“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
The gifts that God has given to the called out assembly and members in particular are according to the completed purpose of His eternal design and are without repentance. The purpose of God comes to pass by the power of His will as the work of God, which He has made from the beginning, is revealed in time. This work is that His people are given not only to believe in Him but also to be made subject to the vanity of this world and to suffer for the Kingdom of God.
This suffering is not because of differences in the flesh but because “two nations are in your womb and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels” (Gen. 25:23). These two are diametrically opposed to one another but not as equal combatants striving to win the crown. The natural man seeks the glory of this existence and the continuation of the natural life while the spiritual man has eternal life in the Anointing. They strive against each other, having enmity one against the other, but the spiritual man can never be overtaken by the natural man for the decree of God is that “the elder shall serve the younger”. Now that which is first is natural as Esau and he is a mighty being but his lot is to serve the purpose of God in the growth and maturation of the spiritual man within; “for which cause we do not faint but though the outward man perish yet the inward is renewed day by day” (II Cor. 4:16).
It is within the limitations of this dwelling with the trials and tribulations which accompany the ways of the land that the children of hope are ordained to occupy till He comes. The Spirit that dwells in the creature desires the things of Zion, city of our God. The cares of this life are the weight and sin which so easily besets the weary traveler. They are a vexation of the soul and a constant reminder of the heavenly ‘coming forth of peace’, Jerusalem. As these travelers experience the ways of the people of Canaan and their kinfolk of fear, doubt, swelling words, inflated ego and self confidence in the ability and accomplishments of the flesh they are taught by the Spirit of God that in them that is in their flesh dwells no good thing. The carnal nature is continually drawn away after the delights of eye, which is temporal and the needs and pleasures of the flesh, which cannot satisfy because it has been deceived by the pride of an heart that is desperately wicked above all things. This experience causes the children to groan within as they find that they cannot rid themselves of the soil they have been planted in nor tear down the tabernacle afore prepared for them so as to deliver themselves from the body of this death. They know that the way of Yehovah is perfect and Holy yet they see the vileness of the outward man whose hatred is such so as to kill them that cry out; “How long O Lord Holy and True, do You not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth” (Rev. 6:10).
Where the Lord has been pleased to gather together two or three with this common experience and like precious faith, so that they may walk together for an allotted time, He has properly equipped the brethren with all things necessary to meet the needs of one another. He has given the gift to those who are ‘sent forth with orders’ (apostles) to be the ‘bringers of glad tidings’ (evangelists) by the ‘proper interpretation’ (prophets) as the ‘shepherds’ (pastors) of the little flock for instruction in righteousness (teachers) because the Father in heaven knows the need of His people. He has ‘reached out’ (given gifts) to His children through the fellow members of the pasture of common deliverance for the intent of ‘properly outfitting’ each of the holy ones, ‘strengthening’ them for the labour before them and the ‘putting in order’ (perfecting) those things which He has ordained essential. As He has predestinated His children to be conformed to the image of the Son, who is a man of sorrow acquainted with grief, so He has chosen His people in the furnace of affliction. As He learned obedience in all that He suffered and thus His name was Faithful and True so His children shall be proven through the work of the ministry, being reconciled unto God, to be faithful in Him. He is the way, the truth and the life of His people, they are His workmanship and He has done all their works for them; “Yehovah You shall ordain peace for us for You also have done all our works in us” (Is.26:12).
“And how shall they preach except they be sent, as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things?” (Rms. 10:15).
