“Wherefore He said, Awake you that sleep and arise form the dead and Christ shall give you light.”
When the light of the glory of Yehovah God is revealed, dwelling in the earthen vessel, old things are passed away and, behold, all things are new. This is not to infer that the former passions of the flesh and the cares of this world magically disappear nor is it intended to present a false hope that some day they will. Rather this newness of life is the awareness to the presence of the evil within the body of this death and the emptiness of the habitation of this dwelling. When the veil is lifted from the eyes of the children of hope, the light illuminates the truth about the flesh and the unfruitful works of darkness are reproved by the light. Only the light can convict the sensitive nature of the new heart of the reprehensible ways of Adam and the just wages which the righteous Judge of the perfect law demands. Thus when that light illuminates the shame of those things which are done in secret the children of hope loathe themselves and the abominations of the flesh.
Yet the children of the light do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the law which is in their members. This law represents the ways of darkness of this world wherein Adam desired to be like God and the god of this world was cast out for the lifting up of his heart to be like the Most High. This high spiritual wickedness was manifested in the garden when Eve saw that the tree was to be desirous to make one wise for she was deceived to believe the word of the serpent; “For God knows that in the day that you eat thereof, then your eyes will be opened and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5). As it was in the first man, which is the natural, so it is in his seed from generation to generation; man desires to rise above his assigned station in life and transform himself from his diluted and lofty position in the cosmos unto the seat of God where he may rule and command. This is the thought and intent of the natural heart, the ruler of this world and the seat of power in the religion of man.
The light of the Lamb reveals what He has done for His Beloved and what she has been delivered from. He shows her that she has been made accepted in the Beloved by the finished work which He has done for her because He has loved her with an eternal love that cannot be changed. He reveals the brutish manners of the earthen vessel and the vain words of the theology of Adam which worships and glorifies the creature more than the Creator. Thus as the seed within sees the corruption of this flesh and the confusion of this world, they cry out unto the Father for deliverance from the narrowness of this gate in which they dwell.
The narrowness of this gate is comprehended through wisdom and spiritual understanding at the time appointed of the a Father when He calls unto His sleeping people to; “Awake, awake; put on your strength Zion; put on your beautiful garment, Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean” (Is. 52:1). These were always His people who for a moment in time walked according to the ways of the darkness of this world, yet, in the time of the manifestation, they hear His voice and live.
“Wherefore He saith...”
The voice of the shepherd is unto His flock. He does not delegate this word for expression or interpretation. He is the Messenger of Yehovah who preaches the eternal gospel to the nations of this world and unto them that have ears to hear it is the sound of His voice. These hear the voice throughout the time of their habitation calling unto them, instructing them and guiding them as they walk in the light of the Lord. This message is the trumpet of the Lord which awakens them out of their ignorance in Adam and brings them forth from the darkness. His voice reveals and teaches truth unto His children and speaks peaceably unto them. He reveals the work which He has done for His Beloved as He manifests His love and that still small voice directs them in the way that they should go.
The voice of another will not distract His sheep from their journey. Though He has given unto His people the word of reconciliation, to wit that He has reconciled the world unto Himself, yet no man has the power to awaken the slumbering child of hope. The final trumpet of God was sounded by His Messenger to declare the mystery of the gospel (that the nations should be made partakers of the same promise) in the end of the world. Here in the fullness of time the work which was finished from before the foundation of the world was made manifest. Yehovah God delivered His people before man was created in the garden and called them 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).
This is the same light which He gives to each of His little ones, every man in his order, when He calls unto them to awaken from their sleep and come forth out of their habitation of darkness. His Word reveals the light which causes them, each to hear the song of the redeemed wherein He has redeemed them unto their God and has made them Kings and priests before Him. His voice reveals, not through the corrupt communications of mortal tongue but rather from faith to faith, that He has overcome the world by the power of His will and all things are completely under His command. He shows the weakness of man and presence of this infirmity in every son of the dust which leads His children to the Rock of their salvation.
“Your dead men shall live together with My dead body shall they arise; awake and sing you that dwell in the dust, for your dew is as the dew of the herbs and the earth shall cast out the dead” (Is. 26:19).
The Lamb standing as He had been slain from the foundation of the world is a demonstration that the sacrifice was complete and accepted of the Father before man was even created. God required the shed blood before the manifestation of man’s corruption in the garden and before sin entered into the world that the salvation of Yehovah be not of mans doing but according to the grace of God. He ordained sin from the beginning and in complete and perfect control and command over it He brought forth the Lamb who, knowing no sin became the sin of His people before they contemplated or committed the act. He came into the world to make this work manifested in the fullness of time, having His seed with Him, for they are one in Him, and His work before Him. He made all flesh to see His deliverance as He openly disclosed the fact that His people were in Him when the Lamb was slain and raised up together with Him in the first resurrection.
