“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
The subjective nature of the fullness of the Spirit dwelling within one who has been born anew applies to each particular member of the body and there is not one member who is not filled. There is no such thing as an empty vessel in search of a seed for each vessel, being formed from the dust of the earth, has been fashioned commensurate to the ordained seed that should be planted within. The incorruptible seed is born of the Spirit and is planted in the vessel afore prepared unto glory. This vessel is temporal yet it contains all necessary ingredients, being dunged and dug accordingly, for the seed to germinate and grow until the time of manifestation. The seed is incorruptible and undefiled for it is the fullness of Immanuel who dwells in His people, the sons of God. This condition of the seed growing in the earthen vessel remains unnoticed until the manifestation of this truth is realized during the time of habitation in the flesh. Thus in the fullness of days, a time appointed as being necessary and true, the Father opens the eyes of His people and shows them the truth; “now I say, the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ from a servant though he be lord of all; but is under the tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father” (Gal. 4:1)
There can never be a factor of time when the subject of eternity is considered. Time is a part of the creation of God and even though it has been set as the cadence for the manifestation of every event and the standard of measurement for mortality yet it is contained within the confines and the limitations of creation. There never was, therefore, a moment when the eternal children were apart from the Father. He has ordained it necessary for a season, that they should become partakers of flesh and blood yet are they always with Him. Just as the natural child is the fullness of the union of the seed of Adam so the eternal seed is completely filled with the presence of the Father in whom they are eternally one.
Man cannot disassociate himself from his lineage in the first Adam. Those things which came to pass in the beginning to the father of man directly impacted every child of Adam; “wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin, so death is passed upon all men, for all have sinned” (Rms. 5:12). The nature and characteristics of the first man are seen and heard in the present manifestation and even though those deceived by man’s science called evolution would speculate differently yet the man of this present time is the same as the man God created in the beginning.
The spiritual man is in the Beginning. He is one in Alpha, by whom all things were created, and he is hewn from the eternal Rock which is Anointed. He is born of the Father in the appointed time being planted in the clay pitcher fashioned by the Potter and is as one in Him as the Godhead is one, being the singular fullness of all that is. Though the philosophies of man have presented the Spirit of the Most High as a commodity which may be controlled, supplied and maintained, yet the ‘breath’ of Yehovah God is the source of the life of the very beings which blaspheme His name and speak of those things which they cannot understand. This breath gave a limited natural life to mortal man in the beginning but when Adam demonstrated his God-given inability to ‘hit the mark’ of the excellency of perfection, he died in sin and was separated from God.
The spiritual man, being of eternal incorruptible seed is the life of the Ancient of days; therefore he has no beginning or end. The incorruptible seed cannot deny the Father nor can he fail to measure up to the perfection of God for His seed remains in him; therefore he does not commit sin. This seed is the chosen generation of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah who have been gathered together by the shed blood of their kinsman redeemer that they should not be made corrupt by coming in contact with a dead body (Adam) and because of the blood the seed corporately has overcome the beast (man) and his image and are seated together in the Beloved.
When the Spirit is revealed and the light of His glory teaches the children the truth in Messiah, they commune with themselves of how great things God has done. They cannot explain the matter after the natural man for these things are too wondrous and unlawful for the natural mind to comprehend. But the Spirit bears witness with their Spirit that they are the sons of God and the testimony of the Anointing is revealed unto them. Like the blind man, they begin to see the cruelties and inequities of this life as the vanity is manifested and they are rejected of their family member in Adam. Yet no matter what, they worship God and praise His name for what He has done; “and he said, Lord I believe and he worshipped Him” (John 9:38).
