“I say then, Has God cast away His people? God forbid, for I am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He knew before.”
When Adam was formed from the dust of the earth, he was devoid of both the cognitive and physical ability to raise himself off the ground and function as a living being. God breathed into him and made him function according to the abilities he had been given. He also gave him a mind far advanced from that of his offspring as He brought every animal unto him to see what he would call them. He gave the man implicit instructions concerning the government of the garden, which He had prepared for him, and forbade him from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The man had everything he needed when God separated the women from his side and yet he was not content.
Neither Adam nor Eve was satisfied with the provisions God had given nor were they conscious of the difference between that which God had decreed as good and that which was evil. They were sentient beings who, after careful analysis of their station in life and their wealth of possessions and provisions in the garden, desired better than what God had given. When they were confronted with the subtlety of the serpent’s distortion of God’s word, they freely chose to take the fruit and eat. No one forced them to do that which God had ordained them to do and there was no inner struggle as they attempted to ‘ do the right thing ’. They had no knowledge of good so they followed after the nature God had given them to do the labours He had assigned.
And so by the means of the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life, interwoven into the fabric of creation, the serpent was dispatched, the woman was deceived, man hearkened to the voice of his wife and sin entered into the world; “wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin, so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned ” (Rms. 5:12). Yet still the theology of Adam demands that he has the innate ability, empirical knowledge and inherent right to make proper decisions for himself, especially those that, allegedly, have eternal consequences.
The contention of the doctrine of Adam against God is the fear of being deprived of an assumed right to pick and choose. The arrogance of the seed of the dust is that the God, whom his foolish heart declares does not exist, did not create a race of robots and mindless beings; thus the theory set forth is that man is a free moral agent who makes his own choices in life and sculpts his destiny in the decisions he make.
Was Adam a mistake on God’s part ? Or, better yet, did the actions of Adam thwart the will of God ? Since an affirmative answer to either of these questions would seriously impugn the dignity and glory of God, then the conclusions must be that God formed man as He intended. Adam came forth into the environment suitable for the labours he was assigned and that he performed exactly as God’s perfect will predestinated. Now there are those who claim that the doctrine of predestination applies only to the deliverance of God’s people from their sin but without the actions of the first man, sin does not enter into the world and death by sin. Therefore man, sin and death were afore ordained of God and they all came to pass according to He who created all things.
To insinuate that God has no part in the matter of sin is to beg the question; why was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world if Yehovah God is not the commander and chief over sin ? And if sin is the servant of God, then for whose sin was the Lamb slain ? Shall we retreat to the comfort of the theologian who speculated that the blood of the Lamb was sufficient for every son of Adam but only efficient to those who believe ? Then by what measure was the blood poured out ? Since unjust weights are an abomination before the Lord has He violated His own statute by demanding an overabundance of suffering by His Elect servant for the sin of all while only accepting the blood that was applied ? Can there be one drop of that precious blood that was shed in vain ? This does not exist ! (God forbid).
“He shall see the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many for He shall bear their iniquity ” (Is. 53:11)
He who alone inhabits eternity (Holy is His name – Is. 57:15) is not affected by the time He has created. In the beginning there was no time neither can eternity be measured in the concept of time. So, as the Lamb stood, as He had been “slain from the founding of the world ” (Rev.13:8) for those “chosen in the Anointed before the founding of the world ” (Eph. 1:4) in manifestation of the grace given unto His Beloved “in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah before the founding of the world ” (II Tim. 1:9) so also must have been the ‘ misery ’ , ‘ toil ’ , ‘ grievance ’ and ‘ pain ’ of the person who became the sin of His people. He did not take on the sin of all mankind for how could He possibly hate Esau if He had laid down His life for him ? How could He cast off Jerusalem and proclaim it a desolate house if He had struck the door posts and the upper post with His precious blood? This does not exist !
The blood of the Lamb was slain before time was created; therefore it is preposterous to infer that God looked ahead into something He had not created yet in order to express His eternal love for His Beloved. It is blasphemy to propose that the everlasting, never changing love of God, who Himself cannot change, was influenced by the actions of a creature that did not yet exist. And it is arrogant contempt to call into account the immutability of He who called those things that were not as though they had already been. For if God was indeed neutral in this matter of sin and forgiveness until such time (which does not exist in eternity) He looked ahead and was influenced by the action of man, then He changed. Thus His Word is untrue for He is exactly like Adam, a liar from the beginning. This does not exist!
The purpose of God is evident in His creation; that he intended to create man corruptible is evidenced in that he was corrupted. That He intended for man to fall short of the glory of God is evident in that He is God and there is none other and the proof that this was all in complete accord with his eternal purpose is manifested in the end of time when the Lamb was taken by wicked hands and slain; “although the works were finished from the founding of the world ” (Heb. 4:3).
