“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”
The Spirit of God had empowered this servant to proclaim a most precious basic principle of the kingdom of God. He did not send Paul to proclaim types and foreshadows of the law, the academic achievements of man throughout the ages or anything that would attribute praise unto the arm of the flesh. The good news that he was sent to declare before this chosen assembly was grace and nothing more.
He came forth as the messenger of Yehovah God with the testimony of a vessel chosen of God before the foundation of the world who had been given the experience of one who was come forth out of confusion. He was delivered from his inherent inability and corruption in Adam when the light of the glory of God revealed his guilt and rebellion unto him. He knew that he stood condemned by the perfect Law of God in the very lifestyle wherein he took great comfort as being just before God. He knew he had no right to claim the rights of the children of the kingdom and he knew he was not worthy to be called like the Anointed (Christian). Paul was taught of God that he was less than the least of all the saints as the memory of his persecution of the election according to grace was with him his entire life. Even though he did it ‘ignorantly’ yet he found no comfort in being the ‘fearful minister’ of Almighty God sent forth to ‘put to flight’ and ‘drive off’ (persecute) those for whom the Lamb died. Therefore when this servant came forth bound unto the Son of God having his heart knit together as one in Him, he brought forth “the headstone shouting Grace, grace unto it” (Zech. 4:7).
The work which the Spirit had anointed Saul of Tarsus unto was a ministry of proclamation of the blessing of grace form God. He told these brethren of hope that it was not according to anything they did or could have done for they were “without Christ, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in this world” (2:12). He also told them that when they were without hope and ignorant of their condition, God sent forth His Son to make an open testimony of the finished work of God. This work was accomplished and completed in the beginning, which is the Salvation of Yehovah. His people, being one in Him, were delivered from their sin, trespasses and iniquities in Adam before he was formed from the dust of the earth. They were made alive in Him by the power of God “according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead” (Rms. 1:4) and made to sit together with Him in the heavenly places. Yet now, in the fullness of time and the end of the world, God sent forth His Son to fulfill all that was written in the Law, the Psalms and the prophets concerning the Anointed One and to make an open demonstration of His sovereign rule over His creation. He came forth out of the confusion of the types and foreshadows, the confusion of man’s attempt to translate and interpret the ‘handwriting of ordinances’ and reveal His kingdom, which is not of this world.
Contrary to the philosophies and theologies of Adam, God revealed the reality of the pattern given to Moses in the mount and He was rejected of men, hated of all men and despised of the world. But to the election according to grace and in the time appointed of the Father, He has revealed Himself to His people dwelling in them. These were living in the midst of the same doubt, fear and confusion of every inhabitant of this world being “of the nations in the flesh, who are called uncircumcised by that which is called circumcised in the flesh made by hands, that at that time you were without Christ” (2:11). These would be considered by the arrogance of the natural mind to be of inferior stock, yet Paul announced to these beloved of the Lord that he was less than the least of all of the ‘holy ones’ (saints). And so the message of hope to the children of the kingdom of the Israel of our God is “not by might nor by strength but by My Spirit saith Yehovah of Hosts” (Zech. 4:6).
This is the grace that was given of God to His people whereby they are delivered, through faith. It is the grace by which the love of God is manifested in His redemption, forgiveness and covering of His people as they walk through the waste land of this wilderness called the habitation of this dwelling. It is the throne of God whereby the children obtain mercy and find grace in the time of need (Heb. 4:16). It proceeds from the Ancient of Days, the Almighty and immutable Sovereign of the universe; therefore it is the same yesterday, today and forever. “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, have grace by which we serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (12:28). And it is unto every child of the Israel of our God (Rev. 22:21).
Paul received grace, experienced grace, lived by grace and proclaimed the same for the edification of the body. There are no glad tidings of great joy if there is no grace and there is nothing glad about the tidings or any joy of any kind if there be anything but grace.
“...unsearchable riches of Christ.”
The sons of Adam have, from the beginning, attempted to show unto others the way unto life and happiness. They, like their father Adam, have no idea what either of these is yet they have developed extensive theorems and postulates upon which they base their most exquisite recitations of carnality and humanisms. In complete deference to the revelation of God in that which He has created, having their minds full of the exploits and endeavours of this existence, the theology of man centers around what he can prove, either by demonstration, exposition or extensive pontification. The study of od and truth, neither of which the creature can know, has elevated the Canaanites from the valley of vanity to the heights of the dung heap where the rotting compost causes the grass of the fields and the flowers thereof to blossom and flourish. Thus the days of man are like the grass and as the flower of the field so he flourishes (Ps. 103:15).
