“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein, for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the floods.”
The simplicity and all-inclusiveness of this beautiful statement brings great comfort to the Beloved of Yehovah for herein they find peace and security. The sovereignty of God over His work is essential to His causing all things to come to pass according to the counsel of His will for if God did not have the power to perform that which He has decreed, then He is no greater than a man. His good intentions and lofty aspirations are subject to His environment and the circumstances, over which He has no control, render God to be no more than a servant to time and events; a marionette commanded and moved by the desires and preference of another. If this is the case, then should not praise be directed to the one who controls Him rather than praise unto the one being controlled?
Such absurdities are the conclusions of the doctrines of the creature in his attempt to bring the Creator down to his level and explain Him so that the fellow inhabitants may study and know Him better. Yehovah God is the ALL MIGHTY ONE who inhabits eternity; no one has His mind or knows His way and He will not share His glory with another. He alone has purposed in Himself to create everything, whatsoever is, was and shall be made, for His good pleasure. The minutest detail of His creation exists by His Word and without Him nothing was made that was made; therefore He alone is the rightful owner of all that is and He may do with it as seems good in His sight.
Is this Word a delegated entity that carries out the wishes of God? NO! He is God for the Word was in the beginning and is the beginning. He is God who became flesh and dwelt among His people making manifest that which was finished in Him. The Word is not a separate but equal divine entity or the third portion of the essence of God: he is God and as the body cannot be separated from the breath so the Word cannot be isolated, separated or distinguished from the fullness of the Godhead, for “in Him the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily” (Col. 2:9)
He has, however, set the limitations of the magnitude and fullness of His work, being intended and designated completely for His Beloved, whom He has loved with an eternal love. He has not purposed anything above His love for His children and not one portion of all of creation has an alternative meaning, motive or summation but for He has created all for His pleasure (Rev. 4:11). His delight is totally upon her having the fullness of the purpose of God centered upon the sanctification, preservation and prosperity of the One for whom He laid down His life (Jude 1). He made no provisions for the salvation of whosoever wills and there is no bathing pool for any curious on-lookers who which to ‘take the plunge’ in the blood; His precious blood was shed for His people because the intention of His heart was to fashion earthen vessels of the seed of the dust of the earth that were incapable of ‘hitting the mark’ of the perfection of holiness. He ordained and completed, before it came to pass in time, (predestinated) that there would be vessels afore prepared unto glory by the atonement of the blood, being set apart as the recipients of that incorruptible seed which is born of the Spirit. He also ordained unto the glory of His name, vessels that were to be outfitted for destruction. These would hold the seed of the serpent along with the passions of the old man and the inherent attributes of the seed of the dust along with enmity against His children as they dwell in the habitation of this dwelling. These are decreed of God to the haters and inveterate enemies of the children of hope, all the days of their lives, but they have been stationed as the servants of the children of promise.
The glory of the Godhead is manifested bodily in the Salvation of Yehovah who is the greatest of the brethren yet became their servant. He is the head of the body and the life of His people whom He loved with the fullness of the love of the Godhead yet He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. He demonstrated this love by His shed blood, before the foundation of the world, explicitly for her, to seal her as His Beloved, to identify her as the Redeemed of Yehovah and to prepare her for the time when she would be made partaker of flesh and blood; every man in his order. He manifests that love every moment of each day as He causes the events of time to come to pass in their proper order and intensity that he has decreed necessary for the Beloved children as they wander through this barren wilderness. He has caused there to be nothing in this creation that can satisfy or sustain His people who, in Adam are being drawn after the temporal things of this world and being brought into the bondage of this corruption, cry out to Him for deliverance from the body of this death.
This is the mind and purpose of God who is the great King over all the earth, sitting in heaven and ruling over the kingdoms of this world. The inhabitants are accounted as a winged infestation (Grasshoppers) and He places over them the basest of men to rule them according to His will as He turns the heart of the Kings like the rivers of waters and has put it in their hearts to fulfill His will and give their kingdoms unto the beast and dragons of this world, yet He, the Lord God Omnipotent, lives and reigns forever.
