“Yehovah is exalted for He dwells on high. He has filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.”
The salvation of Yehovah is substantiated by the fullness of the Godhead, exacted by the power of His irresistible will and manifested in all that He has done. Before the subject of the deliverance of His people can be approached there must exist a basic understanding of the One with whom this business pertains. Many will preach the subject matter of deliverance but only those taught by the Spirit of God have experienced the truth of who God is and what He has done according to His great love.
There are many who are known by the name ‘Jesus’ who have been venerated and exalted in the teachings of Adam to be like the Most High; these cannot stand the test which identifies Yehovah God as the salvation of His people. This is an essential element of the whole subject for in order to know what has been done and the effectiveness of the action it is imperative to know who has done the work and by what right he has done these things, for indeed; “many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many” (Matt. 24:11).
During His earthly ministry, Jesus was approached by the religious leaders of the time as He taught the people in the Temple; “and they spoke unto Him saying, Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things or who is He that has given You this authority?” (Lk 20:2). They were not disputing what He was teaching and they certainly could not dismiss the miraculous healings and great wonders He was performing, yet they wanted to know the source of these things which the deity, person or group this man, called Jesus, represented in the matter.
Have the times changed anything? Or is the same question asked today under the cloak of ambiguity by asking; ‘What denomination is the speaker? Or, where did he go to college, seminary or Bible school and under whose teaching does he prescribe? The most astute of the examiners can quickly identify the ‘camp’ out of which the speaker has sprung by giving his doctrine an elaborate name to which the parochial chief justice may then either agree or condemn. These are truly the identifying characteristics of the doctrine of Adam, steeped in traditions of the god Nebo (the interpreter of the gods or prophet from the region beyond) and washed in the prosperity of antiquity asking; “What do you know, that we do not know? Do you have understanding that is not in us? With us are the gray-headed and very aged men, much older that your father” (Job 15:9).
Jesus did not argue with these men nor did He waste His time disputing lineage, heritage, schooling or aptitude; He simply asked them to use the same standard that they were attempting to apply to Him with regards to the baptism of John. The Spirit of Yehovah had prophesied that one would come preaching the way of salvation and the coming of Messiah. This John did and, even though he denied that he was Elijah, yet he, in the spirit of Elijah (my God is Yah); “then went out to him Jerusalem and all of Judea and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him confessing their sins” (Matt. 3:5). Even some of the Pharisees, who could not ignore either the public attention or the prophetic implications, came to John in attempts to assimilate his teaching into their own beliefs yet John rebuked them saying, “Generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth fruits meet for repentance and do not think to say in yourselves, We have Abraham to father, for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire” (3:7ff).
Jesus did not bring acclaim to Himself for He came in the form of a servant to do the Father’s will. He did not perform a miracle for these to see in order to validate Himself and justify His work nor did He make any claims of right, portion or memorial in the Jerusalem that is now for it stands in the type of a desolate land and empty house. Jesus did not need to lift Himself up to give validity to His work for He is the great King over all the earth. He has power over all flesh in whose hearts He has “put to fulfill His will and to agree and give their kingdom unto the beast until the word of God be fulfilled” (Rev. 17:17).
He has been “declared the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rms. 1:4) “who being the brightness of glory and the express image of His person and upholding all things by the power of His word, when He had by Himself purged our sin, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3). No man can lift Him up for He needs no assistance from any of His creation to prove that He is the fullness of the Godhead, bodily; He is exalted, dwelling in the highest, as He who inhabits eternity as King of Kings and Lord of Lords reigns supreme over everything.
