“The Law of Yehovah is perfect, converting the soul.”
The gospel of Jesus Christ is and always shall be singular in all aspects. There has never been a gospel for the ‘saved’ and one for the ‘unbelievers’ for it is the power of Yehovah God. There can only be one presentation of the fullness of this testimony for unto the nations of the world is the message, ‘Yehovah reigns’ (Ps. 96:10). By this declaration the earth was formed and all of creation rejoices in the work of the Creator as “the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shews forth His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech and night unto night shews knowledge and there is no speech or language where their voice is not heard” (Ps. 19:1). This is the foundation of all that exists and all that shall ever come to pass. The fullness of the Sovereign ruler of the Universe has purposed in Himself to perform the good pleasure of His will and it has come to pass by the power of that same irresistible will.
It is this will which forms the essence of the eternal God and the fullness of all things joined together. But this will is governed by the immutable Law of God whereby he commands, instructs and governs all things. He is subject to His Law for it is commensurate to His will which is the perfection of His Holiness. He cannot deny Himself nor oppose His Law whereby the fullness of His creation functions in complete harmony. When He spoke the heaven and earth into existence, it was unaltered from the intent of His heart; therefore He called it “exceedingly good”. Each day, evening and morning came to pass as he directed with nothing lacking and He observed that it was good. When he finished His work on the seventh day, He rested from ALL His work and there was nothing left to be done in all of His creation. He had done all by the power of His will and it was exceedingly good. Let the theologians of the vain philosophies of Adam rant and rave about the supposed disruption of the creation by the hand of Satan wherein it was ‘without form and void’; this is exactly how the Sovereign designed the world. It stood as a blank canvas before the brush of the painter is applied and when He rested in the completion of His work, the fullness of the portrait was finished.
The Law of God is not without purpose. It governs the whole of creation unto the end that the appetites, emotions, minds and passions of man are turned unto Him. The natural mind of man is enmity against God for that is the manner in which God created it but in the fullness of time, it is turned to acknowledge that He is God. He causes the knee of every man to bow and the tongue of every creature to confess that He is God over all. When it pleases the Father, in the time appointed by Him, to reveal His Son in His chosen people, then they ask; “Who are you Lord?” for after the mind and ways of Adam they know not God. They are given to understand the wretchedness of the flesh and they loathe themselves for the wickedness of their ways. They are given to see and experience exceeding sinfulness of sin, the complete inability of the body of this death and the vanities of this world. Yet they hunger and thirst after righteousness as the inner man delights after the Law of God (Rms. 7:22). This Law has been written upon the heart of flesh and the Spirit of God causes them to keep His Law perfectly (Ezek. 36:27).
These do not need of any man to teach them the Law of God nor do they need the sons of Adam to introduce them unto the Son of Righteousness, for they are all taught of Him (Jer. 31:34). This is not of Adam for “Yehovah is my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place and He delivered me because He delights in me. Yehovah rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands has He recompensed me; for I have kept the ways of Yehovah and have not wickedly departed from my God” (Ps. 18:19). Since God has conclude all of the Adam under sin and all are carnal sold under sin for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, then there can be no possible way that this testimony is in reference to any act of man or the good intentions of the children of the dust.
And to the rest, when the time of their habitation is over, then are they appointed to cry out, “Lord, Lord, did we not” as they seek to justify themselves and be delivered from eternal destruction. They continue that which Adam attempted, according to the nature he was created with, to present themselves as innocent before God and to set the blame unto another. But when the soul is required as it returns unto God, then there shall be eternal recognition and acknowledgement of Father Abraham; “and the rich man also died and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his eyes being in torments and seeing Abraham afar off and Lazarus in His bosom, he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me…” (Luke 16:19ff). This is the Law of God and nothing can change the edict or the verdict as He has pronounced them before the foundation of the world.
“The testimony of Yehovah is sure, making the simple wise”
The Mastery of the creation of God is that He has revealed Himself through His handiwork. He has not left man ignorant of His existence or His laws and then turns about and holds them accountable; He has revealed all things unto every man. He has manifested His power in the creation and His sovereignty in the continuation of the same from generation to generation. He has proclaimed the power of His name throughout all the world so that man is without excuse. He has shown forth His deliverance and all flesh has seen it together so that there is none who may argue that they did not know Him. He has set His judgments against the wickedness of man that they may know Yehovah God and He has given the same testimony of His power and might as a comfort to His people (Is. 40: 1-9).
This exalted testimony of the Lord God Omnipotent is set forth in the small and obscure things of His creation. Man looks to the rocks and the mountains for his sanctuary, he looks to the wind and the waves in fear and he looks to the magnificent splendour of the universe in complete disbelief of the God who made him. God has commanded His little children to consider the lily of the field, the ant and the sparrow as the manifold testimony of His complete perfection. These all demonstrate His sovereign command and control over His creation as well as the innate inability of man to control anything.
