V.C.4 Faithfulness; the Divine Identity


SUBPART C – Unleavened Bread/ Witness of the Word Corollary

Article 4 – Faithfulness; The Divine Identity   

By Daniel Irving

a.  Jesus Christ; the Performance of God’s Will

b.  The Very Identity of Christ is in the Redemption of God’s Elect

c.  True Abiding in the One God through Him bearing the Name of His Father

d. The Church as Abiding in the Name of Jesus Christ

e.  The Keeping of the Flock within the Divine Identity

f.  God’s Faithfulness, Christ’s Faithfulness, Our Faithfulness


a.  Jesus Christ; the Performance of God’s Will

The opening chapter of the Gospel of John tells us that Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God. Bronze Gilding 02

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.                                                                                      John 1:1

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.         John 1:14

He was the Eternal Word before there was even a creation.  For we read:

The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.              John 1:2-3

Therefore what changed by virtue of the Eternal Word being “made flesh?”  Further, what is contemplated by virtue of the Eternal Word “dwelling among us” and bearing God’s witness of Himself? But further still, what is contemplated by the Eternal Word being “made flesh,” and then submitting to His Father’s will that his flesh be nailed upon the cross as the answer for the question of man?  These questions show there is more to the Gospel than the explanation of the Eternal Word expressed in the first Chapter of John.  For the Eternal Word did act in the performance of God’s eternal will.

In taking flesh we might consider that Christ is also the reflexive of God’s Eternal Word.  He is the Performance of God’s Word.  In His deity as the Son of God, He is the eternal Word.  He assumed flesh, and became the Doer of God’s Will.

“And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”                              John 8:29

In fact His very doing of His Father’s will was part of the same principle of the Father always being “with” Him.  For the works performed by Christ were the very works of the Father within Him!  But the doing of the Father’s Will involved a sacrificeUnleavened 4Through this sacrifice of Him Who held the very life of God within His nature, the answer for transgression was provided, and the Life of God was made bread for the giving.  Through the means of His death was sin atoned for, and the life of God made accessible to men through the Father’s raising Him from the dead.  This is the true spiritual knowledge that is the knowledge of God.

Again, what changed by virtue of the Eternal Word being “made flesh” and performing God’s will upon the earth?  What changed is that God had expressed Himself in power.  God revealed Himself via the agency of Christ.   There is a great mystery here!  A great mystery made possible by His resurrection from the dead.  One that is discovered at the moment Christ is revealed in power to our soul.  God not only has expressed Himself through the Person of Christ, He has performed in all things through the Person of Christ.  Christ is the performance of God!  What is there left for us to do?  Is there some performance left over, having yet to be performed by humanity?

“It is done.   I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”   I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.                                                                                       Rev 21:6

God’s Holy Spirit now testifies of Jesus Christ.  God has manifested Himself in flesh.  Almanor 01What is left over for flesh to perform that has not been performed?  “It is done!”  This is the Spirit of faith!  This is the Spirit from which men may drink.  Thus the spring of water for the thirsty is not for them that work.  He is for them that have no place else left to hope, but upon the sufficiency of Jesus Christ and the blood shed by Him on their account.  Upon the revelation of this truth, so have we overcome.  We have performed the work of God and attained unto all things by so simple principle as believing in the work performed by the One.

“This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.                                                                                     John 6:29

Thus it is faith in the One that went before, and Who overcame in our stead to work the work of God.  In this Spirit do the Spirit-led walk!  And to the extent we are broken on this rock is to the extent we have married into the Eternal One so as to walk as the workmanship of God:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,  which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.                 Eph. 2:10

Not only is Christ the eternal Word of God, and the Performance of God’s will, He is the performer of God’s will in us.   Therefore Christ declares:

“I am Alpha & the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter the gates into the city.”                Rev. 22:13-14

We are made clean by the knowledge of the sufficiency of God’s only begotten Son.  God has a Son through Whom He has expressed His love, and through Whom He has performed all things necessary unto our relief from condemnation and deliverance from Death.  His glory lies in this knowledge, and through this knowledge men may give glory unto God.  But this knowledge comes at a price.  The price is this world, which must pass away.  The Holy Spirit must therefore disabuse us of earthly desires and carnal hopes.  This is not a painless process.[1]

b.  The Very Identity of Christ is in the Redemption of God’s Elect

When we read the Lord’s words “I always do the things that are pleasing to Him,” we might be apt to view His earthly walk as constituting that of the perfect man, ie. the ideal Jew; someone whose righteousness commended Him before God.  But there is no such person.  There is no perfect Jew as unto himself.  This is proven by two verses.  As for humanity generally, we know that:

. . .  all have sinned and come short of the glory of God;       Rom 3:23

If a saint of God should come upon a fully matured and perfected state, he has not come thereto through himself/herself or for his/her own purposes.  There is a higher ideal involved in our sanctification. Our sanctification is the work of Christ performed for the purposes of God.  Perfection is vicariously worked by the Spirit of Jesus Christ as faith responds.

