The Church - His Body
Seeley D. Kinne
Order of Operation in the Church
Where two or three are gathered together in the name of Jesus,
with Jesus Christ in the midst, in the power of His presence,
that is, in the power of the Holy Spirit, there is a Church
of Jesus Christ.
While Jesus, in the midst, is the Director and Controller
of such a body of believers, whether large or small in number,
there is His Church in manifest operation.
The beginning of operation and activity in such a body is
worship, praise, and adoration, for where praise and worship
carry the attention beyond self and surroundings to Christ
Jesus, there the state of rapport obtains and lifts into felt
presence Divine, bringing one into the Heavenlies with Christ.
And wherever such order may be given by the Spirit, it will
be easy and glorious to enter the realm of the Spirit.
While thus seated in the heavenlies, the chorus may burst
forth. The Spirit may engage the people in prayer, and then
every heart may seem to melt and flow out to God. An altar
call may come forth by the Spirit in audible words, or by
an inward movement that draws sinners and all present to seek
After experiencing such hallowed scenes, love of the world,
earthly attachments and tendencies melt away and one feels
that Heaven is the only place for him. This is in harmony
with a great divine purpose of the Church, the perfecting
of the saints.
For this reason the minister, who has been sent and used
to raise up such a Church, will be on the alert for the discovery
of the Spirit’s move to bring forth evangelists, teachers,
prophets or others, called to the work of perfecting the saints.
These, the Spirit through the overseer, will move to acknowledge
and set in their place as such, members of the body.
A body of Christians proceeding to services without the direct
leading and control of the Holy Spirit, can never come into
the full will of God and His order, unless they wait for the
moving and direction of the Holy Spirit. Just here comes in
the substitutes of men’s leadership, which opens the
way to apostacy, where most people, professing to follow God,
have turned to follow men.
It is easier for fallen man and more to his nature to be
led by the spirit of man, then to wait until God moves, but
it is most disastrous.
The Gifts Operating
1. Divine Government
Government is authority and power to control. Government
in God’s Church is by Jesus Christ through His Spirit.
In the Church of Jesus Christ, government is a gift of the
Spirit. It is not merely a once for all delegated authority,
but a flow of the Spirit into man, making him master of the
situation in the Spirit. It has in it none of the elements
of human lordship, willfulness, high-mindedness, disobedience,
independence or self assertion, in its characteristics. These
are disastrous elements in the Church and realm of the Spirit.
Divine government is a protection gift. It is like the spirit
of a shepherd whose crook and staff guide, control, and watch
over his sheep. Therefore, there can be no element of selfishness
or lordship therein, but pure love and justice. All gifts
and operations of the Spirit are under its sway. It holds
all in order and protects from confusion.
Overseers must, in truth, be under Divine government themselves
in order to control in God’s Divine government. The
work can never flourish otherwise.
The Gifts Operating
As a shepherd has a dog to watch his sheep, so God has a
discerner to watch His sheep. This discerning or divine knowledge
may be in the overseer and in others in the flock. It may
be a large gift or a limited one. All gifts usually grow and
develop under proper care and training. The realm of the gifts
is so delicate and so sensitive in its workings that there
is large danger to the careless or self-confident.
The perfecting of the saints in the working of the Spirit
in gifts needs much careful training by those who themselves
have been taught in the school of Christ. But the time has
come when those things must come forth, for God will now set
up His Church in supernatural operation.
We may not therefore draw back from those appointed things
of God, for they lie across the path of spiritual advancement
which God has marked out for us. But if we shall approach
it with boldness of faith and yet with fear and trembling,
reverence, and humility, we may confidently expect large liberty
in the Lord.
Steps To and Into Church Activities
It must be well understood and thoroughly come into—a
full separation from natural ways—for the natural and
the supernatural should not be mixed. To do this man must
cease his directing and controlling and wait for God to lead
and while waiting, let the congregation enter into praise,
worship, and adoration as deeply as possible. Though at first
all seems dry and natural, offer the sacrifice of praise and
the Spirit will begin to move and He will lift into worship
in the Spirit.
Be patient and continue persistently, though you should have
to wait a week or even a month, and refrain from your own
After a while some little word of interpretation or prophecy
may begin to come forth. Be obedient. Be not afraid. Be faithful
in that which is least. Despise not the beginnings.
Do not be too fast and run ahead of the Spirit. Watch the
Spirit. Learn to know His guidance. Be pliable. Be promptly
obedient. Be willing to make mistakes, but be watchful to
correct them, and humble to be corrected by others. God makes
no mistakes but creatures do.
Be not hasty to decide a thing is a mistake, because you
do not understand it. Prophecy often seems obscure and later
Spiritual things come by growth. You will have the beginnings
of the gifts and they will develop.
Prove all things by the Spirit’s testings, not by natural
men. Keep out of the natural. You cannot be natural and spiritual
at the same time.
If your gift operations appear to be incorrect, be patient.
Trust God to clear the matter.
Remember those in the beginnings of gifts are liable to mistakes.
If a mistake is made do not throw down the gift or the person
who has made the mistake, but pray and seek God until the
error is remedied. We have this treasure in earthen vessels.
The excellency is of God; the frailty of us.
Remember there is a great similarity between the workings
of the flesh and those of the Spirit. It requires a training
and development by reason of use, if the senses are going
to discriminate in things spiritual.
We are mostly novices in these spiritual things; therefore
it becomes us to be humble and teachable. Nor have we the
spiritual fathers in the Church who are liable to teach us
these things. We are fighting our way upward and back to where
the Church was originally. But God is at the helm and will
guide us safely.
There is a veil that hangs between the heavenly and the earthly.
It was caused by the fall of man. Jesus pierced through that
veil. He rent it in twain. And he who will diligently seek
after God, and walk by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may
sometimes get beyond the veil on the heavenly side while still
in this world.