“And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
The religious world is repulsed at the idea of being saved by hope because of the inability of Adam to comprehend spiritual matters. The natural man requires assurance that can be investigated, scrutinized and understood in relation to temporal things. In his mind, to hope is a ‘feeling that what is wanted will happen’ and a ‘desire accompanied by expectation’. This then establishes the subject matter of hope, firmly in the wants and desires of the flesh because the natural man is drawn away after the wants and desires of the flesh. Thus much speculation and many conjectures have been hypothesized about heaven, faith and salvation all with the basis in the intellect, passion and expectations of Adam.
Now faith is the evidence of things hoped for and the substance of things unseen. That which can be seen is temporal and appeals to the eyes of natural man. It is of the earth, sensual and finite and therefore cannot be of faith.
Faith is a gift of God that He has not given to all men. Even though man is prone to state what it is he believes in, true faith is the fruit of the indwelling Spirit of God which abides in only His elect according to grace. The production of this fruit is a result of the birth which is from above and this birth is without the influence, participation or will of the natural man. Those who are born of the incorruptible seed are born of the Spirit of God. They are not of this world, not formed from the dust of the ground and not dependent upon the earth for sustenance and security. These have an earnest delight and passionate desire for the things that are from above and they find the earthen vessels that they dwell in, during the time of their habitation, to be antagonistic to them. They find, as the Spirit reveals unto them, that they are subject to a weakness and vanity that is not customary to the land of their ancestry and therefore they groan within themselves, waiting for deliverance. They desire to return home to the house of their Father because the land has no water to quench their thirst, the food is nonsustaining to their souls and the customs and traditions of the people of the land are foreign to them. They are strangers and sojourners in a foreign land and they hope, anticipate with great expectation, their departure from the shores of this present evil generation.
This is not a reward of meritorious conduct on their part or a payment of wages earned that they should return to the house of their Father, it is the right of heritage. This is the inheritance that is unto them because they are the sons of God and of the house of the first born. As the champion and chief head of the house, the eldest Son has gone forth and by the power of His outstretched hand, delivered His people from the house of the one who is stronger then they. He being full of faith above all the house and the one who built the house, vanquished the foes, paid the debt accrued in Adam and became the author and finisher of the faith of His house. He completed the work in complete righteousness and was raised from the dead for the justification of His children. Because of His work, there is no more curse of Adam, no more separation from God due to trespasses and sin and perfect peace with God.
This elder brother is Jesus Christ the Master of all and through Him and His testimony of an absolutely all inclusive finished work, His children have access to the grace wherein they stand. They do not stand by works of righteousness that they may do in the flesh, conjured up by the imaginations and intents of the heart of man and they do not stand by the hopes and desires of Adam. They live, move and breathe in Him who loved them and gave Himself for them. They remember the songs of Zion, their Father’s city set upon that great and high mountain of God and they long for their return after the time of this habitation is over. They remember the glory of God that was before the world began because they are one with Him and they rejoice in that glory in full anticipation of eternal habitation there.
“I have glorified thee on the earth. I have finished the work which thou gavest to me to do” (John 17:4).
The glory of God is in all of His creation and all that comes to pass if for His glory and honour. Day and night, season after season, declares the glory of the Lord and sings for praise unto the Father and this is evident to all men, yet all men have not faith. The expectation of the child of the King is not produced or maintained by the evidence of the creation of God for these things may be seen and that which is seen is temporal. The evidence of the glory of God in the house of the redeemed is the testimony of the Spirit within from faith to faith, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things. The Spirit of the Most High God speaks peace and comfort to His little children, in that perfect tongue that man cannot hear causing them who have ears to hear, to hear what the Spirit has to say and to rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
This also causes His people to glory in tribulation. This is quite contrary to the natural man and completely illogical to his diminutive mind. The Spirit communicates with His people reminding them (not as though they could ever forget because the Spirit of God cannot forget anything) that they are dwelling in booths as strangers. This world or this earthen vessel is not their home, the carnal man is enmity with God and the people and customs of the land are worthless. “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, all is vanity” (Ecc. 12:8). He reminds them that the world does not know the Father and hated the Son. He demonstrates daily how that the logic of man is flawed and the lusts of the flesh lead unto sin and death (Jms 1:15). According to the eternal purpose and by the loving hand of the decree of the Father, according to His perfect will, He chastens His children by bringing upon them, in the flesh, trial and tribulations. These are grievous to the flesh and confusing to the mind but they, with labour, manifest patience for which it is a good thing that a man both hope and quietly wait for deliverance from God (Lam. 3:25f).
