“He that eats My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me and I in him.”
When Christ spoke these words there was a separation made between His chosen few and the hordes of disciples that followed after Him. The setting forth of this spiritual truth in a natural example was more than any man could retain or any mind could comprehend. Jesus intended to drive this group away from Him for “Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that did not believe and who would betray Him”. The prophesy of old proclaimed that the sword of Yehovah was to awaken against His shepherd “and against the man, my fellow, saith Yehovah of Hosts. Smite the shepherd and the sheep shall be scattered and I will turn My hand upon the little ones” (Zech. 13:7). This came to pass when the Shepherd was taken and slain. None stood to defend Him or to argue against the false accusers. The betrayer had performed his duty and had fled the fold. The gathering of the eleven in the garden, save John, fled as they were driven away by the hand of God. Those who were raised up according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God to take the Son of Man unto the cross delivered Him as a sheep before the slaughter and even though Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of Malchus (the servant of the high priest) yet none of His brethren fought to deliver Him for “they all forsook Him and fled” (Mark. 14:50).
Jesus’ teaching separated the sight-seers from the servants and caused great consternation in the ears of them that heard Him. The concept of eating human flesh and the drinking of blood was forbidden by the Law of Moses. Jesus came and was acknowledged as “that prophet who should come into the world” (John 6:14) yet He denounced the work of Moses the Patriarch and now was contradicting the Law. Even today many have devised fanciful speculations of how this teaching could be followed. Some have created a magical transformation at the ringing of a bell, others teach a mystical co-existence of cooperation and still others have envisioned a somber memorial in commemoration of an event from many years ago. Jesus, however, was once again setting the testimony of the eternal unity of Him and His beloved, the type of which is demonstrated in the table observance of the unleavened bread and the wine.
This type was not and is not set forth for the viewing pleasure of the inhabitants of the world and not one son of perdition is welcomed. It is the representation of the memorial of the work that was finished before the foundation of the world and is everlasting. The Anointed salvation of Yehovah is the way, the truth and the life of His people. In Him they walk in the light of Yehovah, they know the truth which has set them free from the guilt of their iniquity in Adam and they have eternal life. Their walk is the constant keeping of the Law of God which the Spirit of God causes them to do as they “love Yehovah their God with all their heart and with all their soul and with all their might” (Deut. 6:5), which is the first commandment. The truth is the Word of God whose name is Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11) who came not to do His will but He came as the Elect servant to do the will of the One who sent Him. This way and this truth are the life of the children born from above whose inabilities in Adam have been covered, washed and forgiven because of a work that was finished before the foundation of the world. The table of remembrance is not only of two thousand years ago when Yehovah made His Holy arm bare “in the eyes of all nations and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” (Is. 52:10); the table of remembrance is of the work which God has made from the beginning. The Lamb stood as He had been slain from the foundation of the world is testimony to the truth that “on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made and He rested on the seventh day from ALL His work which He had made” (Gen. 2:2). The life of His people is in Him made abundant by the work which He finished before they became partakers of flesh and blood, therefore, “as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do shew the Lord’s death till he come” (I Cor. 11:26).
“This book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shalt make your way prosperous and then you shall have good success” (Josh. 1:8).
The natural instincts of Adam cause him to view these and other passages as conditions which God has placed before him as tests of his worth. The natural mind concludes that IF the stipulations presented herein are to be observed and followed THEN God will make the path smooth and the journey prosperous. This was the manner in which the ‘disciples’ of Jesus heard His words and left off following after Him; for “this is an hard sayings, who can hear it?” (John 6:60),
Was the Spirit of God instructing Joshua to take the stone tablets out of the ‘coffin’ of the covenant and stuff them into his mouth? Was He insinuating that Joshua was to give general adherence to the precepts of the words and follow as best he could? Or better yet, was the Spirit of God schooling Joshua in the need for morning, afternoon and evening readings as he ‘spent some time in the word’ ( a most popular DIY for the modern day disciples and would be Christians).
The answer to all of these is a resounding, NO! There is no inference to the reception or maintenance of the blessings of God through daily rituals; nor is there the slightest hint of His punishment or reprisals if the tally of bricks of this duty faith diminishes in any way. The mere notion that any son of Adam could possibly be in constant meditation of the ceremonies and rituals of the Law as given to Moses denies the basic nature of the man for every child of the dust is daily drawn away after the desires of the flesh. Father Adam demonstrated that he could not be mindful of the simplest instruction given of God concerning his dietary habits. When Eve was challenged by the serpent to recall the words of God, she amended them to include the restriction of touch (Gen. 3:3). These being the characteristics of the natural mother of all flesh how then could a man possibly meditate continually upon the ceremonial law? And furthermore, what of the fact that by the keeping of the ministration of condemnation no flesh shall be justified before God, for by the Law came the knowledge of sin (Rms. 3:20).
