“In the fear of Yehovah is strong confidence and His children shall have a place of refuge.”
Self-confidence is a major component of the society of man and very prominent in his philosophies. Being comfortable in the ways of the world and the tabernacle of this dwelling present great opportunities for acceptance and advancement among the inhabitants of the earth but like the elements and experiences of man, these are temporal.
The children of hope have been made subject to this way of thinking which is common to man and, until the time appointed of the Father, they are persuaded to walk accordingly. They find security and peace in the accomplishments of the flesh, even to the point of praising the creature more than the Creator, but in the fullness of time, the reality of the truth is seen. Still through all this time, it is hard to kick against the pricks.
Where once the concept of God was perceived as high and lofty being completely unapproachable to man, steeped in mysticisms and superstitions and a subject for scholars and religious fanatics; or understood as the life force of nature and good will; or the friend of all who seek Him or any other of the many forms presented by the mind of man, now He is first seen as the Lord God Almighty. On the road to Damascus, armed with warrants for seizure and detention, Saul came face to face with Yehovah God. He was cast down prostrate on the ground and, hearing a voice but seeing no man, he asked, “Who are you, Lord?” (Acts9:5).
The number of men and their armament were of no consequence as Yehovah God came to one of His chosen vessels to reveal Himself dwelling in him. The men stood speechless with their power halted as this man of distinction was bowed down in fear, trembling and astonished because he was given wisdom. He had all the knowledge and understanding of the learned men of the time and his zeal was to hunt down and destroy this sect of people who followed a dead man but when he was confronted with the Great King over all the earth, he immediately knew reverence and respect; self-confidence was gone.
This experience is not common among the children of hope and although many religious people seek to know when a person became a ‘Christian” or when they first believed, the question reveals the ignorance of the inquisitor. A child of grace being born of God of the incorruptible eternal seed, is ‘of the anointed”. There is nothing that need be done nor is there anything this one can do to become what he already is; to be a Christian is to be eternal in the Beloved. When in the fullness of time, the Father has appointed that His seed should be made partaker of flesh and blood in the afore prepared earthen vessel, then the sons of God are made subject to the vanity of this existence.
Saul of Tarsus was a man who was given the ability to learn and a zeal for the counterfeit representation of the types and foreshadow of heavenly things, as interpreted by the canal mind of man. His natural Adamic penchant for oppression and his passion for perfection after his understanding of the Law were brought together by the decree of God, raising him from the feet of Gamaliel to an aggressive front line against the children of light. Yet he had no reverence for Yehovah.
It was only when the Lord revealed Himself unto this chosen vessel that Saul (desire) was made to see himself as a small (Paul) thing before the Lord. He was taken from having great trust and security in the things he believed in and the way he lived his life unto fear and trembling before the Ancient of days in a twinkling of an eye. When his natural eyes were blinded and the eyes of faith opened, he saw the light of His glory and the wretchedness of his ways.
“Thus said Yehovah, Cursed the man that trusts in man and makes flesh his arm and whose heart is departed from Yehovah” (Jer. 17:5)
There shall always be confidence in the inherent abilities of man. The sons of Adam find great comfort and security in their cognitive and physical abilities as they praise and compliment each other in their achievements. Man shall forever, contend for that which is temporal and fades away, calling them his ‘crowning achievements”, though they be completely unprofitable.
The prophet is not here inferring that the sons of man stand in a place of neutrality where they can choose either to trust in man or Yehovah God. Adam was cursed in the garden to eat his bread by the sweat of his brow and his children have been following in his footsteps ever since. His natural proclivity for work is according to the love of the things of this world and the needs of the flesh. Since the ways of the world are in his mind and his nature is limited and frail, the man is cursed to trust in the labours of man and the assistance of his fellow man in achieving his goal. His heart is desperately wicked above all things and his world is full of vain labours yet the natural man has confidence in his ways. He is deceived by the pride of his heart to think of himself to be like unto God as the one who commands and controls the steps he takes along the path of life.
The children of grace are not immune from such an experience. They have been made acutely aware of the natural tendencies of the flesh as they have been made subject to the vanity of that which cannot satisfy and they find quickly and soberly they cannot change these vile natural affections. The Adamic nature loves the parched land wherein there is a famine of the word of God. He discards and disregards the treasure of that Rock, which is anointed, thinking his apron of fig leaves sufficient to appease the judgment of God. Thus the creature within groans, with utterances which cannot be heard, knowing full well that the ways of man give ample evidence that they have no right to call upon the name of the Lord.
