“But you have not so learned Christ;”
Copious time and expense have been expended in the delusional attempt to teach others the Word of God. This enticement of the flesh through carnal means and methods has been honed and sharpened since the days in the garden when Eve looked upon the fruit “and a tree to be desired to make wise” (Gen. 3:6). The natural instincts of Adam have been openly revealed and plainly identified through his earnest desire to make merchandise of the truth for profit and gain and there are no shortages of men who have been given to gladly teach the science unto the fellow man.
The church at Ephesus was well aware of the fact that they were not descendants of the natural line of Israel. They had not been raised with the doctrines and the covenants of the Law of Moses and were, by nature, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. The Apostle has been given of the Spirit to assure these precious ones of the unity of the body of the Anointed, which is born not of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man but of God. This eternal incorruptible seed has been planted in the corruption of the earthen vessel and, during the time of this habitation, made subject to the vanity thereof. These are all the ordained ingredients of the first Adam and his environment which have been decreed of old as necessary for the nurture and maturation of the inner man unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Anointing.
During the time of their habitation, when they walked according to the course of this world, that time when the natural man kicks against the pricks, ignorant of the seed within, these saints were tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. They had been given to follow after the accepted religion of the culture and society where they lived and to be active participants in the associated customs and ritual. Some may have been given to think themselves holy and to walk piously before his fellow man but everyone of them was given, in some degree, to accept the teachings as the truth. These practices were expanded through the imagination of man to include many superstitious teachings which were directly intended to cause fear in the minds of the participants. This fear was then played upon unto obedience as the spiritual teachers gave instructions as to how to overcome the fears, remove the doubts and prove the doer as a true servant of god. Human atrocities were incorporated into the worship ceremonies as the vanity of the mind of Adam was enticed “through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (4:18).
During the time of His earthly manifestation, Jesus was questioned by John whether He was Messiah or “should we look for another?” Jesus told these disciples of John to return and report unto John the things that they had observed; “Go your way and tell John what things you have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and to the poor the gospel is preached” (Luke 7:22). The Elect Servant of Yehovah had come to open the eyes of His people that they might see the truth, for He is the way, the truth and the life of His Beloved.
The Pharisees objected to Jesus healing the blind and proclaiming Himself the light of the world (John 8). They had long since been convinced that they were the holders and keepers of the light of understanding unto holiness. They had been elevated through the ignorant superstitions of man unto a place of respect in the society and of reverent fear in the religion of the people. Jesus said He had not come for those who were righteous but for the unrighteous. He said He had not come to redeem they who have been found blameless before the Law but they who have been found wanting under the galling yoke of the demands of religion through theology and that they who were whole were in no need of the Great Physician. Thus the words of His ministry and the gospel He preached were diametrically opposed to the ways of man, the teachings of the learned and the passions of the flesh.
Jesus professed before all that He was the anointed of Yehovah who, as the seventh messenger of Yehovah, came forth with the eternal glad tidings of great joy. He ascribed all glory and honour unto the Father, who gave breath unto the people and the spirit which caused them to walk upon the earth. He came as a servant not to speak His own words or to do His own works. The word which He spoke was that which was given unto Him of the Father who had called Him in righteousness and holding His hand, kept Him, for the covenant of the people, for a light of the nations; “to open the blind eyes, bring out the prisoners from the prisons and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house” (Is. 42:7). This was the testimony of the Anointed One as He walked the earth and it remains the same as He is the same unto all His people.
The church at Ephesus were members in particular of the body of the Anointed which had been raised up in Him and made to sit with Him in the heavens. They were of the household of faith, the general assembly of the called out assembly of the house of the first-born. The instruction and guidance given unto them was that they no longer walked according to the prince of the power of the air for that time had ended. When the eyes of their illumination had been opened and they saw themselves naked before the Lord, they were shown of the Spirit that all their works of righteousness, the practices and beliefs of the natural man, were completely filthy and repugnant before the Holy throne of God. They were taught of the Spirit in His communion with their Spirit that they were the sons of God being raised up in Him who was “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rms. 1:4).