Neither was Jesus a “perfect Jew” as unto Himself.  Although He entered the world sanctified,[2] His perfection occurred in His death as atonement made for sin.  The very purpose of His incarnation was to die[3] and be raised again that His Spirit may work in the earth for purposes of redemption.[4] The power of His resurrection and the gift of His Spirit constitute the Church’s power and strength in overcoming Sin and Death.[5]  The life, the death, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is that testimony of God brought by the Holy Ghost for the purposes of the sanctification and perfection of the Church.  Jesus indicated that His perfection was not complete until the purposes of His incarnation were fulfilled through obedience.[6]  Therefore Jesus Christ’s very identity was one and the same with the eternal purposes of the Father.   The Lord said: Sacred Ht 01

Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life that I might take it again.                  John 10:17

The Lord stood perfect before His Father as the Faithful One Who would consent to be perfected of His Father and not as an entity unto Himself.  This, is God’s glory.

Therefore we perceive an eternal bond between the Father, the Son, and the sheep!  For consider the Lord words:

I am the good shepherd, & know my sheep, & am known of mine.   As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father:                  John 10:14-15

The Lord identifies with His sheep in the same way He identifies with the Father.  He can no more abandon His sheep than He can abandon His relationship with the Father!  Therefore the love of the Father for the sheep is exemplified in Christ’s bond both to His Father and to His sheep.

c.  The True Abiding in the One God through Him bearing the Name of His Father

Micah prophesies:

And He shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.  And they shall abide, for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.                                                                                      Mic. 5:4

This prophecy concerns the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Hebrew word translated “name”[7] is the same as the name of the son of Noah (ie. “Shem”).  The word literally means “name” and is even the universal-word translated “name” in the KJV.[8]

Who is this Person that shall shepherd His flock “in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God?”  Recall that Jesus referred to His Father also as “His God”:

“Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren, and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father & your Father, & My God & your God.’”                                                                                     John 20:17

Upon His resurrection, Jesus referred to the Father as His God, and as our God as well.   While the Lord bears the distinction of being the “only begotten Son of God,” we are made “sons of God through identification within Himself, the “only begotten Son of God.”

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;  But ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  Rom 8:15

Our adoption as children of God is attested to our hearts by the Holy Spirit and derives vicariously through our identification as abiding within Him.  Through Christ’s identity with the Father, so are we identified.
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For this reason, I bow my knees before  the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its namethat He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man. so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; & that you, being rooted & grounded in love, may be able to comprehend  with all the saints what is the breadth, & length, & height, & depth, & to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  Eph. 3:14-19

Christ is sealed of God, as the Father has placed within Him His very identity.  The Son is He through Whom the Father has walked in His life, His death, and in Who raised Him up again from the dead.  This is the knowledge of God that Christ has obtained for us, of which He spoke when He said:

“Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you; for him hath God the Father sealed.                        John 6:27

Christ’s very identity is in the Father.  The Father sealed His very identity within Christ to the extent the two are One.  Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.”   Having this perfection of bond, the faithfulness of One is the faithfulness of the Other.  Having been sealed before His appearance in the world, His faithfulness to God’s purposes has ever been an eternal truth. In this perfect bond, He came into the world for the purpose of going to the cross.

Now is My soul troubled; & what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour?   But for this cause came I unto this hour.             John 12:27

And because Jesus fulfilled the hour of His passion, there are those from among men that shall have God’s identity sealed within themselves.  This is the seal of the Spirit.[9] Through the seal of the Spirit we are placed “in Him.”  And in Him we abide through faith’s allowance of the operation of God.  Thus the key to our sanctification lies within this term “in Him!”  The apostolic witness affirmatively attests to this:

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, & he in God.                                                                                      I John 4:15

Thus the apostolic message was to call men into Christ, as the place of Divine favor:

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you . . . . was not yea and nay, but in Him was yea.  For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  For He hat made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.     II Cor. 1:19-21

And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:   Col 2:10

Therefore what is signified in Micah’s prophecy that Christ will shepherd His flock “in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God”?