The book of the Law is the Word of God. This Word became flesh and dwelt among His people. He is the life of His people as they are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. God created Adam in the garden after His image; male and female created He them, having his seed and his bride in him. Eve was made alive when God breathed into the nostrils and made Adam a living soul and his seed likewise. Since Yehovah God is inhabitant of eternity, so must His Bride, which is His seed be eternal in Him. She is comprised of many members in particular but as the Godhead is one (joined in unity) so is she in Him (I Cor. 12:12). The Word is the life of His people and whosoever exists because of this life has the Word dwelling in Him which shall not depart out of their mouth. These being one in Him abide in Him and He in them. They are the tabernacles of God as He dwells in His people as He nourishes and sustains them with all things necessary unto all Godliness; “for the love of money is the root of all evil which while some have coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness, fighting the good fight, laying hold on eternal life, whereunto you art also called and have professed a good profession before many witnesses” (I Tim. 6:10f).
These things are the evidence of the indwelling of the Spirit of God in those who have been born from above. If one does not have this testimony dwelling in them, then they do not have the Spirit of God and if they have not the Spirit, they are none of His. Daily recitations, incantations or memorization of words, passages or the entire sum of all writings cannot induce the Spirit from on high nor bring life to any who are dead in trespasses and sin.
“And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it up and it was in my mouth sweet as honey and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter” (Rev. 10:10)
This little book which the angel of Yehovah gave to the servant to eat is not, what is called today, the Bible. The Bible is the record of those things which Jesus both said and did which is incomplete and has been subject to the limitations and corruption of man. The Word of God comes by the Spirit of God to each of His children and reveals unto them the life within. It is the book, the scroll or the roll of the Law of God wherein the truth of the sovereignty of God is proclaimed in groanings and utterances which cannot be heard. This truth is He who has come down from heaven by the hand of the mighty messenger of God, that Michael which stands for the children of His people. When, in the time appointed of the Father, He reveals Himself in His people they know that He is the Word of God. They understand by the teaching of the Spirit the book of remembrance which is written within and without and was sealed with seven seals, which contains the names of His people and the work He has done. This came forth by the hand of the Messenger who is sent “to preach unto them that dwell on the earth and to every nation and kindred and tongue and people” (Rev. 14:6) and when the commandments came, sin revived and I died (Rms.7:9).
This is why the book was sweetness to the mouth and bitterness to the soul. The Spirit reveals that the beauty of His Holiness in the types and foreshadows which came before, has been fulfilled in Messiah. Every jot and tittle, presented in the pattern given in the mount and the words of the prophets, had been accomplished before the foundation of the world. The sacrifice for sin was made and the Father saw the affliction of His soul, therefore He was well pleased. These were settled and established before Adam was created and that peace with God was revealed in the last days. Messiah has finished all the work He was sent to do and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, therefore those justified by His faith, live by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them. He is the desire of His people as they long after Him all the days of their habitation yet as the Spirit reveals the perfection of His Holiness, the children are also shown the corruption of their ways in Adam.
The delight of those who have been born from above is not after the carnal appetites of Adam for these things are temporal and fade away with the using. Day after day these desires must be maintained to sustain the body but they are indeed meat which perishes. They are not only unfulfilling but they are a vexation to the soul of those who have life. They see the outward man perishing as he is drawn away after the needs of the body of this death. These are representations of the vanity of this world and the limitations of this body which is the “law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members” (Rms. 8:23). Therefore there is bitterness in the bowels of those who are sustained by the body and blood of the Word of God.
The children of the kingdom delight after the Law of God after the inner man. They live by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God (Deut. 8:3) . They do not fail to hit the mark of the perfection of the holiness of God (commit sin) because of the Word within which is the seed of God which remains (I John 3:9). He is the desire of their life and more precious than fine silver or refined gold. He is sweeter than flowing honey and the joy of all whom the Father has given Him. These are they who eat of His body and drink of His blood because they have eternal life. These have the eternal love of the Father and have been sealed by the blood of the Lamb and since they have been risen up in Christ Jesus, they seek the things which are above “where Christ sits on the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1). They do not eat in order to get life, they do not meditate in order to be Holy and they do not seek the heavenly Jerusalem in order to please God and curry His favour. The first cause of every cause is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27).