Like the man delivered of the evil spirits, they desire to leave this land and follow after the Anointing, yet they are instructed to go to their friends and tell them what happened. The man from the regions of Gadarenes and Gergesenes, who had spent those many years amongst the tombs, had no friends to speak of and unto whomever he came with the testimony of his deliverance he was met with the reminder that he was the one possessed of the devil. He could not divest himself from his history of running naked in the graveyards and his violent behavior toward all that passed by. Yet when the light came to him, being filled with the fullness of the Spirit, he testified before all; “And he went his way and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him” (Luke 8:39).
When Jesus healed the man full of leprosy, He charged him to “tell no man but go and shew yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them (the priests)” (Luke 5:14) and when Lazarus was called forth from the dead, the testimony was alone unto the work which Yehovah God had done; for this testimony “the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death” (John 12:10).
Each of these examples may have different particulars yet they all bear record to the glory of the work of God. These people could testify to the power of God and His specific dealings with them even though all men around them could not understand these things. They each praised God for His mercy unto them, as they knew of their unworthiness in Adam, and they each gave a personal testimony to the work manifested in them. For this cause were each of these children of the Kingdom of God made to suffer in the infirmities of the natural world until such time as the Master delivered them yet the world did not accept the evidence of the work or the testimony of the recipients.
Thus each child of grace has a personal testimony of an experience of grace in which God has revealed His presence unto them. But this testimony is also corporate since every child has the same experience. This is the common salvation which Jude gave diligence to write unto the church concerning. It is the experience of the redeemed and all who have been drawn out unto Yehovah. Though this manifestation occurs specifically in time to each child yet the same manifestation occurs to all in their appointed time, every man in his order. And thus each child speaks to themselves in the communion of the Spirit of this magnificent work of God as the body corporate speaks unto themselves in the praise and honour of His name.
“Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord”
A psalm is not a lovely or doleful sonnet that the hand of man produces from his carnal intellect and reasoning. It is the ‘striking cords of a musical instrument with the hand’ or the ‘plucking of the string’ or the ‘pruning of a branch’. In short it is the testimony of the hand of God as He causes the whole of creation to work together in complete harmony in the performance of His love song for His Beloved. He has written the music of a song which no man can learn, save the redeemed of Yehovah. He has assigned each portion of creation the time when He plays His music upon His instruments that are in complete cooperation and harmony with every other aspect at any given time as the heavens declare the glory of Yehovah. This is the glory of His Anointed Salvation; the wall of Jerusalem which is from above.
The city of our God has been adorned with the garments of salvation, which is the righteousness of the Holy ones, and, as the dutiful bride, she praises Him in all that she is and does. Her celebration of praise (hymns) unto her Beloved Head is not after the natural abilities of man for she is not of the flesh. Nor is it in the manner of this world for she, being in the world, is not of this world. She breathes (spirit) the songs of the recounting of the testimony (songs) of the work of God finished from the foundation of the world, in constant praise (singing) of His handiwork. She sings the song which He has given her as He plucks the strings, causing the sound to come forth. She bears fruit in His vineyard, being planted in the prepared soil of a goodly root, as He prunes and purges each branch that they bring forth more fruit (John 15:2). She is devoid of the wood, hay and stubble of the works of Esau as the Refiner’s fire consumes the works of man and all that is of the house of Edom; therefore, having neither spot nor blemish being unskilled in the language of Ashdod and wearing none of the apparel of Egypt, she speaks to herself in the pure language of the people of the Israel of our God and call upon His name (Zeph. 3:9).
This singing is done with all her heart because she has a new heart, not according to the heart of Adam but an heart of perfect spiritual flesh. Jesus told the disciples that he was flesh and bone after He had arisen from the dead. He had no blood because the blood was the life of the body and He had shed His blood that the body might have eternal life. This body of the risen Messiah is not after the will of the flesh nor is it born of corruptible seed. It is the flesh and bone of the spiritual man; that inner man who is renewed daily and who delights after the perfect Law of God. The Bride, being the wife of the New covenant, has this new heart wherein the Law of God has been written, not engraved in stone as the manifestation of death was but in the heart unto newness of life; and by the Spirit within, she is obedient in keeping the commandments of God perfectly. She loves Him with all her heart, with all her mind and with all her soul and each member of this body loves one another even as He has loved her.
