“I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am known of mine as the Father knoweth me even so know I the Father and I lay down my life for the sheep”
Not only do those designated and identified as the sheep of Jehovah hear His voice and follow Him, and not only will they not give heed to and follow another’s voice but will flee from them but the One True Shepherd of Jehovah’s flock knows His sheep. This knowledge is reciprocated from the sheep to the Master as they know Him in the exact way that He knows them. This is set forth in a quantitative equation for in the same way and to the same degree (if such is a proper term to use when describing the Almighty God) that the Father knows the Son does the Son know the Father and without any diminution of any kind so knows the shepherd His sheep and they know Him.
So we ask, When did the Father know the Son? Was there ever a time in which these were unknown to each other and if so, when was the Godhead not One?
Again, How does the Father know the Son? Did someone introduce them as co-divinities whereby they agreed to cooperate in an endeavour of mercy and grace upon the fallen race of Adam?
And again, To what degree does the Father know the Son? Is there a station between these that would set one above the other in purpose, intent or performance? Or is there a distinction of equality whereby all three, Father, Son and Spirit are equal gods who have joined forces to combat evil and promote good?
The answer to these questions are not mere theological sentiments that can be argued about for they directly impact the nature, manner and extent in which the Shepherd knows the sheep and the sheep know the shepherd. This knowledge is not merely the acquisition of facts, as some would allege when they put forth that God knew who would accept Him and therefore He set them forth as sheep, nor is it an acquaintance due to merit or performance. The Father does not know the Son because of what the Son intended to do, what He agreed to do or what He has done. The Father knows the Son because they are One. They created man in their image, “male and female created He them”. Adam knew Eve because she was an inseparable part of him and she was not called ‘of man’ (woman) until God, the creator, separated them. Since this represents the nature of God and since there is none greater than God then the nature of the image of God, whereby the Father knows the Son, is an inseparable union with a singularity of mind, purpose and power. Since time has no reference upon the Godhead, this image has always been and cannot be altered in any way. Nothing can influence it, augment it or deter it one iota and this because of the immutability of God. He cannot change therefore the knowledge of the Godhead of all things is sovereign in, by and through Himself unto the fulfillment of His own will by the power of that same will. And the Son knows the Father the same way. There has never been and never could be any controversy, distraction or division between the Son and the Father so as to separate one from another or to cause any disagreement. This knowledge is as intimate as a man and his wife, as inseparable as a child in his mother’s womb, as complete as the work of God and as eternal as the Godhead. It is a powerful, vibrant knowledge that is as singular as God and as pure as a “stone most precious, even like jasper stone clear as crystal” (Rev. 21:11). So in the exact same way as the Father knows the Son, the Son knows the Father and His sheep know Him. Eternal vital unity!
This knowledge is the foundation of God which stand sure having this seal, “The Lord knows them that are His” (II Tim. 2:19). This foundation is Jesus Christ (I Cor. 3:11). The foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone (Eph. 2:20) upon which the Holy habitation of God is built, being framed together exactly as ordained with members in particular, properly and precisely prepared and placed, every man, but in his order. the surety of this sealed foundation is not a foundation of earth or wood but of a precious stone, tried and polished (jasper) to reveal the purity transparent, “like unto clear glass” (Rev. 21:18f). This is not a stone found of this world for it is the glory of God (21:11) and it has no place in this world for it is despised of man and rejected as being unsuitable for their purpose (Is. 53:3).
Because of the knowledge of the Father there exists an eternal immutable covenant with His chosen, the Beloved, in which His seed (sheep) are established for ever and the throne of his dominion from generation to generation, spanning all time (Ps. 89:3). This is not like the covenant He made in the wilderness with the nation of Israel for that covenant was broken because of the weakness and sinfulness of the flesh. This covenant cannot be broken (34). God established it in and of Himself and because he cannot deny Himself, therefore the seed shall endure forever (29). Though man may forget man, husband abandon wife and mother forget a nursing child yet He cannot forget his people. He has engraved their names in the palms of His hands and their walls are always before Him (Is. 49:16). Therefore, “Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound. They shall walk O Jehovah, in the light of thy countenance” (Ps. 89:15).
These walls that are eternally before the face of Jehovah are called salvation and the gates thereof are called praise (Is. 60:18). They are great and high, having twelve gates and are most precious, even like a polished stone, clear as crystal (Rev. 21:10). No one may enter in but the sheep for Jesus Christ is the door thereof. Any who come by any other way are thieves and robbers, hirelings who care not for the flock because they are not their sheep. This is that city, not made with hands, that Abram went out to seek, not knowing where he went. Yet he went out because faith was imputed to him for righteousness sake and he is the father of the faithful. Interesting that the Pharisees who came to tempt Christ referred to themselves as the children of Abraham yet they knew not the Father, knew not the Son and knew not the sheep. The seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is that seed which cannot be cast away because they are one with the Father and the Son (John 17:11) and the covenant cannot be altered by man.
Jehovah is the first cause of every cause and the cure all. He sent forth the beloved to redeem His people from their sin. He cured them and revealed unto them the abundance of peace and truth. He caused the captivity of Judah and Israel to return and built them as at the first. He cleansed them from their iniquity and pardoned all their iniquities and transgressions when He sent forth the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto the beloved, and He executed judgment and righteousness in the land. He then told the prophet Jeremiah that if he could break God’s covenant of day and night, if he could number the hosts of heaven and the sands of the sea and if he could alter the appointments that God had made, then could the seed of the children of promise be forgotten and be as one unknown (Jer. 33). But thanks be unto our God that nothing in heaven above, on this earth or beneath this world can separate the child of grace from the love of God.
“Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life for the sheep” (John 10:17)
It all begins in the beginning (Alpha) with the eternal love of the Father (Jer. 31:3). God loves whom He knows and they love Him because He first loved them. This love is precious and proven, tried in the furnace and polished to reveal it’s spotless, unblemished purity. It is not for the dogs, the swine, the people of the land or the seekers of religion. It is particular and precious and not common or available to whosoever wills. It has been for all eternity assigned unto the chosen people of Jehovah. Each child of grace, born of that incorruptible seed, born from above and of the Spirit knows the Father and the Shepherd for there is One fold and One Shepherd. They all walk the paths set before them in the same manner for they all walk by that One faith, the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. They all speak the same thing and have the mind of God because the fullness of the Godhead dwells with them. They all know the truth and they are all free AND ADAM HAS NO PART, NO RIGHT AND NO MEMORIAL IN THIS MATTER.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 10, 2011