the presence of the Spirit it for even Saul of Tarsus ‘kicked against the pricks’ before he was converted (Acts 9:5). This is the school-master that instructs the children of inheritance of their need for deliverance from the bondage of corruption and the impotence of the flesh. Herein does the child cry out to the Father, when the Spirit turns them unto the light and they are aware of their condition, being dead in Adam. They repent of their lewdness, corruption and idolatry, because there is life and light within. After they are instructed, as only the Spirit can teach His children, then they are ashamed of their doings and confounded as to how these things can be (Jer. 31:19). They die daily because of the inability of Adam to meet the demands of the Law because they are alive in Him.
Sin has been in Adam since it entered into the world by his actions but where there is no awareness until the time appointed of the Father, there is no understanding of condemnation because of guilt. The sorrows of death cannot be discerned by one who is dead and troubles and the distresses of hell are effective only on those who are alive (Ps. 116:3). Where there is no life there is no Law and those who are dead in trespasses and sin stand condemned and guilty, therefore they do not believe.
Now after that the Spirit has shined into the heart of flesh of the subject of grace can he see the corruption of Adam and is humbled and ashamed of his fig leaf loin cloth. It is because of the reviving of the Law and the commandments that this separation is manifested and the son finds himself polluted with the swine in the swill of the ways of the world, totally separated from his Father’s house. It is here that he joins himself to the “citizens of the country” (the Philistines, Jebusites, Perizzites, Hivite, Hittites and all the other ‘ites’) and it is revealed to him that “NO MAN” can give anything unto him. It is here that the Spirit brings him to himself and finds that he has strength to uphold himself, no provision to sustain him and no hope in this world. He is reminded of his Father’s house and longs to be delivered from his condition (Luke 15:15ff). His heart of flesh, upon which God has written His statutes, delights after the very thing which has been revived and he is slain by the commandments of life. He was brought by this way, by the mercy of God for His love for His child, to a place of conviction and condemnation that he might know the sufferings of Messiah and the power of His resurrection. God did not drive out the inhabitants of the land in order to prove the son and reveal His love. Then he calls upon the name of Yehovah in humility and contrition and beseeches him to deliver his soul (Ps. 116:4). This is the will of God, that none should perish but that all should come to the knowledge of the truth.
“I will arise and go to my father and will say unto him, Father I have sinned against heaven and before thee” (Luke 15:18).
This man was brought forth to a place where he was convicted of his sin wherein he took his delight after the flesh. He walked according to the god of this world and came to the exact place and point in time when he found that “no man gave unto him”. It was here that the Spirit revealed his wickedness of the flesh and the fact that he had a father. Never did this young man loose his relationship with his father for nothing can separate a son from his father, they are forever joined.
Only when the conviction of condemnation was upon him did he confess that he had sinned against his father, then, was he turned unto his father and repented of his ways. But it was his father who was wealthy in mercy that received him. He could have sought repentance with the tears of Esau and found none because his father had given his blessing unto his older brother, but he could never have severed the bond of father and son, because of love. Now the eternally pre-existing, abundant mercy of his father was revealed and applied because of his love for his son to the extent that the son might know the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward him through Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:7).
God has loved His children with an eternal love. There has never been a moment when the intentions of His heart, the work of His hand and the affections of His love did not command all His labours for His Beloved. His abundant mercy is because of that love and since He and His love are eternal, so is His mercy. He is ever present and immutable and so is His mercy to His elect according to grace. The fact that His mercy is continual indicates that the need for mercy is the same and this is because “we have this treasure in an earthen vessel”. The extent of the wealth of His mercy far surpasses the corruption of the flesh of the wretched man that houses the sons of God.
The blood of the covenant was shed for the sin of His people and that sin is never brought into account again, yet the actions of the flesh that were atoned for must still be committed in time. The exact amount of blood was shed for the sin of the entire household and there remains no more blood for another sacrifice for sin. The blood of the atonement covers and identifies the house where the children dwell and satisfies the eternal judgment of God. If the sin had not been covered and removed then a new sacrifice would be required, each and every moment of earthly existence, as Adam testifies to the bondage of the corruption of the body of this death. And there can be no act omitted or averted else the judgment of God was more sever than the debt required. Balanced weights are the justice of Yehovah and an unbalance weight is an abomination before Him (Pro. 16:11).