And when according to the purpose of God, the seed is ordained to become partaker of flesh and blood, then, being planted in a prepared field, the seed awaits the voice form above to awake unto righteousness. The promise of God is that as He has heard the voice of the Elect Servant and delivered Him when He prayed, not allowing Him to see corruption, so He has heard the voice of His Beloved when she is called forth in the light of life. He has ordained the time of habitation, the limitations thereof, the trials and temptations for the proving of the faith within and the time of awakening when He reveals Himself unto each of His children. Thus the time is coming and now is, when the dead in Christ hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live (John 5:25).
The corporate body heard the voice in the beginning when by the power of God, according to the Spirit of Holiness by the resurrection from the dead, the Lamb stood; before time began His dead men stood with Him being risen in Him. In the fullness of time this was made manifest as he made Himself of no reputation and became partaker of flesh and blood. He manifested that He endured every trial and being of like passion as unto His children, He endured the contradiction of sin against Himself that He might be sympathetic to the groaning of the children. Thus when He came forth from the grave in calibration of the victory, the graves were opened and the bodies of the Holy Ones came forth and walked in the Holy city, which is Jerusalem from above. His dead men arose in Him, after the three day journey into the wilderness, the three day hiatus in the heart of the earth and the three days of purification, when He was heard of the Father, for Salvation is of Yehovah.
At the time appointed of the Father, when it pleased Him to reveal Himself, He comes to each of His children. The seed is eternal yet it is made subject to a mortal habitation in Adam. Though the blood has been shed from the beginning and the inability of the flesh has been cleansed, covered and removed yet there is a time appointed for an ignorant habitation. This wandering in the darkness of this world is ordained of the Father necessary to the proper development of the seed within as it lies silent in the dust of the earth. Some of His children are awakened early in their journey and called forth as young people after the flesh (Samuel) while others may spend almost the entire time of their habitation in the darkness before He reveals Himself unto them (thief on the cross) but whatever the appointed time may be the axiom of the promise is that His sheep hear His voice and follow Him (John 10:27).
“see then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,” (Eph. 5:15)
When the voice is heard by they which have ears to hear, there is no waiting about to see if there may be an acceptance or rejection of this light. When Saul was met upon the road to Damascus, God did not send forth a missionary emissary to give a gospel invitation, He came directly to His servant. The path which had been prescribed for Saul brought him to the very place where the glory of Yehovah shone all around him and caused him to cry out, “Who are you Lord?” (Acts. 9:5). Those with him saw the light but not having the ears to hear, they did not hear. The word of God was not for them.
Now after God introduced Himself to His chosen servant, immediately Saul did not seek out the advice or tutelage of man. He was taught of the Spirit in the same manner that every participant in the new covenant is taught from above. He was awakened from the darkness being a child of the King by the voice of God and, being called out of the sin and rebellion of the world, he arose in the Anointing to walk in newness of life. He was given to see the foolishness of his former ways and the arrogance of his boast declaring all things worthless and polluted (Phil. 3:8).
Saul was instructed in righteousness through the revelation of that which was reproved by the light given him of Yehovah God. He was also given to instruct the churches to be followers of him as he followed the Anointing. Did Saul walk sinless before all men? No. He was shown in the privacy of his own mind and heart that he was a wretched man in whom dwelt no good thing. He was given a messenger of the Wicked One to remind him of who he was in Adam and that he was carnal sold under sin. This thorn in the flesh was given unto him because of the natural propensities of man to exalt himself in his constant attempt to be like God and “lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure” (II Cor. 12:7).
This messenger came not of his own accord but was sent of Yehovah God because of His love for this chosen vessel to show him the depths of the wretchedness and corruption of man. Saul thought he was alive once as he championed the cause of god and country but when the commandments came he died. The perfect light revealed the imperfections of man and, even though he did it ignorantly, Paul was given a constant reminder of the abomination of his ways.
He also was given to follow after the truth and to proclaim the glory of God with divers temptation, trials and much tribulation. He lived day by day upon that which God gave unto him knowing that whatsoever he needed, the hand of his God would provide. He walked the path set before him by the faith of the Son of God who loved him and gave Himself for him. Paul walked in the light of the Lord in the same manner as every child of grace has and ever will walk the same path and go their way by the footsteps of the flock. Saul was a sinner delivered by the shed blood of the Lamb and Paul walked in the glory of the Lamb by faith.
His words to the brethren of like precious faith were a warning to them of the foolishness of the world. This was in confirmation of that which the light was revealing in them for “all men do not have faith”. The methods and means of the theology of the religion of man is made evident by the Spirit as foolishness for it denies God, rejects His deliverance and worships the creature above the Creator. The endless genealogies, fables and foolish question which gender confusion and conflict are the festering sores of the incurable wound of Adam. These do not seek to build up the brethren nor edify the body, for they are enmity against the Spirit, nor are they based in the love of the brethren above all things. The light of the gospel reveals these hidden things of darkness as being the grasping after the wind; empty and unprofitable.
