“Let your conversation be without covetousness, being content with such things as you have, for He has said, “I will never leave nor forsake you.”
The letter to the Hebrews, or those ‘from beyond’, addresses the wonders of the fullness of the Godhead in the manifestation of the perfect sacrifice for sin in the righteous fulfillment of His Law. Those familiar with the types and foreshadows as seen in the ceremonies and rituals of the pattern given in the mount knew that the beauty of the reality far outshone the figures of the types. The prophet said many years ago that the beauty of the latter house would far outshine the glory of the first by such a degree as to leave the first without glory and yet the eyes of man continue to look for the restoration of the former and the glory of the by-gone era (Hag. 2:9).
The beauty of the first was in the magnitude of it’s size and grandeur. It was built of wood not indigenous to the land and the workmanship was of artisans as the gold shimmered in the sunlight and the wisdom of words flowed from Solomon’s mouth. But it was still a building of this world and though many traveled extreme distances to hear the wisdom which God had granted Solomon, yet the man was not immune to the corruption or desires of the flesh. This edifice was destroyed by the Babylonians and left an heap of stone until the Lord raised up His servants to rebuild and thus Ezra, Zerubbabel and Nehemiah re-constructed the facsimile but could never recover the glory.
The third temple took King Herod forty-six years to build and it stood as the symbol of corruption, greed and rebellion against God hand His Holy Law. The priesthood was corrupted by the designs of man as the Scribes, Pharisees and Lawyers ruled in the place of the statutes and ordinances of God; “for laying aside the commandments of God, you hold the traditions of men, the washing of pots and cups and many such like things you do. And He said unto them, Full well you reject the commandment of God that you may keep your own traditions” (Mk. 7:8).
This was the structure that the nation of Israel was told would be destroyed, not having one stone left upon another, as the manifestation of the wrath of God, poured out in the decimation of the ‘abomination that causes desolation’. Yet the advancing armies of Rome could never erase the types and foreshadows of the Law, as given in the pattern, for herein was hope. The people of Israel were busied in their daily routines attempting to be exact in their keeping of the moral, ceremonial and civil aspects of man’s interpretation of the law while the children of hope were burdened with the reality that they, in Adam, could never keep one jot or tittle. Thus the ministration of condemnation was unto them death and despair rather than life as the Spirit taught them the way of the new covenant.
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh” (10:19)
The new covenant is not based or contingent upon anything in creation. God finished the work of His salvation for His people before time began in the shed blood of the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world. It is finished because He has put all His enemies under His feet, taken His great power unto Himself and reigned and has redeemed His people unto Himself. Nothing can be added or detracted from this eternally perfect work, though Adam continues to attempt to change and improve things, because God is the same, never changing Lord God All Mighty.
The events in the garden came at no surprise to God, nor was the whole of creation upset by a war in heaven wherein the earth was ‘without form and void’ when Satan and his fallen messengers rebelled against God. To allege such is to infer that something came to pass outside of the counsel of the eternal will of God, causing His creation, which he created for His good pleasure, to go astray, forcing God to fix what had been broken; this is the god of the ignorant professors of Adam’s theology.
Satan was created as the servant of God, the father of all lies and a murderer from the beginning, having beauty in his countenance and pride in his heart wherein his sin was manifested. He was the messenger to Eve in the garden who planted the lie in the fertile ear of his hearer who, being incapable of hearing the voice of God or believing His Word, was deceived, her husband with her, and sin entered into the world. This inability to ‘hit the mark’ is upon the seed of Adam, from generation to generation, and the manifestation of this characteristic is clearly seen in every thought, word and deed. Adam labours for his meat, is obsessed with the cares of this world and his body and strives to unravel the mysteries of life and failing on all three accounts, he is weary and heavy laden with the vanity of life; this is the will of God.
No one understands this emptiness better than one who is born from beyond and taught by the ‘breath of God’. His Spirit is the ‘Comforter’ who leads His people in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, causing them to walk by faith, keeping His commandments. These have the ‘full assurance of faith’ because that which is seen with the natural eye is like the first temple; it appears glorious and magnificent at first but that glory quickly vanishes in the ‘confusion by mixing’ of this world. When in the time, pleasing unto the Father, to reveal Himself in His people, the Spirit reveals the truth of emptiness of this existence, for there is nothing in this creation that can satisfy or sustain the eternal seed, and the wretchedness of the flesh.
The testimony of the finished work of redemption is communicated from faith to faith, which no man can see or prove, and the children cry out to the Father for deliverance from the body of this death. This is the common salvation and testimony that each of the inhabitants of the pasture identifies with from personal experience. They consider the vileness of their way, always hoping that their brethren never find out the darkness of their evil ways, yet knowing that everyone born of woman is of the same condition. This identification and the love for the members of the family causes each member, in particular, to be able to bear one another’s burdens, to weep with them that weep and rejoice with them that rejoice, for God has not left His people to fend for themselves.
