“The works of Yehovah are great and sought out of them that have pleasure therein.”
The all-inclusive all-encompassing sovereignty of God cannot be imagined by the limited faculties of the creature. The result of man’s attempt to explain God, His ways or His mind has resulted in an abundance of speculation and conjecture which, while appealing to the imagination and sensuality of Adam, fail to approach the magnitude and perfection of ‘the self-existing One’.
The people who came seeking Jesus asked Him “what shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” (John 6:28). This was a sincere inquiry from a people that were steeped in religious traditions, the handwriting of ordinances, feast days and ceremonies which set forth in type the beginning principles of the doctrine of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. These being convoluted by the wisdom of man, through the pride of his heart and the arrogance of his ambitions left a people in the darkness of confusion by mixing (Babylon), who followed after Jesus ignorant of who He was or the work He was manifesting. The Lord gave no lengthy discourse to these people who pressed upon Him but to say that faith was the work of God;anyone believes on Him whom He sent has the evidence of the work of God in them. He affirmed that faith, which cannot be proven to the sensual nature of man nor perceived by the natural man, was not inherent to Adam;it was neither a tool in the box idly waiting for someone to discover and utilize unto a beneficial conclusion nor an acquired ability that needed to be exercised and strengthened to be useful.
He excluded the desire and the power of man to perform the act of believing by stating that this work was reserved and isolated to the express confines of Almighty God; “for whom all things and by whom all things”are. The immensity and complexity of the expanses of creation were summarized into the simplicity of belief, the evidence of faith, by the mouth of the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form. This, the simplicity of the gospel (the power of God unto deliverance), the theology of man completely denies and subverts because it is the work of God which NO MAN can do.
The works which God has performed, even the few which He has graciously revealed to the curious eyes of man, all begin in Him, who is Alpha and Omega. He alone inhabits eternity, being beginning, and in the beginning He created the heavens and the earth. Each and every action of the Creator of time, form and existence begins and ends in the eternal love which He has for His Beloved. He has created all things for His good pleasure (Rev. 4:11)and all His desire is upon the Beloved (Song 7:10). He has created all things, that are in heaven and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, dominions, principalities or powers, all things were created by Him and for Him: and He is before all things and by Him all things are set in place and remain together (Col. 1:16f). So whereas the magnitude and extent of the wondrous work of God cannot be fathomed by the cognitive abilities of man yet He has set forth the record that He has done everything for and in His people.
His work is not only performed by the might and strength of the Lord God Omnipotent but, and also, each and every aspect of the work is brought to pass according to the purpose which He purposed in Himself, being influenced by none other, before the founding of the world and by the power of His will. He sought out the counsel of none other as He performed the intent of His heart and there is none who can stay His hand or call His work into question saying, “What are You doing?”. He answers to NO MAN nor does He owe an explanation to any of His creation for what He has done or to justify His actions. In all the beauty and splendour of these wondrous works which declare the glory of Yehovah and shew forth the majesty of the Great King over all the earth, God has not only made the creature incapable of understanding the excellence of His being but He has also filled the heart and mind of man with the cares of this world so that neither Adam nor any of his seed, can ever find out the work which God has done from the beginning.
“For I delight after the Law of God after the inward man” (Rms.7:22)
While God has done all His work at the inclusion of man for the good pleasure of His purpose and the exclusion of man as facilitator of it, yet His children are delighted in His work and seek after it diligently. The natural man is sustained by the natural elements of the visible world and has no interest in the meat and drink of the Kingdom of God but the inhabitants of Zion, the Israel of our God, live in the Bread of Life and never thirst by reason of the Living water which flows in them. The man, who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, is blessed to walk by the faith of the Son of God who loved him and gave Himself for him. He that does not stand in the way of the flesh (sinners)nor sits in the seat of those who speak arrogantly is blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places to abide in the Beloved and to be seated together in Him in the presence of Yehovah. He finds peace and contentment in the administration and government of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords as he is taught of the Spirit within that all things work harmoniously together for the good of them that love Him. These hunger and thirst after righteousness which is the justice, morality and virtue of Yehovah God;therefore they have pleasure in His works.
God has established and ordained a time to every purpose under heaven and a purpose to all time. He set the hosts of the heavens in their appropriate places and established the courses and characteristics. He has ordained the lights in the firmament for times and seasons. Man may probe into the heavens with his toys in hope of proving the speculations of the weak minded and uneducated but those who are preserved in the Beloved are taught that to the holy ones in the earth and the excellent are all the delight of the Beloved (Ps. 16:2). These times and seasons include every thought, word and deed that is ordained to come to pass in both each and every vessel which the Lord has afore prepared unto glory and those whom He has outfitted for destruction. He ordained that sin should enter into the world through the action He created in Adam when he, being fashioned capable to be corrupted, demonstrated before all the inability of man to ‘hit the mark’. God gave the children of Israel the desires of their hearts and sent leanness into their souls being a stiff-necked and stubborn people from the beginning. He raised up the evil King Cyrus (the possessor of the furnace)to be the shepherd of His people in a covenant of peace to demonstrate, in type, the love of God for His people (Is. 44:28).