When the Jews challenged Jesus as to the veracity of His witness, they accused Him of pushing Himself forward by acting as His own witness:

The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You are bearing witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.”                              John 8:13

And so, Jesus pointed to three witnesses corroborating His truth.  He pointed to John’s Spirit-empowered testimony, referring to it as the “witness of man” concerning the truth.[10]  He pointed to the works He (Himself) was doing in the name of His Father,[11] and He pointed to the Father Himself as bearing witness.[12]  Thus, Jesus points to a three-fold witness, the Holy Ghost bearing record through John,[13] the Word bearing witness through His true Testimony,[14] and the Father bearing witness through displays of kingdom power.[15]

Jesus made it clear to the Jews that He did not come in His own name.  Rather, He came in the name of His Father:

“I have come in My Father’s name, & you do not receive Me.”                                                                                    John 5:43

As an analogy, suppose you are the leader of a country who wishes to have communication with another country a long distance away.  Nebuchadnezzar & Daniel
To do this, you will need to send a delegation of ambassadors that will communicate to the people and leaders of that land.  Once these ambassadors arrive in the far off land, what would you expect of them if they are to remain true to their commission?  Might you expect them to accurately describe who you are, and to accurately communicate your purposes in making contact with them?  What you want, is a true representation of yourself.  This is why Jesus came in His “Father’s name.”   He did not come to bear witness of the carpenter from Nazareth.  If that were his purpose we would know more about his early life from Gospel accounts.  But we do not.  We know very little about the man until the Holy Spirit descends upon Him and He receives the divine-attestation of His Father from heaven.  Jesus did not bear witness of Himself, rather He bore witness of His Father.  As to Himself, He said:

If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.  John 5:31

And (yet) in another place (using the same Greek-words and syntax) He says:

I am one that bear witness of Myself and the Father that sent Me beareth witness of Me.                       John 8:18

Why is this not inconsistent?  The answer would seem to lie in looking to the examples of when He bore witnesss to Himself, eg.:

 “ I am the bread of life: He that comes to Me shall never hunger; & he that believes on Me shall never thirst.”           John 6:35

In referring to Himself as the “bread of life,” was Christ bearing witness of Himself or His Father,?   Recall Who He said was the giver of this bread:Unleavened 1

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven;  but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.                                                                                   John 6:32

God’s sustenance for life is Himself.  When He administers Himself, He imparts His own breath, and being, and nature.  This is His eternal Word.   And it is only serviceable to men through Christ.   Why is the Father’s “sustenance” only serviceable to men through Christ?  The answer is because the Father is not bread.  The Father is a consuming fire that no man can approach or see, save He that dwells within the Father.  This is why it is said of Christ:

Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; Whom no man has seen, nor can see: to Whom be honor & power everlasting. Amen.                       I Tim. 6:16

But Christ is the substance of God made bread by bruising and sacrifice of His body for men:

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my fleshwhich I will give for the life of the world.       John 6:51

Therefore if we would have anything from God that can be called “life”, or “light”, or “sustenance” it must come via Him that came down from heaven.   As for us, we can never “perceive God” outside of Christ.  The Lord said:

& the Father Himself, which has sent Me, has borne witness of Me.   You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape.       John 5:37

Not that any man has seen the Father, save He which is of God, He has the Father.                                                                                      John 6:46

This is why it is vital to receive the revelation of Christ as the only way to perceive, and therefore the only means to receive God, our Maker . . . Our Creator.  In Him is the life of our Creator that is eternal.  In Him is the “Light” to know our Creator which is “life”.  Jesus also testified of Himself, saying:

I am the light of the world; He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.                                   John 8:12

Therefore let us ask the question again; In bearing testimony that He Himself is the “bread of life,”[16] or the “light of the world,”[17] was the Lord bearing witness of Himself or His Father?  The answer is that He bore testimony of His Father.  But since His identity was perfect within the Father, and the Father’s identity defined His own, there was no separating that witness.  Recall that Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” [18]

d. The Church as Abiding in the Name of Jesus Christ

Micah’s prophecy declares of the Lord’s flock which He shall shepherd, that these, “shall abide.”