The shed blood for sin was for the preparation of the earthen vessels which were fashioned by the hand of the Potter for the purpose of being host to the incorruptible seed. This seed is planted in the corruption of the ground prepared by the Master to receive the seed but, being incorruptible, it comes forth bearing the peaceable fruit of righteousness. The vessel is of the earth (the flesh) and the essence of man (the breath) is carnal and the leaven was cleansed from within the house wherein the children of Israel should abide. Thus the Holy flesh is not polluted by coming in contact with a dead body; “for the body is dead because of sin ’ (Rms. 8:10) and the children of the Israel of God are preserved in this Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
“Behold I have graven you upon the palms of hands; your wall continually before Me ” (Is. 49:16)
Was there a time when this wall (joined together structure) was not before the singular Resident of eternity ? Was there ever a time when the High Priest of our calling did not have on His priestly attire ? Of course not ! For even when He was clothed upon in filthy rags He was still the High Priest in the performance of His office. Then indeed were the names of His people engraved upon the breastplate of righteousness which He wore for all eternity. Those same names (for there is no shadow of turning in Him) were also found on the two stones which Aaron bore upon his shoulders before the Lord when he went into the holy place every year (Ex. 28). Now these things were fashioned according to the pattern of heavenly things and thus when the ‘ bringer of light ’ who is the “light of the world ” stood in the Holy place to declare His generation, having shed His blood, poured it out before the altar, sprinkled it upon the people and struck the crown of the Altar of God with it, the Righteous Judge not only saw the sorrow of His soul but He also saw the names of His people.
These same names are the praise unto our God upon the gates of His Holy city (Rev. 21:12) and since the Anointed One is the door of His sheep whereby they enter in (John 10:7) so their names are written upon Him. The palms of His hands were ‘ opened up ’ (engraved) with the names of each of His children. Once again, was there ever a time in the place where time has no jurisdiction when the names were unknown unto He who alone inhabits eternity ? Was there a time when someone offered to engrave the names of would be believers into the hand of the One who became the sin of His people ? And once the Lamb stood as He had been slain, were not the piercing in the palms of His hands rendering any additions impossible ? Or is it that there were a few for whom He made this magnanimous gesture in hopes that others would follow suit and for these an addendum has been attached to the wounds He received in the house of a friend ? This does not exist !
A far more proper rendering of this blessed truth is that the palms of His hands have always been opened having this engraving, for, like unto the ‘ joined together structure ’ (walls which is salvation – Is. 60:18) so the eternal seed, the children of the Kingdom, His Bride, His Beloved and Jerusalem which is from above, is continually before Him. There can never be a time when He could deny Himself and, since He is not a man that He should lie, so also there can never be a time when He could denounce His Bride and leave or forsake His children. He is one in the fullness of all things and, contrary to the speculations of man, He cannot be separated from Himself who is all in all. His Bride is one in Him as seen in the creation of Adam the type. From the beginning Eve was in Adam and only the power of God could separate them and that for good; so also the Bride is in the Beloved but, not like unto the type, nothing can separate them. Even though for a time, being predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son, the members in particular are made partakers of flesh and blood, yet the fullness of the Godhead dwells in them.
And thus there remains a remnant according to the election of grace (Rms. 11:5) who are manifested from generation to generation as the people whom God knew before this world was spoken into existence. They are the purpose for the creation of all things as the manifestation in the type and foreshadow of the heavenly reality that Almighty God rules over all things for His glory and honour. He has made everything to function in perfect harmony for good to them that love Him, to the called, according to His purpose; “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold the tabernacle of God with men; He will dwell with them and they shall be His people and God Himself shall be with them, their God ” (Rev. 21:3).
Has God thrown away and rejected His people?
The question is raised by the Apostle because of the arrogance of the theology of man. The people of the time had been well immersed in the teaching that the nation of Israel and anyone who could show any kind of ancestral connection to the nation were set apart and privileged in the eyes of God. Nicodemus was of this persuasion when he came to the Master by night. He thought that the nation, in-spite of all that had been spoken against them by the mouth of Yehovah through His servants the prophets was to be dismissed and forgiven when Messiah would come. He would cleanse the people and establish His kingdom with the nation of Israel as the epicenter of all governmental, economical and political activity. Jesus rebukes that thinking by stating “because God so loved the world, He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life ” (John 3:16). This was not a universal invitation to ‘ whosoever will ’ but was a denouncing of the Zionisms of the day. John the baptizer was also confused by this teaching and he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if indeed He was Messiah. They were looking for the physical manifestation of a conquering King taking vengeance upon all the enemies of the nation of Israel. When Jesus did not march into Jerusalem and overthrow the government of the time, John asked “Are you He that should come or should we look for another ?” (Luke 7:19). Even after the manifestation of the resurrection, when Messiah revealed Himself to the disciples and Peter, they continued to inquire about the earthly kingdom, saying, “Lord, will You at this time, restore the kingdom to Israel ?” (Acts 1:6) And so it is today that many still seek a tangible kingdom manifestation here on this earth.
