Edited from the writings of
Seeley D. Kinne
Man, in his present fallen state is separated from and independent
of God. His will is rebellious, stubborn, and wayward. His
heart attitude inclines away from God. This is an abnormal
condition, since man was created to be a habitation of God,
a place for God to abide and make Himself known.
God uses various means and processes to deliver and restore
man. Once he has been born again, the old nature must be dealt
with. The means that is used to accomplish this is called,
Spiritually speaking, crucifixion is not the destruction
of any faculty of man, but of his "Adamic nature,"
which is in a state of independent activity. These independent
activities must be eliminated, which is done through a process
of crucifixion by the Holy Spirit.
The first step of this operation is described in Romans 6:6-7.
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with
Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he
that is dead is freed from sin."
In the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross in our behalf, our
crucifixion has been fully accomplished and is a "judicial"
reality. Along with this, it is the desire and intention of
the Lord that our "positional" relationship to Him
become an "experiential" reality. This is accomplished
through the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit.
"Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we
shall also live with him ... Likewise reckon ye also
yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto
God through Jesus Christ our Lord" Rom 6:8,11.
We are to count this as being a fact by reckoning ourselves
to be what the Word tells us, "dead to sin." There
are various terms that we may use to express this finished
work of the cross, such as, "baptized ... into His death"
(Rom 6:3); or, "our old man is crucified with Him"
(Rom 6:6). Once this has become a reality to us, we are to
"reckon ... yourselves to be ... alive unto God"
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a
new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new" II Cor 5:17.
Because they do not understand their identification with
Jesus in His death and resurrection, many who receive the
Holy Spirit baptism do not realize that their "judicial"
crucifixion must become an "experiential" reality
through an identification with the resurrection power of the
Holy Spirit. As a result, they have little spiritual depth.
"And you are complete in Him, who is the head of
all principality and power: In Him you were also
circumcised with the circumcision made without
hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the
flesh, by the circumcision of Christ. Buried with
Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with
Him through faith in the working of God, who
raised Him from the dead" Col 2:10-12 NKJ.
If there is to be a full release into our new creation life
in power, there must be a deep work of crucifixion accompanying
it. To remedy such a lack of spiritual depth and power, there
is only one answer, that is, an earnest seeking of God, and
a taking up of the cross that is given us.
Until we are "experientially" crucified with Christ,
we are neither qualified or ready to be used in a deep exercise
of the ministry gifts. Gifts often cause undiscovered traits
to be exposed. Exercising gifts with purity requires the work
of the Cross. Only then will the Lord's people be different
Crucifixion with Christ is not wrought by self-devised works
of penance or severe austerities, but by a yielding to the
work of the cross through the Holy Spirit. Our old bodily
habits are put to death, and as a result we live.
"For if you live according to the flesh,
you will die: but if by the Spirit you
put to death the deeds of the body, you
will live" Rom 8:13 NKJ.
Our Adamic nature is crucified by the direction and operation
of the Holy Spirit; that is, by the cross of Christ, which
is the power of God working in man, bringing him into a proper
relationship with God.
We are, by faith and obedience, to accept these adverse and
crucifying circumstances, however bitter or uncomfortable
they may be, by saying; "I accept this from the Lord
and I reckon myself to be dead indeed to this distress and
suffering, and alive unto Him." This will bring joy,
victory, and peace. It will effect a separation from the flesh,
and release us to walk by the Spirit.
These crucifying processes are described in the Word as being
like fullers' soap, or refiner's fire (Malachi 3:2). Also,
the Lord chastens and scourges those whom He loves and receives
(Hebrews 12:6). These processes are exactly adapted by Divine
wisdom to one's peculiar characteristics, and if rightly accepted
and submitted to, will accomplish the destruction of our fleshly
Thereby are we conformed to the will of God and made Christ-like.
This is the way we are brought by the Lord past stubborn tendencies.
Only then are we able to recognize that "it is God which
worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure"
(Phil 2:13). Because the Cross has done its work, we are now
able to respond, "I have come both to choose and do His