“Confidence in an unfaithful man is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint” (Pro. 25:19)
Self-confidence in the frailty of man is a worthless cure for the wretched condition of the way and mortality of the seed of Adam. Man has neither control over the seed nor does he know how the bones come together in the womb. The time of delivery is, at best, estimated by the skilled professionals of the world yet no one knows the exact moment of life. The best treatments and cures for the plagues of the flesh are based upon speculative conclusions and spurious suppositions which may be able to offset the course of a given disorder but can never halt the march from birth to the grave.
Since faith is not an inherent trait of Adam nor can he conjure it up through prayer, meditation or good deeds, no son of the dust may be trusted. Does this refer to the wicked bad people of the world? Or does this refer to ALL MEN? There are two books which John saw in the heavens; the one is the book of the deeds of man wherein every deed of every man is recorded and from which every man shall give account. This is the book of Adam and there is not one of his seed whose ways were not completely foretold by God. Every thought, word and deed being precisely written wherein the book, being opened, the dead are judged, every man according to his works. Does this include the earthen vessels wherein dwell the eternal seed?
The only way that the earthen vessels shall be excluded from this adjudication is if they are not of their father Adam. The sin of these dwelling places of the redeemed have been covered by the blood of the Anointed just as the shanties were struck with the blood in Egypt, but likewise as the shanties were not delivered from the land of Goshen, so also these tabernacles shall be put off, being corrupt. The Apostle did not speak of his earthen tabernacle as being progressively purged as he walked the heavenly highway nor did he intimate that he could somehow make Adam fit for the kingdom of God. He did proclaim that, as the Spirit within gave him understanding; he saw clearer and clearer the wretchedness of his ways. Whereas the outer man was perishing and waxing old like a garment, so the inner man was strengthened by the Spirit of God.
The trust of Adam in himself and his fellow man is therefore commensurate to trying to chew the meat with a broken tooth or run the race with one foot out of joint. This is not an admonition to avoid doing or attempting such things; it is the painful reality of the manner of people the sons of Adam are.
“He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps. 91:1)
The confidence of the children of hope is the full assurance of faith, which can neither be explained nor proven. Faith is foolishness to the natural man because it is the evidence of the presence of the Spirit of God dwelling in the earthen vessel. Try as he will to understand, explain and emulate the way of the Spirit, the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit because he is not equipped to know them. Thus that which is the strong security and trusted refuge of the inner man, is vain jangling to the sons of Adam. The preaching of the glad tidings of great joy is not according to the wisdom of the flesh lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect; for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness but unto us which are delivered it is the power of God (I Cor. 1:17f).
This confidence and trust in the power of the Almighty God is peace to the children of hope for there is none more powerful. He alone made heaven and earth and He did so by the power of His Word. He sought no consultation and accepted no advice from any for there was no one in the beginning save Yehovah God. He created man in His image having his seed in him as a natural representation of the eternal seed in the Father. There is none being greater than the Almighty who can separate the Beloved from the Father for He dwells in them and they abide in Him. If there be one who does not abide in the Father, then they are not of the seed; if they are not of the seed then they have not the Spirit of God and if they have not the Spirit they are none of His.
“Now is the Tabernacle of God with men” was the announcement from heaven for the fullness of the Godhead dwells completely in His people and nothing can come between them and His eternal love for them. He created the heavens and the earth for His good pleasure and His desire is upon His Beloved. Nothing can approach the dwelling place of the Beloved, being in Him, and nothing can harm the earthen vessel afore prepared unto glory so as to injure or to impair the spiritual man within.
No stranger can come into the pasture to harm one of the flock of the Lord; the sheep hear the voice of the Shepherd and they follow Him. No man can snatch one of the Beloved out of the hand of the Lord God omnipotent and nothing in heaven or in earth can erase one name that has been engraved upon the palm of His hand. The names of each for whom the Lamb stood slain from the foundation of the world was recorded in the Lamb”s book of life. He laid down His life for His sheep, He became the sin of His people and unto each of these He has come that they might have life and have it more abundantly. Can there be anything more assuring than the Word of Almighty God in the promise to His people in whom He finished the work in righteousness for His name”s sake?
