The Ecclesia of God
Edited from an article by
Seeley D. Kinne.
The Church is for the glory of God; that is, to set forth
and discover to the world the glorious things which God would
do for man. This glory is also to be discovered to angels
and heavenly beings, both now and in the future. The Church
is God's repository, the storehouse of His heavenly treasure.
Therefore, no earthly institution run by man can obtain this
This Spirit filled and controlled Body, operating in this
world, is The Church. No other body but one functioning in
the Spirit can properly be called The Church. The Church is
not founded on doctrine, but on the living Jesus Christ. The
conduct of the Church is not by the wisdom of man, but by
the power of God.
Controversy, discussion, division, and sectarianism, are
not of the Church of Jesus Christ, but are an intrusion. Man
has no right to say what shall be done in the Church, except
he be told by the Spirit in each particular.
Dis-fellowshipping one for doctrinal differences (other than
heresy) is of the flesh. Doctrinal differences arise from
man's judgment, and not from the Spirit of God, for God is
love, and there is an attraction in Jesus Christ which draws
men together. The closer one is drawn to Jesus, the greater
the attraction toward Him. Therefore, if God's children draw
closer to Jesus they must of necessity be closer to each other.
Jesus, as the Center Magnet, draws everything spiritual to
Himself. The more spiritual one becomes, the more the attraction
toward Jesus. So the more spiritual one is, the more will
his heart burn with love for his brethren, and be drawn to
Government is authority, the power and ability to control.
Government in God's Church is by Jesus Christ through His
Spirit. Church government by man is an intrusion, and is by
man's will and power. It is wholly different from government
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, independence,
and self-assertion, in its characteristics.
Divine government is a protection gift. It is like the spirit
of the shepherd, whose crook and staff guide, control, and
watch over His sheep. It is from God; 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, by Divine government. The Word
can never flourish otherwise.
As the 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 th overseer, and in others in
the flock. It may be a large gift or a limited one. All gifts
usually begin in a small way, and 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 a large danger
to the careless, or self-confident.
The perfecting of the saints through the working of the Spirit
in gifts needs much guidance by those who themselves have
been taught in the school of Christ. The time has come when
these things must come forth; or God will now set up His Church
in supernatural operation.
We may not therefore draw back from these appointed things
of God, for they lie across the path of spiritual advancement,
which God has marked out for us. If we shall approach these
things with the boldness of faith, and yet in fear and trembling
with reverence and humility, we may confidently expect large
liberty in the Lord, with a mighty moving of the Spirit of