Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Summer 1985
Perfecting the Mystery
Taken from an article by Seely Kinne

The true nature of Christian perfection is first a fullness of self-denial. “If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Romans 8:15) “Ye shall not fulfill the craving of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16) This is not the flesh putting down the flesh by austerities, fastings, and man-made denials. It is through the Spirit, taking up the cross that God puts upon us; joyfully walking the path and enduring that which is divinely appointed our lot. Perfect self-denial in the Spirit ends in perfect victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil.

In the higher workings of the Christ life, natural law may be transcended. Paul gloried in suffering the buffetings of a messenger of Satan. Peter is said to have asked to be crucified with his head down. At the Divine command Abraham offered his own son on the altar. “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?” (James 2:22)

There is a means provided in the gifts and plan of God for purging out the old leaven, for cleansing away the weaknesses and faults of our natures and perfecting holiness. “Dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (II Corinthians 7:1)

This is done by the glory of God shining upon our natures and discovering where we need help and deliverance. Whenever the Glory of God shines forth, there is a discovery of the weakness and blemishes of nature. But there accompanies this Spirit of revelation, a transforming, healing glory power that heals the broken defected part, making crooked things straight, rough places smooth and high or low places level. “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (II Corinthians 3:18)

This is accompanied with, or carried forward by, the work of cleansing by the Word, whether it be the application of the written Word by the Spirit, or the uttering of the spoken Word by a vessel in wisdom, that is sharper than a two-edged sword, and pierces to the blemishes of the inner-most being. This is clearly described in the Scriptures. “Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having a spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:26) “By the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5) “Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22) “Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor.” (Matthew 3:12)

It is largely for the lack of the gift of wisdom operating in the Church among us that we are yet so imperfect and faulty. No one who has ever experienced the application of the Word to his life by the glory working of the Spirit, and the cauterizing power of the spoken Word of Wisdom, can he ever doubt the great lack we are suffering while these important gifts are inoperative among us.

In entering into this spiritual battle, which is in a realm above natural sights, conceptions and activities; human and fleshly defenses fail. We can only fight by obeying the Word. “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand . . .” (Ephesians 6:11-12)

The intensity of this conflict exceeds all natural conceptions. We add a few passages testifying of the necessity of perfection of earnestness. The half-hearted and indifferent will certainly be defeated. The multitude of strong Scriptures emphasizing this necessity of alertness and watchfulness are but partially represented in the following:

“AWAKE thou that sleepest.” Ephesians 5:14

“SEE then that ye walk circumspectly.” Ephesians 5:15

“Be ZEALOUS, therefore and repent.” Revelation 3:19

“FERVENT in Spirit.” Romans 12:11

“Looking DILIGENTLY, lest any man fail of the grace of God.” Hebrews 12:15

“PRESS toward the mark for the prize.” Philippians 3:14

“RUN with patience the race set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

“STRIVE to enter in at the straight gate.” Luke 13:24

“FIGHT the good fight of faith.” I Timothy 6:12

“WATCH ye therefore, and pray always.” Luke 21:36

God calls for perfection of love toward Him. He desires to reveal His love in perfection within us. This is the fullness of the indwelling of Christ, for love is the fullness of God. If we then are inundated with the Love of God in Christ, we may be brought into the perfect state of Divine control. Christ has then become our very life. “Out of Zion, the perfection of Beauty, God hath shined.” (Psalm 50:2)

“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.” (Jude 25)

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