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and Godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us unto glory and virtue” (II Pt. 1:2)
God has not set His people adrift in this world to see how they would fare with the corruption and inept mannerisms of the vessel. Before Adam was formed from the dust of the earth, the shed blood of the Lamb slain, was applied for the anointing, cleansing and consecration of certain earthen vessels afore prepared unto the purpose of receiving the seed born from above. Each vessel, having an exact time and place of existence, is thoroughly equipped with all things necessary to walk the path, run the race and complete the labours assigned unto them and since every thought, word and deed is expressly ordered and accomplished by the good pleasure of His eternal will, all things function in complete harmony one with another.
Jesus explained this to His disciples when He instructed them to consider the lilies of the field and the birds in the air. The Father, who has provided the daily necessities of life for these portions of the creation has certainly provided for His children as they sojourn in this foreign land. Today’s modern and learned theologians stand as the doctors and teachers of divinity of the time of the bodily advent of the Anointed One and scoff at the idea that the God of the universe cares about the rain that falls upon the ground to make the plants grow or the nutrients in the ground that nourish the plants of the field; they balk at the idea that God cares about the color of the tie that they wear for the day yet He cares about the smallest bird in the air as it is sold in the market or falls to the ground.
The teaching which the Lord gave to His students was concerning the necessities of life which the Father not only supplies to every man according to measure but that He is completely cognoscente of those very needs. The One who fashioned and outfitted the earthen vessel according to the purpose which He has ordained necessary as a part of His creation has a personal knowledge of each chosen vessel, which He makes willing in the day of His power; “for it is God that works in you BOTH to will and to do His good pleasure” (Phl. 2:13).
He also instructed them to pray that the Father would give them their daily bread. This bread is not only the physical necessities for the sustenance of life although nothing should be dismissed concerning these things. God caused a famine in the land and sent His servant to a trickling brook where He fed him by the mouth of an unclean bird. He then sent this same servant into a neighboring land where unclean people dwelt and, having prepared a widow woman and her sons to receive this messenger, caused him to dwell with her for many days; He indeed supplied the daily bread and water for the continuance of the body.
But God has also given unto His children all things which pertain to godliness. This subject cannot be properly spoken of until one is taught what godliness is for Adam from the beginning has attempted to be like God yet he knew nothing of being like God. When in the fullness of time, the Father opens the eyes of His people, causing them to see the reality of life, He awakens the understanding of the spiritual nature within and the carnal man without. His love uncovers the mystery of the Holiness of God and the wonders of His power but it also grants this point of reference that they children might know the contradiction of the natural man and his inability.
Almighty God has done all things. He created, engaged and sustains every aspect of His creation, which He has made for His Beloved. There are no parts that are broken or out of place which fail to function properly for His attention to detail has caused all things to come to pass in proper order and magnitude. Many speculate that the world was a better place in the by-gone years when things were simpler but the testimony of truth is that there is nothing new under the sun. The wickedness of man is the same as it was in the garden; his aspirations have not changed neither has the ‘divine spark’, which he erroneously presumes to have, been discovered. Yet he continues to function in the blindness of his ways, pursuing the darkness of the world and those things which cannot satisfy. This is the vanity which Solomon saw and understood by the Wisdom which God gave him, the conclusion of which was that it was better to eat your bread and enjoy life for nothing will be enhanced or diminished by anything that is done by the creatures.
The light of His glory, however, is the fullness of the Godhead which dwells in the eternal sons of God. This light, which is the same light of the pillar of fire which followed the Israelites in the wilderness, illuminates the darkness and reveals the nature of this world. The Spirit within, shows the people of the Lord not only the corruption of this existence but the beauty of Emanuel, the perfection within. Many will ask, How can I see this perfection? That which can be seen with the natural eye is not spiritual, rather it is carnal, and though the glory of God is revealed in the heavens as the firmament shows for His handy-work, yet the natural eye seeing cannot perceive. The natural man has observed the work of God and dismissed it as religious superstitions of man. He has handled the evidence left of God to show forth His sovereign power over all things which Adam has called fate and yet man dismisses these things as being unnecessary to his intentions for the natural man has no concept of God, the wonders of His ways or the desire to come to the light of His perfection.
To see the beauty of the Holiness of God in the flesh is to bring that eternal beauty into the natural world and corrupt it for that which is seen shall shortly fade away. The same is true for the things which He has given His beloved concerning godliness. To attempt to incorporate the natural man into the workings of the Spirit is the teaching of the traditions of man. This teaching is identified by that which must be or ought to be done by the man in order to secure or enhance the work which God has begun or intends to do in your life. The creature needs to accept Him in order to become a child of God, surrender his life to Him so that He can be Lord and Master over all and to commit his ways unto Him that he might walk worthy of the Lord. Every child of the King has attempted these in the flesh and found them not only completely impotent but also a vexation upon their souls. They have tried to rejoice evermore but find a heaviness of sorrow upon them that they cannot overcome. They have tried to pray without ceasing but they do not know how to pray and though they desire to do that which is righteous, holy and true, yet they cannot find the way to perform those things they desire.