“The fear of Yehovah is the fountain of life to depart from the snares of death” (Pro. 14:27)
The wells spring of life is Yehovah God. He created all things and He breathed into man, making him a living soul; this life is limited and mortal. The life of His children is hid in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah where they are all set apart and preserved. Neither respect nor reverence of God were not seen in the garden as Adam paraded about in his new found clothing; he did not confess his sin before God nor bow himself in contrition. The children of the Kingdom, however, are shown daily the emptiness of this world and the worthlessness of the labours of the hands. They understand that there is nothing they can do to retard the natural course of Adam or correct his sensual ways. (Interesting that God should create all things for His good pleasure and appoint all things for good to them that love Him, to the called, according to His purpose yet Adam desires to change things and make them better.)
It is the spiritual understanding which comes from the Spirit of God who teaches His people all things and the life within shows them the body of this death. Since the ways of this world are the pleasures of the sons of Adam the snares of death are the couches of luxury to lounge and relax. Since the world is full of darkness, which man loves because his deeds are evil, there is no illumination of the corruption in the eyes of man but when the light of His glory is revealed to the opened eyes of the children of hope, they see the uncleanness of their ways and the abomination before God. Life is within while death is without but according to the love of the Father for His people, the blood cleansed them from all unrighteousness in Adam, even though they had not become partakers of flesh and blood. They cannot be polluted by coming in contact with the dead body because of the blood.
The fear of the Lord cannot be taught by the words or practices; it is the Spirit of God who causes His people to know their Father and to worship Him in Spirit and truth. The children respect the power of the all sovereign Creator, honour the perfection of His holiness and the wonders of His love. There is never any doubt of His love or a questioning of His ways, thus the reverence due unto His name is forthcoming in the purity and simplicity of the truth.
“And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say unto Hezekiah, Thus said the great king of Assyria, What is this confidence wherein you trust? (Is. 36:4)
The world will prance about with the proof of the confidence of the flesh. They will show numbers and accomplishments with the plaudits of the children of the market-place and ask this same question to the remnant according to grace; What is this confidence wherein you trust?
The armies of Assyria had marched across the country and taken down all the fenced cities of Judah. Now standing at the gates of Jerusalem, they rebuked the people and blasphemed the Most Holy God. They told the people not to trust in the ‘strength of Yehovah” (Hezekiah). Their proof was their success in their campaigns and asked how the people thought that their God could protect them any more than the gods of the people whom the army destroyed? Yet the ‘cup bearer” (Rabshakeh) of the ‘multiplied sin of the brother” (Senacherib), the ruler of the step (Syria), told the people that they trusted in a broken staff in going to Egypt, proving that they had no faith in God.
They blasphemed the gospel by taunting the people of Jerusalem, saying; “but if you say unto me, we trust in Yehovah our God, is it not He whose High places and altars Hezekiah has taken away and said unto Judah and Jerusalem, You shall not worship before this altar?” In other words, do not have confidence in the Almighty God since the strength of Yehovah has taken away and forbid the altars which appease Him. They did not know that sacrifice and offerings God does not want for they cannot cleanse from sin nor purge the conscience.
The strength of the Yehovah is the power of God unto the deliverance of His people from their sin. He looked and saw that there was no man and no intercessor, therefore by His Holy Arm He brought His salvation unto Himself. He delivered His people since there was no one else who knew or was able to do the work and finish it in all righteousness.
The full assurance of faith and strength of refuge in Yehovah is the finished work of His salvation. The love of God towards His people is the redemption from the great house and their deliverance from the body of this death which shall be manifested in the adoption, when they shall be made like the Son. Indeed they bear the image of the earthly as they walk through this world but when the time of this habitation is over and this mortality is swallowed up in immortality, then shall they be like Him.
“But the anointing which you have received of Him abides in you and you need not that any man teach you. But as the anointing teaches you of all things and is truth and is no lie and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him. And now little children, abide in Him, that as He shall appear, we may have confidence and be not ashamed before Him at His coming” (I John 2:28)
The sheep dwell in His pasture and the Beloved in the sanctuary of love; neither can be divided from their Lord and Master for they are One in Him. The confidence of the Spirit is the immutability of God and His faithfulness. He cannot deny Himself nor can He leave or forsake His Beloved. He has overcome all the enemies of Zion and has placed them under His footstool. He sits in heaven and rules over the kingdoms of this world causing all things to come to pass by the power of His will for the good of the Beloved. The respect and reverence of Yehovah God is forthcoming from His people for they have been hewn from that great Rock and His seed remains in them.
The testimony of the Spirit to the children of light is that they are the sons of God and if our heart do not condemn us, we have confidence in God.
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the son of God, let us hold fast our profession” (Heb. 4:14)
No admonitions or exhortation needed, the children are faithful because He is faithful and we love Him because he first loved us.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 24, 2017