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord” (Col. 3:16).
The multitude of people heard the words which Jesus spoke and said, “This is an hard saying, who can hear it?” Therefore many left off from following Him. They had their bellies filled with the bread and the fish and they followed after Him for the satisfaction of fleshly needs. But they could not eat His body and drink His blood for this was forbidden. They could no more do these things than Israel of old could “circumcise the foreskins of your hearts” as Moses commanded them or amend your ways before God. They could not obey the Law of God, even though they promised to keep all these sayings, and they could not look unto Him and live. This is the nature of the carnal man who cannot receive the things of the Spirit neither can he know them.
Those born from above have their affections set by the power of God on the things from above. They seek the heavenly Jerusalem and they long to hear the song of the redeemed. They are given to see the barren wilderness of this world and have no hope in it for they are dead and their life is hid with Christ in God. Each man awaits the day of the Lord when the time of this habitation is over and the manifestation of the sons of God comes to pass. These have mortified the members of the flesh, which are upon this earth, by the power of the Spirit of God and have put off the old man wherein they walked. They have been buried with Messiah in His death and raised again unto newness of life in the first resurrection. Upon these the second death has no power for they have put on the Anointing, that new man which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him that created him.
These have been justified by the faith of the Elect Servant and have peace with God. That peace, which passes all the understanding of man, dwells in their hearts and minds and rules their lives. Man does not give the Lord God Omnipotent permission for His peace to dwell in them any more than he grants leave to the One who has power over all flesh to deliver them from their sin. God sits in the heavens and rules over the kingdoms of this world. The inhabitants of this world are accounted as nothing before Him and His mercy is poured out on His children because of His eternal love. He has done whatsoever is His hearts desire and none can stay His hand or call His work into question.
The Word of God dwells in those who have been raised up together with Him richly because He is Emanuel and His tabernacle is with men. He abides in them and they dwell in Him because they are one and nothing can separate them from each other. The bitterness of the soul gives the children hope as they are “remembering mine 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). This hope cannot be seen for what a man sees, why then does he yet hope, and when the Word is revealed unto the seed, “there shall you remember your ways and all your doings, wherein you have been defiled; and you shall loathe yourselves in your sight for all your evils that you have committed” (Ezek. 20:43). This is the bitterness in the belly of the hope of glory.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rms. 8:14).
The world cannot hear the truth for it is Spirit and all men are liars. The natural ears dismiss the preaching of the cross as foolishness and discard it as unpalatable and nonsustaining to the natural needs. The inner man, however, has the Word hid in his mouth and he delights in the nourishment given unto him. Though the natural man seeks for signs and wonders to satisfy his natural needs yet the spiritual man is led by the Word which is a light upon the path he treads and a lamp unto his feet. Though the natural eyes are drawn after the wind and the waves of this world, yet the child of the King is running the race with patience, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of his faith.
The world needs proof and just like the sign of Jonah which God gave those many years ago, the world cannot see the testimony of the truth. The redeemed of Yehovah have this testimony and they keep the Law of God because they dwell in Him and have eternal life. He has declared His generation before the throne and has presented the children which the Father gave unto Him. They rejoice and are thankful for the work He has done as His Spirit bears witness with their spirit that they are the children of God. This testimony is in the bitterness of the bondage of this corruption, therefore the creature groans within waiting for the deliverance.
Those who desire the ‘feel good’ feelings of being ‘happy in jesus’ have not been taught from above. Those who are desirous of peace and comfort in their morning meditations, daily memorization or evening quiet times ‘in the word’ are seeking the living among the dead. The Word of God is alive and powerful, it is not a book that is dependent upon availability or the ability of the reader to set aside a time to read, understand what is read and properly apply the words for ‘practical living’. This is the custom of the traditions of man which is taught as the doctrines of God and the labour wherein man takes delight.
He knows them that are His for He laid down His life for them all. He calls His children by name and they follow after Him; He will never leave them and no man can pluck them out of the Father’s hand. He is the life of the body and they are sustained and nourished by His body and His blood.
“And He took bread and gave thanks and brake and gave them, saying, this is My body which IS given for you: this do in remembrance of Me. Likewise also He took the cup after supper, saying, This cup the new testament in My blood, which IS shed for you” (Luke 22:19).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 25, 2015