Building In The Church
By Seeley Kinne
None but an “Almighty” and “All Wise”
God could change the character of the Adamic nature. But this
Creator purposes to do. Through redemption, man becomes a
new creation - called to shine with the glory and holiness
of Christ, as the stars of the firmament.
"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
The obtaining cause of this salvation to the uttermost is
the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. The active element is regeneration
through the power of the Holy Spirit, whereby the redeemed
becomes a new creation, a babe in Christ. This new creation
is to grow into spiritual maturity. The place where this is
to be accomplished is God's earthly workshop, the Church.
The Lord has placed ministries in the Church as a primary
force to bring about these progressive changes in the members
of the Body of Christ. These ministries are to function through
the operation and manifestations of the Holy Spirit, in the
power and glory of God.
"And God hath set some in the Church, first apostles,
secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that
miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments,
diversities of tongues." I Cor 12:28
The instruments that are used to produce this change into
the "image of Christ" are the fuller's soap, the
refiner's fire, and the scourgings of the Holy Spirit. These
accomplish their purpose through the afflictions, temptations,
and the chastisements, which come through the various vicissitudes
of life. All of these should be found in the individual experiences
of the Lord's children.
For the Lord's ultimate purpose to be accomplished, the Church
must allow each of these ministries to come forth in their
full operation. As these function through the “spoken
word” and the “manifestations of the Spirit,”
they release the searching power of transforming, creative
truth, which causes the body to grow into the maturity of
the head, ready to be unveiled.
Oh, the infinite condescension of our Lord, that He would
stoop to pick up a defiled sinner, and wash away his gilt
and defilement; then with infinite patience, work with him
to recreate within him the very image and character of the
Lord Jesus Christ.