“He has filled Zion with judgment and righteousness”
The monument or landmark of the surety of the salvation of Yehovah is complete and absolute justice in all things. There is nothing wherein the purpose of God is not the cause and the power of His will the facilitator, regardless of the speculations of man or his self-righteous precautions against making God what He is not or attributing to Him that which He cannot do. The philosophy and teachings of this false humility, self- promoting way is that nothing can be attributed to God that is not clean and pure therefore evil has a separate origin with the way of man being his own manufacturing and control. It assumes that is the violation of God’s Law, which is as eternal as He, could not be of God and that the creation, which He called exceedingly good, cannot include the darkness of the world or the wickedness of man. This is not the doctrine of the Lord God Omnipotent who lives and reigns eternal who said “I am Yehovah and none else, there is no God beside Me. I have girded you though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun and from the west that there is none beside Me, I am Yehovah. I formed the light and create darkness, I make peace and create evil: I Yehovah do ALL these things” (Is. 45:5)
The love of God is the reason for His creation; His desire is upon His Beloved wherein He has created all things for His good pleasure, therefore nothing exists that is not for His Beloved. There cannot exist such a person, place or thing that is not created in the beginning by the power of His word and all things consist by He who is the primary of all that is (Col. 1:17). He does not tell the mistakes and offenses of man, reshaping them and incorporating them into a workable plan so as to give the impression that He is over all; He has from the beginning caused the intent of His heart, which is the love for His people, to be the purpose of all that He has made. Therefore as He has purposed, so it has come to pass without any counsel from another (for there is none greater) and by the power of His will each and every speck is placed in its exact location as the beauty of His handy-work works in complete harmony for the good of the Beloved; the called according to His purpose.
“And He will be the security of your times...”
The only comfort that a son of Adam may have is in the labours of his hands. He is deceived to think and conclude that hard work and earnest desires lead to a successful life and thereunto does he strive, hoping that one day he may say “soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat drink and be merry” (Luke 12:29). This is the course that Yehovah God set Adam and his seed upon to walk all the days of their lives. Their comfort is based upon that which cannot sustain and their labours are to the intent of humbling them (Ecc. 3:10).
The theologians of Adam demand that it is the initiative of the man that moves God into action. When a person is properly persuaded to admit his short-comings and turn to the god of Adam, then this deity will condescend to assist the creature in his comforts and give him peace. That is not the God of the universe who has a people, chosen in Him from before the beginning of time, whom He has ordained should be made partakers of the ignorance and pleasures of flesh and blood until such time as it pleases the Father to reveal the truth unto them. The surety of this action is based upon the immutable faithfulness of the Father to His children who are born of the incorruptible seed. He can never deny Himself or His seed and He will never abandon them to the impulses of the flesh or the inventions of man.
God has made all men of one blood yet He has afore prepared a certain earthen vessel in a particular time for the habitation of His child. The experiences of the children of Adam are indeed all the same for there is one creation, one man and one passion which envelopes his every action. He is concerned with the welfare of the body and the environment where he lives. His time is spent in vanity yet his eyes are closed to the truth but in the fullness of time the Father opens the eyes of His people to see the condition of the outer man. They find they have no hope in the body of this death for there is enmity between Adam and the inner man who delights after the law of God and finds then “a law that when I would do good, evil is present” (Rms. 7:21).
The child is taught by the Spirit of Holiness that without free grace by the shed blood of the Lamb of God they are without hope in this world for Adam is completely ignorant of the reality of sin or the price that must be paid for the forgiveness of sin. The strength of the arm of the flesh is as the morning dew that vanishes in the sunlight and the best intentions of the man are found deficient of any merit before the righteous throne of His justice; “And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? Jesus looked upon them and said; With man salvation is impossible but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Thus the surety of the salvation of His people is in the arm of All Mighty God; Behold their valiant ones shall cry without, the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly. The highways lie waste, the man who passed that way has ceases because Yehovah God has made the covenant ineffectual, He despises the cities and He regards NO MAN. The earth is in mourning and languishes in fear but Yehovah has risen up and is exalted. He was indeed delivered up by His determinate counsel and foreknowledge to the wicked hands of man and crucified but no man took His life; He laid it down for the sheep and He took it up again to stand before the Father in righteousness. Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness as a type of the Anointed One who should be lifted up and though the hatred of man led the designs of the people to reject the perfect sacrifice for sin yet all these works were finished from the foundation of the world. Therefore the Christ must come and be sacrificed for the salvation of His people and unto all whom He has revealed Himself, is the understanding that they have this treasure, the reverence of God, in the earthen vessel.
“You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble: your breath as fire shall devour you and the people shall be as the burning lime as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire”
The works of man are wood, hay and stubble which the Spirit reveals as the children grow in the grace and knowledge of His will. The outer man, Adam/Edom is also the stubble which the Refiner’s fire consumes daily for the outer man is perishing. This is not a reference to some future event wherein the wicked are cast into a lake of fire reserved unto eternal damnation, it is the current condition of the creation of God which burns with fervent heat. The love of God for His people is manifested in the refiner’s fire as He proves the gold, silver and precious stones within. The outer man of course does not care for the hand of the Creator upon him crushing the earthen vessel to the dust he came from (tribulation) and certainly Adam is still in quest to prove himself before God, wearing this year’s latest fig leaves carrying a fresh basket of bloody menstrual rags, hoping to gain favour with God and become a candidate of His grace.