He is the sole owner and operator of the land which He separated from the seas in the beginning; He separated the waters that were under the firmament from the waters above and caused the dry land to appear. From this dry land and sea He brought forth all living things upon the face of the earth, animal and vegetable, forming man from the powder of the ground. He then destroyed the same with the deluge and established a new heaven and new earth, changing man for his new habitation, and established all that is from that which was delivered and preserved.
He alone is sovereign ruler over all because He is God and there is no other. Man and his science, falsely called, will continue to speculate about the ‘big bang’ and the ‘evolutional development of the universe’ but God alone knows what was and what is and for what purpose He has set the planets in the heavens and established their courses. Man scurries and prepares in fear of the ‘rogue comet’ that may destroy the earth but he does not even know how the bones come together in the womb. He who has established all that He has brought forth directs not only the raging angry waves of the seas, the winds and the waves, the stars and their moons but also the footsteps of each and every being upon His world.
“Yehovah reigns, He is clothed with majesty: Yehovah is clothed with strength which he has girded Himself. The world is established that it cannot be moved” (Ps. 93:1)
There is no strength power or glory above, beyond or outside of the glory of Yehovah God. He is the fountain source and well-spring of the power that creates, sustains, tears down and rebuilds. He neither asks, seeks nor needs the counsel of another to review His eternal plan and, being the sufficiency of all authority and power, as He has purposed in His heart so He does; “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” (Is. 46:10).
All who have been brought under the heavy hand of His pressing down to return the earthen vessel back to the dust (tribulation), being tried in the furnace of affliction as the wood hay and stubble of the outward man is consumed, find great comfort in the absolute sovereignty of God over all things. They know that they do not possess the knowledge or ability to comprehend the truth of God because the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit; thus in Adam they are without hope in this world. While Edom who is Esau, is a cunning hunter and a master of the fields, providing for his carnal needs which vanish, yet he has neither birthright nor blessing. He is a great people upon the earth and being brought forth of God as a necessary component of His divine will, yet his hatred for the child of promise drives him to seek to kill him that he may regain that which he believes to be rightfully his. He indeed is a ‘fugitive and vagabond in the earth’ (Cain) and ‘a wild man; his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him’ (Ishmael) but he shall dwell in the presence of his brethren and serve them all the days of his life.
Is this the rogue agent that may leap upon the weak and helpless frail children of hope? Is he the one that the pilgrims must be constantly ‘looking over their shoulder’ lest he trip them and cause them to fall, causing them to ‘lose a temporal blessing’ (whatever that is)? Is he the beast that shall take over the world in preparation for the climactic war against the Lord’s people at Armageddon? Is he at liberty by reason of his ‘free will’ which prevents the power of God from taking and controlling him? If so then he should be worshipped and adored for his will is greater than God’s? Such abominations are highly esteemed of man!!!
Cain, Ishmael, Esau, Satan, Lucifer, Cyrus, Judas and whatever name is to be placed on the list in man’s speculative endeavours to find the ‘man of sin’ are all components of the wondrous salvation of the Lord’s people which the Father has brought forth and raised up for good to them that love Him, to the called, according to His purpose. He has the power as the Potter over the lump of clay to make the vessels He has ordained necessary and, having properly equipped them to perform the labours He has assigned, He has made them willing and able to carry out all that is part and parcel to His love for His people.
Shall we omit the calamities, infirmities, heart-aches and sufferings that the body of this death endures, seeing as He has made His people subject to all the vanity of this world and the arrogant impotence of the flesh? What is to be concluded concerning the thoughts of the inner recesses of the mind and the vile convulsions of the heart? Shall pride, envy and ego be set aside as being outside the limits of El Shaddia or shall it be concluded that since it is done in darkness He cannot see? Or shall the arrogant abomination of man “steal, murder and commit adultery and swear falsely and burn incense unto another master and walk after other gods whom you do not know; and come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?” (Jer. 7:9). Adam blamed God in the garden and his children continue that family tradition from generation to generation.
