World History From a
Seeley D. Kinne
To better understand the sequels that follow human lines
of conduct, we should consider the intention of God in creating
man. But notice first the very high estimate God places on
the worth of man. Inspiration reads,
"What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and
thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?" Job 7:17.
"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the
of man, that thou visitest him? Psalm 8:4.
It may well be asked, what is the Divine intent of so noble
a creation? Why do we find so glorious an outlook to have
become so degraded and groveling?
"Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be
as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her
feathers with yellow gold" Psalms 68:13.
If God's set valuation of man is so high, none the less glorious
is the outlook of Divine design for his future.
In the Scriptures, we read,
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor
and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for
Thy pleasure they are and were created" Rev 4:11.
"When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear
in His glory" Psalm 102:16.
"Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath
shined" Psalm 50:2.
These passages show that God is to be magnified, glorified,
and honored, by the manifestation of His creating, working
power in and through redeemed man.
Purchased through the blood of Jesus upon Calvary's cross,
the redeemed have been elevated into a high place of relationship
"Now therefore ye are no more strangers
and foreigners, but fellow citizens with
the saints, and of the household of God;
and are built upon the foundation of the
apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself
being the chief corner stone; in whom all
the building fitly framed together groweth
unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye
also are builded together for an habitation
of God through the Spirit ... to the intent
that now unto the principalities and powers in
heavenly places might be known by the Church
the manifold wisdom of God, according to the
eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ
Jesus our Lord" Eph 2:19-22; 3:10-11.
In Ephesians chapter 3, Paul shows how this mystery, "Christ
indwelling are deemed body of humanity" had been hid
from past generations, but is now revealed to him through
a dispensation of the grace of God.
The "bringing forth" of this mystery Ecclesia in
perfection is Christ indwelling a company of redeemed, recreated,
Christians who are filled with the Holy Spirit in graces,
gifts, and heavenly powers.
Since apostolic times, this true ideal of the Ecclesia has
been buried in the drift towards the human. But now, the Lord
Himself has risen up to restore, and again bring into operation,
His Holy Spirit filled and controlled Body.
This Ecclesia is to know and experience the "unsearchable
riches of Christ "made known by RIVERS OF REVELATION.
Again, we read, "So richly has God lavished upon us His
grace, granting us complete insight and understanding of the
open secret of His will" Eph 1:8-9a. "He raised
us and seated us in the heavenly sphere in Christ Jesus, to
display throughout ages to come His surpassing wealth of grace
and goodness towards us in Jesus Christ" Eph 2:7.
These are descriptions of "so great salvation; which
at the first began to bespoken by the Lord, and was confirmed
unto us by them that heard Him, God also bearing them witness,
both with signs and wonders, and with diverse miracles and
gifts of the Holy Ghost" Heb 2:3.
What then shall be said of that still higher opportunity
of which Paul says, "I press towards the mark for the
prize of the HIGH CALLING of God in Christ Jesus" Phil
This "High Calling" is an attainment far beyond
ordinary experiences of salvation.
"Not as though I had already attained, either
were already perfect: but I follow after, if
that I may apprehend that for which also I am
apprehended of Christ Jesus" Phil 3:12.
This speaks of our becoming a full overcomer seated with
Christ in His Throne. To become the wife of the Lamb is the
highest opportunity that could be offered the redeemed.
There is yet another purpose in God's creation of man. When
Satan and "the angels which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation" were cast out of Heaven,
there was left a vacancy in the palace of God. To replenish
it was a design of God.
God is Omnipotent and Supreme. When Satan started his rebellion,
God could have hurled him from Heaven to the lowest hell,
or cast him into the Lake of Fire. Instead, He chose a twofold
means by which He would bring Satan to his destined end.
In infinite wisdom, God created man and placed him in a probationary
environment. Though man would fail, redemption would be provided.
This atonement was made in the realm and nature of man. It
cannot therefore apply to Satan, or to fallen angels. If provision
has been made for them, we are not informed.
Through the passion and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, ample
provision has been made for the full restoration of the race
of man and the physical world from its present fallen state,
to a higher degree of perfection. As part of his higher purpose,
this redeemed man is to displace Satan in the heavens.
At the same time, He gave the whole moral universe an opportunity
to see an exhibition of the acts and effects of Satan's rule.
This practical display enables all to see and know that satanic
operations are detrimental and destructive, everywhere, and
always. Thus by a public show, all will see Satan for what
he is, a public enemy who is neither worthy nor safe to be
at large in the universe.
Throughout the ages, God has undertaken an extensive display
of His relationships and dealings with man, as they meet on
terms of reconciliation. Through these transactions, activities,
and incidents, are seen the many-sided views of moral principles
along with the disastrous effects of following the negative,
or sin and satanic side.
In the intrinsic nature of all things, the principle of opposites
exists. There must be positive and negative, right and wrong,
good and evil, holiness and sin, light and darkness, bitter
and sweet. The power of choice is essential in moral creatures.
Many sad and dreadful records, left by men of great natural
talent, have been indelibly written on the pages of time.
So also has been traced in un-erasable letters of gold, and
in the hearts of men, the records of great, godly men. All
these, contingent upon their relationship to their Creator,
have come to either an ignominious, or to a glorious end.
History, as written by man is a story of past earth happenings.
History, as written by the Lord is prophetic. It tells what
will happen as Divinely planned and purposed.
These purposes may be summed up thus:
. For Divine pleasure, satisfaction, and glory.
. To prepare a Bride for His Son.
. To replenish God's Heavenly palace.
. To display the greatness of His infinite love, mercy,
forbearance, justice, abhorrence and punishment of sin.
"Known unto the Lord are all His works from the beginning
of the world" Acts 15:18.