These then, being born of God and having the anointing of the Spirit in the Beloved, were also taught that their former ways of life were the ways unto destruction “and many there be that find it” These former ways, being identified as the old man wherein a person was adorned in the fig leaves of his own righteousness and deceived by the pride of his heart, were revealed as being akin to the ways of the people of the world; “who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness” The Spirit of Yehovah calls unto His people to come out of the confusion of this world and not to be a partaker of the inabilities of the people of the world, whereby they are unclean (II Cor. 6:17). The Spirit within causes these chosen of God to walk in the light of the Lord for He has given them the Word as a lamp unto their feet and a light upon the path (Ps. 119:105). He is that word which instructs the pilgrim “This is the way, walk in it” (Is. 30:21) as the steps of the valiant are ordained by the Lord and He delights in his ways (Ps. 37:23)
“If so be that you have heard Him and have been taught by Him as the truth is in Jesus” (21)
It would be very easy to enter into a long litany of the teachings and instructions that have been received at the hands of the various groups that the Lord has brought His people out of. Many can recount the instruction, admonitions and exhortations of these well meaning instructors who had been sufficiently schooled in the art of deception and had been set forth with orders to propagate the theology of man. These sons of Adam who through the agitation of the senses have a testimony of experience have been given instruction which is soothing to the ears and sentient to the carnal mind. They are made to feel under the conviction of duty and driven on through the zeal of the natural heart to tell others of the truth.
The basic tenant of this way is the identification of the number of the beast which is the number of man (Rev. 13:18). This number is characterized by the need for a following, blasphemy of the name of Yehovah and the casting of doubt upon the truth. The teacher of the doctrines and promises of this way is the false accuser who is both destruction and the destroyer (Rev. 9:11). He appeals as he did in the garden to the natural needs and abilities of man as he casts aspersions against the holiness of God and questions the Word. He has exalted himself to the throne of God and thinks himself to be god yet he is the servant of God. Yehovah has created him evil and the pride of his beauty has deceived him. He is an inveterate foe to those who have the hope of glory but he is led about with hooks in his jaws. He cannot exceed the limits that the Sovereign Ruler has placed upon him as he performs all that has been assigned unto him; “casting all your cares upon Him for He cares for you, be sober, be vigilant, for your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour” (I Pt. 5:7)
Wisdom teaches her children to identify this number through their own experience as they are shown that in their flesh dwells no good thing. She shows them the uncleanness of the body of this death and the abomination of the ways of man before God; “now therefore hearken unto me my children for blessed are they that keep my ways” (Pro. 8:32). They who are the children of wisdom, being “in the beginning of His way, before His work of old, set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was” are of the eternal seed born of God. These are the children of the covenant of God, not like the covenant made in the wilderness which covenant they broke, but according to a new covenant. These being taught of the Spirit are hated of the dragon, the beast and all men for they have the testimony of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah and they keep His commandment. They live by the faith of God and walking in the light of His glory they have no need to teach or to be taught every man his neighbour saying “know Yehovah, for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, said Yehovah, for I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more” (Jer. 31:34)
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Rms. 6:6).
The work society of the theology of Adam demands that the religious actions of man be repeated daily to insure compliance through an outward demonstration to the demands of the way. Daily devotionals, pious prayers and dutiful labours are the practices and policies of the religion of man. The disciples of this way find great comfort labouring under the burdens of expectations and hollow promises as they strive for the mastery and the illusive prize that shall be awarded them. This is the way of man. It is the labour and delusion which God has assigned unto EVERY son of Adam that they might be humbled and exercised therein (Ecc. 3:10). These labours and the willingness to follow passionately after and excel therein is the delusion of the desperately wicked heart and the carnal mind; who can know it?
The labours of man are intoxicating and pleasing to his nature. The sleep of the labouring man is sweet and the rewards of the plaudits of his fellow labourers are greatly desired. The workers strive to leave their mark upon the shores of time and to make an impact in lives of the fellow man yet they are completely ignorant of the Sovereign hand which leads them in their walk through this life insuring compliance to His will.
This is the way of the first Adam wherein everything he does is in attempt to prove himself unto God. Adam did not have to say a word unto God after his eyes were opened and he saw he was naked, for he stood before God adorned in the work of his hands. This demonstration of his guilt was only exacerbated by the words of his mouth before God. He was fashioned after this manner and he and all his seed lives their lives accordingly.
God has redeemed His people from the demands of the ministration of condemnation as He has fulfilled every jot and tittle in righteousness. He has delivered His people from the ways of the nations which is according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. This is the way of darkness for the world is full of darkness. Men love the darkness for their deeds are dark and the prince of the power of the air, being the god of this world, is that cherub which covers and “darkens words without knowledge” (Job 38:2).
God has nailed this handwriting of ordinances, which represents the futility of the labours of the hands and the corrupt nature of the thoughts and intentions of man, upon His cross. These were against us and contrary to us for by the deeds of the law no flesh is just before God. Neither could the blood of bulls and goats cleanse a man from his sin or cleanse the conscience of sin. The Anointed Salvation of Yehovah took this out of the way (Col. 2:14) as the old man was crucified with Him upon the tree. Thus He has redeemed His people from the house of the strong man, delivering them from the bondage of the inabilities in Adam and abolishing the types and foreshadows of the earthly pattern. As He died upon the cross so the old man and thus the body is dead because of sin, that the body of this death might be destroyed.
