“Be therefore followers of God, as dear children, and walk in love as Christ also has loved us…”
The Apostle was not instructing the assembly at Ephesus to all get in a Congo line and follow one another around the room. He was not exhorting them to walk after the manner of Adam, one physical step before another, and he was not giving anyone the permission to oversee how another is walking. Exhortations like these are inherent to the theology of Adam for their foundation is carnal and the platitudes of their manifestations are temporal.
Today the word ‘christian’ has taken on various meanings and has been improperly assigned to just about everything imaginable unto man. There is ‘christian’ music, ‘christain’ entertainment, ‘christian’ fashions and ‘christian’ business alliances all to give the false impression of holiness and true worship. The name of Jesus appears on clothing, advertisements and solicitations in attempt to appeal to the self-professed righteous consumer and some even ask the question like, “What would Jesus do?” This is the way of this world and the manner of man. Everything is made into merchandise to the intent of profit and gain as the religion of man lives deliciously upon the commerce of the land. All who have been taught of the Spirit have not so learned the Anointing.
A very common adage of man is that ‘the apple does not fall far from the tree’. This is made as a reference to the antic behavior of a child that was formerly seen in the manners of the parents. Behavioral patterns cannot be contrary to the nature of the natural parents and family resemblances may be seen in physical characteristics, vocal patterns and psychological development. Every son of Adam acts according to that which was given to father Adam in the beginning and none can overturn or augment this behavior above the natural plain. This axiom of nature cannot be altered in the seed of Adam born of a woman even though the religion of man attempts and boasts of this accomplishment.
Wisdom calls unto her children and instructs them in the manner of truth. She does not take that which is finite and attempt to refine it in preparation for the eternal abode nor does she infer that the limited mind of man is capable of comprehending the wonders of Holiness. Paul has built this lesson, line upon line and precept upon precept as he has shown the called-out assembly that they are all one in the Beloved. They indeed are members in particular, each having place, purpose and performance in the body but still, the body, being many members are all members of the same body. There is no division within the body as all is joined unto the head which is anointed. The head is the fullness of the Godhead which is all inclusive and the singular cohesive nature of the Godhead causes each member to function as one in the performance of His perfect will.
Because the election according to grace is joined, as bone of My bone and flesh of My flesh, unto the Head, they are all after the nature of the Head. The first Adam was natural and every one of His children has born the image of the natural. The second Adam is spiritual and all whom He foreknew, being hewn as precious living stones from that Great Anointed Rock, He predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son. Therefore in the adoption, to wit the redemption of the body, the sons of God shall be manifested for they shall each see Him as He is, being made like the Son.
Because there is one body and one Spirit, then all the members of that body are taught of the same Spirit who leads them each in all truth. Being all taught of God, who is truth, these all speak the truth in love as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will. Though they have been made subject to the vanity of the flesh, yet they have not been born of the will of the flesh nor the will of man. They walk not according to might nor by strength but by the Spirit of the Most High. The evidence of the indwelling Spirit is the faith within whereby they live and walk yet this faith cannot be proven (or dis-proven) by the cognitive abilities of man. These all see the vileness of their ways as the Spirit opens their eyes to the truth and seeing the wickedness of the Adamic nature they despise themselves in Adam.
The Spirit, causing them to keep the commandment and walk in the statutes and judgments of Yehovah, causes them to cast aside those former things of confident and assurance (being consumed in the Refiner’s Fire) because they have been clothed upon in the righteousness of the Head. These former conversations or ways of life are manifested in the daily activities of the natural man through the lusts of the eyes, the desires of the flesh and the pride of his heart. He lies because Adam does not like the truth; that is why when his eyes were opened in the garden he hid himself from God. When God asked him where he was and who told him he was naked, Adam lied and avoiding the question he blamed God for what had happened. Adam took that which was not his to take (the fruit of the tree) and thus his children steal what is not theirs to have. He attempted to obtain that which was not given to him as he desired to be like God, knowing good and evil, and sin entered into the world and death by sin. From by this one act by this one man came envy, strife, wars, anger, contentions malice and bitterness “and so death passed upon all men for all have sinned” (Rms. 5:12).
“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption” (4:30)
To the Spirit born from above, these actions are the outward expression of the corruption, ignorance and abomination of the earthen vessel and his natural habitation.; this is the contradiction of sin. They openly show that this is a barren wilderness wherein there is no water and no bread for it is completely devoid of hearing the Word of God (Amos 8:11). There is no truth for all men are liars and the natural man loves the darkness for his deeds are evil (John 3:19). The arrogant ignorance of the flesh continually strives to present the labours of his hands, which demonstrate the intention of his heart, before the throne of God, just as Adam paraded about in his apron of fig leaves. He has been deceived to expect that the One who is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, shall ‘wink’ at his corruption and give him a pass into the eternal abode. Thus as the carnal is constantly labouring in the fields of the world by the power of the arm of the flesh and being drawn away after the desires of the flesh attempting he continues to put on display to his own righteousness. This is the way of man; his religion, his theology and conversation is saturated in the repulsive stench of the filthy, blood soaked rags of works which he instinctively returns to like a dog to his vomit.
