“Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor heights nor depths nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The list that Paul gives is filled with many discussions about our existence here on this earth. The cycle of life, the influences and possibilities (as we see them) with all the fears and doubts that accompany them can all be combined into the last phrase of the list, “or any other creature”. It is good to note that the list of death, life, angels, principalities and powers as well as those things which have not yet come to pass in the course of time are included in the realm of creation for Paul writes “any OTHER creature”. Which means that there is nothing that has been created that can come between the child of grace, who is in Christ Jesus and the love of the Father. It does not speak to one who has recently gotten into Jesus and became a member of His household. It says nothing about the convert who has decided to surrender all unto Him and take Him as his Lord and Savior and there is no mention of all those who will believe in the time to come but rather it speaks of those who occupy the position of being IN the Anointed Son of God. Now if someone could present from their ‘Trinitarian’ ideology how that there is a difference between the Father and the Son and the Spirit then we may conclude that the nature of the Son of God might not be as eternal as the Father. We may then surmise that the one who is in Messiah was not in Him from all eternity. BUT since there is no difference in the Godhead, since they conduct in unisonous, proceeding from a singularity of purpose and uninfluenced will without any interference or coercion, yea, because Jehovah the Lord our God is One, the eternal nature of the Son is exact to that of the Father and the Spirit. Therefore whosoever is in Messiah was and is in the Father and the Spirit and has been there for all eternity. This is how the Father’s love is spoken of as being an eternal love for it was affixed upon His people, before the foundations of the building of creation was even laid. Before time had been set in motion and before the creation was started, that Holy and incorruptible seed, called children, were in Christ Jesus their Lord.
Therefore nothing that has been created could possibly come between this eternal love. And not only the first creation, wherein the dry land was separated from the waters and Adam was formed from the dust of the earth, but also that created being who was ‘“perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created till iniquity was found in thee”. Even that crooked piercing serpent, called Leviathan, was created by the hand of God for His purpose and was called good yet in all his wisdom (which is greater than Daniel), with all his riches (which were obtained by the understanding that God created him with) and the traffic of those riches, this ‘prince of the rock (Tyrus) who is also known as the ‘prince of the power of the air’ and the ‘god of this world’ cannot undo, erase or alter the eternal will of God. Yea rather, he fulfills the will of God. He was created crooked according to the good pleasure of God’s will, he answers to the beckoning call and serves the children of the King as he ‘sifts them as wheat’ or persists as a ‘thorn in the flesh’ and he is led about with a barbed hook in his nose in covenant with God as His servant forever (Job 41). This is how and why he was created by God, through Go and for God and he can do nothing that would interfere with the eternal love of the Father for His children.
Messiah is Alpha and Omega. All time is contained in Him and functions at His command, so, in that beginning ( or better in Himself), when He created the heavens and the earth, He had already loved His people, predestined them to be conform to His risen, glorified image, created them unto good works, set hem apart and preserved them in the Spirit and chosen His people to be Holy and without blame before Him in love by the adoption, whereby they should be changed to be made like unto the Son, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made them accepted in the beloved. These ‘new buildings’ (II Cor. 5:17) are not according to the first building of flesh and blood but are eternal in the heavens and have not been made by hands. They are incorruptible and undefiled and they cannot fade away. Therefore the man who is IN CHRIST JESUS is a new building, fitly framed together, growing up to an holy habitation of our God. This is what John saw in the Revelation of Jesus Christ as Emmanuel is personified for “Behold the tabernacle of God is with men”. Just any man? No, it can not be. It must be for those who are in Christ Jesus who have been born from above in that earthen vessel afore prepared unto glory, washed by the blood of the Lamb, cleansed from all unrighteousness and wherein dwells the fullness of the Godhead; “What know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit”. So if the Spirit of the Most High dwells within, the Father abides in you and the Son tabernacles within, can anything of this creation, present or to come, separate you from that love which calls you sons of God? “Beloved, behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God” (I John 3:1).
But Paul does not leave it there for he says that in all these things we are MORE than conquerors through Him that loved us. Messiah has gone forth on that white horse with the power of God, that two edged sword, proceeding from His mouth (for He is the Word); He has gone forth conquering and to conquer and He is now seated at the right hand of the Father with all His enemies under His footstool. He is not calling for His sheep to don the armor for warfare and march forth to vanquish the foe, for the accuser of the brethren is cast forth. He is not soliciting the arm of the flesh to surrender all unto Him, suppress the enemy and champion the cause for He has overcome. His army went forth with Him and Jehovah fought for His people and upon His vesture and upon His thigh is the name written, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. he does not need the help of anyone for He is all mighty. He asks no ones advice for He is Omniscience and He is not surprised as event unfurl for He in His Sovereign Immutable will has already called those things completed which have not yet come to pass. He is God and there is no other. He cannot deny Himself and therefore even He could not separate Himself from His seed, His people, His chosen generation, that royal priesthood, His bride. As he has overcome so She overcomes this world, even by the faith of Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.
May the Spirit grant a moment of rest from the confusion of this world in contemplation of Truth.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 21, 2011