“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
The doctrines and philosophies of the world are resplendent with advice and admonitions for the improvement of our well being, both physically and emotionally. Many have even ventured into the spiritual world in attempt to satisfy the natural desire of man to please his Creator and justify his actions. But no matter how sincere or diligent the imaginations of the heart of Adam may be, he can never comprehend the ways of God nor know the thoughts and intents of His heart. The way of God cannot be contained in the wide expanses of the universe and the thoughts and intents of His heart are unsearchable. God is not playing ‘hide and seek’ with the men of His creation and He has never posed the question to any of the sons of Adam, ‘Can you guess what I am thinking?’
The only way that the same mind as the Lord Jesus Christ may dwell in an earthen vessel is if that vessel has been afore prepared unto such glory and the incorruptible seed has been born from above. This comes neither by the will of man nor by the works of the flesh. This birth is a work completely of, by and for the Spirit of God of the eternal seed of God. Therefore those born from above by the Spirit of God the Father are the sons of God.
Jesus told Nicodemus that all who were born of the Spirit were as the blowing of the wind. Man cannot discern from whence the wind comes or to where it goes (John 3:8). The arm of the flesh has no power to command it and with all the so called technology of the world, the mind of man cannot predict the course, intensity or destruction of the wind. He may not summon the wind for his pleasure nor rebuke the wind for his protection or comfort and so it is with the Spirit of Almighty God.
The philosophy of Adam continues to sound forth in a maniacal drone that all problems and situations may be properly attended to with ‘positive thinking’. Any so called problem can be worked through if all are in the ‘right frame of mind’ and there are no situations which cannot be understood and successfully navigated through if the participants are on the same wave length. Negative energy is emitted through negative brain waves and emotionally charged pheromones. To counter these negative impulses, people simply have to generate positive energy and reinforce each other with positive cogitations. And thus the religious interpretation of this passage is an exhortation to open your heart and mind to the positive energy of Jesus Christ and thereby we will all be on the same page. As a result of this active endeavour, this vain doctrine offers up a promise of vast blessings dependent upon the degree of activity of man. Brethren, count the number of this beast and see that it is the number of man, herein is wisdom.
“Who, subsisting in the external appearance of God did not go before and seize the equality of God”
The singularity of the Godhead is paramount to the understanding, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, of the relationship of the sons of God in the Godhead. The Anointed of God (Messiah, Christ) is one in the Godhead. He is the external appearance of God with no variation. He is the same mind, heart, Spirit, power, purpose and will without delegation or transference. He is manifested in ways commensurate to the purpose and identified according to the revelation being made. Thus when the Spirit came to the servant Mary and the power of the Most High overshadowed her, Jesus was born of Mary. Herein the prophesy of Isaiah was come to manifestation that “a child is born and a Son is given” whose name is the “Wonderful Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace”. His earthen vessel was afore prepared for Him who came forth with the government of the Kingdom of God, the throne of the Beloved and the zeal of the house of Yehovah. All of these attributes of the Godhead were made manifest when Jesus was born as a babe of flesh and blood in Bethlehem. He is God and He was revealed having the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in His body.
He is the external appearance of the invisible God, the first born of every creature (Col. 1:15). So when Philip said to Jesus; “Shew us the Father and is it sufficient for us” (John 14:8), Jesus made it perfectly clear that if they had seen Him they had seen the Father. Now who among them, save those who were deficient of the natural faculties of sight, had not seen Him in the flesh? But how many understood what He was talking about? God created man in His image being male and female, body, soul and spirit and having his seed in him, yet dwelling in a vessel formed from the dust of the earth, he was of the earth, earthly. He had not the power or the Spirit of God in him which is the causative power whereby obedience and faith emanate. Therefore man could not keep the commandments of God, was not properly equipped to walk according to His statutes or fathom the ways of God. In this state of being, he followed the desires of the flesh, listened to the bone of his bone and the flesh of his flesh and became dead in trespasses and sin before God. Jesus became partaker of the same flesh and blood, but, being the Spirit of God and His Anointed One, He is faithful above all the house in the performance of His will and the completion of His work.
Yet being equal with God, He came not as the Lord and Master over all. Rather, He assumed a station in life that was essential to the revelation that was to come to pass. He did not come as the One of authority but rather as One under authority. He came not as the One of power and might but rather as One sent forth in the strength and power of God. He came forth in the fullness of time as one who had been anointed with the Spirit of God for the fulfillment of a purpose, thus He is the Anointed Servant, Mine Elect (Is. 42:1).