This testimony is as singular as the fullness of the Godhead yet it is presented in a two fold manner; that, “at the mouth of two witnesses or at the mouth three witnesses shall the matter be established” (Deut. 19:15). This does not mean that man must seek out two or three to accompany him in his attempt to spread the good news and convert many unto God. It is the Law of God which ‘turns back the soul’ not the words, charisma and money of man, for it is “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit saith Yehovah of Hosts” (Zech. 4:6).
Therefore God Himself has appointed two witnesses to go to and fro upon the face of the earth to give forth the testimony of His Law, His power and His love for His Beloved. This two fold witness is manifested in the Law (which no man can keep and by which no flesh shall be justified) and the prophets (which no man can hear). They are born out upon the creation of the world as “the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse” (Rms. 1:20).
Now in the fullness of time, God has sent forth His Son, born of a woman and made under the Law. He has revealed Himself to His people as a testimony unto them and the Spirit bears witness with their Spirit that they are the sons of God. This in not a new testimony, for there is nothing new under the sun, it is the manifestation of the truth in the hearts and minds of the children when they are awakened. Herein the testimony declares unto them the beauty of His Holiness and the vileness of their ways in Adam. This testimony is as a two edged sword which pierces even to the dividing point of bone and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the hearts. The children then are given to hate themselves and the wickedness of their ways for they know that they are without hope in this world to measure up to the perfect standard of the holiness of God. Though they endeavour constantly through the good intention of Adam yet are their hands polluted, their minds corrupt and their ways limited by reason of God who has assigned the time of their habitation and the limitations thereof.
This testimony of the Living God acts directly upon the foolish naïve of the natural man as the wisdom of God is revealed; “here is wisdom; let him that has understanding count the number of the beast for it is the number of man” (Rev. 13:18). This is not the wisdom of man and it cannot be taught in the cemeteries and universities of this world, for the “wisdom which does not descend from above is earthly, sensual and devilish” (James 3:15). It is the wisdom and spiritual understanding which comes from growing in the grace and knowledge of His will. This is reserved for the children of God as a witness of the life within; “if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all liberally and being not ashamed, it shall be given him” (James 1:5). This wisdom is “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy; and the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace” (Jms 3:17). This is the evidence of the indwelling Spirit of God as the testimony of the finished work of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
“The statutes of Yehovah are right, rejoicing the heart”
The precepts of God are those things whereby he has numbered all of His creation, even to the hairs of the head and the stars of the heavens, and given them an appointed station with complete oversight by the power of His will. The natural man rebels against such a doctrine because he has been given to conclude that this takes away his ability for independent moral judgments. These words are not found in the record of the testimony of Yehovah God but are rather the fabrication of the intellect of man. God has set the nature of man in his heart and has given him the will to follow after the things of this world and the needs of the body. Man is not dragged off in complete opposition to his will for he does those things which seem right in his own eyes. This is evidenced in the actions of Adam and eve in the garden and every one of their descendants throughout time.
The way of God is as far above the way of man as the heaven is above the earth. He has put the things of this world into the hearts and minds of man so that he cannot find out the work which God has done from the beginning and he has ordained that man be drawn after the needs and desires of the flesh. He has created man with pride in his heart wherewith he has been deceived to think himself of worth to God and the works of his hands profitable to the Almighty. Therefore did Adam sew the aprons of fig leaves together when he stood before the Lord and accused Him of being the cause for the catastrophe of his circumstances.
But to the new heart of flesh within the children of the King, there is rejoicing at the power and majesty of the Lord God Omnipotent. There is the peace which is far beyond the understanding of man and there is contentment in the sovereign rule of the King of Kings. Only in the Spirit is there the resolve to that which ordained of old for it is established firm and sure in the Word of God. This Word is straight and singular and it is unchanged from the beginning. He came forth from the throne of God and has accomplished all that was given unto Him. He became flesh and dwelt among man in testimony to the fulfillment of the law, the completion of the work and the imputed righteousness to His people. Therefore do the children rejoice though they are in constant warfare with the flesh.
“The commandment of Yehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes”
That which God has decreed in Himself without the presence of assistance of any portion of His creation is so perfect that it is transparent. There is neither spot nor blemish, no shadow of turning and no possibility of any deviation of any degree. As He has purposed so He has spoken and as He has spoken so it has come to pass. He does not need a back-up or alternate contingency plan in case something should go amiss for there is nothing which can come to pass but by the power of His will. Nor has He looked into the uncreated future to espy the actions and intentions of man, being also yet uncreated, in order to make His plans accordingly. He is not a respecter of persons, he does not re-act to the conduct of the subjects of His creation and He is not a man that he should lie. He is God and there is none other, or any like unto Him, “declaring the end from 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: Truly I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed, I will also do it” (Is. 46:10f).
This is the opening of the eyes of the blind, to see the majesty of the sovereignty of His ways. He is God and there is none that can stay His hand or say unto Him, ‘What are you doing’. He has come forth in full disclosure of the work that was finished before the foundation of the world to open the eyes of the blind and to proclaim the acceptable year of Yehovah. Even then the prejudice nature of the teachings of man caused His own disciples to question if He was Messiah for they looked upon the outward and desired an earthly kingdom.
