Inward and Outward
Taken from a message by
Seeley D. Kinne
The nature of man has two sides, the outward man and the
inward man, (2 Corinthians 4:16). The outward man is that
side of man’s nature which turns toward the visible
world, and is nearest to it. The inward man is that part,
or side, of man’s nature which lies inward, and is nearest
God and heavenly things.
Out of these two natures of man, when under the anointing
of the Holy Spirit, arise corresponding outward and inward
Outward manifestations include shaking, prostrations, singing,
shouting, dancing and the like. We are speaking only of these
manifestations which are in the Holy Spirit.
Inward manifestations include various attitudes of the heart
and mind, such as prayer, travail, burden, drawings toward
God, inward prostration, spiritual senses, fruit of the Spirit,
visions, revelations, and the like.
Some have the opinion that outward manifestations are mostly
unnecessary and have therefore endeavored to eliminate them,
having preference for inward manifestations.
But our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost, and somehow
when there is unyieldedness in the spirit of man, there is
a stiffness in the body; so that if one is not yielded in
body there will be a lack in pliability in his spirit. For
this reason, some suffer in physical health; because of an
attitude of disobedience in their spirit.
We therefore see that to say one prefers to have inward manifestations
to the neglect of the outward, is a mistaken position, and
is destructive regarding all manifestations. If, on the other
hand, one is occupied with outward manifestations to the neglect
of the inward, he may expect that he will be shallow in his
relations with God, and probably lacking in the real dynamic
power of the Spirit.
It is very easy to be neglectful of that which is inward
when one becomes free outwardly; for there are exhilarations
and pleasurable sensations which, though right in themselves
and proper in their place, should not be promoted by man,
nor should we be unduly occupied therewith.
To be inward and spiritual is very essential, and highly
pleasing to God. Outward manifestations, properly kept in
the Spirit and will of God, are a help to spirituality and
assist toward communion and fellowship with God.
Since consciousness is the center of soul life, when one
lives in self-consciousness in the consciousness of earthly
environments, he may properly be said to be outward. But when
his consciousness turns toward God and Christ, he becomes
inward and spiritual, and is drawn up into communion and fellowship
with God. Then his soul comes under the sway of his spirit,
which in turn, is under the rule of the Holy Spirit.
The powerful baptism in the Holy Spirit is intended to introduce
one into this state. Many people soon lose its fullness, and
fail to regain it; due to lack of teaching: that intimate
communion with God is easily lost, though highly important
and absolutely essential to a walk with God in the Spirit.
There is necessity for the one who would be spiritual to overcome,
by faith, earthward tendencies and drift that is all about
Once baptized in the Holy Spirit, the Lord is jealous that
the believer should live inwardly to God. We may therefore
surely count upon His powerful aid to enable us so to live.
There is no condemnation to those who thus walk after the
Spirit (Romans 8:1).
The means of attainment are the baptism of the Spirit, and
the supply of the Spirit in repeated anointings.
The means of retainment are a walk in the Spirit; buy constant
obedience to the Spirit’s leading, incessant prayer,
constant turning of the mind and affections to the Lord in
prayer, praise, worship and reverence, and added expressions
of love and devotion; all of which constitute the building
up of one’s self upon his most holy faith.
When one enters heartily into the practice of these things,
he will find the Lord abiding in him and causing him to behold
as in a mirror the glory of the Lord and thus be changed from
glory to glory. He will be enabled more and more constantly
to look into the perfect law of liberty. The spiritual weapons
will be at hand to wage warfare against the enemy and his
emissaries (2 Corinthians, 3:17-18; 10: 3-5, James 1:25).