Edited from material by Seeley D. Kinne
There are those who have had a measure of Divine light,
but have not sufficiently waited upon the Lord to "prove
all things" by the Word and by the Holy Spirit. Their
revelations have not become a reality in their own spiritual
experience. These bring forth a mixture in their teaching;
partly spiritual, partly natural.
There are others who are anointed at times, and have had
a measure of truth revealed to them. This knowledge remains
in their memory, but the anointing has subsided or disappeared.
These may preach from an intellectual understanding of this
truth, but are not living in its power.
To hold the truth in theory, but not live in its power experientially,
is displeasing to God. To have revelation as to theory and
not enter into it inexperience can be compared to arctic sunshine
on a bank of snow. It is bright and dazzling, but without
heat or life. It is no more satisfying than the mirage on
a western plain. It looks attractive to the famished one,
but leaves him still dying of thirst.
The pure unmixed truth, which is the quickened word of God,
is living and powerful. "For the word of God is quick,
and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing
even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart" Hebrews 4:12.
This state of revelation truth and experience was known
and lived during the apostolic days. It has also been lived
by individuals here and there, wholly or in part. But now
the time has come when this privilege must be known and attained
to in a high degree. God must have such a company through
whom He will be able to prosecute His appointed last day mighty
Not that God is at all dependent upon man to carry out His
works, but the Lord, in great mercy and condescension, has
invited man to participate, to become "workers together"
with Him. God has been so magnanimous in His attitude toward
man. He has honored man with so benevolent a proposition;
who would at all hesitate to accept His offer? But simple,
honest ones are saying, "I desire to enter the school
of His preparation and become meet for His purposes. Yet,
I know not His way of advance; How am I to do this?"
Listen, hungry hesitant one: Stop struggling and trying
in your own way. Hark, the Lord speaks to thee. Get acquainted
with the Holy Spirit. He will teach you all things, and bring
all things to your remembrance. He will guide you into all
You will never progress and do well until you have learned
to understand and follow His guidance. This is acquired by
a patient, continued, earnest seeking of God. There is no
other way into the fullness. Voices of flesh and temptation
may clamor for you to regard them; but by patiently waiting
upon the Lord, these clamorings will be silenced. Your heart
will become chastened and refined from dross; your ear will
become tuned to hear heavenly, Holy Spirit speakings within.
There are a variety of ways and methods of seeking and attaining
to spiritual knowledge and experience through God's grace.
Some enables one to go but a short way in spirituals, while
others carry one even quite a distance. "But now I will
point out to you a way of life that transcends all others"
I Cor. 12:31 (Weymouth).
This "more excellent way" we must search out,
if we are to come to the fullness of all that He has made
available to us. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek,
and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"