This is the new song which the Beloved (David) sang unto Yehovah because His Word is straight-forward, correct and righteous, all His works in truth and He loves righteousness and judgment (Ps. 33:3). David praised Yehovah because He had put this new song into his mouth, even praise unto God (40:3) and caused him to sing through the trials and tribulations which proved the faith within. These were not written by the pen of man nor sung with the stammering unruly tongue of Adam.
This song must be a song of faith for without faith it is impossible to please and worship God aright. It must be a proclamation of the greatness of His name that shews forth His deliverance before all nations and His wonders among the people (Ps. 96:1); therefore no one can sing it aright who has not like precious faith. It cannot bear any record to man or the desires of his heart and the works of his hands for this song is exclusively about the marvelous things which Yehovah has done for “His right hand and His holy arm has gotten Himself the victory” (98:1). It was He alone who delivered His people from the house of the one stronger than them; He has given deliverance to the rulers and delivered His Beloved from the hurtful sword (144:10) and only the congregation of holy ones can sing this new song (149:1).
This congregation is the called-out assembly, that church in the wilderness of the house of the First Born, which is Anointed. This is a chosen generation, a royal priesthood and holy nation, a peculiar people that should shew forth the praises of Him who has called them out of darkness into His marvelous light (I Pt. 2:9). These are the redeemed of Yehovah who have been made kings and priest unto God the Father for they alone have the light while Adam dwells in darkness. These being raised up together in Him has He caused to be seated in Him in the heavenlies where the new song rises up before the throne of God saying; “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God almighty, which was and is and is to come, and when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to Him that sat upon the throne who lives for ever and ever, the twenty four elders fall down before Him that sat upon the throne and worship Him that lives for ever and ever and cast their crowns before Him saying, You alone are worthy, Lord, to receive glory and honour and power of you have created all things and for Your pleasure that are and were created” (Rev. 4:8f).
The sighs and groanings of these children as they inhabit the earthen vessels are always before the throne of God as the Spirit makes intercession for them. He makes intercession for the children with groanings which cannot be uttered and He that searches the hearts and knows the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession according to the will of God (Rms. 8:27). He alone is the Messenger of Yehovah who has put the fire of the altar into the incense which causes the sweet smelling savour of the salvation of Yehovah to ascend before His throne. Thus the song of the Beloved and the Messenger of God are the same saying; “You are worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof for you were slain and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation and have made us unto our God kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth” (5:9).
At the same time as the congregation is seated before the throne singing this new song of praise unto Yehovah God, two or three are gathered together here in His name speaking to themselves in praise unto His name of the great things which He has done. There is no design to take this message out into the highways and byways of the world in attempt to win one for Jesus nor are there any means whereby the natural man can be made to understand the simple beauty of the gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. No man can learn the song of the redeemed save those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. Only these can sing the song of Moses (drawn out by the eternal love of God) saying; “Your works are great and marvelous, Lord God Almighty, and Your ways are true, King of the Holy ones” (Rev. 15:3).
This is that sure sound of the certain trumpet; the glad tidings of great joy. When another trumpet is sounded and the sound is uncertain and not true, they who have been given ears to hear identify that sound and flee from it. But and when the voice of the Master is heard, which is the gospel of our peace, then is the acknowledgement of “Salvation and glory and honour unto the Lord our God for true and righteous are His judgments for He has judged the great whore which did corrupt the earth with her fornication and has avenged the blood of His servants at her hand”; “Praise our God, all His servants that fear Him great and small” (Rev. 19:1ff). This is the melody of praise sung by they who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20)
The natural man cannot give thanks for something he has not experienced. Feigned gratuity is easily rendered as a religious identifier and the phrase ‘Thank you Jesus’ permeates the conversation. This genders confusion and suspicion because it is forced and disingenuous but when one who is in need is given those things which ease the pain and comfort the tormented heart, there is true thankfulness. The will of God is that the children give thanks in everything yet the testimony of the flesh is that there is neither contentment nor gratitude found in the natural man. Neither Adam nor Eve were thankful for what God had given them nor were they content with who they were; therefore they lusted after the knowledge of good and evil being deceived. This tradition is the way of life for the children of Adam being occupied with the cares of the world.