The Spirit within is grieved at this conduct and attitude and, knowing that this subjugation according to the perfect will of God is unto hope, yet He groans within earnestly waiting the deliverance (Rms. 8:22). Because there is one Spirit, which is the Holy Spirit of God, this Spirit bears witness with the Spirit within the children born of God, that they are the sons of God. This is the same Spirit which is the Comforter given unto the children of the kingdom to teach them all things which pertain to life and Godliness. He makes them see the contradiction of sin against His perfect holiness and makes them understand that in Adam they cannot control the body of this death. They discover that the good that they would do they find not the ability to do and the evil that they would refrain from they earnestly run after with natural delight. It is only through the Spirit that the deeds of the flesh are mortified (Rms. 8:13). This same Spirit teaches them, from faith to faith, “knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more, for death has no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, he died unto sin once but in that He lives He lives unto God. Likewise, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Sin does not reign in the mortal body that you should obey the desires thereof; neither stand beside your members, being busy about unrighteousness unto sin, but stand beside yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead and your members being busy about the righteousness of God; for sin has no rule over you for you are not under the law not under grace” (Rms. 6:9ff).
“Take away the filthy garments from Him and unto Him He said, I have caused your iniquity to pass from You and I will clothe You with a change of raiment” (Zech. 4:4)
The Salvation of Yehovah became the sin of His people that He might endure the wrath of God against Himself for His Beloved. She has neither spot nor blemish in Her for she is of the incorruptible seed, yet she would have been tainted and polluted had she come in contact with a dead body (Hag. 2:13). He fulfilled the Law in all righteousness and, before Adam was created, shed His precious blood for the remission of the inability of Adam, thus afore preparing the vessel unto glory. Therefore when the perfect sacrifice for sin stood as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, the Father, being well pleased, declared Him to be the Son of God by the resurrection form the dead and, removing the filthy garments, clothed Him in the beautiful garments of salvation; “who has saved us and called with an Holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace which was given to us in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (II Tim. 1:9).
He clothed Himself with His glory and gained the victory over sin and death. He provided Himself the sacrifice and was wounded for the transgression of His people. He is faithful above all the house as the builder of the house and when the Father saw the travail of His soul, He was well pleased. At the same time His vesture was soaked in the blood of vengeance as He tread the winepress alone “and of the people there was none with Me: for I tread them in Mine anger and trampled them in Mine fury and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments and I will stain all My raiment, for the day of vengeance is in My heart and the year of My redeemed is come” (Is. 63:3). Since He came forth having His seed with Him and His labour before Him in the demonstration of His eternal love for His Beloved; and since there is nothing that can ever separate Her from His love; and since His desire is upon Her and all that He does is for Her, so must She have been one in Him in His trials and temptations, being crucified in Him, buried with Him and risen again in the first resurrection. Since the filthy garments of the inability of His people in Adam have been removed from Him who became their sin and He has been clothed upon in righteousness, so must She now be arrayed the same. As he is the Anointed so She has put on the Anointing which, after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. She speaks the truth in love unto the fellow inhabitants of the pasture of Yehovah, wherein dwell His sheep. She performs the good works She has been created in the Anointing unto as She is zealous unto good works. She is kind, tenderhearted and forgiving of the ‘neighbours’ of the fold because God has forgiven Her for the sake of the Anointing and His finished work. Therefore She has put on the new man which is the second Adam who; “having abolished the enmity, the law of commandments in ordinances, for to make in Himself of twain one new man, making peace” (Eph. 2:15).
“Therefore you are followers of God as dear children”
Paul has not cast aside all that the Spirit has taught and replaced it with an exhortation for the flesh to stand up and get in line to follow after God. He said that because God has done everything for His children (for we are His handiwork, created in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah unto good works), as you have been born from above so you will ‘mimic’ God as His dear children. Anyone born of God cannot deny the Father anymore than a natural son may separate himself naturally from his natural parent. That which is born of the flesh carries the identifying code of the flesh and particularly the genetic code of the parent seed and so it is of those who are born from above. And if the Spirit of God bears witness with the Spirit of God dwelling in His people that they are the sons of God, they shall mimic or imitate the Father in the spiritual man.
Those who have the eternal seed have been sealed of the Father by His messenger (Rev. 7). They have the Father’s name in their forehead, their names are written in the book of life of the Lamb, He has engraved their name’s on the palm of the hand and the blood identifies them as being the possession and property of the King of Kings. Neither Adam nor any of his seed can approach unto the perfect holiness of God neither can the thoughts and intentions of his heart nor the deeds of his hands snatch His Beloved from His arms. As the nature and characteristics of Adam dictate his antic disposition and preponderance of corruption so the nature and characteristics of the Father dictate the conversation and desires of His children. As Adam is drawn away after the cares and needs of the habitation of this world so the children of the Israel of our God have their affection set on things from above. They are fed by every word which proceeds from the Father’s mouth and rivers of living water flow from in their midst. And as the natural seed mimics the ways and means of Adam unto death, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, so much more the incorruptible seed mimics the ways of God; “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit” (John 3:6).