The theology of Adam asks who these are who have been ‘sent out with orders’, to whom have they been sent and what shall they proclaim. The day when Jesus ascended back to the Father in the sight of His disciples, He commissioned them to go forth and to preach. He sent them forth with the orders to love one another, even as I have loved you, and to proclaim that love unto all men. His word was not limited to those of the nation of Israel who called themselves by the name of Yehovah for the mystery of the gospel had been revealed. Nor did He send His people forth to make converts, add unto the kingdom or save any sinners. He gave orders that those who had the hope of glory within, which is the Anointing, should go forth to every creature and proclaim the only Word of God, the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. These glad tidings of great joy, which were unto the Jew first and then unto all mankind, is not the story of God turning a blind eye to the corruption of man and opening wide the gates of heaven that all may go in. Neither was it the announcement that there was a pool of blood, sufficient to cleanse from all unrighteousness for all yet efficient only to those who would accept and take the plunge. Nor was this an invitation for whosoever will to give their hearts unto Yehovah; none of these have any part in the gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
God has shown forth His salvation and all flesh, of every kindred, every tribe, every nation and every tongue, having eyes to see and ears to hear, has seen it. It is the same salvation of Yehovah that has been from the beginning for He cannot change neither can any of His works. The preaching of the gospel is the proclamation that the all powerful sovereign has redeemed the election according to grace back to Himself and by the shed blood of the perfect sacrifice for sin, He has removed their iniquity in Adam as far as the east is from the west, never to be called into account again. This was accomplished before Adam was created by the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world and manifested in the fullness of time when God sent forth His Son, born of a woman and made under the Law, to redeem them that were under the law. When He had completed all that was given unto Him, having abolished the hand writing of ordinances nailing them to the tree and crucifying the old man of sin, and having fulfilled the Law in all righteousness, losing none whom the Father had given Him, He was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. He, having His seed in Him and His bride in Him (which is the same) quickened His people in Him in the washing of regeneration and raised them up in the last days; this is the primary resurrection. These He presented before the Father, declaring His generation, the generation of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, causing them to be seated together, eternally in the heavens, in Him. This is the hope of the gospel and though for a time, the children do not see the beauty of His Holiness, being obscured by the vapour of this existence in flesh and blood, yet they are all one in Him, who is the fullness of all things.
He ‘certainly reached out’ and sent forth with orders, bringing glad tiding to the sheep of the pasture and instructions in righteousness unto the strangers and sojourners wandering in a foreign land; for the proper equipping of these travelers in the work they have been assigned, which is the proclamation of the finished work in Jesus Christ. This testimony is to them that perish, foolishness, but unto those whom God has revealed Himself tabernacling in them, it is the joy of our salvation and the earnest expectation of the redemption of the purchased possession. It is the answer of the good conscience before the Lord and the giving of account of the hope that is within
Any who does not preach the power of God unto the salvation of His people is accursed of the Lord for they crucify Him afresh and call the blood of the sacrifice as common. These have made merchandise of the blessing and have profited more than any others in the trafficking of souls.
“But you have not so learned Christ, if so be that you have heard of Him and have been taught by Him as the truth is in Jesus” (Eph. 4:20-21). The brethren speak of how great things God has done in them for He has shown them the reality of the corruption in Adam. They know from what they have the hope of deliverance because as the Spirit bears witness with their Spirit that they are the sons of God they are also shown the law in their members which wars against the law of their mind. This is the testimony of the new covenant in them wherein instead of believing themselves seasoned for heaven; they find that they know they have no right, nor portion nor memorial in Adam that would plead mercy before the Righteous Judge.
Thus the preaching of sufficiency in the finished work of the Anointing builds up and lifts up each member of the body, being scattered throughout the earth throughout time;
“Until we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”
The all inclusive nature of the fullness of the Godhead demands that as He is so is His body. Since He has predestinated each member of His body to be conformed to the image of the Son, each member shall come in the complete unity of the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them; every man in his order. There can be no division in the body for it is one as the head is one; “for as the body is one and has many members, and all members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also Christ” (I Cor. 12:12). Not all the members have the same station in the body yet all function for the good of the body and the nourishment of the parts.
