The Order of Operation
in the Church
Seeley D Kinne
Where two or three are "gathered" together in the
Name of Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit, He is present.
Being "gathered together" is more than two or three
being present. It has to do with a unity of spirit, our being
one with the Lord.
While Jesus is in the midst, as the director of such a body
of believers, whether large or small in number, His Church
is in manifest operation.
The beginning of the operation of such a body is praise,
worship, and adoration. The purpose of this praise and worship
is to carry our attention beyond self and our surroundings,
to Christ Jesus. Here, the state of rapport obtained lifts
us into felt presence divine, bringing us into the Heavenlies
with Christ. Wherever such order may be given by the Holy
Spirit, it will be easy for us, and glorious to enter the
realm of the Spirit.
While thus seated in His presence in the Heavenlies, the
chorus may burst forth in spontaneous singing, or the Holy
Spirit may engage the body of believers in prayer, as every
heart seems to melt and flow out to God. An altar call may
come forth by the Spirit in audible words, or by an inward
movement that draws all present to seek God.
After experiencing such hallowed scenes, all love for the
world with its earthly attachments and tendencies melts away,
and one feels that Heaven is the only place for him. This
is in harmony with the divine purpose of the Church, the maturing
of the saints.
A body of Christians, who conduct their services without
the direct leading and control of the Holy Spirit, can never
come into the order of the Lord and the purposes which He
seeks to accomplish, unless they first wait for the moving
and direction of the Holy Spirit. If this is not done, they
will accept the substitute of men's leadership.
There is within the Church, under the leadership of the Holy
Spirit, an operation of divine government. This is the authority
and power to control. It is not merely a once for all delegated
authority, but a flow of the Holy Spirit into man, making
him master of the situation, in the Spirit.
It has none of the elements of human willfulness, high-mindedness,
independence, or self assertion, in its characteristics. These
are disastrous elements in the Church.
Divine government is a protection gift. Its function is to
watch over and guide the flock. Pastors must be under divine
government themselves in order to control through God's divine
government. Therefore, there can be no element of self therein,
but pure love and justice. It holds all in order, and protects
When we gather together in His Name, at first all may seem
dry and natural, but as we offer the sacrifice of praise,
the Holy Spirit will begin to move and lift the congregation
into worship and into the moving of the Holy Spirit. As we
approach this moving of the Holy Spirit with boldness of faith,
yet with reverence and humility, we may confidently expect
large liberty in the Lord.
In the beginning of gift operations, we are liable to mistakes.
If a mistake is made, we are not to reject the gift, nor the
person who made the mistake. Rather, we are to seek the mind
of the Lord until the error is remedied. We have this treasure
in <I>earthen<D> vessels. The excellency is of
God; the frailty of us.
We have a tendency to run ahead of the Holy Spirit in our
meetings. We must learn to be pliable and obedient. We should
be willing to make mistakes, but watchful to correct them
and ready to be corrected by others.
There is a great similarity between the workings of the flesh
and those of the Spirit. It requires training and development,
by reason of use, if we are to discriminate in things spiritual.
There is a veil which hangs between the heavenly and the
earthly which was caused by the fall of man. Jesus pierced
through that veil, and rent it in twain. He who will diligently
seek the Lord and walk by the guidance of the Holy Spirit,
may move into heavenly things.
We are mostly novices in these spiritual things, therefore
it becomes us to be humble and teachable. We are fighting
our way upward to where the Church originally moved in power
and the places of their meetings were mightily shaken. But
God is at the helm and will guide us safely.