The furnace of affliction, wherein God has chosen His people, is where the Refiner’s fire consumes the wood, hay and stubble of the works of man (I Cor. 3:13)which is the residue of Edom (Ob. 18). He has designed and appointed the children of Esau to be the possessor of the furnace and the servants to His children but He has assigned His messengers “spirits and His ministers a flame of fire” (Heb. 1:7). Thus as this earth waxes old as a garment and is consumed with fervent heat so the outward man is perishing;this is the manifestation of the salvation of the Redeemed of the Lord.
God has also ordained those things which have already been to be the same as that which shall be for there is nothing new under the sun. Whatever God has done, which is all-inclusive, is forever;nothing can be put to it neither can anything taken from it. God has done all things that man should fear (reverence and respect)Him. That which has been is now and that which is to be has already been and God requires that which is past (Ecc. 3:13f). This is the nature of God and the demand which He has set before every son of Adam; “shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods;truly, do good or do evil, that we may be dismayed and behold together. Behold you are nothing and your work of nought is an abomination which chooses you” (Is 41:23). He alone is God yet to the limited creature He asks, “to whom will you liken Me and made equal to Me and compare me that we may be like?”. He alone is God and there is none other or even any one that could be like unto Him, “declaring the end form the beginning and from ancient times that are not done saying, My counsel shall stand and I will do all My pleasure: calling the ravenous bird from the east, the man that executes My counsel from a far country. I have spoken in truth, I will also bring to pass;I have purposed, I will also do” (46:10f).
The glad tiding of great joy, which shall be to every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue, is the Anointed salvation of Yehovah for His people (the gospel of Jesus Christ). The surety of the gospel is the testimony of the finished work before the founding of the world wherein the Lamb of God shed His precious blood for the remission of the sin of His people and for a covering of His Beloved. The pleasure of Yehovah prospers in the hand of His elect servant who became the sin of his people in Adam and gave the perfect sacrifice for sin; “surely He has born our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He is wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace upon Him and with his stripes we are healed” (53:4f).
Therefore, before becoming partakers of flesh and blood, the work of God being finished as the Lamb stood in testimony to the resurrection, Yehovah had done all the works and labours in and for His people (26:12)for they are “His workmanship, created in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah unto good works, which God had before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). The work of creation being manifested after the testimony of the Lamb would infer that the creation of time, form and function was for the Beloved, who, having been already delivered, must experience the form of the reality that is finished. God, having ordained that the incorruptible seed must be conformed to the image of the Son, fashioned the earthen vessels necessary to each particular member of His elect family and, assigning a time of habitation, made each subject to the vanity of this existence. Thus the hope of deliverance from the body of this death is made evident by the spiritual growing in the grace and knowledge of His will as the light of His glory shines in the hearts of His people. As the light of salvation shines brighter and brighter in the heart of His people the more the bondage and corruption of the flesh is revealed. The more this uncleanness is seen in comparison to the beauty of His Holiness the more the creature groans within waiting to be delivered.
“His work is honourable and glorious and His righteousness endures for ever”
The work of God is full of His glory in testimony to His kingship over all. The splendour of His majesty is the fullness of His glory, which is the deliverance of His Beloved. This is the only testimony that is to be declared among the nations of this world as from generation to generation “say unto the nations, Yehovah reigns”. The declaration of His glory among the nations and the praise of His name is because of His marvelous finished work, which is His salvation, for which praise is due. The beauty of His holiness is too wonderful for the eyes of man to behold and too brilliant for this tongue to describe; “And I knew a man, whether in the body or whether out of the body, I cannot tell;how that he was caught up into paradise and heard unspeakable words which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (II Cor. 12:3).
He alone is worthy as the Lion of the tribe of Praise to bring glory to the Father by His obedience to His law which He fulfilled in all righteousness. He alone is worthy as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of His people for He 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. 63:3); “yea, before the day, I am He, and none can deliver out of My hand I will work and who will hinder Me” (43:13). He alone is worthy as the “minister of the sanctuary and the true tabernacle, which Yehovah pitched and not man”and as the High Priest of the calling for He has endured the contradiction of sin against Himself and, being the first-born of many brethren, is seated at the right hand of the Father as the advocate for the brethren. He alone is worthy to receive honour for He is the fullness of the beauty of His majesty, glory for He is the brilliance of the glory of God and praise for He has done marvelous things; “give thanks unto Yehovah for His good mercy is eternal” (I Chr. 16:34).
Everything God has done is in strict accord with His justice. His mercy is unto those for whom the blood has been shed for the blood cleanses them from all unrighteousness. He saw the shed blood of the Lamb as full payment for the wages of sin in His people and when he saw the travail of His soul, He was well pleased. There remains, therefore, now no condemnation against them that are in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah for His blood covers them. The wrath of God, however, is poured out against the unrighteousness of man daily. These two, the love of God for the children of promise and the hatred of God for the children of wrath are both one in Him and are perfectly balanced in the justice of God.
