“For you were sometimes darkness but now light in the Lord; walk as children of light” (Eph. 5:8).
Every child of Adam is of this earth. His abilities and his ways are shaped after the confines of this existence being expressly limited by the Creator. The inherent conscience ability to discern good and evil was facilitated by the actions of Adam in the garden. Yet when he knew God having his eyes opened and knowing good and evil his mind was saturated with the cares and concerns of self-righteousness and the preservation of his life. He gave no thought to the truth and there was no humility in him as he attempted to hide himself from God, protect himself by the works of his hands and abandon the woman God gave him. It is no small matter that when the eyes of man were opened to know good and evil he demonstrated the natural propensity to darkness rather than light. The nature given unto him sought out the darkness because his deeds were evil as his feeble intellect concluded that he could hide the matter from God; this condition continues; “Yet they say, Yehovah shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard. Understand you brutish among the people and fools, when will you be wise? He that planted the ear, shall He not hear? And He that formed the eye, shall he not see? He that chastens the nations, shall He not correct he that teaches man knowledge? Yehovah knows the thoughts of man that they are vanity” (Ps. 94:7ff).
That which is of the natural seed cannot deviate from the natural characteristics and instincts of Adam. A man cannot come forth from the womb and fly like the bird or assume a habitation beneath the waves like the fish for this is contrary to his nature. Nor does he come forth having faith to move the mountain, displace the tree into the sea or believe in Yehovah God. Every son of the dust comes forth from the womb dead in trespasses and sin, speaking lies and seeking his own way and even though the little ones are so very cute and lovely yet they birth begins the inescapable journey to that one event which happens to us all (Ecc. 9:2).
But in the fullness of time, when it is pleasing to the Father according as He has afore ordained, He causes certain earthen vessels, whom He has afore prepared unto this glory, to be awakened to their true. During an appointed time, these blindly trod upon an obscure path in ignorance, following after 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; among whom they had their conversation in times past fulfilling the lusts of the flesh and the desires of the flesh and the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. “But when it pleased the Father, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called by grace”, He calls unto His people, being in the confines of the tabernacles of this dwelling. These having ears to hear, they hear His voice and follow Him. Like the man who was born blind, He opens their eyes to the truth in the Anointing and they testify; “one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see” (John 9:25).
This man was born and lived all his life in the darkness. He was completely at the mercy of others as he survived by the hand of God to come to this point where Messiah delivered him from the darkness. Yet when the eyes were opened, the benevolence of others vanished and their mercy turned into judgment. Was not this man better off naturally when he was blind? A wonderful miracle happened in the midst of the people who prized themselves as being the children of Yehovah by the hand of the Anointed One whom they professed to be looking for. Was there a great revival at this testimony to the presence of Immanuel? Was there the renting of garments, the casting of ashes and the adorning of sack cloth in demonstration of a contrite heart before the righteousness of God? No! Quite the contrary.
The people rose up in condemnation of the man who had been given his sight, his parents abandoned him and the religious establishment branded him a sinner casting him out of their esoteric assembly and venerated observances. In addition the people sought after Jesus accusing Him of breaking the very Law He came to fulfill by healing this man on the Sabbath. Moreover the man now saw the insolence of office, the oppression of superstition and the spurn of hatred from his fellow man made manifest in the presence of the demonstration of the power of God. He who was in darkness had been translated into the light only to see the corruption, injustice and vanity of the sons of Adam.
“And passing by He saw a man which was blind from birth” (John 9:1)
Was this a chance meeting between this unfortunate individual and the Messiah? Had Jesus backed Himself into such a corner wherein He was about to be stoned by the people for invoking the name of Yehovah that He quickly took the first available means of escape and just happened to run into this man? Or was this ordained of old “that the works of God should be manifest in him” (the blind man)?
Jesus had so incited the passion of the religious mob that they strove to kill Him yet He passed through their midst for they had no power over Him. Passing through them was the route ordained by Him of old that took Him to the intersection of paths. Here a man who had been blind for over thirty years was positioned by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God to meet the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form. Jesus came to him, unannounced; no one told the man that Jesus was there, no one invited the man to seek Jesus while he may be found and no one brought this man to the feet of the Savior. Messiah walked directly to this man, spat upon the ground before him, took the mixture of spit and the dust of the earth and anointed his dead eyes. He then, still without any word uttered by this passive recipient of His grace, commanded him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. The man did not ask or deserve anything from Jesus and being blind from birth, he had no portion in Israel of memorial in the promises of the ‘so called’ chosen people of God. To the people around him, with whom he had grown to maturity in his infirmity, the hand of the judgment of God was upon him even as the disciples asked, “Master, who did sin, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Yet as a child of grace in a corrupt earthen vessel, the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah came to him and, commanding him, made him willing in the day of His power to go and be obedient; therefore “he went his way therefore and washed and came seeing” (9:7).
But he was blind. How did he find his way to the pool called Siloam? Did someone show him the way? Were the road signs written in the ‘Braille’ language to help those with disabilities? How long did it take him to find this place and what a sight for all to see, a blind man wearing a pair of mud glasses groping his way along the streets of the city, determined as if he was on a mission. And what became of the crowd that was intent on stoning this Jesus who, after blaspheming the name of Yehovah, had just up and walked out of the Temple and no man laid a hand upon Him? Where had they disappeared to?
