3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
His human flesh was unclean flesh, "Sin's flesh," "filthy garments." This was the tremendous burden he carried, the tremendous battle he fought every moment of his life. Let us not be squeamishly afraid to give the name SIN to the very root of sin: the Diabolos itself. The Scriptures do. Brethren Thomas and Roberts do.
If we do not see this, we miss the whole point of Christ's sacrifice. We can juggle words like "metonymy" all we wish. They do not obliterate the facts: they are just a way of attempting to define them. This is not Andrewism: this is TRUTH.
We are told by some that we must not link transgressions and sin-in-the-flesh in the same "category," as two "aspects" of the same basic sin constitution. That is, we must not link "the Devil" (Diabolos) "and his works."
But the Scriptures do. The Devil is inseparable from his works, and the works from the Devil. This is the whole constitution of sin that Christ came to destroy: root (diabolos) and branch (transgressions). To artificially separate these parts of what is one whole in God's sight is to artificially (and fatally) separate Christ from his brethren, and his salvation from theirs, and leave them salvationless. Brother Thomas is very clear on this:
"The word 'sin' is used in two principal acceptations in the Scripture. It signifies, in the first place, the transgression of the law; and in the next, it represents that physical principle of the animal nature which is the cause of all its diseases, death, and resolution into dust...
"Inasmuch as this evil principle pervades every part of the flesh, the animal nature is styled 'sinful flesh,' that is, flesh full of sin." -Elpis Israel, page 126
"SIN could not have been condemned in the body of Jesus if it had not existed there ... the purpose of God was to condemn sin in the flesh, a thing that could not have been accomplished if there were no sin there."-Elpis Israel, p. 127
"Children are born sinners or unclean, because they are born of sinful flesh ... This is a misfortune, not a crime." - Elpis Israel, page 129
"Men are sinners in a two-fold sense: first, by natural birth; and next, by transgression. In the former sense it is manifest they could not help themselves." -Elpis Israel, page 130
"Sin had to be condemned IN the nature that had transgressed ... He took part of the same, that through death he might destroy the Diabolos, or elements of corruption in our nature inciting it to transgression, and therefore called 'Sin working death in us."' -Eureka I, page 106
"Sin is a word in Paul's argument which stands for human nature." -Eureka I, page 247
"This perishing body is 'sin'. Sin, in its application to the body, stands for all its constituents and laws ... the law of its nature is styled the 'law of Sin and Death'." - Eureka I, p. 248
"What is that which hath the power of death? It is the 'exceedingly great sinner SIN' in the sense of the 'Law of Sin and Death' within ALL the posterity of Adam, without exception. This is Paul's Diabolos. -Eureka I page 249
"He (Jesus) was Sin's Flesh crucified, slain, and buried: in which by the slaying, Sin had been condemned; and by the burial, put out of sight." -Eureka II, page 124
All these statements are meaningless, if we must carefully isolate transgression from Sin-in-the-flesh. And if Sin-in-the-flesh (the Diabolos) was the aspect of sin upon which the condemnation of Sin specifically fell (in the crucifixion), then clearly it is no minor or inconsequential aspect. Further, even more importantly, if we separate it from actual transgression, then actual transgression did not get condemned at all for there was no actual transgression in Christ to be condemned.
When God condemned Sin by condemning the Diabolos in the sinless Christ, He inseparably linked all aspects of sin together - or active sin was not condemned.
Bro Growcott - Purifying of the heavenly Ch 1
5 My wounds [chaburot] stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
6 I am troubled [bent down]; I am bowed down greatly [brought low ad me'od]; I go mourning all the day long.
7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh [basar].
This was his condition as a bearer of sin nature before he was begotten of the spirit. In death the quality of mortality became more apparent.
This was its condition while prostrate and hidden in the noisome pit (Psal. 40:2) beneath the turf. But though sealed up in Joseph's cave, it was not concealed from the Father-Spirit, who had so recently forsaken it. Walls, and seals, and soldiers, could not bar out the Spirit from the Body he was about to repair for future manifestations.
Hence the Spirit in David represents the Son as saying,
"My body was not concealed from thee when I was made in the secret place; I was embroidered in the under parts of the earth. Thine eyes saw my imperfect substance; and in thy book all of them were written as to the days they were fashioned, when there was not one among them (Psal. 139:15).
The Body was repaired, and in its being freed from the loathsomeness of death, it was created a Spiritual Body with all the embroidery of spirit.
"It was sown in corruption," though "not permitted to see corruption"; it was raised in incorruptibility: it was sown in dishonour, it was raised in glory; it was sown in weakness, it was raised in power; it was sown a soul-body, it was raised a spirit-body, incorruptible, glorious, and powerful: the last Adam was made into spirit.
He was freed from all those qualities of body which make our human nature inferior to the nature of angels; and acquired new ones, by which the nature he now rejoices in is so intimately combined with the Father-Spirit, that what is affirmed of the one is true also of the other, according to what is written in John 10:30, 38,
"I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE; the Father is in me, and I in him,".
This is the true Theos, and the Aion-Life," (1 John 5:20), and therefore he is styled by Paul, "the Lord, the Spirit," imparting life (1 Cor. 15:42-45).
9 Yahweh, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
David is pre-eminently the "sweet Psalmist of Israel" -- Israel both natural and spiritual. Clearly the great love and ambition of David's life was the pure service and worship of the God of Israel. He found that worship broken down, scattered, almost non-existent: the neglected Tabernacle in one obscure place, the forgotten Ark in another.
He left it firmly established and thoroughly arranged in careful, organised depth and detail: with a numerous and orderly course of priests, singers and Levites; the Ark brought lovingly to a place of honour at Jerusalem; a magnificent Temple completely planned and designed; and a vast wealth of materials for it assembled. And it would have been built too, if God had permitted him.
The spirit of David was the spirit of song: of praise, worship, supplication, prayer, thanksgiving, adoration.
This was his greatest gift to his generation, and to all subsequent generations of the sons of God. The Psalms of David have ever been the cherished hymnal of God's people. They express all the joys and sufferings, hopes and fears, praises and supplications, of the children of God of all time.
The Psalms would lose much beauty and power and value for us without the deep spirit of repentance and supplication, and joy in forgiveness and reconciliation, that David's bitter experiences added to them.
David gave life and power to the worship of God in Israel by giving it song. He gave Israel all the necessary exterior framework for faithfulness and inspiration and unity and holiness. We cannot help but think of bro. Roberts' similar vast labours and accomplishments for the people of God in these last days, now all but forgotten in many quarters. And the preparation of our hymn Book, containing fifty of the Psalms, is one of the most powerful works bro. Roberts did for the Truth and the Brotherhood.
The national provision David set up, the splendid Temple and the impressive worship and service, failed for the majority, and failed soon and miserably. But this has not lessened its value and power for the remnant of grace that has always existed through the ages. In the providence of God, no one can take from His children the priceless treasure of the Psalms of David.
If we would understand the sad sins of David, their bitter consequences and their glorious aftermath; if we would truly learn their deep lessons for sinners everywhere -- let us read and read and reread the Psalms. We have no right to attempt any conclusions concerning David without taking his Psalms fully into account. Here he states his case and bares his heart in terms that should put us all to shame. Let us get the spirit of David, which is the Spirit of Christ--
Bro Growcott - My sin is ever before Me
21 Forsake me not, O Yahweh: O my Elohim, be not far from me.
22 Make haste to help me, O Yahweh my salvation [Teshuati].
Between the two living manifestations, was interposed the death-state. In this state, the Cherubic Flesh was deserted by the Eternal Substance. The effluent spirit forsook Jesus when he exclaimed upon the cross,
"My AIL, my AIL, why hast Thou forsaken me?"
The effluent power by which he had taught and worked was withdrawn from him for some time before he died. The Spirit no longer rested upon the Cherub, yet that Cherub continued to live as other men. In process of time he expired. He was now, like the Cherubic Veil of the Temple,
"rent in twain."
It was no longer affirmable that "I and the Father are one"; but that "I and the Father are twain"; for the Father was no longer in him, nor he in the Father.
In the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, the body was in the condition predicted in Psalm 38:1-22
"Yahweh's arrows stuck fast in it, and His hand pressed it sore. There was no soundness in the flesh; its wounds stank; and its loins were filled with a loathsome disease; feeble and sore broken, his lovers and friends stood aloof from His stroke, which had consumed him, and laid him low in a horrible pit."
This was the death state of the Cherub. Will any one affirm that that dead body was the Father? That it had lived in the world before the world was? That it was the Creator of all things?
Nay, it was the flesh only in which sin was condemned: and had it been left there, it would have crumbled into unprofitable dust (Psalm 30:9).
PHANEROSIS, THE ANOINTED CHERUB