“...and you walk in love as Christ also loved us and has given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour”
There are two smokes which ascend before the throne of God. The first is the smoke of the great furnace, which is the manifestation of the judgment of God against all wickedness of man (Rev. 9:2). This is the smoke of the torment of the wicked, who have been sealed with the mark of the beast (which is the mark of man), and which ascends up for ever and ever; they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image and whosoever receives the mark of his name (Rev. 14:11). This smoke presents the savour of death in them that perish and for all the fury of God poured out upon them; “neither do they repent of their murders, nor their sorceresses, nor their fornication, nor their thefts” (Rev. 9:21).
The other smoke is the smoke of the incense of the golden censor in the hand of the Messenger of God, “that He should offer with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne” (Rev. 8:3). This is the sweet smell of the perfect sacrifice for sin whereby His children have peace with God. It is the odours of the ointment of the Anointing in perfect righteousness, which is the fine linen that the Bride has been granted to be arrayed in, as the Spirit, make intercession for His children for they do not know how to pray. It is the savour of eternal life by He who is the Way, the Truth and the Life of His people before the habitation of Him who alone inhabits eternity. This smoke is the sweet smelling aroma of the finished work; therefore it is the testimony of Jesus Christ.
“And he made the holy anointing oil and the pure incense of sweet spices according to the work of the apothecary and he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood” (Ex. 37:29f)
Aaron was commanded to pound the exact amount of the prescribed sweet spices and precisely mix them together that they may give off the proper odours as the various sacrifices were burnt upon the altar. No substitutions were allowed in procedure or ingredients. No one was permitted to make a counterfeit compound and it was not permitted to be applied to the flesh of man. The mixture was to be burned upon the altar of shittim wood (scourging) as the pattern of heavenly things. The fulfillment of that pattern was that the perfect sacrifice for sin shed the exact amount of blood necessary to cleanse all His people from all unrighteousness; “by this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged and this all the fruit to take away his sin” (Is. 27:9). There could be no substitutes for the perfection of the blood of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. There can be no surplus of blood or sin for a “false balances is abomination to Yehovah but a just weight His delight” (Pro. 11:1).
The pattern of the type was the work of the ‘perfumer’ (apothecary) who must be meticulous in his measurements and skilled in his preparation lest a product is created which is less than the preferred aroma. The commandment of God unto Aaron was that he learn about, oversee and inspect the procedure of collecting, arranging and preparing of the incense and that all be built in strict compliance with the plans of the pattern God showed him. God put it in the hearts of the men of Israel whom he chose to do the work to be willing, knowledgeable and able to gather, arrange and complete the labours He had assigned them and when the tasks were properly completed, God showed forth His approval by descending upon the Tabernacle in the cloud of fire.
How much better that the type is the reality of the person of the fullness of the Godhead manifesting that which was finished before time began? He became obedient unto death, even the death on the cross, that all things written of Him in the Law, and the prophets and the Psalms might be fulfilled. Therefore He grew up before Him as a tender plant and, as a root out of dry ground, He has no form or comeliness; when we see Him no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were faces from Him. He was despised and we calculated nothing of Him. Surely He has born our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we accounted Him stricken of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed (Is. 53:2ff).
There remains therefore no more sacrifice for sin. He has ascended before the Father to declare His generation. He came to seek and to deliver all that were lost and He lost none that the Father gave Him. They were quickened together in Him and are seated with Him in the heavens, declared to be the generation of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. The Father has assigned unto them a time of habitation in the vanity of this world when they should be partakers of flesh and blood and though for a time they are in darkness yet when it pleased the father He revealed Himself in them. He has put His Spirit in them and has taught them all things.
As the children grow unto the perfect man, which is the stature of the fullness of the Anointing, they walk in the light of Yehovah, keeping His commandment. They love Yehovah God with all their heart, mind and soul and they love the fellow companions of the pasture as He loves them. This is perfect love that casts away all fear for it strives for the good of the body preferring the other members above itself.
The theology of man teaches that this love can be planted, cultivated, abused and discarded. If it can be any of these things than it is not the eternal unchangeable love of the fullness of God for His Beloved Bride. As the tools of man polluted the stones of the altar so the intuition and speculations of man show his corruption;
“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).
Only that eternal seed, born of the Spirit can imitate the Father; the flesh is not equipped for the job. Therefore Paul is not giving forth some carnal exhortation for natural observation. The children imitate the Father as the Son imitates the Father; they love Him who has loved them and gave Himself for them. They also imitate the Head as they love one another; “By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, that you have love one to another” (John 13:35).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 25, 2016