The vanity of this existence is the understanding that there is nothing of this world that can sustain or remain for, even though there is nothing new under the sun so that the things that are, are the things which were and shall be, yet from generation to generation they are consumed by the fire. And when the fire has consumed so that there remains nothing of the house of Esau, then is the truth within made manifest; “for the mouth of Yehovah has spoken” (Ob. 18).
When the Spirit reveals this to the children of hope they are given to see that they have no hope in man. Therefore the sinners in the memorial are afraid. They know that if the Lord should regard their guilt in Adam that none should stand and as the light of His glory shines brighter and brighter in their hearts they know the uncleanness of their ways and their abomination before the Lord. Thus the proud Pharisee, which is Adam who will boast of his wondrous deeds and splendid manners, is without and the publican, prostrate upon the ground seeking the mercy of God is within. Even though that which is born from above cannot commit sin and never was in jeopardy of condemnation yet the understanding of the child is for the strength, power and wonders of the eternal love of the Father for His people wherein He loved them to the end. This is the testimony of the household of the Redeemed of Yehovah, thus they praise the name of Jesus for He “alone is worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof for You were slain and has redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred, and tongue and people and nation and has made us unto our God, kings and priest and we shall reign upon the earth” (Rev. 5:9). The vanity is now and so is the fire, for all things come to pass for good to them that love Him to the called according to His purpose.
“Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burning?”
The misconception of fire being God’s judgment against the children of grace is a contradiction of the truth. God has poured out His wrath against the ungodliness of man and has given the consuming fire as a blessing to His people. He is the One whose “eyes are as flames of fire and His feet like unto fine brass, as if they had been burned in a furnace” (Rev. 1:14) but like the fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar, His people are not consumed. His flame is ever revealing the works of man to be ample fuel for the conflagration which shall endure to the end but like the thorns which are cut, these works must be cast into the fire.
Man cannot endure with the flames of God’s righteous justice but as the elder brother Esau, he shall serve the younger brother, the child of promise, until the time of this habitation is over. Only he who walks righteously and speaks uprightly shall be able to walk about in the consuming fire of the furnace of affliction and, like the Hebrew slaves, neither be consumed nor have the smoke effect the fine linen, clean and white that they have been granted to wear. The righteousness of the saints is not tarnished by the smoke or soot of the furnace for there is now no condemnation to them that are in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, and though they are assigned a brief moment of light affliction in the refiner’s fire yet the consumption of the outer man of this tabernacle works are far greater weight of glory that shall be revealed.
The time of this habitation is unto each of the household of faith, each man in his order, but, being one in the Beloved, as He is raised up and is seated in the right hand of God, so His Bride is raised up in Him to dwell in the highest. The body is not fragmented by time nor could ever be separated from the fullness of the Godhead but as each has been assigned this time of pilgrimage in the barren wilderness of this world, it does not yet appear what they shall be. They know that they have been made subject to this vanity by reason of the hope of imminent return to the Father’s house, to Jerusalem from above, and though their natural eyes cannot see the beauty of His Holiness, or the stammering tongue speak His name aright or the body of this death stand in His presence, yet they know that they dwell in the secret place of the Most High. They acknowledge that it is He would grant their daily bread of meat which no man has and has given them to drink of the rivers of living waters while they dwell in a land famished with the drought of hearing the Word of God: “Remembering my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall, my soul has them still in remembrance and is humbled in me; this I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope” (Lam. 3:19).
“Hear you that are far off, what I have done and you that are near acknowledge My might”
The natural man can neither see nor comprehend the wonders of God’s love. He continues to cry of peace where there is no peace and seeks assurances in the natural realm. The grace of God is the same yesterday, today and forever which He has given freely to all for whom He has eternal love. The testimony of grace in the garden is identical to the grace of God that leads His people to repentance for their guilt and rebellion in Adam and He will in no wise cast off any whom He has drawn unto Himself. The proclamation of the gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is that of the power of God unto deliverance through the shed blood of the Lamb of God. When in the course of time, the last earthen vessel which houses the seed of Yehovah is consumed in the Refiner’s fire, the testimony shall remain the same; Salvation is of Yehovah.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
February 11, 2018