“But made Himself of no reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant and was fashioned in the likeness of man”
Even though He is the fullness of God and the image of the invisible God, He took upon Himself the form of a servant. He did not come with the pomp and circumstance of a conquering hero even though He triumphed over all His foes. He did not come with popular opinion or persuasive oration to turn the minds of the people of the land for a political ascension even though He came for the kingdom of God. He did not come with the smoke and mirrors of the trickery of modern religious endeavours. He came to do the will of Him that sent Him. HE spoke the Word of God, performed the work that was set before Him and brought the salvation of His people unto Himself, all in the form of a servant.
As we see the popularity and prestige of modern religious leaders, we must ask if they seek no reputation among man. Having the respect and reputation of fellow man is a natural trait of Adam. Cain sought the good name among men as he dedicated the city that he built to his son Enoch (dedicated) (Gen. 4:17). The people of the earth became great and the wickedness of their hearts and minds was only evil continually as they sought to assert themselves and establish their worth in the land (6:5) and after God destroyed the world with the flood, man returned to his natural instincts and began to build a tower unto heaven for to “make us a name” (11:4). The Pharisees stood on the street corners arrayed in their magnificent clothing to demonstrate to all that would see them that they were holy, righteous people. They sought an audience with all who would hear them as they would pontificate the principles of their understanding of the law. They desired the glory of man, which is empty and temporal, and as the Lord Himself said, they have their reward (Matt. 6:2). And so it is unto this very day, that man seeks the approval of his fellow man and strives to establish his good name in the earth.
“Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another” (Gal. 5:26).
This good name of man is based upon his carnal achievements and tangible evidences of his accomplishments for the accolades of the inhabitants of the land. Since his mind is filled, by the hand of God, with the things of this world (Ecc. 3:11), he cares only for the prosperity and prominence of the earth. Adam does not seek that good name which is better than great riches (Prov. 22:1), he seeks the great riches which come from obtaining and maintaining a good name among his peers and no man is different in this endeavour. When one is born of the Spirit of God and dwells in the earthen vessel afore prepared unto glory, they are made subject to this very vanity and they groan within themselves. Thus the Spirit of God speaks through His servant to guide His children.
The sons of God, being made subject to this vanity, not willingly but by reason of Him who has subjected the same in hope (Rms. 8:20), have been assigned a station in this life as servants of God. They have no reputation with the men of this world because their good works, which they have been created in Christ Jesus unto, are not perceived of man. The Word which they speak is not for the children of disobedience for they are of their father the Devil (John 8:44) and the preaching of the truth is discerned as foolishness to them that perish (I Cor. 1:18). The world has hated the Anointed of God and has changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the image like unto corruptible man. Therefore the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness.
Natural man is without excuse before the throne of God and shall give an account of the deeds done in the flesh. But His people, abiding in the tabernacle of this dwelling, the body of this death which is the likeness of sinful flesh, are heirs of God and joint (equal) heirs with the Anointed who is One in the Godhead. They are not instructed of the Spirit to change the mind of Adam and make him conform to the mind of the Anointed of God. This is impossible. The carnal mind is enmity against God for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be (Rms. 8:7) and the natural man can neither receive nor understand the things of the Spirit because they are spiritually discerned (I Cor. 2:14).
Therefore, “for this thinking among you which is also in Christ Jesus” is a communication of the Spirit, comparing spiritual with spiritual, from faith to faith with all wisdom and spiritual understanding that the children “may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine forth as lights in the world” (Phil. 2:15). It is an enlightenment of the eyes of understanding to know that this is a foreign land with strange customs and traditions. This is not the home of the ancestry of those born of the Spirit, who long for Jerusalem the beginning of joy (Ps. 137:6). This is a waste howling wilderness wherein a rest house has been established where two or three sojourners are gathered together to sit and speak of how great things Yehovah has done and unto these is given the understanding that they are of no reputation among the inhabitants of the land. Yet they are sons of God who have a testimony of the anticipation of returning home, which is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27).
