“My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord of glory, Jesus Christ, with respect of persons.”
The exclusiveness of this address must be of careful consideration for every child of the Kingdom of our God as they travel through this waste barren wilderness. The faith of the Lord of glory is not a trivial matter that it should be spoken of in the same reference as the common faith of man in myths and legends. The faith of the Lord of glory begins with He who has no beginning but rather is beginning and end. He demonstrated His faithfulness to the Father as He took on the form of a servant to perform and accomplish all that could not be done by another. He alone is the power and the glory so when He came in the power of His own will to perform the good pleasure of His heart, He completely accomplished that exclusively for His own glory and honour. Adam has no place here for all these works were finished before the foundation of the world (Heb. 4:3).
The faith of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, which was manifested when he was born of a woman and made under the law, is the only means whereby God is satisfied for “without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb. 11:6). Everything which He performed is in complete Holiness and the absolute righteousness of the Law knowing that the good pleasure of the Father is upon the Son for He is One. He did not come forth with a wishful contemplation that maybe He might be able to satisfy the demands of the Justice of God. He came forth knowing that He alone was worthy to accomplish His will. He could neither fail in His endeavours nor deny Himself by falling short of every jot and tittle of His own Law, therefore He is faithful to Himself. Those whom He justified by His faith have that very same faith wherewith they walk in the light of the Lord. They cannot fall short for they have been hewn from that same Rock therefore they live by faith for “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rms. 14:23).
This address is to those who have the Anointing in them which is the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). This communication is for those who are of like precious faith, who, by the power of the Spirit of God dwelling within, “walk by His faith” (Hab. 2:4); those who have been “crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in Me; and the life which now I live I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). This is the congregation of the living, the general assembly of the called out assembly of the First Born and the innumerable host of the house of the redeemed of the Lord. All sightseers, curiosity seekers, religious thrill-seekers and moral zealots need not apply for they have no right, nor potion nor memorial in Jerusalem. The faith of the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ, is not a commodity to be offered, traded or handled in the common manner of man. It is the manifest token of the indwelling presence of Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matt. 1:23).
That which is of the vine is part and partial to the vine, the root and the fruit, for these, being members in particular, are all one. The presence of the Spirit of the Most High God is evidenced in the fruit of the Spirit. This fruit is a spiritual fruit that is not of the earth, earthly. It has no part in the carnal logic of Adam, is not performed by the will of man or the arm of the flesh and cannot be discerned by the natural senses of the body. The love of the Spirit is manifested in the love of the brethren which is solely based upon the eternal love of the Father. This is nothing which can be seen, heard, tasted or felt in the flesh. This love produced the eternal redemption of His people who were sold under sin in Adam before Adam was created. God demonstrated this love for His elect in that while they were yet sinners, He died for their sin and this before time began err sin had entered into the world and death by sin; “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; He has no form nor comeliness and when we shall see him, no beauty that we should desire Him” (Is. 53:2).
“...Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34).
God is self contained and sovereign over all things. He created all things by the Word of His mouth and the power of His will. He never asked or sought counsel from another as He determined the time of each occurrence of every event which He esteemed necessary to His design. He placed each actor in their exact location and properly equipped them to act according to the prescribed manner He demanded and then brought all things to pass. He is not persuaded by the character of a man, the circumstances of his environment of the social-economical difficulties he has been caused to live under as the eternal sovereign of the universe unfolds the tapestry of His creation. He does not bring His wrath upon a person and destroy the land because one of His creatures has gone rouge and acted out of order any more than He sends forth His shower of blessings because one has done that which is good. He has made man to function commensurate to His will, whether they be evil or good. He has equipped Adam with a carnal nature and given him the desires of the flesh to occupy his heart. His absolute sovereign will keeps people, places and things in complete harmony as He works all things after the counsel of His will saying; “My counsel shall stand and I will do all My pleasure” (Is. 46:10).
The ‘free will’ of man is completely contained in the sovereign commands of God. He created one wicked with the preponderance to evil and, being of the seed of the serpent, put it in his heart to walk according to his nature (Ez. 24:13). To another, still having the same bondage of corruption, He has placed His Spirit within, which is contrary to the nature without; “so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Gal. 5:17). He demands that each of these walk according to the designs He has afore ordained and the power of His will ensures that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to the called, according to purpose” (Rms. 8:28).
Man does not control the course of the ways of God, God commands and enacts the ways of the steps of him that walks upon the path He has assigned unto them, for He is not a respecter of persons. He has interwoven the wickedness of man into the tapestry of His creation for His glory and honour; “and ye shall know that I am Yehovah when I have wrought with you for My name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith Yehovah God” (Ez. 20:44). These ways and means of Adam are for His praise, even the wrath of man, that He might make known His great name among the nations as an ever present witness against sin and of His complete Holiness (Ez. 36:22).