This tribulation is not against flesh and blood. It is not warfare against dignitaries, earthly governments or social problems. It is warfare of the inner spiritual man against the vanity of the bondage of the corruption of the flesh, that outward man that perishes daily. It is the wrestling against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places and every thought that exalts itself against the throne of God. The testimony of this warfare is the manifestation of the sin in the flesh for when there is a desire to do good, evil is present. And when that which is wicked is performed it is not the child of grace that does the deed but the sin that dwells in the body of this death. Thus the tribulation is, by the love of God, for the good of His people as He reveals the true nature of the flesh during their travels through this weary land.
“And patience, experience and experience hope”
There is no better teacher than experience. The new covenant of God states that man shall no more teach his neighbour saying “Know (perceive, recognize, learn of be acquainted with) the Lord” for they shall all know Me (Jer. 31:34). He said that He would put His Spirit in His people and He would teach them His marvelous ways and cause them to walk according to His statutes and commandments (Ez. 36:27). This experience and the deliverance that accompanies it are common to all of His people in their appointed time. It is the revelation of God in His people, whom He has separated from their mother Jerusalem’s womb and made them partakers of flesh and blood. His hand is upon them from the beginning and there can never be a time when He has not been with them. Even before it pleases Him to reveal Himself to them, they are under the consternation of the conviction of the Spirit within, who has been poured out upon them. This is the common faith and hope that they rejoice in and are not ashamed of and it is because the love of God is poured out, bubbling up and distributed abundantly in their hearts. Not the heart of stone wherein the ministration of death and condemnation dwells, but in the heart of flesh (Ez. 36:26).
“And it shall come to pass afterward, I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh…” (Joel 2:28).
In the last days, God took on Himself the form of a servant to prepare the way of the Lord. He then came and manifested the redemption of His people in His death and burial and was manifestly declared to be the Son of God when He rose from the grave on the third day. The promise of God had come to pass as He had promised to Abraham, He had performed all things according to the intent of His heart and the mystery of the gospel was ready to be revealed. On the day of the feast of Pentecost, the Spirit of God was indeed manifestly declared to be ‘poured out’ upon every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue as God showed forth His salvation and all flesh saw it together.
At the same time He poured out the cup of the fury of His wrath against all unrighteousness of man. He had concluded all under sin and dead in the trespass of His law. Because of His eternal love for His Beloved, He became the sin of His people and endured the cup of His wrath against Himself. Because of that same love He cannot exonerate the wicked and must judge them and thus the cup of His wrath was poured out by His Spirit against all ungodliness.
This Spirit of God was not in addition to the Spirit by which His children are born from above. He is the same yesterday, today and forever and although at times He is manifested in signs and wonders in the heavens for the edification of His people (Joel 2:29). He can never be different in any way for He is the immutable God. He is the Spirit of life and power, righteousness and justice. He convicts the soul for sin and declares the generation of Jesus Christ. He was poured out in spacious abundance upon His people as His love for His beloved is capriciously distributed in the hearts of the redeemed.
This eternal love of the Father for His children and the Bridegroom for His Bride is manifested to each child individually. When it pleases the Father to reveal Himself in His children as they walk the path of life assigned to them, He makes known both the severity of His perfect law and the just condemnation that is due all who do not live by the same. “For I was alive without the law once, but when the commandments came, sin revived and I died” (Rms. 7:9). He then reveals the testimony of the completed work of His Servant and the evidence of the Spirit within demonstrates faith. Herein the just live by the faith of the One who loved them and gave Himself for them. They love Him because He first loved them (I John 4:19) and they stand, established, firm and sure in the grace of God. Thus they rejoice in the hope of the glory of God and long for their return to their Father’s house.
