This article "Be Redemption-Minded" was taken from the Heart Magazine, December 1979/January 1980.
Publication Date: 12-1979
Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.
By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.
In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.
Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.
Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).
Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.
BE REDEMPTION MINDED
Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille
HEART Magazine – December 1979/January 1980,
Volume 3, No. 6 – page 5
God our Father wants us redemption-minded. His heart must ache when born-again
believers are circumstance-minded, sickness-minded, negative-minded, failure-minded.
The Father never created a failure. He made us for victory; He made us to be more than
conquerors; He made us to have the more abundant life through our Lord Jesus Christ.
As born-again sons of God, we have the mighty power of His gift of holy spirit, the same
as the apostles had in their daily walk. And God is our wisdom. He is the very strength of our
lives. He is the one who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. Therefore, we do not
need to cry for faith, nor pray for strength – it belongs to us because we belong to Him. We
have been blessed with everything that redemption could possibly give.
We must be more than students of the Word or admirers of the Word, we must be “doers”
of the Word. God’s Word in us is a living reality. The reason the Word is living in us is
because we are living in the Word.
James 1:22-25 is an instructive section of the Word of God. Verse 22 says, “But be ye
doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving [deluding] yours own selves.” How many
good people have deluded themselves? They are sincere enough, but sincerity is no guarantee
for the truth. They believe in the teaching of their local church or denomination, but spend
very little time studying the Word for themselves. They are very sensitive about what the
neighbor says and, subsequently, deny themselves much, putting themselves under bondage
because of man’s word rather than living the freedom of God’s Word.
James 1:23 and 24:
23 For if any [one] be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man
beholding his natural face in a glass [mirror]:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what
manner of man he was.
Just exactly what “manner of men” are we? Romans 8:14 tells us that “…as many as are
led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Verses 15 to 17 informs us that “…ye
have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of
adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that
we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with
Christ;…” This is what the Father says we are, and this is being redemption-minded. We are
in His family, and therefore, a member of the Body of Christ. When we walk with this
redemption-minded revelation of God’s Word, some may say that we are “besides
ourselves,” but we are not – we are simply “beside the Master.”
Colossians 1:13 informs us that we have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness
into the kingdom of the son of His love. This makes us a unique class of men and women;
therefore we should study the Word that we might know what the Father expects OF us and
what the world has a right to expect FROM us.
We have the knowledge of God and the ability of God available to us. We also have the
mind of God for it is in His Word. Therefore, we should never forget what “manner of men”
we are. We have the righteousness of God, and it is the righteousness of God which makes us
masters over every force outside of God. We are in league with Heaven and we have
Heaven’s backing. We have what the Word of God says, “…If God be for us, who can be
against us?” (Romans 8:31).
There is no doubt about it. God is for us and on our side – therefore we belong to a new
class of people and we have an absolute legal right to enter the Father’s presence anytime,
anywhere. We have a standing with Him and have been told in the Word that we are to come
boldly before the throne of grace.
We have been called to obey the great light given by God’s Word on our redemption. But
to be redemption-minded and to walk in that light is almost unheard of among the so-called
“Christian” denominations and church people. We must never forget for one moment the
type of men and women God (who raised Jesus Christ from the dead) has made us. For it is
God who is at work within us, both to will and to do His good pleasure.
My heart’s prayer is that I will believe Him much more and trust Him to a greater degree
than I would every trust the money in my wallet or trust the car when it is filled with oil and
gas. If we all did this, what mighty men and women we would be in our walk on the earth.
The Father would be so real to all of us; His name and His Word would be so alive and vital,
that our consciousness thereof would enable us to constantly realize that all authority has
been given to us in heaven and on earth.
Let us now go forth as God’s representatives. He made us to be masters instead of slaves.
He made us to be full of faith, not full of fear. He made us to be sons of God, not servants,
for He has made us to be like Him. Let us therefore manifest the redemption we have in