The Hebrew word translated “abide”[19] in the KJV is most commonly translated “to dwell.”  A few  examples of its usage are:

Gen 4:16    Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod,

Gen 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, & Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain

Num 14:25        Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.

Therefore this is also the word for “inhabit” or “inhabitant”:

Is 5:3    And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, & men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me & my vineyard.

Is 24:5  The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have  transgressed the laws,

Secondarily, it is translated to “sit”, e.g.[20]

Gen 18:1  And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

Gen 19:1  and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom:

However, most notably, it is used by David to describe His dwelling within God’s house.  Samples of its usage are as follows:

Psa 9:11          Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion:

Ps 23:6      Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Ps 27:4    One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,

Ps 91:1    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty

Ps 101:6   Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me.

Who are these of Micah’s prophecy that shall “dwell” or “abide?”  This is the “flock” that shall be fed by the Spirit of Christ.  They shall abide in Him.[21] What does it mean to abide in the Spirit of Christ?  Consider Psalm 15:Clocktower 7

Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle?  Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?                                                                                      Ps. 15:1

David poses a question to the Lord, ie. “Who shall abide?”  Certainly, this indicates that abiding in Christ is not for anyone who might merely wish to abide.  Rather there are attributes that qualify the soul for abiding in Christ.  Who might this be?

He that walks uprightly, & works righteousness, & speaks the truth in his heart.  He that backbites not with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor,  nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor.       Ps. 15:2-3

The first requirement for abiding in Christ is that we “work righteousness”.[22]   A second attribute for abiding in Christ is that we “speak the truth in our heart”.[23]  However, not all supposed “truth” is worthy of being spoken.  Therefore the third requirement for abiding in Christ is that we not be given to taking “up a reproach against [our] neighbor”.

Essentially, it sounds as if one must be a good person in order to abide in the tabernacle of the Lord!  And yet, we might recall Paul’s words, “There is none righteous.  No, not one.”[24]  And the Lord’s words, “There is none good but One; God.”[25]  Therefore it would seem that the “righteousness” that is required to dwell with God is a righteousness that is quite beyond our means of attaining!  Thus we have a dilemma.  We cannot attain unto the righteousness of God, but by dwelling in His tabernacle!  Neither can we dwell within His tabernacle without possessing the righteousness of God.  What shall we do?  We have the Gospel:

And he took bread, & gave thanks, & brake it, & gave unto them, saying,  “This is My body which is given for you: This do in remembrance of me.                                                                                   Luke 22:19

“If you abide in Me, & My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish & it shall be done for you.”                      John 15:7

We merely abide “in Him”, as the One qualified to abide in the Father.

The Lord describes a unity of purpose with His mind that is achieved by virtue of abiding in His  truth. He then tells His disciples:

“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.”                                                                                     John 15:9

How do we “abide in” His love?  Recall that He defined what is the greatest of all love:

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends, if you do what I command you.”                      John 15:13-14

His love for us was exemplified in His death on the cross. Cross of Christ This is the atonement that is exemplified in the Feast of Passover.  He is the slain Lamb of God. If we abide here, we abide in His love.  We abide in Him, and His Spirit is able to bear this witness to our hearts and to transform our minds in conformity with His own mind.  We are given a special gift from God to assist us in abiding in this place, as is described by Jude:

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith;

 praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God . . .                   Jude 20-21

e.  The Keeping of the Flock within the Divine Identity

Those in Christ, in God, are bound within a covenant as absolute as God’s faithfulness to Himself.  Prophecy declares to God’s elect concerning those that would raise their hand so as to harm their sealing and sanctification in His Son:

. . . he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.                                                                                       Zech. 2:8

We find a similar statement in the discourse of Moses concerning Israel:

For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.  He found him in a desert land, & in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.  Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings & caught them, He carried them on His pinions.                                       Deut. 32:9-11

The Hebrew word used by Moses is; ee-shone’,[26] which can mean “apple”, “ball”, or “black”.   What is conveyed by Moses in this analogy is the “guarding” of something as you would guard the pupil of your very eye?  What is the most sensitive part of the body, and the most highly treasured part of the body?  It would be difficult to argue that the eye is not that peculiar part that is favored above all others.  While we may allow someone to tap us on the shoulder our touch our nose, we would never allow someone to touch us in the eye!  The eye is both sensitive and vital.  God tells us that He guards His people in just the same way that one guards the very pupil of their eye, a truth confirmed by the Lord:

“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.”                 John 6:39

Jesus declares that of all those the Father has given to Him, He will lose nothing.  For they are guarded by God in such a way that they are kept from the destruction befalling the world.   They are guarded by God because they are the Lord’s own inheritance.  As Moses says, “the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.”  What belongs to the Lord shall not suffer destruction because it is protected by the power of the Father.