The Father has ordained that every aspect of His creation work in complete harmony for the good of the called who love Him, to the praise of His name. The natural eyes of man, having no point of reference, cannot see any good proceeding from the hand of God nor can the mind of man comprehend the will of God. The things in this life which man seeks after for his good are completely worthless as the world is full of labour. These give temporary satisfaction to the needs of the flesh but they cannot comfort the soul and certainly cannot purge the conscience of sin. Yet still the natural man is drawn away after these empty and unprofitable works in constant maintenance of this earthly carcass and preservation of the dust from whence he came.
All who have heard the voice of the Master have eternal life. These come forth when they are awakened from their sleep to the understanding of the will of God. They know by the testimony of the Spirit that they are the sons of God though they see the vileness of this flesh and the uncleanness of their ways. They know that whatsoever comes to pass is the will of God for there is nothing which can stay His hand or oppose Him in all His works. Since it is the will of The Father to give the Kingdom unto His children then nothing can alter or amend the intent of His heart or prevent one ordained unto eternal life from entrance into the Kingdom of Light. Therefore He has translated His children out of darkness and into the kingdom of His Son, the Kingdom of Light.
Since it is the will of the Father that His Elect Servant be offered up as the perfect sacrifice for sin then in accordance with His determinate counsel and foreknowledge did He deliver the Lamb into the wicked hands to be taken and slain. Since it is the will of God to deliver His Beloved from the present evil world by the perfect sacrifice for sin (the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah) then are His people delivered by that precious blood shed from the foundation of the world. He does not ask for nor does He require any assistance from the feeble hands of man in the facilitating of His will but rather He turns the heart of the king as the rivers of water, wither-soever He wills, causing the evil King to do His will. He sends forth the lying spirit into the mouths of the prophets and gives the wicked King Ahab an hearing ear and willing heart, that His name might be praised, His Word came to pass and His people delivered from their bondage. He raised up the ‘great house’ (Pharaoh) to enslave and persecute His people for four hundred years that He might she His power in him and that His name might be declared throughout all the land (Rms. 9:17). He caused a religious zealot to come to power and to persecute and deliver His people unto their death and in the fullness of time, He put Paul into the ministry to preach the good news unto the sheep of His pasture.
It is the will of the Father that His people be separated unto Him and that they abstain from fornication, each one knowing how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour (I Thes. 4:3) and that in everything His children give thanks (5:18). So it is that His people are sanctified unto Him and walk in obedience knowing the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life; being taught of the Spirit, being called forth out of the confusion and no longer partaker of the sin; being translated into the light to walk not in the darkness but in the light of Yehovah and to keep themselves unspotted from the world. This is the will of God and as He has purposed so He works all things after the counsel of His own will.
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold the Tabernacle of God with men; and He will dwell in them and they shall be His people and God Himself shall be with them their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death neither sorrow nor crying neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away. And He that sat on the throne said, Behold I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write for these words are true and faithful” (Rev. 21:3ff)
If this is the will of God, has it not come to pass, finished from the beginning? Shall it not be understood as the Spirit leads His people in the light of the truth? These things are not written for the world to come, they are written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope (Rms. 15:4).
There is one Spirit and one hope of glory. Each child of grace has the testimony of the hope that is in them and when asked concerning it, they are given a mouth to give an account. No preparation of man can properly present the truth but when the Spirit of God speaks, even an Balaam’s ass can speak the truth.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 23, 2016