Though the teachers of the world’s religions would instruct that it is a conscience effort of the labours of Adam to put on the whole armour of God so that they may stand against the devil yet it is impossible for one to adorn themselves in unseen garments to combat an unseen foe and quench his unseen fiery darts. The comfort of the reality is that the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah has adorned Himself with righteousness as a breastplate and on His head rests the helmet of the salvation of His people. His salvation is the new covenant that he has with His people wherein there are no conditions for activation, continuation of fruition for all is finished in Him. The Spirit causes His people to keep His commandment and to walk in all of His statutes, therefore, it is not for man to activate the solution, stir up the culture and affect the love for the fellow pilgrims in this foreign land, it is the Spirit that gives the evidence of His presence, which is the fruit of the Spirit, whereby we love one another because of the love of the Father which is shed abroad in our hearts. The cause and effect is spiritual not carnal.
So also is the manner of life of the children of hope not according to the delights and prosperity of this world. There is no need to exhort one another that they be not concerned about the tangible expenditures of this life for in Adam these worries are insurmountable. There is therefore great comfort in bringing to remembrance the all-inclusive nature of the Great King of the Universe who has given His children everything they need for the day. He has ordained that there is sufficient evil for each day (Matt. 6:34) and that neither the wood nor the sacrifices of this world are sufficient for a burnt offering before the Lord. He has inflicted the earthen vessel with certain maladies so that the outward man is perishing daily in the Refiner’s Fire (II Cor. 4:13) yet He has promised “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (II Cor. 12:9).
“...being content with such things as you have for He has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you, so that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper I will not fear what man shall do unto me”.
The sufficiency of all things is complete in the ordained will of God for His people. Adam will never be content for this is his nature. He was not content in the garden when Yehovah prepared the trees of the garden and gave him to eat of every tree nor was he content with the station in life that God had placed him in. Were he content, then he would not have desired to be made wise, for who indeed told him that he was not wise, nor would he have desired the fruit of the forbidden tree for the abundance of God’s provision. So it is consistent with his nature and inconceivable that it will ever change that the natural man could ever understand the sufficiency of God in all that he has been given thus he strives to improve upon his station and show forth his worth before god and his fellow man.
The incorruptible seed, however, knows that what God has decreed is correct and for good to them that love Him, to the called according to His purpose. The love of God is manifested in the sacrifice He made, the provisions He has granted and the protection He has supplied so that no man can approach, harm or remove one of His children from His hands. Those preserved and protected in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah have the full assurance of His faithfulness and His eternal love in complete conjunction and cooperation with that He, being touched with the feelings of our infirmities, has been tempted in all points like unto as we are, yet without sin, so that He is able to aid, assist and comfort His children as they endure the contradiction of sin against themselves.
Aaron and his sons approached the Tabernacle in the wilderness and corrupted it with their presence. They must first offer a sacrifice for their own sin before standing before the throne on behalf of another; that alter has been crushed to chalk-stone. The perfect sacrifice for sin was offered upon an altar that no man can approach. It was not built by the hands of Adam nor of the materials of this world and the sacrifice was not of the seed of corruption, therefore it was accepted of the Father and remains the same yesterday, today and forever. Nothing needs or can be added to the finished work and though the traditions of man attempt to diminish the glory and soil the perfection, yet the Lamb stands for His people.
The whip of duty faith is laid upon the backs of the students of Adam as he urges them on to greater heights of achievements and fame; these things are foreign to the children of the King of glory. Though the sorrows of death compass about them and the pains of death get hold of them yet they know that this light affliction is but for a brief moment and when it has concluded the desired course that the Father has ordained, each child knows that to be absent from this body is to be present with their Lord. Man is but an instrument in the hand of the Master as He guides His children through the barren wilderness, showing them the vanity of this world and the frailties of this life.
The hand of Yehovah brought a formidable enemy into the camp of Israel and they served the Midianites for seven years. When the Messenger of the Lord came to Gideon, he was confused as to the role of Yehovah God who had apparently forsaken His people, saying, “Oh my Lord, If Yehovah be for us then why has all this befallen us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not Yehovah bring us up out of Egypt? But now Yehovah has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites?” (Jud. 6:13). He could not see the hand of God in the matter nor did he understand the course that Yehovah God had predestined the matter to follow, yet the Lord made him willing in the day of His power and said unto him, “surely I will be with you and you shall smite the Midianites as one man” (6:16). Gideon had no power and there was no man who followed after him, but the sufficiency of Yehovah caused him to be content with what the Lord had given him and to fight and win; not being afraid of what man might do.
Our Gideon (the hewer) has come forth to cut down the high places of man making every mountain and hill laid low. His people have been raised up in Him and given exceeding great and precious promises that are as secure in Him as He is immutable. The axiom of truth is that these works have been done by Him for His people therefore they cannot fail “for if God be for us, who can stand against us?” (Rms. 8:31).
Adam cannot see the good that God has created nor can he comprehend the good that God has ordained all things to work together unto; he will, therefore never be content.
“Now thanks be unto God which always causes us to triumph in Christ and makes manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place; for we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ in them that are delivered and in them that perish; to the one the savour of death unto death and to the other a savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?” (II Cor. 2:14)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 11, 2018