SPIRITUAL COVENANT BY FAITH
By Dr. Henry C. Kinley
The complete title of this lecture is the: "Spiritual Covenant by Faith according to the Promise given to Abraham, not by the Works of the Carnal Law," 1966, Los Angeles, California, Transcribed by Patricia White; Originally recorded by Dr. Carl F. Gross. NOTE: Although the True Names were revealed to Dr. Kinley in a vision in 1931 he used Lord, God, and Jesus Christ until he published Elohim, The Archetype Original Pattern of the Universe in 1961. Minor editorial changes also have been made for clarity and to preserve the flow of thought.
(In this article we have extracted excerpts from Dr. Kinleys lecture that deals specifically with the above topic. We purposely have kept blocks of ideas together in this transcript to unify the flow of thoughts on the topic. Within the original lecture, several ideas were scattered throughout his discourse.)
In order to educate Israel in spiritual things, God gave them the literal first, then the physical. That was imposed on them until the time came to let them in on it: the revelation of God, which He kept hidden within Himself until the appointed time. Isaiah said it this way, "For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O Elohim (God), beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him (Isa. 64:4)." Paul is only repeating what Isaiah said. "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Elohim (God) hath prepared for them that love him (1 Cor. 2:9)."
You remember that I told you. It was imposed on them until the time of reformation. Until it was revealed, it (the spiritual meaning of physical ordinances) was hidden in God. So back there, all that could see (man and everything elsesun, moon, stars, fish, sea, birds); eye hath not seen, ears have not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for them that love Him. Thats Isaiah. Now Paul puts in one of those elastic buts, as Dr. Harris says. "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God (1 Cor. 2:10)."
Ands, buts, and, fors are conjunctions that join together two complete thoughts. Isaiah said it the first time. Paul repeated it and then put in a but. Paul said, but God has revealed them unto us, so we know what Hes prepared. You may ask: "How do you know about that?" The Apostle Paul would respond because "God revealed it." You may again ask: "How did He do that?" The Apostle Paul would again respond that God revealed it "By His Spirit."
The natural or the carnal man does not understand (I Cor. 2:14) and the ministers do not make the situation any better. Old Rev was out there this morning with his fingers stuck back in his ear talking about, "Look here, Ill baptize you in Jesus name and the Book says, "go ye therefore in all the world, preach the gospel to every creature, baptize them in the name of the Father, and in the name of the Son, and in the name of the Holy Ghost." The Reverend went on to say: "Now you can go on and follow Kinley if you want to, Im following what Jesus said."
Now if you ask the Reverend what is the name of the Father? He wont know. You can run him up a tree on that question right now. The Reverend said he was baptizing in the name of the Son. If you ask him what is the name of the Son? He cant answer that either. The Reverend also said he was baptizing in the name of the Holy Ghost. If you were to ask him what is the name of the Holy Ghost, again he would not know. Now the Reverend just finished saying that he was baptizing in His name. There he is with his robe on, hes all ready to go to the pool down behind the pulpit.
Now if you ask him: "What are you fixing to do?" He would probably answer: "Im fixing to do what Jesus said. Im fixing to baptize you in the name of the Father and in the name of Son and in the name of the Holy Ghost." "All right, Lets go."
When I was a minister in the Church of God in Christ I baptized according to the most particular, constructive, ritualistic performances and I recited it precisely and exactly as it was. I have baptized many folks, so you see I dont need any instructions on it. I took them down in the water. This is what I said, (they had elected me for that). I did the baptizing. This is what I said, "in obedience to the command of our Lord and Savior,: (Oh, I was careful about it too). I said: "Jesus Christ, I baptize this our beloved brother,: (I had him named.) "brother Robert Harris, in the name of the Father, God, and in the name of the Son, Jesus, and in the name of the Holy Ghost." I didnt know what that was. Padush. I did that.
You know why I mentioned that? You thought wed lost the continuity of thought, didnt you. I havent. Go back and read the 9th Chapter of Hebrews so you wont think we lost the continuity of thought.
Reader: "...which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices,..."
Dr. Kinley: Now do you see that?
Reader: "... that could not make him ..."
Dr. Kinley: Youre reading the 9th chapter now. Theres some more that goes along with this. Suppose you just read the 6th chapter of Hebrews.
Reader: Heb. 6:1 "Therefore leaving ..."
Dr. Kinley: Wait a minute, Dr. Harris. Paul has written, "therefore leaving." Therefore is a conjunction.
Dr. Kinley: Now you folks went to school and you are academically trained. I told you this is the place for learning. That chapter is divided at Therefore. For you to understand the subject of the sentence, you have to go back to the 5th chapter. Paul is telling the Hebrews or the Jews in the 5th chapter that when they should be instructors, teaching the people the reality of the thing, he said that they have need that somebody teach them. Why? Because, all the natural was given to them under the Law of Moses. The Law was given to the Jews only. It was imposed on them until the Holy Ghost came. Then when the Holy Ghost came, He taught them the meaning of these things. You remember I told you that all the teachers of Israel were carnal minded and hard hearted. They didnt understand. Paul is telling Israel that all these physical things were back there (under the Law of Moses) and everything in the ordinances that Israel had was carnal. You remember that? We just got through reading it. Now he says - therefore, since all the covenants, the doctrines, and everything were given to the Jews, God gave it to the Gentiles. When the time came that the Jews should have known and ought to have understood, (when the blessings were supposed to be bestowed upon the Gentiles), they had need for somebody to teach them. Theyre doing it all over Christianity. All right read on.