Time and events, however, had proven devastating to the nation of Israel; in a few short years the Roman armies would fulfill the words of Jesus and not leave one stone upon another as Jerusalem is decimated. The attitude of many was that the judgment of God had come upon this people because of their unbelief and apostasy. This was self-evident as the nation was reduced from the glory of Solomon to the territorial districts at the time of the Roman Empire but not as an act of retribution on the part of God. He established this nation as a sign for all the world to see of how He has ordered and command over everything, even the thoughts and desires of man. The advantages given unto Israel were incontrovertible and extensive yet “let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly and will not behold the majesty of Yehovah ” (Is. 26:10)
This same attitude of the retribution of God was expressed by the disciples when they were confronted with the man who was blind from birth; “Master who did sin, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind ?” (John 9:2). It is also part of the repertoire of the miserable comforter whose God was brilliance (Eli-phaz) as he rebuked Job saying, “remember, I pray you, who ever perished being innocent ? Were the righteous ever cut off ? (Job 4:7). Thus the attitude of man is such that the natural mind will conclude that every ‘ bad ’ thing is a judgment from God while good things are merited and earned. This insults the sovereignty of God and espouses a weakness wherein He responds to the actions of man. Is this the Lord God Omnipotent who reigns over all ? This does not exist !
God raised up Abram and blessed him for he was a chosen vessel. God made him the father of many nations and in him they were blessed; “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost ” (Titus 3:5). The nation of Israel was given signs and wonders in the heavens; they were given the types and foreshadows of the covenant in the ceremonies, feast days and daily functions of the Tabernacle and Temple; they were also given eyes to see and ear to hear yet the Word was not for them. Even though they were all born of Abraham yet they were not all the children of the Kingdom of the Israel of our God; “I know that you are Abraham’s seed but you seek to kill me because My word has no place in you ” (John 8:37).
“God is not a man that he should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent: has He not said and shall He not do ? Or has He not spoken and shall He not make it good ?” (Num. 23:19).
The doctrine of man is identified by the description and characteristics of God. Yehovah is the self-existing One who is complete in Himself. He needs nothing to remain righteous and holy and He cannot do anything which could diminish His nature. He is not subject to the rules and limitations which He has imposed upon His creation yet He is bound to Himself in perfect truth that He cannot deny Himself. His love is an eternal attribute of His nature and it is directed and focused upon Him the Beloved.
He brought His people into the land of Egypt to preserve and protect them. He subjugated them for four hundred years and turned them into a mighty nation at the end of Pharaoh’s whip and brought them forth unto Mt. Sinai. Here He proclaimed the absolutes of His covenant saying, “now, therefore, if you will obey My voice indeed and keep My covenant, then you shall be a peculiar people unto Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine ” (Ex. 19:5). Like the proclamation in the garden this was not an invite or a means of securing the love of God; it was a declaration of the truth concerning the nature of man that by his actions none should be justified in His sight. This was the covenant of death whereby God revealed the impotent arrogance of the rebellious man.
He also made a covenant with true Israel that was not like the one He made with the nation in the desert. This covenant proclaims the power of the Lord God Omnipotent who performed all that was demanded in the covenant; “but this the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, said Yehovah, I will put My law in their inward parts and write it upon their hearts and (I) will be their God and they shall be My people ” (Jer. 31:33).
In the first God showed the pattern which manifested the condemnation of man but His ‘ pledge ’ to the chosen seed of the house of Israel is that He has performed all our works in us and has made us willing in the day of His power. He has removed the heart of stone wherein man is stubborn and ignorant and his given an heart of flesh. Here He has written (engraved) His law and thus the children “delight after the Law of God after the inward man ” (Rms. 7:23). He has also put His Spirit within who caused His people to walk according to His statutes and keep His precepts. The natural man is incapable of knowing these things while the inner man is strengthened by the Spirit to keep His commandments and walk in the light of the Lord.
Is God a liar ? Or is there anything which He has promised that has not come to pass ? He demands the proof of the sons of Adam to “Shew the things that are to come that We may know that you are gods: truly, do good or do evil that We may be dismayed and behold it together ” (Is. 41:23). He set the standards of perfect holiness and man cannot attain unto it. He demands complete obedience which the flesh is incapable of performing; therefore His people are His workmanship created in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah unto good works, which He has ordained to come to pass.
“If we do not believe yet He remains faithful: He cannot deny Himself ” (II Tim. 2:13).
The children of the Kingdom of God are confronted with doubt and insecurity each moment of their lives. They are shown the uncleanness of their ways and they see the hypocrisy of Adam in their thoughts and deeds. They are taught of the Spirit that their heart is desperately wicked and cannot be understood as they endure the temptations of the flesh and the contradictions of sin against themselves. This as they have been made partakers of flesh and blood so are they being made to conform to the image of the Son; “And as we have born the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly ” (I Cor. 15:49).
God cannot cast away or reject His seed. “But Zion has said, Yehovah has forsaken me and My Lord has forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, that may forget yet I will not forget you ” (Is. 49:14).
God cannot deny Himself; “and for their sakes I sanctified Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth; neither do I pray for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; that they all may be one as You Father in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You have sent Me ” (John 17:19f).
Has God rejected His people whom He knew before ? This does not exist !
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers nothing present nor things to come, nor height, nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord ” (Rms. 8:38)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
February 12, 2017