Seeley D. Kinne
Man as he is in his present fallen state is separated from
and independent of God. This is an abnormal condition, since
he was created to be a habitation or temple of God, a place
for God to operate and manifest Himself. But in his perverted
state, man’s heart attitude inclines away from God.
His will is rebellious, stubborn and wayward.
God uses various means and processes to deliver and restore
man. Among these is what is called crucifixion. Spiritually
speaking, crucifixion is not the destruction of any faculty
or power of man. The trouble with man is that he is in a state
of independent activity. These independent activities separate
us from God and have to be broken up and eliminated. This
is done by the processes of the Holy Spirit.
The first of these operations comes as what may be called
the negative side of the Spirit Baptism, as described in Romans
6:1-15. It is named “dead to sin,” “baptized
into His death,” “buried,” “planted,”
“old man crucified with him,” “body of sin
destroyed.” On account of the Pentecostal ministry becoming
shallow and lacking power, many receiving the Spirit baptism
in recent years have little depth, and lack in crucifixion.
If the old-time power is to be fully restored there must be
deep crucifixion accompanying it. God’s people will
then be very different in quality.
To remedy such a lack of depth and power, there is only one
answer, that is, earnest seeking of God and taking up the
cross given us. Until we are crucified with Christ, we are
not fit for large or deep exercise of the gifts. Gifts often
cause undiscovered traits to be exposed for the Lord to deal
with. Exercising gifts with purity requires the working of
Crucifixion with Christ is not wrought by self-devised works
of penance or severe austerities, but by the Holy Spirit;
if being under the sway of the Spirit, you are putting your
old bodily habits to death, you will live (Romans 8:13).
The old man is crucified by the direction and operation of
the Holy Spirit; that is by the cross of Christ, which is
by the power of God working in man bringing him to proper
relation with God. We are not to take or make a cross for
ourselves, but to take the cross God made for us. We are by
faith and obedience to accept these adverse and crucifying
circumstances however bitter or uncomfortable they may be,
saying, “I accept this from God and I reckon myself
to be dead indeed to this distress and suffering.” This
will bring joy, victory and peace, and effect a separation
from the flesh, to walk by the Spirit.
The crucifying processes are described as the “fuller’s
soap,” “refiner’s fire,” “fan,”
“scourge,” and “chastisement.” These
processes are exactly adapted by Diving wisdom to one’s
peculiar characteristics, and if rightly taken will accomplish
destruction of fleshly tendencies.
These processes can arise from relations with our family,
the shop, the church, through finances, friends, reputation,
health and other sorts of trials; these all can bring about
very crucifying conditions in our lives.
Thereby are we conformed to the will of God and made Christ-like.
This is the way we are brought on by the Lord past stubborn
tendencies so that we can say, “I have come both to
will and to do of His good pleasure.”