The faith of the Son of God is without respect to the thoughts, words or deeds of Adam. Adam did not come to God for forgiveness in the garden when his eyes were opened and he knew he was naked. Cain did not seek the Lord in the trials of his predicament as God rejected his sacrifice and accepted Abel’s and God had no respect for the men, women and children of the great cities, Sodom and Gomorrah, as He sent forth His wrath upon them. Neither did God have respect for the scattered people who would be called the nation of Israel, because of their worth to Him as He chose a stiff-necked and rebellious people to manifest His name and shew forth His love; He spoke and it came to pass.
Therefore, those who have the fruit of the Spirit of God being of the vine, who walk not by sight but by faith, must not and cannot have respect for Adam and his ways. This is not only for those who are without the assembly or even those brethren of the assemble but it is more so to the manners of the earthen vessel they inhabit, which vanities the children have been made subject to in hope. Just because the thoughts and words of man sound good to the natural ear or the sights and sounds are pleasant to the emotions of Adam does not make them proper. Adam is drawn away after the constant cravings of his nature to the point that all reasoning is lost and words are useless. Yet God has ordained these for good.
Those who are without the assembly are there for a reason. The assembly is the best it can be at this present moment without any additions as the Lord adds daily such as should be delivered. The world is not the land of opportunity for the recruitment of new converts into the assembly. The sheep of the fold of this present evil generation cannot have any fellowship with the little flock, the tares of the fields of the earth have no place in the barns of Yehovah and the first born Esau has no birthright in the generation of Jesus Christ.
The brethren of the assembly have been put there for a reason. They have a necessary function in the watch and care of the fold and, if blood bought of the Lamb, have the covering of Yehovah upon their earthen tabernacles. They all have been given to believe as a measure of faith has been given to them and they have also been blessed to suffer for His name sake. They experience the same trials and tribulations as the endure the temptations as are common to all men. They each have the same doubts and fears which are inherent to Adam, they are drawn after the lusts of the flesh and they wrestle with the unseen spiritual wickedness in high places. This common denominator of every child precludes any respect for the flesh as the Spirit groans within awaiting the manifestation of the Sons of God.
So it is in the earthen vessels which each child inhabits. The thoughts that plague the mind and the yearnings that burden the heart are all common. This mortal coil has been expressly designed for each inhabitant according to the design specification of the Wise and Master builder. He knows the frame which He has formed from the dust of the earth and His reigns are about the thoughts and intents of the heart as He causes His people to wander in the waste howling wilderness of this present evil generation. There is not respect for this inveterate foe for he seeks to destroy the Spirit and ascend on high. There is no rest from the labours assigned unto him and there is no hope. Even if Adam were to venture to the house of the King, he cannot speak the language, the things there are unlawful for man to utter and beauty of the Holiness of God cannot be understood or received by him.
“For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring in goodly apparel and there come also a poor man in vile raiment and ye have respect to him that wears the gay clothing and say unto him, ‘Sit here in a good place’, and say unto the poor, ‘Stand here or sit here under my footstool’, are ye not partial in yourselves and are become judges of evil thoughts? (James 2:2f).
There are no doubt many differing mental pictures in each of the minds of the readers as they imagine what this fine gentleman looked like. The imagery set forth here would draw the attention of the natural mind to the fine clothes, the opulent jewelry and the sophisticated manners of this person while there is disdain for the unkept wretch. This was the case when the brethren were first called out of the confusion of confederacy and alliances that had manifested themselves in Israel. The nation was now the defined as the Mother of harlots and the abomination of the earth (Rev. 17:5) as the Elect Servant of Yehovah came forth into the world. He came out of this confusion (Zerb-babel son of Shealtiel – ‘inquired of God’ the ruler of praise – Judah with the salvation of Yehovah – Joshua the son of the righteousness of Yehovah – Josedech the high priest over the people of Israel – Haggai 2:2) to manifest that His people have peace with God. He made Himself of no reputation, taking on the express image of a servant and gave His life a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28). How then can one despise a child of the king and fellow heir of the kingdom of God because of outward attire? By the lusts of the flesh.
This ring upon the finger of this imposter is the demonstration of authority. Pharaoh removed the ring off his finger and gave it to Joseph to shew that he was the second ruler in Egypt (Gen. 41:42). Ahasuerus gave his ring to Haman (the magnificent destroyer) in his quest to rid the land of the people of Judah but then removed it from him and gave it to the ‘little man’ Mordecai when the devises of the son of perdition were revealed. These rings were used to seal official documents as a witness of the authority of the king. This man who has entered into the assembly presents himself as having the authority of the king.