All who have learned the Anointing have heard Him. They have not heard of Him nor have they been told the story of Jesus but rather they, being His sheep, have heard His voice and follow after Him. They that were dead in Him have heard His voice and now live (Ezek. 37) and in the fullness of time the Father reveals Himself in them in a still small voice. The Apostle, after the Father had revealed Himself, immediately did not confer with flesh and blood because flesh and blood have no idea what happened to him neither could any direction or comfort be afforded. His sheep hear His voice and are taught of the Spirit to know Him. They have no need of any other to teach them how to walk in the statutes of Yehovah for the Spirit of the Most High dwells within each of them, causing them to walk and keep His commandment (Ezek. 36:27). These know the truth for the truth is in the Salvation of Yehovah.
“That you put off concerning the former conversation, the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts and be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (4:22)
The casting off of the old man is commensurate to the growing in the grace and knowledge of His will. As the light of His countenance shines brighter and brighter in the new heart of His people it illuminates the corruption of the earthen tabernacle. The beauty of His Holiness magnifies the wretchedness of the flesh and the power of His glory serves to show the impotence of man. If there is no light, then there is no acknowledgement of the evidence of being a partaker of the new covenant for as the Spirit bears witness that this is a child of grace so also “shall you remember your own evil ways and your doings that were not good and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations” (Ezek. 36:31).
The measure of the gift of God is given by His grace to each member of the body. This measurement of grace is the exact amount and intensity for the revelation that is needful in this point of the maturation of the seed/children unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Anointing. Unto the babes in the Anointing it is the milk of the Word but unto the full grown it is the meat of the breath and length and height and depth of the love of the Anointing and the fullness of God.
This is not a labour that is performed by the arm of the flesh for the denial of the will is according to the deceitfulness of the heart. Nor is it the product of instruction in righteousness which the sons of Adam know nothing about for no child of the dust can control himself let alone teach another how to do so. The casting off of the old man is the rising up of the bride by the commandment of her Husband. He calls unto her unto whom it has been granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, commanding her to “Awake, awake, put on your strength O Zion put on your beautiful garments O Jerusalem (the coming forth of peace) for henceforth there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake yourself from the dust, arise and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose yourself from the bands of your neck O captive daughter of Zion” (Is. 52:1).
The Salvation of Yehovah was adorned in filthy garments as He became the sin of His people. It was commanded that these garments be removed and a change of raiment be given unto Him with a fair mitre upon His head (Zech.4:4). Since He is the head of the body, as the head is adorned so is the body. Since the head is anointed so are all members of the body united in the same and as the head is the fullness of the Godhead so the fullness of the Godhead dwells in the body; “for as the body is one and has many members and all the members of that one body, being many are one body, so also the Anointing” (I Cor. 12:12). Since therefore the body is clothed upon with the anointing so also does the body cast off the old man as they are blessed to abandon the concerns for this world having their affections set on things from above. This is the blessing of the same Spirit and not by the will of man or the arm of the flesh.
“And that you put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (24)
The daily rituals of the law demanded that the same things be performed in the same manner of each day, each subsequent to the other; but you have not learned the anointing that way. The new man is not a change of clothing that can be obtained from the clothes closet or forgotten in the daily ensemble. Nor is it an optional accessory to the attire of the day. When the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah was revealed as adorned in the breast plate of righteousness having an helmet of salvation upon His head and as he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal as a cloak (Is. 59:17) His people were also clothed. Every child of grace has been ‘swallowed in the clothing’ of the garment without seams which is the priestly garment of the kings and priest of God. This is the righteousness of the holy ones, which is the imputed righteousness of the Anointing.
The Anointing is learned by being taught of the Spirit, from faith unto faith. Those taught of the Spirit are clothed upon with the new man, which is the inner man who delights after the law of God. This is the image of the second Adam who was faithful in all things and in the fullness of time, when this habitation is over, those who have been predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son shall see Him as He is and they shall be like Him. This is the hope of glory and the anchor for the soul of the children of Zion as they walk through the wilderness of this world.
The task masters will crack their whips and cry out admonitions and exhortations to put off that old man. These seek to activate the natural mind unto natural reformation and social change. Nothing but death shall remove the cares of this world from the mind of man, noting but the departure from the body of this death shall indicate the end of sin and nothing but the Spirit of God can teach this to the prisoners of hope.
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit after the traditions of men after the rudiments of the world and not after the Anointing; for in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily and you are complete in Him which is the head of all principality and power” (Col. 2:8f).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 18, 2016