The imaginations of the intentions of the heart of the natural man are carnal and therefore dark. His ways are dark and he loves the darkness for his deeds are evil continually, therefore men love the darkness (John 3:19). It is not a natural thing for Adam or his children to seek the light or come unto the light but when the light of the glory of God shines forth in the heart of the children of grace the light reveals the darkness. When the commandment of the Word of God comes forth in the fullness of time saying, “Lazarus, come forth” then is the life within made manifest. When the prophesy is revealed; “Thus saith Yehovah God, Behold My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves and bring you into the land of Israel, and you shall know that I am Yehovah, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves, and shall put My Spirit in you and you shall live and I shall place you in your own land: then shall you know that I Yehovah have spoken and performed, saith Yehovah” (Ezek. 37:12ff). Then the light shines forth, then the sin is revealed and the children are caused to lie prostrate before the throne crying, “Lord, be merciful unto me a sinner”
“The fear of Yehovah is clean, enduring forever”
The reverence and respect of the awesome nature and magnitude of God cannot be imagined or comprehended by the limited mind of man. The eternal reverence of the children for the Father is commensurate to the eternal love of the Father for His Beloved. The cleanliness and purity of this love flows from the throne of God as a river of life. It is clear as crystal to the fullness of perfection and shining brilliance that it is transparent as frost (Rev. 22:1).
The cleanness of this fear and complete respect is not of man and the love of the Father has provided for the filthiness of Adam. He sits as the Refiner’s fire and He purges the dross of this natural being. The fire burns the wood, hay and stubble of Edom and the house of Esau so that none remains. This purging is through the furnace of affliction for the trying of your faith. This is not for the purpose of discovering if faith exists but for the proving of the faith within. Jesus prayed for Peter not that the trials and tribulations would cease but that his faith would not fail. Messiah Himself was tried as every one of His people when He became partaker of the same flesh and blood as they. He was without sin and overcame all by the power of the Spirit but He endured the contradiction of sin against Himself; “for we do not have an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). John saw Him standing with “His feet like unto fine brass, as if they had been burned in a furnace and His voice as the sound of many waters” (Rev. 1:15).
These things were seen in heaven when John was taken by the Spirit in the day of the Lord. He saw things as they stand in the heavens which are not encumbered with the element of time, therefore they are eternal. He saw the Lamb standing as He had been slain, he saw the accuser of the brethren cast out and he saw the white horse and the One who has overcome all things. He saw Him in the beauty of His Holiness as the perfection of all therefore He saw the brilliance and splendour of His perfection as it stands finished from the foundation of the world. This is the God of Israel who is Emmanuel, God with us; “Yehovah, you have been our dwelling place through all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God!” (Ps. 90:1)
“The judgments of Yehovah are true and completely righteous”
There is none who can bring any charge against the work of God. Adam attempted to in the garden as he told God that it was His fault for He gave Adam the woman. The presumptuous nature of man is seen for if God created man in His image, “male and female created He him” then Adam’s accusation against God is that He is imperfect; “but we have not so learned Christ”. God has created all things by Himself, through Himself and for Himself therefore all His work is “honourable and glorious”. His work is in complete accord with His will as He does all things for His Beloved. His love activated the work which He did in the justification of His people by His faith and His imputed righteousness. He did not do these things because of the might, number or worth of His people but for His great love wherewith He loved them and since He fulfilled all that was demanded by the complete Law of God, which is eternal,. Therefore His righteousness is eternal.
He is the truth. The sons of Adam seek after the truth and many feel they have found it in their beliefs and practices but “I have said in my haste, all men are liars” (Ps. 116:11). The truth, then as understood by the logic and reasoning of man, is suspect to the natural and cognitive abilities each man has. This is augmented by the socio-economical elements which impose themselves upon the moral conduct and conscience of the flesh. Thus there can be no truth in man.
The Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, however, is the Way the Truth and the Life. In Him there is justice for all iniquity and forgiveness for all the unrighteousness of Adam. He has written the names of His beloved in His book of Life and He has become the inability of His people. The perfect righteousness is completely and inseparably joined together in the Godhead “for as the body is one and has many members, and all members of that one body, being many are one: so also Messiah” (I Cor. 12:12). Each part fitly framed together growing up to an Holy habitation of our God supplying the needs of each other member. Therefore, since the body is one, the Word is One, the Work and the testimony is One, they are all united together as One in Him; “Hear O Israel, Yehovah, our God Yehovah, is One (eternally and inseparably united together)” (Deut. 6:4). This is the fullness of the Godhead which dwelt bodily in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah (Col. 2:9).
“Moreover by them Your servant is admonished and taught”
Teach us Your way O Lord. Give us to rejoice because the Lord God Omnipotent reigns supreme over all flesh. The exalted testimony of the mark of the Beloved in Adam is to teach His children that they think not more highly of themselves than they ought.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
Snow Hill Old School Baptist meeting, Snow Hill Md.
August 16, 2015