The children of the Kingdom of God are grieved by the vanity they have been made subject unto and the stench of death is repugnant to their being. The Spirit teaches them the uncleanness of their ways and the wretchedness of their existence in Adam as they earnestly await the deliverance from the body of this death. They have their affections set on things from above and anticipate the day when they shall return to the ‘Coming forth of peace’ which is Jerusalem from above (Ps. 137:1). The dainties of this world are repulsive, for they cannot sustain the spiritual life within, and the waters of this world cannot quench the thirst of one of the King’s people. There is a famine in this land, “not a famine of bread nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yehovah” (Amos 8:11). The preaching of the good tidings of great joy, which is the grace of God, is foolishness to them that perish for “God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty and base things of this world and things which are despised has God chosen, and things which are not to bring to nought things what are; than no flesh should glory in His presence” (I Cor. 1:25ff). The glory of man fades away and vanishes as the dew to the morning sun yet the children of the kingdom are assigned a time of habitation in this existence whereby they may be made complete in all that they suffer.
These walk in the light of the Lord all the days of their lives as they live by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them. Faith is unseen by the eyes of man for it is not of this creation and, being a gift of God and the manifestation of the presence of the Spirit, Adam has no right, nor part nor memorial in faith.
So many times a well meaning individual will offer a solution to a problem by saying; “all you need is to have a little faith” or “you just have to believe”. The Lord of glory, however, in whom the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily, said “IF you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this sycamore tree, ‘Be plucked up by the root and be planted in the sea’, and it should obey you” (Luke 17:6). In the absence of any accusations or the casting of aspersions there are no sycamore trees planted in the oceans of this world which should be testimony enough that no son of Adam has any faith, therefore the riches of the Anointing cannot be found by the intuitive abilities or cognitive attributes of the flesh. Faith is the natural ability and the manner of life style of everyone, born from above and made just by the work of God.
“Which does great things past finding out and wonders without number” (Job 9:10)
The lifestyle and accomplishments of man leave his imprint upon the earth through the annals of time. His endeavours yield him that which is assigned unto him as he eats his bread by the sweat of his brow. He builds upon the ruins of the previous generation and his memories are of that which is past as he leaves the legacy of his life from generation to generation. Thus the history of man can be traced, examined, embellished and re-wrote to the pleasure of the generations to come.
The way of God is singular in purpose and intent for it never changes. It is established firm and true upon the will of God for His people and comes to pass by the pleasure of that will. No man has any part, except as a willing participant, in the will of God for before he was created, the heavens and the earth came into being by the perfect will of God. Creation was completed before man was formed as God prepared the location and provisions necessary for the existence of Adam and his seed. A visual manifestation of the intent of God’s heart was fashioned and set into motion and when God finished His work on the seventh day and rested, He called the whole of creation exceedingly good.
The evidence of the glory of God can be seen in the firmament above and the earth below wherein man dwells. He has called those things that are as though they have already been because there is nothing new under the sun. “I know that, whatsoever God is doing, is for ever; nothing can be put to it nor any taken from it and God has done all that men should fear before Him” (Ecc. 3:15). He has provided persons, places and things commensurate to His purpose and each of them function in complete cooperation to each other in a simply yet complete manifestation of the wonders of God. He holds the reigns of the heart, mind and passion of every part of His creation in His hand to turn them whatsoever way is congruent to His purpose in an open declaration of His sovereign rule over all.
Man cannot find the path of His goodness nor seek out the extent of His abundance. His way is hid from the natural eye yet the sheep of His pasture walk in the footsteps of the flock. The passion of the child born from above is unto the love of the Father and by His provision they are sustained. They seek the place where He feeds His sheep with every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Father for they have been taught that this world is not their home, the food and company of the inhabitants of Canaan are not conducive to the love of God and the pleasures of sin are a vexation upon their soul.
God has hid His ways form the natural creation and the abundance of His goodness is ‘without trace’. He is the great King over all the earth which yields the abundance necessary for the sustaining of the seed of Adam. God has filled the hearts and minds of these sons to seek after the traces and paths of the ‘development’ of man throughout the ages but the abundance of His way is ‘not by step’ and ‘without foot-print’. Thus the natural man cannot see the path of the footsteps of the flock and his seeking cannot discover His way.
“And I looked and behold a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud and a fire infolding itself and a brightness about it and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber out of the midst of the fire” (Ezek. 1:4)
The extent of the glory of God cannot be found. His majesty and power emanate from Himself and return unto Him for He is Beginning and End. Nothing happens apart from the purpose of God and He brings all things to pass according to the power of His will. He, like the wheel in the middle of the wheel, has no beginning, no end and nothing can be added or detracted from Him, therefore, “that which has been is now and that which is to be has already been and God requires that which is past” (Ecc. 3:15).