The natural body functions as an individual unit being nourished by the food, drink and elements of this world, yet these cannot satisfy the flesh; “all rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whence the rivers come, thither they return again. All things are full of labour; man cannot utter; the eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear filled with hearing” (Ecc. 1:7f). Nor does the flesh have any faith in anything save that which can be experienced in the flesh. Even the imaginations of the mind as rooted and grounded in the natural things of this world and so when Paul knew the man who was lifted up to the third heaven, he saw things that he could not describe for there were neither words to explain nor understanding to comprehend the things of God. Man is given to desire and imagine things of this temporal plain for which he believes his life shall be blessed and his endeavours rewarded; “But you have not so learned Christ”.
The unity of faith is not when we shall all come to an agreement; it is the unity of all that are joined together in Him; “How can two walk together unless they be agreed (joined)” (Amos 3:3). It is the time when the limitations of this habitation are concluded and the redeemed of the Lord are delivered from the bondage of this death. Then shall be the manifestation of the sons of God who live by His faith. They are unprofitable servants in the labours that have been assigned for they add nothing to the glory or worth of God yet they are good and faithful servants in that they have kept the commandments of God and have the testimony of the finished work.
This can not be of anything of Adam, for that tabernacle of the body of this death shall be put off for the tabernacle not made with hands, which is eternal in the heavens. It cannot be of anything concerning Edom/Adam for the fire of the house of the children of promise (Jacob) and of the house of the next son (Joseph – being the testimony of the mystery of the gospel), which is the Refiner’s Fire, shall, during the time of this habitation, consume the wood, hay and stubble of the labours and works of the house of Esau (the elder) “and there shall not be remaining of the house of Esau for Yehovah has spoken” (Ob. 18). Nor can it be of anything that is not of faith “for without faith, impossible to please, for he that comes to God must believe that He is and He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6). Since God is not found of him that seeks, nor can He be found of the intentions or labours of man: “And He saw NO MAN and wondered that no intercessor: therefore His arm brought salvation unto Him and His righteousness sustained Him” (Is. 59:16).
Therefore since faith is a gift of God and the inward testimony of the indwelling of the Spirit of the Most High God, the unity of that faith must be the manifestation of the fullness of the Godhead, which is the completed man. This man is not formed of the dust of the ground but rather is born of God. He has been planted in the good ground to come forth at the appointed time and to bear the peaceable fruits of righteousness. He, being a son of God, experiences the contradiction of sin against himself and, learning this obedience to the will of God, he is made perfect in all that he suffers (Heb. 5:8).
It is this learning through the teaching of the Holy Spirit which causes the children to grow in the grace and knowledge of the will of the Father and to walk by faith; that they “speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, Christ:”. The growth and maturation of the seed produces the fruit that each has been ordained unto as it abides in the vine. He that abides in the true Vine brings forth the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance: against such there is no law (Gal. 5:22). This fruit is produced to the glory of God and for the supply of the needs of the members of the body. Each branch bearing fruit is purged by the Husbandman of the Vineyard that it may bring forth more fruit (some thirty, some sixty and some an hundred fold) and when the branch is finished producing its fruit, it is the Father who takes it away (John 15). This is the time appointed of the Father when all things decreed have been fulfilled and the time of this habitation is complete. This is the final deliverance from which he that endures to the end shall be delivered (Mark 13:13).
This then is the perfect man. A fully developed and mature seed which is brought to the end, being fully grown and lacking nothing. How and why this happens is a mystery of the wondrous works of God which He makes from the beginning but since this process comes to pass in the life of the believer as they are made to walk this earth, so it must be concluded that it is both good and necessary as the perfect will of God. He works all things after the counsel of His will and causes whatsoever is to come to pass for the good of the body (Rms. 8:28). Since, therefore, the redeemed are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which He has before ordained that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:10) and since all His works are “done in truth” (Ps.33:4) and since He has finished His work and is set down at the right hand of the Majesty on High (Heb. 1:3) and since He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8); there can be no possibility of the failure of one work, one fruit or the final coming in the unity of the faith, unto a perfect man.
