Laws of Being and Action
Seeley D. Kinne
The Lord of the Universe is a God of order and uniformity.
Therefore, there are certain foundational principles from
which He does not vary or depart.
To understand these fundamental laws is a strong aid toward
lifting one above an arbitrary spirituality into the realm
of divine knowledge and operation. The following are four
of these basic laws.
THE LAW OF PROGRESSION.
Light that proceeds from the sun or from a secondary source,
instantly ceases or disappears into darkness if its flow or
procession is intercepted or broken.
"For the invisible things of Him from the
creation of the world are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are
made" Rom 1:20a.
"For the Lord God is a sun and shield"
Psalm 84:11a. See also Isaiah 60:19
and Rev 21:23.
The Holy Spirit proceedeth from the Father.
"He that believeth on me, as the Scripture
hath said, out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water. (But this spake He
of the Spirit ...)" John 7:38-39a.
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will
send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit
of truth, which proceedeth from the Father,
He shall testify of me" John 15:26.
"And He showed me a pure river of water of life,
clear as crystal, proceeding out of the Throne
of God and of the Lamb" Rev 22:1.
Since then, the Holy Spirit is ever proceeding, flowing,
or emanating from God and the Lamb, like the light of the
sun. Acts 1:8 (margin) reads, "Ye shall receive the power
of the Holy Ghost coming upon you."
Therefore, if any thought, feeling, attachment, occupation,
or whatever, comes between us and the light, our spiritual
life is interfered with, the Holy Spirit power lessened, and
as a result, we move forward on a downward grade.
The currents of thought, feeling, and activity in this world
are against God and His power. Many Christians are affected
by this and fail to maintain the supply, or flow of the Spirit.
As a result, they live on a low spiritual plane.
This then is a foundational principle of divine operation.
If we do not keep a constant flow of the Spirit, the power
will diminish, the river will run dry, the fire smolder, and
the light grow dim.
THE LAW OF HIS WORD.
God has given all power to His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ,
who is the Eternal Word of God made flesh.
"A body Thou didst prepare for Me" Heb 10:5b Young
"Hath in these last days spoken unto us by
His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all
things, by whom also He made the worlds" Heb 1:2.
"All power is given unto Me in heaven and in
earth" Matt 28:18b.
In the creation, "The worlds were framed by the Word
of God" (Heb 11:3). He spoke to the fathers by the Word.
When one is saved, he is born again by the Word of God. In
the Church, Paul commanded by the Spirit, "Let the Word
of Christ dwell in you richly" (Col 3:16).
"If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of
God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the
ability which God giveth: that God in all things
may be glorified through Jesus Christ" I Peter 4:11a.
The substitution of human learning for prophetic preaching
of the Word of God has wrought untold havoc in the Body of
Christ. But now in these last days, the Lord is raising up
those who minister by the prophetic Word of God.
THE LAW OF DIVINE INDWELLING.
"Holy Spirit" is the name by which the manifestation,
or activity of the Divine Being who pervades the universe
is indicated. He is not merely an influence emanating from
God, but is very God indeed. The Holy Spirit is that manifestation
of God of which it is said, "I will dwell in them, and
walk in them" II Cor 6:16b.
One in whom the Holy Spirit dwells, controls, and leads,
thus becomes a "set in" grown son of God. "A
vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use,
and prepared unto every good work" II Tim 2:21b.
This Divine indwelling and control should affect every faculty
and function within the redeemed. And it will, in so far as
He is given possession and sway; but the Holy Spirit is delicate
and refined in His touch, and has so great deference and respect
for the citadel of man-soul, that He takes control only so
far as we freely grant the right of possession. Soulish man
is slow to yield this right of way; so the Holy Spirit waits
as the tug of war goes on.
Concerning the yielding of these human faculties to the Lord,
each area is addressed in the Word of God.
Our will: "For it is God which worketh in you both to
will and to do of His good pleasure" Phil 2:13.
Our mind: "Bringing into captivity every thought to
the obedience of Christ" II Cor 10:5b.
Our heart: "All my springs are in thee" Psalm 87:7b.
"My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is
fixed" Psalm 57:7a.
Our body: "What? know ye not that your body is
the temple of the Holy Ghost which is
in you, which ye have of God, and ye
are ye are not your own? For ye are
bought with a price: therefore glorify
God in your body, and in your spirit,
which are God's" I Cor 6:19-20.
Our speech: "The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and
His word was in my tongue" II Sam 23:2.
The Church: "Ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's
building" I Cor 3:9b.
"In whom ye also are builded together
for an habitation of God through the
Spirit" Eph 2:22.
Thus, there is a foundational law of relationship between
God and man whereby God asks and requires the entire possession
and control of the full circle of powers and faculties of
each one who acknowledges and submits to His sovereign rights.
Not only is Divine control a foundational principle of Divine-human
relationship, but it is also a principle of Divine being and
action. Jesus plainly taught this oneness and control for
"I can of Myself do nothing ... I do not seek
My own will but the will of the Father who
sent me" John 5:30 NKJ.
"... I am in the Father, and the Father in me: the
words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own
authority; but the Father who dwells in me does
the works" John 14:10 NKJ.
"That they all may be as one; as You, Father, are
in Me, and I in you, that they also may be one in
us" John 17:21a NKJ.
THE LAW OF MEAT AND DRINK.
A far reaching shallowness pervades Christendom. It is our
having a mental conception of the Word, yet not knowing it
in its experiential power.
The mental picture or image of a thing is not the possession
of that which is so discovered. All saving truth that comes
from God has life within itself and imparts life when received
in faith. Truth held in theory without life is mere stage
playing, empty profession.
The new birth, by an act of God, imparts life into a human
spirit. It is accompanied by justification, clearing condemnation
from Heaven's record book. Regeneration, sanctification, recreation,
washing of water by the Word, all these speak of the transforming
work of God within a man. Their value is in experiential life
inwrought, which leads to spiritual maturity.
"He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood,
dwelleth in me, and I in him" John 6:56.