“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present you bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, your reasonable service and be not conformed to the this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The subject of a sacrifice is a very personal and costly institution to the children of Israel. They were required to give up the first born male of the flock without the benefits of the breeding that might come from him. Since he was without blemish, his offspring would have a good potential to be likewise and therefore be preferred above all others. When Jacob suggested to Laban that he take the spotted and speckled animals, Laban was a more than happy to part with these unwanted imperfections. But God blessed Jacob’s endeavors and produced many offspring’s for these ‘rejects’. Also the Egyptians gave them of their livestock when they left the land of Goshen so where did they get all these firstborn males without spot and blemish? “The Lord shall provide Himself a sacrifice”.
This sacrifice must be from your flock and not another’s. This is why Samuel rebuked Saul when he thought that taking the spoil for sacrifices was acceptable. But Jehovah demands obedience not blood so the lamb, goat, oxen, ram turtle dove or any other. The offering must be of your flock. Christ the Passover Lamb became a partaker of flesh and blood exactly like His brethren did and was therefore of the flock. He was a prophet of His brethren, as Moses said, “like unto me”. He was of the house of David, He was flesh and blood and He was tempted in ALL points like as unto His children are, yet without sin.
This sacrifice is not to be after the types and shadows of the week and beggarly elements. The law was not the exact image of the heavenly but was a pattern of heavenly things to come. Christ is the living sacrifice in that, since He died once as the offering for sin, He dies no more. He finished the work vicariously and all His children, His brethren, His Bride and His church are the living generation of the firstborn. Therefore they are God’s because, ‘all that opens the matrix (first) is mine’, saith the Lord. This is why the angel rebukes those who are sent to hurt the land and the sea and the earth until the mark of possession was placed on the servants of God in their forehead (Rev. 7:3). This identification seal is the blood. ”Ye are not you own, ye have been bought with a price” and that blood is the mark of His ownership upon those whom He purchased with His precious blood. He bought them, He finished the work for them and they are made willing in the day of His power to remain with Him and abide in Him.
Therefore this sacrifice is not after the fashion of the world (Be not conformed to this world) but according to the fulfillment of a completed work. Adam demonstrated the fashion of this world when he went into the woods, began to harvest the fig leaves and then sewed them together as a covering (an atonement) which he concluded would satisfy God’s Holiness. His temporal, finite linear logic concluded that the justice of God, of which he knew nothing, could be appeased by the works of his hands, apart from the power and grace of God. And anyone who strives to present themselves as a sacrifice, prepared for the assignment by the strength of the arm of the flesh, power of their will and the understanding of things that are seen is following father Adam in the fashion of this world. This is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life.
One who has been transformed (metamorphosis just like Christ on the mount before Peter, James and John) by the renovation (complete make over by being quickened from trespasses and sin) of their mind understands with all wisdom and spiritual understanding the good, and acceptable and perfect will of God because they have the mind of Christ in them. They are not judged after meat and drinks, Shabbots and holy days because they are those whom God knew before the foundation of the world. Not that He knew what they would do and He acted accordingly, as the world would preach, but before they were born and before they had done any good or any evil, that the purpose of God might stand according to election, He fixed His unfailing love (mercy) upon them and determined before that they would be conformed (bare the same form as) to the image (icon) of His Son. Not that their skin of the body of this death would glow and be as white as snow and not that they would glisten as the sun, but that they would be changed from the likeness of the image of corruptible man and be made like the Son of God. Just as man had changed (exchanged for another) the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of man and beasts and four legged animals (Roms 1:23) so the image of the earthly shall be changed from the likeness of the image of corruptible man into the glory of God when the tabernacle of this dwelling is dissolved and this earthen vessel returns unto the dust from whence it came. Then shall the sons of God appear in their spiritual body as the risen Lord did, incorruptible, undefiled that will never fade away. ”Brethren now are we the Sons of God but it doth not yet appear what we shall be. But we know that when He appears we shall be like Him” (I John 3:2)
Those who do not have this seal to be identified by are not the Fathers. He never gave them to His Son and He never raised them up with Him in His resurrection. Those whose names are not written in the Lambs scroll of life are the image of the beast and have his mark (identification) upon them. They worship the beast and the dragon that gave power unto him because they are of their father the devil. Their fathers works shall they do and they shall be cast into the lake of fire with him for all eternity. They have not been known from before of God as His Beloved. They have not been chosen in Him, they have not been determined afore to be of His image, which is the express image of the unseen God. They have not the everlasting love of the Godhead upon them, they have not the Spirit and they are none of His. Yet they shall bow before Him and confess that He is Lord for all eternity.
“I beseech you therefore brethren, (fellow strangers and sojourners in this foreign land) by the mercy of God (His never failing everlasting and immutable love for His church) that you give up your bodies (for you are not your own ye have been bought with a price) a living sacrifice (being of the house of the firstborn and a servant of a completed work in His house (Ex. 21) who of his own free will in the liberty of Christ remains in the house, ‘O Lord where shall we go for thou hast the words of life’), holy (‘My desire is upon you My Beloved for thou hast neither spot nor blemish’) acceptable unto God (‘being made accepted in the Beloved’) which is your reasonable service (not of constraint or oppression but of the love whereby He first loved us and gave Himself for us). Not after the fashion of the world (which knew not God neither glorified Him as God) but according to the transformed (changed) and renovated mind (which is the mind of Christ in all partakers of the new covenant) and thereby shall ye know what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Do not call the world or the things of the world ’beloved’. Anyone who calls the world ‘beloved’ has not the everlasting love of the Father in him (I John 2:15).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 5, 2010