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Jeremiah 25:15

The Word of God to Jeremiah was to take the cup of fury of God and cause all to whom God sent him, to drink of it; and when they refused to drink, to proclaim the power of God and say you shall certainly drink and be drunken and fall down and spew and rise no more. This is the cup of judgment that Isaiah 63 tell of being trodden down by the Lord Himself and that outside the city. This is the cup that Babylon (Israel of old) not only was drunk from in Rev. 14 but had caused all nations to be drunk from. This command from God to Jeremiah is no different than the one from Christ to His disciples when He told them to, “go ye into all the world and preach the gospel”. There can be no preaching of the gospel if there is no declaration of the judgment of God for it is the power of God unto salvation. If there is no judgment then there is no cup of the wrath of the fury of God. If there is no cup then Messiah could not petition the Father in the garden to let it pass from Him. But there is a cup of fury which is poured out upon all man and it is the righteous judgment of God by His Holy law. This is the two-edged sword of the Word, judgment and deliverance.

But Christ, who knew no sin became the sin of His people and therefore He took the cup and drank it well dry. But we are made thankful that the nations who drank of the cup would rise no more but when the Father saw the travail of His soul He was well pleased and could not let His Servant see corruption. He raised Him up and His children with Him. Therefore because of His righteousness they are clothed upon with fine linen pure and white, which is the (imputed) righteousness of the saint. The New Jerusalem adorned as a bride for Her husband in fine linen has that cup of the old covenant, that ministration of death, removed and a new cup of the New Covenant (Jer.31:31) set before Her. She hears the Word which says, Drink all of it, it is the cup of the New covenant which is shed for the remission of sins. She is adorned with the protection (breastplate) of righteousness by Her Lord and has His Spirit within which causes Her to walk after His laws. She does not glory in the flesh but rather is at peace with God in the Glory of Messiah.

God has called His people out of the sin of the great whore and has told them not to be a partaker of it. By His grace and mercy they shall never return to the week and beggarly elements of this world in which they seek to present their own righteousness by the works of the hands because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
2-21-2010