He alone has the right to apply the blood to His people because He has pledged His eternal love for His Beloved. His word is immutable as He is immutable and He cannot deny Himself. He is not a man that He should lie or the so of man that He should change His mind for if He would change, then would He be a liar and the sons of promise stand condemned; “for I, Yehovah, I do not change, therefore the sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Mal. 3:6).
The doctrine of Adam will object to such things alleging that this doctrine does not afford man fair opportunity as it teaches that the freedom of the will has been violated. The objection is that if this be true then no man should be held accountable for his actions; “why does He yet find fault for who has resisted His will?”This is the cry of the fool who, saying in his heart, there is not God, does not have the ability to understand that the righteousness of God demands that without the shedding of the perfect blood there can be no remission of sin or a covering for the soul (Heb. 9:22 &Lev. 17:11). It is the limited conclusion of a deluded mind that is occupied with the cares of this life that, having his eyes open and knowing his guilt while being adorned in the leaves of a tree, cannot confess his sin before God. Thus sin is excused as choice, guilt and rebellion are explained as personal preference and the perversions of man are to be accepted as normal; “for My people are perverse, they have not known Me;they are foolish children and they have no understanding: they are wise to do evil but to do good they have no knowledge” (Jer. 4:22), “for the good that I would do I do not but the evil which I would not, that I do” (Rms. 7:19).
“He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;Yehovah is gracious and full of compassion”
The work of the salvation of the Israel of our God is the culmination of the fullness of the compassion and mercy of God. He made Himself of no reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant that he might deliver His people from their sin and the wrath to come. He endured the cross and despised the shame for the joy that was before Him being ever mindful of His covenant with His Beloved. He did not make a deal with her nor did He strike a bargain with the Father for lenience for her sin. The eternal incorruptible seed cannot sin because it is born of God and for the joy of delivering His darling from the dogs (“For dogs have compassed Me and the assembly of the wicked has enclosed Me;they have pierced My hands and My feet”…”deliver My soul from the sword My darling from the power of the dog” (Ps. 22:16 &20)), the Lord of glory sold all He had and ransomed back the field, wherein the treasure was hid. He removed the heart of rebellion and obstinacy and gave a heart of flesh, not of the flesh of Adam but of the new man, whereon He has written His Law. He has made His people willing in the day of His power and given them the Spirit of God who teaches them all things and causes them to walk in His law and keep His commandments.
Some may ask if the children of hope have the ability to violate the Law of God. The answer is seen in the nature of the creature. If the son of Adam can exist without the seed of Adam in a life independent of his father then the seed of God could deny the Father and live independent from the source of all things. This would make the seed separate from the Father and greater than the Father since it could overrule the decree of God and countermand the will and purpose of God. Thus the seed could not be from the Father for it would be greater than He and if the seed be greater than the Father then what need has the seed for the love, mercy and grace of God. This is the doctrine of man that would rise up against God. It is the conclusions of a heart deceived by pride that would dwell in the cleft of the rock and has said in his heart, Who shall bring me down? (Ob.3).
God has completed all His work in total remembrance of His eternal covenant with His people. No man can violate or diminish the love of God for His people, as the sons of Adam do unto their own flesh and blood but Yehovah God cannot deny Himself or His seed which has been hewn from that Great Rock; “Can a woman forget her suckling child, that she should have compassion on the son of her womb?Yes, they may forget yet I will never forget you. Behold I have graven you upon the palms of hands;you walls are always before Me” (Is. 49:15). The daily manifestation of His handiwork in nature reveals His power and majesty as the King over all the earth. His love for His people is revealed in that they keep His commandments and love one another; “By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, since you have love one to another” (John 13:35).
“The work of His hands verity and judgment; all His commandments sure”
Though the mind and intellect of Adam and his children have concluded there is no God, while spending countless hours and exorbitant resources attempting to prove this, the work of God stands fast and sure. No man can cause God to change or add anything to the great things He has done for His people. No man can change his height or his station in life as appointed by God.
The children of the Kingdom of God are taught of the Spirit that they are strangers in this land and sojourners who dwell in booths as they wander through this barren wilderness. These look for that city that has foundations whose builder and Maker is God, the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah the chief corner stone. The dainties of this world are empty and a vexation unto their soul though their flesh is drawn out after these like a moth to the flame as they seek a better tabernacle and the consummation of the better covenant. They are taught by the Spirit, through trials and tribulations, that what ever state they are in, therein to be content for this is the will of God;against this the flesh rebels. They walk in the light of the Lord which reveals the wretchedness of man;this is the manifest token of the Kingdom for which they suffer. They love the Lord with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their strength, standing fast for ever and ever, being preserved in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah and called.
“He sent redemption unto His people;He has commanded His covenant forever:Holy and reverend is His name”
Your servant in Christ,
May 14, 2017