According to this great love, wherewith He loved His people even when they were dead in trespasses and sin, He quickened them together with Messiah and raised them up to sit together with Him in the heavenlies. He did not remove the fig leaves from off Adam, He did not remake Adam and his lusts and He is not preparing Adam for the next dimension. He quickened His people in Christ Jesus when He raised Him from the dead and raised them up to sit in Him as He is seated at the right hand of the Father. He has given them the victory over the inhabitants of the land in Him as He has overcome the world, placing all His enemies under His footstool. He has made His elect more than conquerors in Him for He has gone forth upon that white horse conquering and to conquer. He has the bow, which is the sign of the covenant, the children of grace, and a crown upon His head signifying that He is King (Rev. 6:2) He has declared His generation before the hosts of heaven, has redeemed them with His blood, making them Kings and Priest to their God and He has finished His work in righteousness. Shall any do otherwise? Is there something left undone or deficient in quantity and quality? NO, IT IS FINISHED!
“I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.”
“I write unto you, fathers, because you have known Him from the beginning.”
“I write unto you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one.”
“I write unto you little children, because you have known the Father.”
“I write unto you, fathers, because you have known Him from the beginning.”
“I write unto you, young men, because you are strong and the Word of God abides in you and you have overcome the wicked one.”
“Love not the world, neither the things in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him”
The natural man cannot discern the things of the Spirit and he does not desire to overcome that which he can comprehends as his nature by his natural faculties. He does not see a need to overcome sin because it is his home and he does not esteem himself a sinner. If Adam was convinced of sin and being converted would he repent then must he be healed of God and that without blood for there remains no more sacrifice for sin. But God has put the things of this world in the minds of Adam so that he cannot find out the work which God makes from the beginning and He has set his affections on the things of the earth.
Brethren of like precious faith, the Lord God has chosen His people before time and action were created, with the purpose and to the intent that they should be Holy and without blame before Him in love. Before the events were made manifest, His decree stood, that they should endure all things in their appointed time unto the end that they should be made like the Son of God. All this in accordance with the good pleasure of His will and to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made His people accepted in the Beloved. He has done all things for the elect according to grace, in all wisdom and prudence, and has made known the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure, which he has purposed in Himself. Praise His name as He has spoken it has come to pass.
This mystery is that He is not willing that any of His generation should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Pt. 3:9). He has openly revealed the mystery of the gospel that all nations have been made partakers of the same Spirit and have been delivered by the power of the immutable God through the mutual faith of Jesus Christ unto an hope that cannot fade away. He has finished the work of fulfilling the law in righteousness and manifesting all that is written about Him in the Law and the Prophets and He is seated in the throne of God. He has won the victory, overcome the world and the accuser of His brethren is cast out.
But He has not revealed this to the nature of Adam nor made it evident to the senses of the flesh. If these precious truths were known unto man, then would they be seen and understood. If they were thus, then, according to the testimony of the Spirit, they must be temporal, being seen and therefore not hoped for (II Cor. 4:18).
Thanks be unto God that the inheritance of the saints of light is not of this world. It is incorruptible and undefiled, reserved in heaven, for His children (I Pt. 1:4). Herein is hope wherein the redeemed of the Lord are saved (Rms. 8:24). This hope is the tabernacle of God with His children, the fullness of the Godhead dwelling within (Rev. 21:3), and it is the anticipation of the manifestation of the sons of God to the glory and praise of his precious name (Rms. 8:19).
Do not be deceived by the passion and exuberance of the world who cry; “Lo here and Lo there”. He is not there, His kingdom is not of this world, the hope of His people is not revealed in Adam and the evidence of His glory cannot be seen with the natural eye nor comprehended with the finite mind. He has called His children out of the kingdom of darkness and caused them to sojourn in a weary barren wilderness. They seek that building not made with hands whose builder and maker is God. They walk by the faith of the Son of God, being made subject to the vanity of the flesh and this present evil generation. They long for the songs of Zion and the deliverance from the body of this death, because of;
“His great love wherewith He loved us”
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 25, 2013