Had an evangelical work-monger handed the blind man a booklet to read to bring him unto the Christ? Did someone entice him with a few choruses from the fabricated four spiritual laws to convince him that he needed to be obedient in order to receive his sight? Did someone lead him to the water and help him wash in this demonstration of faith and obedience? And how unsanitary is the whole idea of making a clay patch out of saliva and putting it onto the eye sockets of a blind man, especially when the law gives reference to spitting in the face as a manifestation of disdain and rejection (see Num. 12:14 & Deut. 25:9). Nothing is recorded of any of these observations save the fact that Messiah came to him who was in need, this man heard the voice of the Master, which caused him to be obedient, and he, keeping the commandment, received his sight.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears My word and believes on Him that sent Me has everlasting life and shall not come into condemnations but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24)
This man stands as the manifestation of the work of the Anointed One who came to open the blind eyes of His people in need. Jesus did not come to set comparative reasoning before the religious people of the time and He made no invitation for them to come and try His ways. He came to seek and to deliver that which was lost. He came to deliver His people out of darkness by opening their eyes to the truth and to save His people from their inability in Adam. Many people heard the words that came forth out of His mouth but they were of no effect for those who heard and did not believe were condemned already (John 3:18). These had not the Spirit of God within for they had not been born of the eternal incorruptible seed; therefore they were none of His (Rms. 8:9).
His sheep, however, hear His voice and they follow Him. They do not become His sheep when they hear nor are they awarded with citizenship in the fold because they are obedient. Rather they hear because they have eternal life within being born from above. Even though the body is dead because of sin yet there is life in the seed which has been planted in the earthen vessel and in the appointed time this life is manifested. The blind man was rejected and despised of society because of his infirmities but because he was a child of the King, the Prince of Peace came to him and delivered him from his inability. He gave this man the eyes to see through the interwoven means of the events and circumstances of his life being sanctified unto obedience. This obedience was because he was of the election according to grace who keep the commandments of God by the Spirit within; “And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes and you shall keep My commandments” (Ezek. 36:27).
No one can get eternal life. Either one has that which is eternal or they have not. If at any moment along the line of the time of this existence, one who does not have eternal life was able to get eternal life then that life would have a beginning in time and could not have been eternal. Nor could anyone who has eternal life loose it for it is the Life of the fullness of the Godhead who said that He did not change. If any aspect of His being was able to be changed in the slightest manner than He is a man and a liar.
And so the immutable life of God is in the incorruptible seed which is born of the Spirit having been planted in an earthen vessel afore prepared unto this glory by the shed blood of the Lamb of God from the beginning of the world. The man was born blind from the beginning but the seed within was alive and when Jesus caused him to go and wash, he came away seeing. This is the picture of what He does for each of His dead children who have been made partakers of flesh and blood, who, at the time appointed of the Father, have their eyes opened to see the truth. They already know the truth for they have been taught of God but they are made aware of the truth just as Adam and Eve knew they were naked when their eyes were opened in the garden. He heard the voice and followed in testimony of his sonship in Yehovah God.
“Jesus said unto them, If you were blind you should have no sin but now you say, We see; therefore your sin remains” (John 9:41).
When the eyes of the man born blind were opened, he saw the truth. He saw the hatred of his fellow man, the arrogance of religion and the fear of the natural man when confronted with a “marvelous thing”. He could not explain to others what had happened except to give testimony to the truth. For this he was condemned as a sinner and cast out. Jesus again came to him again without being asked and revealed Himself to him “and he said. Lord I believe; and he worshipped Him” (9:38). No man can worship God aright except he worship in Spirit and in truth and no man has either the Spirit or the truth unless he be a son of God. This man kept the commandment of God and had the testimony of the Anointing.
When the eyes are opened then the light reveals the truth. The Light of the World has come to make manifest the darkness of man. Man loves the darkness for his deeds are evil and “every one that does evil hates the light, neither come to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:20). Those who have ears to hear the voice of the Son of God live and, have the light within them, which is the “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27) they follow Him. Thus the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah said; “I am the light of the world. He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life” (8:12).
This light is the Word which is alive and full of power, being the Lord God Omnipotent who lives and reigns eternal. He became flesh and dwelt among the nation of Israel manifesting the glory of God in the work which He completed. They being natural rejected Him but He tabernacles in His people (the Israel of our God) and they walk in the light of Yehovah. He is the salvation of His people, which God had prepared before all His nations, “a light to enlighten the nations and the glory of Your people Israel” (Lk. 2:32). He is a “lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Ps. 119:105) and because He has promised and cannot repent (for God is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man that he should repent – Num. 23:19) therefore He is never separate from His people. Thus as His people walk in the barren wilderness of this world during the time of their habitation, the light illuminates the valley of the shadow of death and they fear no evil.