“This is the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Yehovah” (Ez. 1:28).
The prophet saw the many splendid aspects of the appearance of the Glory of Yehovah in type and one of those aspects was the wheel inside of the wheel, full of eyes, ever turning and always going straight forward. The wheel had no beginning and no ending, was consistent in all His works and saw, knew and did all things according to the good pleasure of His will. The glory of Yehovah imputed faith to Abraham for righteousness and Abraham believed God. He fulfilled all He had promised and when He came in the form of His Elect Servant, He completed the work in righteousness. He then raised Him up in manifestation of His approval and declaration that Jesus is the Son of God with whom He is well pleased. Because of His faith the sin of His people in Adam is forgiven and they stand justified before God having neither spot nor blemish. They are at peace with God who demonstrates His love in the tribulation that they hope not on the things that are seen for these are temporal. He intensifies the warfare as He reveals Himself more and more unto them as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will. This experience teaches them that no flesh shall ever glory in His sight and they are not ashamed for He has done all things because His desires is upon His Beloved (Song 7:10).
He reveals the sin unto His people that they might loath their wicked ways and abhor the sin that dwells in the body of death. He sounds forth the trumpet of His Word and speaks to the heart of flesh. Herein do the dead hear His voice and live. Then the light of the dawn breaks forth and their health springs forth speedily as the glory of Yehovah is their gathering together. They then call upon Him and He answers His children saying; “Here am I”. He guides them CONTINUALLY and satisfies their soul in the drought and makes their bones fat in the famine. Herein are they like a well watered garden and like a spring of water, whose waters never end (Is. 58:8-11).
This is His Beloved for His Bride is an enclosed garden wherein dwells the fragrant spices, the apple tree, and all manner of trees yielding their fruit in season. She is the place of His rest among the lilies (Song 6:2) and there is nothing that can make Him or His Bride afraid. This wheel begins in the eternity of God, which is the beginning and ends in the Omega as the testimony of a finished work of God. He is Alpha, He is Omega, He is the wheel in the middle of the wheel and He has done all for the love of His people.
Therefore, Beloved of the Lord, consider how it is that all things work together for good to them that love Him, to the called, according to His purpose. He that has begun a good work in His people is able to perform all that He has promised until the day of Jesus Christ when He shall be glorified in each His saints. They are members in particular, each have been assigned a time of their habitations and the limitations thereof, but when He shall appear, they shall not regale to Him what they have done and return their merit unto Him. NO! He shall make known unto them the good works that they were created in Him unto and that they unknowingly performed in the love of the brethren (Matt. 25:40). This love is not encouraged by the flesh of admonished by the words of man for these good works, in Christ Jesus, are not of this world. They are the peaceable fruits of righteousness that are the result of there being the common ancestry of the incorruptible seed, the common experience of deliverance from sin and the faith once delivered unto the saints.
Let the philosophy of Adam speak of love for all mankind and call to mind that all men have not faith and all men are liars. The enemies of Ezra claimed to serve the living God and were desirous to build together with the children of Israel. But Zerub-babel and Jeshua told them; “Ye have nothing to do with us to build the house unto our God, but we OURSELVES together will build unto Yehovah God of Israel” (Ez. 4:3). The enemies of Nehemiah sought a conference in the villages of the plain of Ono, but they sought to do mischief unto the servants of God. He was given to tell the enemies of Israel; “The God of heaven, He will prosper us. Therefore we His servants will arise and build but ye have no portion, no right nor memorial in Jerusalem” (Neh. 2:20). The house of light is hated of all men for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ. The love of the brethren is particular and peculiar to those of like precious faith and is given to His people by His Holy Ghost.
“But as touching brotherly love, ye need not that I write unto you for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another” (I Thes. 4:9).
“We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith growth exceedingly and the charity of every one of you all toward each other abounds;” (II Thes. 1:3).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
November 3, 2013