This spiritual man cannot be affected by the things of this world for God has decreed everything necessary to the development of the inner man; thus he is made a subject to the vanity of the world. This subjugation is unto the hope of glory and the final deliverance when time is no more and faith is made sight. Then the reality of eternity is not obscured by the illusion of time and the perfection of His glory is not shrouded in the corruption of the flesh. Then shall the veil be lifted from the eyes and the children shall see Him in the beauty of His Holiness. Then shall the bondage of inability vanish as a vapour and the earnest expectations be made a reality for then each fully developed child shall see Him as He is; “and unto them that patiently wait for Him shall He appear a second time without sin” (Heb. 9:28).
The ‘correct measurement of the fullness of age’ of Him that is fully complete and the fullness of all things in Him is the destination of each seed He has planted. He has reached out unto His people who live in the land of famine and drought, not a famine of bread or a thirst of water, but of hearing the Word of God (Amos 8:11) and made them acceptable in the Beloved. He has sent them forth as ambassadors of the Kingdom to sound forth the trumpet of God, which is the trumpet of the everlasting power of God unto salvation. These bringers of glad tidings have been so commissioned for the citizens of the Kingdom of the Israel of our God and each member has the same commission unto the same purpose; “for the moth shall eat them up as a garment and the worm shall eat them as wool; but My righteousness shall be forever and My salvation from generation to generation” (Is. 51:8).
“That we be no more children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of man’s cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”
The theology of man is founded upon the sandy soil of the indigenous people of the land. It is centered on the qualities of the flesh and the abilities of the greatest of God’s creation whereby he might show forth his attributes and secure the blessing and favour of the Almighty. It denounces the sovereignty of God, reduces the Godhead to less than man and exalts the creature above the Creator, thus it has ears to hear the words of man while being deaf to the Word of God. It esteems the inventions and speculations of the carnal mind above the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and delights in the complexity of intrigue and the prognostication of the unknown. This is appealing to the itching ears of the natural man who is persuaded by the lying spirit, moved by emotion and completely enamored with logic while being made ignorant of the simplicity of the gospel.
The children of the Kingdom have been assigned to walk in this manner for an allotted time period until it pleases the Father to reveal Himself in them. Although they are not aware of the presence of the fullness of the Godhead within, yet they ‘kick against the pricks’ until the appointed hour. Then having ears to hear the voice of the Redeemer, because they have been quickened together in Him, they are enlightened by the brilliance of His perfection and the Holiness of His Law; “for I was alive, without the law, once, but the commandment came, sin revived and I died” (Rms. 7:9).
Then after the Father has revealed Himself, the student, because he is a son of God, is taught of the Spirit a life long lesson. The complete and utter worthlessness of the flesh in comparison to the righteousness of God is revealed moment by moment and with it, the baggage of the vain janglings of the teachings of man is discarded. The unstableness of the house of the flesh, built upon the dust of the earth, is revealed day by day as the outward man perishes. This causes the children to cry out unto the Father for mercy, confessing their inability in Adam. They hunger and thirst after His righteousness as they are taught His ways, His statutes and His judgments by the ‘proper interpretation’ given by the Spirit within.
The lesson material is the same as the Teacher for there is One Word. He is the Lord God Omnipotent who reigns over all and His children are preserved in the unity of His Spirit unto the unity of the faith of the Son for the “testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy (proper interpretation)” (Rev. 19:10). Man has devised cunning fables and myths wherein he finds comfort, The Spirit leads His people in the truth of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah and, having their hearts knit together in love, they speak the truth in love, one for the other, as they “grow up in Him in all things, which is the Anointed Head”.
“Now abides faith, hope and love, these three but the greatest of these is love” (I Cor. 13:13). “But as touching brotherly love, you have no need that I write unto you for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another” (I Thes. 4:9).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 28, 2016