The ring is also a testimony of sonship. The father saw his son ‘a great way off’ and as the beaten and afflicted son pleaded for a place as a servant, the father set upon him the ‘best robe and put his ring upon his hand (Luke 15:22). This ring which has no beginning and no end represents the tenth or the remnant. It is upon the finger which being dipped in the blood of the sacrifices, sprinkles the blood seven times before Yehovah manifesting the finished work (Lev. 4:6) This is only for the congregation of the Israel of our God and yet this man comes in with a gold ring. He dares make his nest among the stars of heaven as he says in his heart, ‘I shall be like the children of the Most High God’.
He also comes in goodly apparel. He has made long the robes of his phylactery for all men to see. He stands on the corner and desires to be heard for his much speaking. His aprons of fig leaves are not discerned by the eyes of man nor do the servants who were sent forth to make ready the marriage feast recognize this foreign dress. It was only the King who had prepared the feast who came and said, “Friend, how did you come in hither not having on a wedding garment?”. The imposter was speechless as he was bound hand and foot and cast into outer darkness (Matt. 22:11).
This one who has caught the attention of the eyes of Adam which look on those things which appear, being temporal, also present himself as having on the priestly attire of the bringer of light (Aaron). These beautiful garments are embroidered with the fine linen, having the threads of blue, purple and scarlet. Many eyes are drawn after the sight to examine and study its beauty but it has the stench of death all about it for it is stained with the blood of bulls and goats. The worldly, carnal natural man is attracted to these visions and Adam has respect to his fellow man.
The poor, however, are adorned in vile raiment. His outer shell is covered with the filthy garments of the dust of this world. He is tired and weary of travel. He is odious of the sweat of his brow, the decaying compost of the dung-heap and the pollution of the body of this death. He is a wretched man who is offensive to the senses and undesirable to the natural man. His speech is laden with the sorrows of the warfare within as he longs for the day in which he shall be delivered from the bondage of this corruption.
Yet being a weary traveler and sojourner in a foreign land, he is a child of the King. He speaks the pure language, his desires are on the things of the New Jerusalem as he endures the trials and tribulations of the habitation of this dwelling. He has the beautiful garments of righteousness because the Lamb of God stands, as He had been slain from the foundation of the world. The ‘brand plucked out of the fire’ was clothed in the filthy garments of the sin of His people, but He has been given a change of raiment as the iniquity has passed form Him and His Beloved (Zech. 3:3). The poor wayfaring stranger has been quickened in the Salvation of Yehovah and raised up together with the Anointed and, having washed his garments in the blood of the Lamb, now is clothed in fine linen, clean and white which is the righteousness of the saints and seated in Him, in the heavenly place (Eph 2:5f).
These false prophets as ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matt. 7:15) are brought into the assembly for the same reason that the corruption of the flesh is made known, that the glory be not of man but of God. He shows His children the weakness and frailties of their own vessels when they are drawn by the traditions of man, the words of the serpent and the allurement of the eyes of the flesh to the things and people of this world yet the Spirit tries all things. “Man looks upon outward appearance but Yehovah upon the heart” (I Sam. 16:7)
The ring on the finger and the goodly apparel are the teacher’s tools whereby His disciples, as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will, are taught of the Spirit that this world is not our home. God has chosen the wisdom of this world to confound the wise and the poor of this world, rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to them that love Him.
“I will greatly rejoice in Yehovah, my soul shall be joyful in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness as a bridegroom is decked with ornaments and as a bride is adorned with jewels” (Is. 61:10).
The poor of this world are the children of the kingdom of God. They are adorned in this habitation in ‘vile raiment’ as they abide in the tabernacle of this dwelling. In them, that is in their flesh, dwells no good thing. They are weak, tired and poor in the riches of this world but they are abundantly rich in faith. Their inheritance is not of this world for it is God wherein dwells neither flesh or blood. These strangers in this world and when they appear in the ‘called out assembly’ they have no good thing about them. The natural man however, like Esau before him, despises these wretched, blind and poor beings because they live by faith and the earnest expectation of the return to the Father’s house. He hates these children of promise and would destroy them if he could only recover the birthright and take his place at the head of the house. But he has his reward in the sustenance and comforts of this world and when the adoption is made manifest, wherein the sons of God shall be revealed, Esau shall not be found for he has no wedding garment, he has no right by reason of sin and he is of the earth, earthly.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 15, 2014