“A psalm of David”
This is not the testimony of God to His people as if God is proclaiming how great He is; it is the testimony of the Beloved concerning their God and what the Spirit has taught them. God has given His testimony saying, “I am God and there is none other” and again “I Yehovah do all these things” but only those who have been taught of the Lord can sing the songs of Zion, which is “worthy is the Lamb that was slain”. They alone have the hope of glory within, they alone know the uncleanness of their ways and they alone have the experience of the redeemed of Yehovah, which is the surety of the better covenant (Heb. 7:22).
God has before ordained and concluded that every knee should bow and every tongue confess that the Salvation of Yehovah is Master over all but only the redeemed of the Lord know Him as Emanuel for “behold the tabernacle of God with men and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people and God Himself shall be with them their God” (Rev. 21:3).
These have their portion in Yehovah God as His children, being joint heirs with the Anointed. They have the memorial of the finished work which man can neither prove nor dismiss and they have the right to stand before His throne, singing the new song of praises to the Lamb saying “You alone are worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof for You were slain and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation and have made us unto our God kings and priests and we shall reign upon the earth” (Rev. 5:9).
The Lord has not left His without a testimony of His memorial for His Spirit bears witness with their spirit that they are the sons of God. He has also left the testimony of the heavens and the firmament wherein he has shown forth his salvation and all flesh has seen it together. He has given the testimony of like precious faith to all whom the Father has revealed Himself dwelling in and the fruit of the Spirit; “so we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure: a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer” (II Thes. 1:4).
And when He has gathered two or three together in His name, there is the testimony of like precious faith. The witness of the brethren is that of His love wherewith he has forgiven the sin which the Spirit reveals to them in the manifestation of the new covenant. They bear witness that they are cursed children in Adam who cannot cease from sin and though they are assured of the power of God unto deliverance, which indeed is the true gospel, yet they know that they are sinners in need of mercy.
“Who is ascending the mountain of Yehovah; who is standing in the place of His holiness?”
Every member of the body has been and always shall be inseparable from the body; for they are one. The body was complete in Him, who is the head, in the beginning and all that the body has done is done by and for the body. The Lamb stood as He had been slain before the foundation of the world and His people stood in Him being one with Him in His death and resurrection. All that the Father gave to Him, being the generation of Jesus Christ, are raised up in the first resurrection and are seated together in Him in the presence of God.
These have never been defiled by woman as they follow the Anointed whithersoever He goes. They are the sheep of His pasture who have been slain for the testimony of the eternal gospel and they sing a new song which NO MAN can learn. There is no deceit in their mouth, for the subtlety of the serpent has no power over them as it did in the garden, as they stand before the throne of God without fault, spot or blemish (Rev.14:4). Yet unto each of the seed, members in particular, there is a time of habitation appointed.
The Spirit of God reveals the truth to each of His children as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will. This truth is not arbitrary or subject to interpretation, as the skeptics will assume, for He is Messiah of God. The manifestation of the finished work for His people revealed that the Father indeed saw the travail of His soul and was well pleased with the perfect sacrifice made in complete and righteous obedience to His Law. Anything less could not be acceptable for God cannot deny Himself and while the world likes to make mention of these events and celebrate with pageantry and gayety, yet the child of grace is taught the reason for the sacrifice.
The broken body and shed blood of the sacrifice was made for the sin of the wretchedness of the vile nature of man who lives in complete rebellion against God, His Law and His provisions, and thrives in complete ignorance of the Holiness of his Maker. The redeemed of Messiah rejoice that He has taken His great power and has reigned supreme over all for they know that in Adam they have no power to control anything neither have they any strength to overcome. They experience the failed labours of the flesh as it strives to return to the state of ignorance of the garden where their eyes had not yet been opened but this was a temporal and limited existence which could not be sustained. The vanity of this desire and the reality of the emptiness of this habitation leads to one conclusion; there is no hope in this world for the children of the kingdom for if in this world only, the children have hope in the Messiah, then they are of all men, most miserable (I Cor. 15:9).