“ . . and I give eternal life to them, & they shall never perish& no one shall snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all;  & no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.”                                                                                      John 10:28-30

The Lord tells us that He gives His life for the sheep.  This refers to His death for the sake of the sheep:

Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life  that I might take it again.                                                                                     John 10:17

Therefore we perceive an eternal bond between the Father, the Son, and the sheep!  For consider the Lord words:

I am the good shepherd, & know my sheep, & am known of mine As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father:                John 10:14-15

Therefore the Lord identifies with His sheep in the same way He identifies with the Father.  He can no more abandon His sheep that He can abandon His relationship with the Father.  The love of the Father for the sheep is exemplified in Christ’s bond both to His Father and to His sheep.  The knowledge of the power of this relationship itself has a sanctifying effect upon the sheep whenever they begin to fear.  David prays:

Keep me as the apple of the eye,  hide me under the shadow of thy wings.                                                                                      Ps. 17:8

The sheep are those that obey the Lord’s commandments.  Little wonder then that we find the reciprocal idea expressed in the Proverbs as an exhortation to obedience:

 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.                                                                                      Prov. 7:2

When we begin to comprehend the great love of God that attends upon those that are the Lord’s sheep, we perceive that this is a truly marvelous interaction that mankind has been invited to share.  How tragic then, when men are brought to the realization that they are rejected from this eternal marriage:

 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion,  let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.                                                                                     Lam. 2:18

f.  God’s Faithfulness, Christ’s Faithfulness, Our Faithfulness

The concept of faithfulness warrants much study for the disciple of Christ.   We may easily perceive through the prophets that there is rich reward for being found faithful in God.  To the world, the word “faithful” simply means to be dedicated or trustworthy.  To the disciple of Christ, the word means volumes.  One reason for this is that faithfulness is one of the qualities of God:

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;          Deut. 7:9

Therefore, “faithfulness” is one of the qualities of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind:  and I will build him a sure house;  and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.      I Sam. 2:35

Therefore, this is also a quality that will be realized in those becoming Sons of God through adoption via sanctification by the Spirit.  For they shall grow into the “measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”[27]  These shall be the called, and chosen, and faithful.[28]

Hear what God has to say about the “faithful” among His people:Valley 2

Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me.                       Ps. 101:6

Compare this now to the Lord’s words concerning those that serve Him:

“He who loves his life loses it; & he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.  If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be;   if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”                                                                                       John 12:25-26

The context of this statement is the Lord’s death on the cross.  For he precedes this statement with, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”[29]  The Lord speaks concerning His death on the cross for the glory of the Father.  By going to the cross, the Lord sealed His testimony and received title of . . . . “Faithful!”  For all eternity, He wears the identity of His Father.Sacred Ht 01

Jesus said “if anyone serves Me, let him follow Me”.  Follow Him where?   Where is this place that both Christ and His faithful servant shall be?  The same place to which Jesus was going, and to where the disciples were not equipped to travel with Him.  For when they asked Him where He was going, He told them, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you shall follow later.”[30]  He was going to “the Father.”  However, the way could not be made to the Father until it was first prepared by His blood.  His faithfulness to His Father was necessary before His elect could replicate that faithfulness unto Himself.

There is something characteristic of a faithful witness.  What is that?

A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.                                                                                      Prov. 14:5

They that are faithful to Christ will not tell lies to God’s people, nor to the world!  Those that are unfaithful to Christ are a lie even unto themselves.  Therefore they cannot help but lie to God’s people.[31]  But a faithful witness comes by way of the cross; is faithful to carry his cross, and identifies with Messiah in such a way as to truly benefit from the Life of God.

For as the Father has life in himself;  so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;                                John 5:26

Therefore the life of Messiah is not as the life of the creature.  The life of Messiah is active and eternal.  This is a life that He shares and gives to His own.  They bear a true witness, because they themselves are entering into the truth of which they bear witness to.  Therefore, this principle of faithfulness is key to understanding the witness of God.