The glory of God was manifested unto Moses in the burning bush that was not consumed and the fire did not spread. This manifestation was of the sovereign control and sufficiency of God. He did not need an accelerant to start this fire, He did not require the fuel to sustain it and he limited this vision to the only one who had eyes to see. He spoke out of the midst of the burning bush and commanded His servant to go forth and do that which he had been ordained unto and made Moses wiling in the day of His power. He had interwoven the method and means whereby the nation of Israel would be delivered out of the great house to the praise of His name and even though this was a stiff-necked and rebellious people from the beginning, yet, God showed forth the abundance of His love, power and majesty as He brought them forth out of the land of ‘double entrenchments’ wherein man finds protection and sanctuary, and delivered them into the wilderness for forty years.
This deliverance was facilitated by the hand of God which was openly demonstrated through the servant whom He had raised up. He caused Moses to walk in a path that was afore prepared for him which led him to the place where he was given to do all that Yehovah had ordained must be done and the testimony of this work was a pillar of fire. This fire infolded upon itself, needed no fuel to sustain it and did not spread past the limitations of the purpose and will of God. It left no track in the sand to follow, destroyed nothing in it’s path and gave light unto the children of Israel only as they ventured through the desert for forty years.
Science cannot explain what happened when God revealed Himself as the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night and the imagination of man can only present something of this world in speculation of the abundance of the riches of God. The Apostle was sent to make an open declaration to the children of hope of every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue of this path that was not accomplished by any steps and there were no foot prints in the sands of this world which man can see to follow. He came to show them the way which is beyond finding out and to say unto them, “This is the way, walk in it”.
“And to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God who created all things by Jesus Christ”
This fellowship is the communion of those of like precious faith as they experience the vanity of this world, ever groaning awaiting deliverance. It is the association of the community of companions in tribulation and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, which kingdom is not of this world. It is the testimony of those who wrestle not against flesh and blood but against thoughts and imaginations which exalt themselves against the throne and person of God. It is the witness of the Spirit of Holiness with the Spirit within the child of grace of the total inability of Adam to hit the mark and the futility of his continual attempts to prove himself before God. It is the understanding of the deception of the pride of the heart of man, the uncleanness of his ways, and the absurdity of his endeavours to fashion his particular line of botanical apparel for God to see and accept. It is the association of the spiritual hearts and minds being knitted together in the love of the Father for His children who know that in them, that is in their flesh dwells no good things.
The eyes of man see many things which are evaluated and judged according to the experiences which that particular person has had. Time and chance affect these experiences as well as the abilities of the person to see, hear, comprehend and understand. The natural man sees that which is natural and these things change before his eyes as the ages pass.
The experience of the inner man, as he grows in the grace and knowledge of God’s will, is to the hatred of self and his abominations before God and the absolute sufficiency in the Godhead. He is constantly confronted with the corruption of his ways in Adam and finds that he is devoid of strength to control even the smallest of members (the tongue) let alone the thoughts of the mind and the passions of the heart. He watches the flesh being drawn away after that which cannot satisfy as Adam continues to make his open declaration of his impotence, stupidity and pride and he is grieved in his soul.
The good news of great joy is deliverance to this one who feels the sorrows of death around him and the pains of the grave having an hold upon him. He finds nothing but trouble and sorrow as he experiences the bitterness of the chief poison (wormwood and gal) which is exalted spiritual wickedness manifested daily in the lusts of the flesh, the desires of the eyes and the pride of life (I John 2:16). These the hand of the Father has bestowed upon him that he be not exalted above measure and be not overtaken in his own arrogance.
Many will assert that this wickedness comes forth from the wicked heart of man and they would be correct but the theology of Adam prevents the conclusion of the equation. The wicked heart of man was created by the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah who made “the heart deceitful above all and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9). He created this abomination in the beginning, when all things were made that were made and without Him was nothing fashioned that was made, and He called it exceedingly good. He created that which was crooked and could not be made straight that the glory should be in the Creator and not in the creature and He made the heart of the creature to think more highly of himself than he aught; therefore the sons of Adam are without excuse before God. The act according to their nature and are condemned in all that they think, do and say.
“But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah and will save them by Yehovah their God and will not save them by the bow, nor by the sword, nor by the battle, nor by horses, nor by horsemen” (Hos. 1:7).
The mercy of God is upon the household of praise. These have ‘open hands’ (Judah) before the throne of God for there is no work which can be done. They are His people redeemed by the shed blood of the Lamb and they all sing the praise unto Him for He alone is worthy. The song of the redeemed cannot be learned by Adam for he has been assigned unto labour. The song of Zion is the same forever; Grace, Grace unto the cornerstone, for He has done marvelously.
The identification of the theology of Adam is the abundance of labours to find out the way of God and to admonish the followers to join in this holy quest. The peace that passes all understanding, which keeps the hearts and mind in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, is that the citizens of Zion walk in the light of the Lord as they keep His commandments and love one another.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 7, 2016