“Wherefore be not unwise but, understanding what is the will of the Lord, be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but being filled with the Spirit” (5:17)
Contrary to the neo-isms of today’s renditions of the religion of man there is no spiritual pumping station where the so-called believers may pull in for a refill of the Spirit to help them along their way on the heavenly highway. Likewise there is no instruction to go into their spiritual closet for their choice of the clothing of the day, to choose whether they should don the whole armour of God or only certain parts of it depending on the conflicts of the moment. They neither decide to put on their Anointing nor choose how and when to walk in the light. Nothing can separate them from the love of God and they can neither become deficient of the Spirit of the Most High God nor replenish their supply of the Comforter who was given them because they feel a little low. These are the identifying tenants of the theology of the natural man. The children have no so learned the Anointing.
Those things which are designated here as being unwise consist of the unfruitful works of darkness and since the world is in darkness and man loves the darkness rather than the light because his deeds are evil, that which is unwise pertains to the lusts of the flesh and the labours of this world. These are manifested in fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness for these speak of the selfish action of man as he satisfies the flesh to no profit. The children of the new covenant have the Spirit within which shows them the uncleanness of their ways and how that this is not to be named among the redeemed of Yehovah. Whore mongers, unclean people and covetous men, who are idolaters, have no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ for these are all without the camp of Jerusalem (Rev. 22:15).
The child of grace is taught of the Spirit that this world and all that pertains thereunto are not the habitation of righteousness. The light reveals the corruption of the flesh and the fact that the body of this death will soon return to the dust from whence it came. With their affections set on things from above and the Spirit within earnestly anticipating the manifestation of the sons of God the sons are endued with all wisdom and spiritual understanding to know the will of God. Many have written lengthy treatises in attempt to reveal how one can know the will of God yet simply put, whatsoever comes to pass is the will of God. And since He works all things after the counsel of His own will then as He has purposed in His heart so to do, all things come to pass. This is the teaching of Wisdom unto her children wherein they compare spiritual things with spiritual things.
Wisdom teaches her children to identify the nature of man and to understand those things which ingratiate the flesh. Solomon was given to research this matter and to find that nothing which man is given unto can satisfy the soul but rather, to those who have the Spirit within, the pursuit of the passions and aspirations of the natural world are revealed in the light of the Lord as the grasping at air. The emptiness of this mortality whose path leads to that one event which happens to all men causes a vexation unto the Spirit within and so the writer instructs the church;a
“Do not be drawn away after the intoxication of effervescence of the ways of man which is excess, but being filled with the Spirit...”
Paul has not changed horses in the middle of the stream here and gone off on a temperance lecture. The context of his instructions to the church is comparing the walking of the children in the light of Yehovah against the foolish conduct and proclivity of Adam. The effervescence of the wine which makes the heart merry is the deception of the pride of Adam which has concluded that proud feelings of accomplishment are the foundation of a good spiritual life. The natural heart is ready to call out to ‘come see my zeal for Yehovah’ and to showcase the labours of his hands in demonstration of his worth before God.
Saul of Tarsus thought himself sufficient in these matters as a Pharisee of Pharisees but when the light came unto him and he heard the voice of God call unto him to awaken and arise from the dust immediately he knew that his confidence in the wine was of no use. As the Spirit revealed the truth that He dwelt within this chosen vessel, Paul counted all things loss for the glory of God, being filled with the Spirit. Therefore he said “Be followers of me as I also of Christ” (I Cor. 11:1). He walked by faith in the infirmities of the flesh as he was taught of the Spirit. He was stripped of the wood, hay and stubble of Edom by the Refiner’s fire as the servant of God. He had nothing wherein to boast, save in the blood of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. His word to the church was that the days are being gathered together (redeeming) for the days are evil. The unwise follow after these days for their deeds are evil while the redeemed praise the Lord God Omnipotent who lives and reigns forever.
Was he pointing the finger at those wretches of the world? Those unbelievers who follow after logic, reasoning and hedonisms? No! He was speaking to each child of grace for only when the Spirit gives light to His little ones can they know what the evil works of darkness are. Only then can they know who the ‘rulers of darkness’ are and how they are not the men and women in power. The rulers of darkness are the thoughts and intents of the heart, those passions and desires of Adam which are devoid of contentment in the Creator, are satisfied with the present life and seek to preserve the creation with all its temporal delusions. This is the nature of the earthen vessel in which the seed has been planted. These are the thrones, dominions, principalities and powers which exalt themselves against the throne of God in affront to His sovereignty and power. This is the law in the members of the body of this death which wars against the law of the mind which delights in the Law of God.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 16, 2016