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimonyand they did not love their life even to death.                                                                                       Rev. 12:11

The fulfillment of the witness of God is that; “they did not love their life even to death”.  This is faithfulness.  But (again) this cannot occur without first the way being paved with the “blood of the Lamb”.  As the apostle Paul states it:

& whom He predestined, these He also called;

& whom He called, these He also justified;

& whom He justified, these He glorified.

                                                                                    Rom. 8:29-30

Therefore the “called” musts be “justified”.  They are so, by the blood of the Lamb.  Those that are “justified”, shall He glorify. They are so, by faithfulness to the cross.  Their faithfulness to the cross of Christ is reflected in their faithfulness to their own “cross”, and this “cross” is their “glory”.  And who are those that are “with the Lord?”

. . .  those who are with Him are the called & chosen & faithful.                                                                              Rev. 17:14

These are called in righteousness,[32] chosen in sanctification,[33] and declared faithful by laying down their lives in conformity to the will of God.[34]  This all ties around to the basic nature of God, which is one of faithfulness:

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;          Deut 7:9

And because God is faithful, so are His children faithful.  Christ is “faithful” by His nature as the Son of God, and we are made “faithful” by sanctification of the Spirit working through our obedience.

In receiving the witness of Christ, our own eternal identity becomes one with the faithfulness of God.

He that hath received His testimony hath set to His seal that God is true.      John 6:33

[1] Acts 14:22  . . we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

[2] John 10:36

[3] John 12:27

[4] John 16:7

[5] Acts 4:33, Romans 4:25, Romans 6:4, Philippians 3:10

[6] Luke 13:32, John 12:27, Philippians 2:8

[7] H8034  shêm  shame  A primitive word (perhaps rather from H7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare H8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character: –  + base, [in-] fame [-ous], name (-d), renown, report.

[8] See commentary on Isaiah 14:22  “& will cut off from Babylon name & survivors” for study of this Hebrew-word.

[9] II Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30.

[10] John 5:33  “You have sent to John, & he has borne witness to the truth.”

[11] John 5:36  “..the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.”

[12] John 5:37   “& the Father who sent Me, He has borne witness of Me.”

[13] This is typified in the feast of Trumpets as typifying the gifts and ministries of the church as an outward-witness to the world and to the body of Christ within the world.

[14] This is typified in the feast of Unleavened Bread as typifying the revelation of God’s righteousness to the soul of the man.

[15] This is typified in the feast of First-fruits as typifying resurrection, and portended in signs and wonders.  This principle has application to all three constituents of the man; spirit, soul, and body.

[16] John 6:35, 48, & 51

[17] John 8:12 & 9:5

[18] John 10:30

[19] H3427    yaw-shab’  A primitive root; properly to sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settle, to marry: –  (make to) abide (-ing), continue, (cause to, make to) dwell (-ing), ease self, endure, establish, X fail, habitation, haunt, (make to) inhabit (-ant), make to keep [house], lurking, X marry (-ing), (bring again to) place, remain, return, seat, set (-tle), (down-) sit (-down, still, -ting down, -ting [place] -uate), take, tarry.

[20] See commentary on Isaiah 37:16  “. . . who art enthroned above the cherubim” for word-study.

[21] See commentary on Isaiah 27:2-3 “I water it every moment.”

[22] See commentary on Isaiah 64:5  “Thou dost meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness,”

[23] See commentary on Zechariah 8:16-17  “speak the truth to one another”

[24] Romans 3:10

[25] Matthew 19:17

[26] H380  ‘îyshôn  ee-shone’  Diminutive from H376; the little man of the eye; the pupil or ball; hence the middle (of night): – apple [of the eye], black, obscure.

[27] Ephesians 4:13

[28] Revelation 17:14

[29] John 12:23

[30] John 13:36

[31] See commentary on Isaiah 22:16 discussing the parable of the dishonest steward (Luke 16)

[32] See commentary on Isaiah 42:6  I have called you in righteousness,

[33] See commentary on Isaiah 41:8  “whom I have chosen”

[34] See commentary on Isaiah 8:2  “took unto myself faithful witnesses”


About Lamp-Stand

I was converted to the faith of Jesus Christ in 1982 at which time I received water baptism and Spirit baptism. In the Spring of 2008 I was led of the Spirit through a process of repentance upon which I had an encounter with Christ that worked a profound change upon my inner being. I became aware that I had been forgiven a great debt of sin. I soon felt the Lord's direction that I close my office that my energies not be divided from the study of doctrine.
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