As the light of the glory of God reveals the abominations of man hidden in the dark recesses of his heart and mind, the children are brought to the need for deliverance and though they may ‘kick against the pricks’ for a while, yet in the fullness of time, the Father reveals Himself and His work. He shows them that He is the only One who is qualified to be the propitiation for their sins (I Jn.2:2) for He is that sacrifice that God provided (Gen. 22:8). He alone is able to drink well and emptied the cup of the righteous wrath of God poured out against the ungodliness of man for He is that Lamb of God who should save His people from their sin. He is the only One who can stand beside His people as their advocate with the Father and declaring His generation, He makes intercession for them before the throne with groanings and utterances which man cannot hear.
The question asked here is not answered by instructing the hearer to rise up and cleanse his hands nor is it admonishing those of unclean hands to reform their ways and cleanse themselves of all their corruption. Moses gave a similar commandment to the children of Israel which was equally impossible for any man to comply with as he said, “Circumcise the foreskin of your heart and be no more stiff-necked” (Deut. 10:16). Yet he did not leave them with this most condemning standard for he assured them that it was Yehovah God who “will circumcise your heart and the heart of your seed to love Yehovah your God with all your heart and wilt all your soul that you may live” (30:6).
Job was instructed in the same doctrine as the Lord revealed to him that the righteous shall hold on his way and he that is of clean hands shall be stronger and stronger (17:9). Yet he knew that this was not something that he could do as a man for “if I wash myself with snow water and make my hands never so clean, yet shall You plunge me in the ditch and my clothes shall hate me” (9:30). He knew that his hands were polluted and corrupt and yet he also knew that there never existed a water or cleansing agent that could wash them clean and since he started his existence in Adam in the state of defilement and guilt before God, he knew that he could never stand before Yehovah God in the beauty of his strength and holiness.
The sin of man is revealed in the nature of Adam for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Man calls this original sin but whatever label is placed upon it the conclusion is that man was never capable of ‘hitting the mark’ and nothing he can do in time can enable him or make him acceptable before God; therefore neither Adam or any of his seed can ever ascend the mountain of God or stand in His Holy place.
There can never be a time when this One who is continually ascending the mountain of God and standing before the throne in the beauty of His Holiness has ever had defiled or unclean hands. When He who knew no sin became the sin of His people, he was clothed in filthy garments, and being accepted as all the fruit necessary to purge Jacob of his sin, “He answered and spake unto them that stood before Him, Take away the filthy garments from Him and He said unto Him, Behold I have caused Your iniquity to pass from You and I will clothe You with a change of raiment” (Zech. 3:4).
So it is with the Beloved in Him; they have been clothed in the corruption of this earthen vessel and made subject to the vanity of this pilgrimage but because of the finished work of He whose name is Faithful and Truth, they have been granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white. The skins of Adam shall never stand before the throne of grace for the outer man is perishing but for every man in his order, there shall come a time when the labours of this habitation have ended and this tabernacle shall be put aside. Then shall they see Him as He is and shall be like Him, clothed in the power of His resurrection and standing before in the Holy place in the beauty of His Holiness.
These have received the blessing from Yehovah and the righteousness of His salvation for they are the generation of them that seek Him and for those that look for Him shall He appear a second time without sin to receive them back to Himself; and so shall we ever be with Him in the air.
“And after these things I heard a great voice of many people in heaven saying, Alleluia, salvation and glory and honour and power unto the Lord our God, for true and righteous are His judgments; for He has judged the great whore which did corrupt the earth with her fornication and has avenged the blood of His servants at her hand; and again they said, Alleluia” (Rev. 19:1)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
April 15, 2018