Reader: "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, ..."
Dr. Kinley: You cant stand and leave off at the same time. (Note: You cant leave a principle and stand for it simultaneously.) Either you is or you aint. Hows that, hows my language? My language is communicating all right? Yes sir. You must is or you must aint. Youre where you were in the first place, if you havent left. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go unto perfection, is that right?
Reader: "... not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, ..."
Dr. Kinley: Dead. You heard me I said dead. Dead works. You may wonder: "Whats death?" Death is performing all the carnal ordinances that was given to Israel: water baptism, foot washing, eating literal feasts of Passovers. Somebody may object and say, "You dont understand. Jesus instituted these ordinances." He may refer to Matthew 26:26. Now I will have to respond. "I beg your pardon, He didnt. Jesus didnt institute anything." Well somebody may say, "You prove He didnt." Since we have to go back to the principles of the doctrine of Christ, lets see what He said. Hold it there and well be right back doc. Matthew 5:17.
Reader: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law and the prophets ..."
Dr. Kinley: Now He told the Jews not to think. Dont you think that I come to destroy the law and the prophets.
Reader: "... I am not come to destroy but to fulfill."
Dr. Kinley: Did the Messiah say, "I have come to institute, or fulfill?" Whats the matter with you, cant you read? Did He say He instituted it? NO!
You said He instituted water baptism and sent you out there to baptize. You said He instituted the Lords Supper. You said He instituted foot washings. You said, "Im following in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus." You said, "You can go ahead on and follow Kinley." Now Im throwing what you said up to you. He said, He wasnt instituting. He said that He was fulfilling, that which had already been instituted. Back at Mt. Sinai in 1490 B.Y., Yahweh instituted the Law to the Jews. The carnal ordinances are now dead. How did they get killed? Jesus fulfilled them and nailed them to the cross out there. That put an end to them. These carnal ordinances were imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Listen, the devil has played the thing (imposed carnal ordinances on everyone after the Messiah ended them and moved them out of the way, Rom. 10:4; Col. 2:14-16) so long. Hes played this thing so often until now he cant afford to have his church stop performing carnal ordinances. [Note: It would undermine his credibility. He would have to admit that they have been wrong all these years.]
Hes going to keep right on baptizing somebody in water. Hes going to keep right on eating supper. The hard shelled Baptists. ... I was just as stiff and stubborn as anybody else, so Im not boasting about it. Look, He fulfilled the Law.
When the Gentiles were brought in, there were no carnal ordinances to perform. They came in seven years after the Law had been fulfilled. They had been afar off (Eph. 2:11-13). How far off? About 1523 years. The Day of Pentecost came to the Jews first. Then 7 years after that, the promise came for the Gentiles. Peter went down to Cornelius house preaching the gospel. While Peter was down there preaching, Cornelius the Gentile, received the Holy Ghost.
Ill have you to know something about Cornelius too. So you dont get this all messed up. You may think that Peters visit to him was Cornelius first acquaintance with the Holy Spirit. You may think thats his first knowledge of Him. No, no. The Book says Cornelius had been serving God for a long time, (Yes indeed). He even built the Jews a synagogue. (I havent got time to talk about that.) He had a talk with Jesus when He was here in the flesh. Cornelius went to him. Remember he was a centurion. He went to Him and asked Him to heal his servant. He said to Him: "Look here master, my servant is laying home sick (Matt. 8:5-13)." He said: "Now you just speak the word and my servant shall be healed." The centurion was a Gentile. He did not want to invite the Messiah to come in His house, because He did not think he was fit or worthy. He asked the Messiah to just speak the word and he believed his servant would be healed. Jesus spoke the words and he looked at the sun, the sun dial. When he returned home, another servant said to him: "Oh the sick servant is better." The centurion asked: "What time did this take place? When did he start getting better?" His servant told him that the sick man began to recover just about the time the Messiah spoke the words. Just about that time, his servant began to recover. The master said that He hadnt found so great a faith in all Israel. (He didnt say that He had not found so great an offering up of sacrifices.) He said faith. There were people around there that offered up far more bullocks and turtledoves. They had a daily ministration. The high priest went in and out of the Holy Place 3 times a day. The hour of prayer and sacrifices were offered up punctually every day. But Jesus hadnt found that great a faith among the Jews. Why? Because the Gentiles are coming into the body by faith (Gal. 3:1-5). And the Jews had to give up ordinances and accept faith. This was hard for the Jews to do.
Somebody said, "When Peter was preaching, the Gentiles received the Holy Ghost." Yes, they did. Now you watch. Ive had the preachers on the carpet about it. Then after Peter received the Holy Ghost, Peter recommended that he be baptized too (Acts 10:44-45; 11:15-18). Yes, Peter did do that. Dont try to take it off of him, because he did do that. When he goes through with his recommendations, he had the Holy Ghost 7 years before. Now you see what God was doing. He was bringing the Gentiles in according to the promise He made to Abraham: by faith, not by the works of the Law. So God is bringing the Gentiles, you can see right here, 7 years after the Jews.
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