“The ransomed of the Lord shall return and come unto Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
This is a select group of people for whom the Lord paid a price and bought them back to Himself. No one other than those who were held captive in the house of the strong man could have been released when He redeemed Jacob and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger (Jer. 10:11). No one other than those held in bondage under the yoke of Pharaoh in Egypt could have been brought out from under the burdened or rid of their bondage save those who were redeemed with a stretched out arm and great judgment (Ex. 6:6). No man could redeem another for there are none worthy. “None of them can by any means redeem his brother nor give to God a ransom for him” (Ps. 49:7). Only the Lamb of God could give the proper ransom for the firstborn (Ex. 13:13), and that only for those who are His children. He ransomed them from the power of death and redeem them from the grave (Hos. 13:14) so that “He that liveth and believeth in Me shall never die” (John 11:26). He alone could redeem His chosen race from deceit and violence (Ps. 72:14) and from all iniquity (Titus 2:14) purifying unto Himself a peculiar people. If this be not accomplished, then the ransomed of the Lord have not yet returned and come unto Zion because their sin still remains. BUT and SINCE all these “works were finished from the foundation of the world” (Heb. 4:3) and since He, having finished all that the Father gave Him to do and having put all things under His feet, He is set down at the right hand of the Father and has entered into His rest, therefore, the mountain of the house of the Lord, which was established in the last days when He built His church, His elect have returned and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. They were sealed with their Fathers seal in their foreheads (Rev. 7:3) when the Lamb was slain from before the foundation of the world and it is not the law of Sinai which is hanging between the frontlets of their eyes. They have not been summoned to the mountain “that burned with fire nor unto blackness and darkness and tempest”, but are come, “to the general assembly and the church of the firstborn, which is written in heaven and to God the Judge of all and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better things than Abel” (Heb 12:23). This is not a pilgrimage back to some ancestral homeland wherein is war and death but it is unto the Jerusalem which is from above, who has descended from heaven being adorned as a bride for her husband. Here nothing that defiles or any that love or makes a lie shall enter but only those who keep His commandments, having that new heart and His Spirit within, being of the new covenant. These all have been summand and have returned and are now seated together with Him in the heavenlies (Eph 2:6) for they are the sons of God. The ransomed of the Lord shall return from whence they came and none shall prevent them. “Thine they were and thou gavest them me” (John 17:8). They have heard His voice and have been raised up (Ez. 37) together with Him but dear brethren these things do not yet appear to His children who are still the wayfaring strangers of this present evil generation. These, being sons, walk by His faith and run the race set before them with patience, as He empowers, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of their faith (Heb. 12:1). They are a peculiar people who are passionate of good works. They have been created in Christ unto these good works and therefore not one of these works shall go undone. But while in this flesh when they would do good evil is present and how to perform that which is good they find not. This struggle and conflict is only for those who have been set free from the prison house and have been ransomed of the Lord and until the tabernacle of this dwelling be dissolved the conflict shall continue. They shall not alter the course nor interrupt one step assigned by the Father to His children but are part and partial to the race but we know that when the time of this habitation is over, sorrow and sighing shall flee away and we shall see Him as He is.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes