The Experiential State
Taken from a paper written in the 1940’s by
Seeley D. Kinne
A GREAT, FAR REACHING AND VERY DESTRUCTIVE DELUSION prevails
most everywhere in Christendom. It is that state of mental
conception without heart experience. It is a claim that discovery
is possession; that a truth sighted is the same as or as good
as if experienced; that mental idea is the same as heart possession.
In accordance with this glaring delusion, the common or ordinary
way of approaching Scripture truths is to hear them stated,
accept them as truth; but fail to act upon them, and proceed
the same old way as before. James 1:22-25 describes one who
does this as a forgetful hearer of the Word, self deceived.
Millions of well meaning but deluded people are called Christians
in our America who were never born again or had a change of
heart or any real touches of spiritual life. Many thousands
of people call themselves Pentecostal because they once had
a touch of the Spirit, now lost and drowned in form and natural-plane
Now there has arisen a people who discovered great latter
day truths. But to profess to believe and fail to experience
in a most thorough and practical way the essential steps which
carry one into the experiential state, is to be deceived.
We must awake and attain to the necessary preparation.
The initial experiences of new birth, justification, sanctification
and Holy Spirit baptism, by which one is brought into active
relations with Jesus Christ; and accompanying works of confession,
restitution, repentance and consecration are essential foundation.
The deeper and more thorough, the better the foundation. If
there be any lapse, it must be corrected. Faulty foundations
will not do for skyscrapers. Take heed how you build (1 Corinthians
You must “grow up into Christ in all things,”
Ephesians 4:15, by living a life in the Spirit, above condemnation
according to Romans 8:1. This chapter is a vivid picture of
a spiritual climb, with the cross on the natural man, and
“the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus freely
working to the entire freeing from “the law of sin and
death” (Revised Version). “For it men are controlled
by their earthly natures, they give their minds to earthly
things. If they are controlled by their spiritual natures,
they give their minds to spiritual things” (Verse 5,
So then, if you master the marvelous lesson of living a life
in the Spirit as set forth in Romans 8:1-9; there comes then
another privilege, beginning with verse ten. If you have come
into the working of “the law of the Spirit of life”
so you are a spiritual Christian, you may look for the working
of that law against death in your body. And if it rise to
that degree of power that raised Jesus from the dead, it will
give life to your mortal bodies.
Sons of God were a class of spiritually grown or matured
believers in the early Ecclesia (Church). They were “adopted,”
that is, set into their places in the Ecclesia by the Spirit.
They lived and walked in the Spirit. Paul stood at the head
of this group; but he was not satisfied. He saw something
more in the Spirit. It was knowing the power in Christ’s
resurrection. He sought it. He prayed for his Ephesian brethren,
that “the Spirit of wisdom and understanding”
might enlighten them, that they might know what is the exceeding
greatness of His power which He wrought in Christ when He
raised Him from the dead.
For some days after Jesus’ resurrection, and before
His ascension to stay in Heaven, He lingered here on earth
in a glorified body. It has not been recognized as a type
of experience, but represents a celestial state of experience,
also called manifestation or revelation of the sons of God.
The sons in Bible times did not come into this state; but
sons now will shortly enter into it in these days. This is
the “Inheritance imperishable, undefiled and unfading,
which as been reserved in Heaven for you, whom God is guarding
through faith for a salvation that even now stands ready for
the unveiling at the end of the age” (1 Peter 1:5).
Jesus closed His message on the tribulation with the suggestion
of an escape from it all, but did not give full directions
as to how. But they are further given later in the epistles,
and still more minutely to be given now in the time of escape.
The history of the Christian era is an almost continuous record
of bloodshed and martyrdom. But in this end time there comes
forth a company that cannot be persecuted or martyred. They
have gone the way of the cross. They have been to Golgotha.
They have passed through such a re-creating crucifixion to
earth’s varied attachments, the tendrils of affection
that twine about kith and kin, and finally and fully they
are crucified to self in its many forms and ramifications,
so that there is nothing remaining in them to die. They are
martyrs of the cross. Have you had strange happenings? Be
content to die to all that you may live eternal luxury. “It
is appointed unto men once to die!” If you are willing
to die on the cross you may escape the grave. But by one or
the other you must.
If then, you have sighted a privilege; if you feel a spiritual
pull; if there is an inward whisper of the Spirit; if there
are cravings within that cannot be stilled; arise, gird up
the loins of your mind; prepare for the conflict. Be determined
to find the way. Enter the race. You cannot successfully advance
without entering the School of Christ to be taught of Him.
He has sent the Holy Spirit to be His teacher. Illuminated
by revelation is one of His first lessons. How to receive
truth by the Holy Sprit is essential. Reading the scriptures
without the revealing light of the Spirit is insufficient.
Works of the Spirit such as crucifixion, re-creation, the
law of the spirit of life operating to set free from the law
of sin and of death in spirit, soul and body; and other works
of growing up into Christ, cannot be attained without coming
under teachings of the Holy Spirit. So far all these are a
preparation, and Divine Intervention, the sovereign power
of the Lord, is ready to help us.