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." Romans 1:20a

"For the Lord God is a sun and shield." Psalm 84:11a (See also Isaiah 60:19 and Revelation 21:23)

The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father.

"He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (But this spoke He of the Spiritů)." John 7:38-39a

"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds 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." Revelation 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." Hebrews 10:5b Young

"Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds." Hebrews 1:2

"All power is given to Me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18b

In the creation, "The worlds were framed by the Word of God" (Hebrews 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" (Colossians 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 gives: 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 Corinthians 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 to every good work." II Timothy 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 works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." Philippians 2:13

Our mind:
"Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." II Corinthians 10:5b

Our heart:
"All My springs are in you." Psalm 87:7b
"My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed." Psalm 57:7a

Our body:
"What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." I Corinthians 6:19-20

Our speech:
"The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was in my tongue." II Samuel 23:2

The Church:
"You are God's husbandry, you are God's building." I Corinthians 3:9b
"In whom you also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit." Ephesians 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 He said:

"I can of Myself do nothing ... I seek not My own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me." John 5:30

"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 eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I in him." John 6:56