“And being found in fashion like a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”
The Elect Servant of God is the only One who could have made Him subject unto this humiliation. No man or any other of His creation has the power to make God do anything. Despite the antics of the modern religious sentiment which proclaim that one may call down a blessing from God, or that the habitual bombardment of the throne of God with repetition and chants can move Him into action, or the diminutive permission of man can authorize God to do His will, the Almighty God made Himself of no reputation. He subjected Himself to this obedience because there was no one else qualified, capable or interested. “And I looked and none to help and I wondered that none to uphold, therefore Mine own arm brought salvation unto Me and My fury it upheld Me” (Is. 63:5). He made Himself obedient and was perfected in that which He suffered (Heb.5:8) and so He has made His children subject to the same.
Not that He has called His people to hang on crosses again that they may be made complete but that He has given them not only to believe but to suffer for His name sake (Phil. 1:29). This is the fellowship of His suffering that the Apostle Paul sought after and experienced daily as he endured the contradiction of sin against himself. This is the inner wrestling of the flesh against the Spirit which results in the understanding that it is no more I that do these things but the sin that dwells in my members. The testimony to the children of light is that the light reveals that which was hid in the darkness and brings them to cry out; “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death” (Rms. 7:24).
“Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name”
The name of ‘Yehowshuwa Meshiak’ (Jesus Christ, the Anointed Salvation of Yah) is the name of the God of the Israel of our God. This is the name that is far above every name that is named in heaven or in the earth and to it shall every knee bow and every tongue confess that He is God. It is a name that is mimicked, counterfeited and mocked by the natural man and of a certainty, the lips of Adam cannot utter the perfection of that Holy name. It is the name of the Word of God who rides upon the heavens (Ps. 68:4), the One who created heaven and earth and the one who came to save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21).
This is the same name that is on the white stones given to the children of the redeemed, which NO MAN knows (Rev. 2:17). It is name that is written in the forehead of the children of the Lamb (Rev. 14:1), wherewith they have been sealed of God. “After this I beheld and lo a great multitude, which NO MAN could number, of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and palms in their hands” (Rev. 7:9). And it is the name of everyone written in the book of life of the Lamb for they are all called by His name and are the children of the house of the Only Begotten of God (Heb. 12:22f).
Those redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb of God are His seed, His generation, His people, His Bride, His body and His church. The body is One in Him as He is One in the Father (I Cor. 12:12) and yet many members. Each is a son of God, a child of the King with all royal rights and privileges (John 1:12). Each was one with Him being buried together with Him in His death (Col. 2:12) and each is sustained by the power of His resurrection (Phil. 3:10). They are all the Bride and, though it has not yet been made manifest, each is seated in the heavenlies in Him (Eph.2:6).
But as they travel through this barren wilderness, wherein there is a great famine not of bread or for water but of hearing the words of Yehovah (Amos 8:11), they are to understand that they are in the same station as their elder Brother and Lord, Jesus Christ. They are of no reputation to the world, they are subject to the bondage of the corruption of the flesh and they are brought low in the humiliation of obedience unto being dead to the things of this world. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14). They have been assigned a path to walk, a work to perform and a cross to carry. His Word is the lamp unto their feet and the light upon that path that must tread (Ps. 119:105). It is He that works in them both to will and to do His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13) for they are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works (Eph. 2:10) and they, as the Beloved, are coming forth out of the wilderness reclined in Him (Song 8:5) for His burden is light and His yoke is easy (Matt. 11:30).
There is no exhortation given here to allow these thoughts to enter your mind and there is no admonishment to those who are deficient in these thoughts. This is a statement of fact that this is the thinking, understanding and wisdom among the children of hope; that they, as sons of God have been made low by His most perfect will for their good and that He has made them perfect in all that they have suffered. Remember the trial of Job and that his latter state was greater than former. So it is that the sufferings of this present time cannot be compared with the glory that shall be revealed (Rms. 8:18), and that this light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for His children a far more exceeding, eternal weight of glory (II Cor. 2:17). These shall be made evident, to every man in his order, when the time of the habitation of this dwelling is over. Then, when the weakness, corruption and limitations of this earthen vessel are removed and it returns unto the dust from whence it came, then are the redeemed of the Lord manifested as “she that breaks forth as the dawn, fair as the moon, clear as the sun and terrible as an army with banners” (Song 6:10).
This is the second commandment, which is like unto the first, love your neighbour as yourself. We love Him because He first loved us and if that love is shed abroad in our hearts, we can do nothing but love the brethren of common salvation, common experience and like precious faith. “This think of in you”.
“Beloved now are we the sons of God and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know, that when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (I John 3:2)
“For whom He foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brethren. Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called and whom He called, them He also justified and whom He justified, them He also glorified” (Rms. 8:29f)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 27, 2013