The house of Jacob, the child of promise, are given to see the vanity of this existence for all the world is full of labour and “what profit has he that laboured for the wind” (Ecc. 5:16). The labours which God has assigned unto the children of the dust are unfulfilling yet they sustain the temporal flesh on its journey to the grave; this is a sore vanity and the grasping for the wind (vexation of the soul – 1:14). These children walking in the light of Yehovah see the vanity which they have been made subject to, not willingly, but by reason of Him who has subjected in hope; “for we are saved by hope” (Rms. 8:24).
The children of light also are given to see the corruption of Adam and the uncleanness of his ways. They see the hypocrisy of the religion of man, the old man in which they walked in darkness attempting to portray righteousness through the wickedness of their ways. Here they find filth and disease in the dung of that which they called holy. The light of His glory shines brighter and brighter as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will, causing them to remember their former ways. They understand with all wisdom and spiritual understanding the ways of Adam and their own evil ways. The Spirit compares spiritual things with spiritual things showing each pilgrim the pollution of his own doings that are not good, wherein he adorned himself in his own fig leaves, which causes him to cry out, “Be merciful to me a sinner”.
These strangers and sojourners in a foreign land also begin to see by the light of the Lamb the wretchedness of Adam in every thought, word and deed. They know that all men are liars for the Spirit convinces them of their inability in Adam to know, embrace and speak the truth. They are shown by experience that in their flesh dwells no good thing, thus they hate themselves in their own sight for their rebellion against God and the guilt which is ever before them in Adam. This is the beginning of strife and sorrow for they find that though they would do good yet evil is present and the evil which they abhor, that they cannot refrain from doing.
“But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light for whatsoever makes manifest is light” (Eph. 5:13)
Adam has a great propensity for morality and civility which are malicious cloaks to hide envy, hatred and contention. These rudiments of the world indeed have a shew of wisdom in will worship and humility, neglecting of the body and not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh but not unto Godliness. Thus every son of Adam participates in the rituals of this existence being foolish, disobedient, deceived, living in malice and envy, hatefully hating one another (Tit.3:3) and parading about in this years latest collection of the ‘fig leaf’ line of clothing. The pride of the heart has blinded the natural man from the truth, the arrogance of Edom entices him to work harder at his festering edifice built upon the sand of this world and the aroma of death has him addicted to works of righteousness which he has done to prove his worth before God. This was the first Adam and every child of hope has born the image of the first in the earthen vessel.
The revelation of the Light within convicts and refutes (reproves) the carnal arguments of the mind. It dispenses with the feeble logic and corrupt understanding of Adam and reveals Wisdom who has “built her house, she has hewn out seven pillars; she has killed her beasts she has mingled her wine and she has also furnished her table (Pro. 9:1). She is in the beginning as one brought up with Yehovah and her children are with her for she is the coming forth of Peace, Jerusalem, the mother of the redeemed. She gives instruction to the wise, which is the respectful reverence of Yehovah and the knowledge of Holy understanding (10).
Wisdom is the understanding of the number, identification and characteristics of man, the limitations and futility of existence in this world and confidence and assurance in the perfect finished work of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. His people are taught these things, from faith to faith. The natural man cannot know wisdom neither can he find it out by searching, praying or working for these are the things of God.
“See then that you walk perfectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15)
Without the presence and revelation of the True Light, no one can understand and appreciate the deliverance which the Lamb has procured by His blood. The perfect sacrifice for sin became the sin of His people corporately and as that sin was cleansed, covered and removed, never to be called into account again, so His people were translated from the kingdom of the darkness of Adam into the kingdom of His dear Son (Col. 1:13). This work was finished before the foundation of the world and manifested in time. Thus His people are perfect and complete in Him. There is nothing that they can think, do or say that can separate them from the eternal love of the Father nor is there anything which can enhance His love or ingratiate them unto Him. His love is as “a sea of glass like unto crystal” perfectly pure as His Light is the same (Rev. 4:6).
The nations of them which are delivered (the Israel of our God) walk in the light of the glory of God and His Lamb because they have been redeemed unto Him a nation of kings and priests of God. The dwelling and walking in the light is neither optional nor conditional for there is no shadow of turning in Him. They that walk in the light keep His commandments because of the finished work of the Elect Servant. They cannot fall short of the glory of God because His seed remains in them (I John 3:9) and although the natural man is constantly attempting to deceive with vain words from a deceitful and desperately wicked heart, yet the promise of the Shepherd is; “and a stranger will they not follow but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers” (John 10:5).
The natural man loves his habitation in the barren wilderness of terra firma. He strives to improve both through innovations, technology and philosophy yet all these perish with the using. He labours for that which cannot satisfy, he eats to live but he is born to die. There is one event that happens to all as the outward man perishes and the gathering of time grows closer to the conclusion. And man has no more control over this than he did in his own natural birth.
The prisoners of hope know that this world is not their home and they earnestly wait for the time when the tabernacle of this dwelling shall be put off. They have their affections set by the Spirit on the things which are from above and they long to return to their Father’s house. As time is being gathered together (redeeming the time) they see that “if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (I Cor. 15:19). Thus they have that earnest anticipation that if our earthly house of tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens because of the resurrection of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 9, 2016