Expository teaching with an emphasis on the gift ministries.
SNT – 235
Publication Date: 09-24-1967
Victor Paul Wierwille (December 31, 1916 – May 20, 1985) dedicated his life to the research and teaching of the Bible. In his quest for truth he consulted and worked with some of the most outstanding individuals in Biblical studies and Christian living; including Karl Barth, Joseph Bauer, Glenn Clark, Karl J. Ernst, Joseph Friedli, Louis C. Hessert, Elmer G Homrighausen, E. Stanley Jones, George M. Lamsa, Richard and Reinhold Niebuhr, K. C. Pillai, Paul Tillich, Ernst Traeger, and many others.
Dr. Wierwille received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from present day Lakeland College, and conducted graduate studies at the University of Chicago and Princeton Theological Seminary. It was at Princeton that Wierwille earned the Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. He later completed his Doctor of Theology degree at Pike's Peak Bible Seminary and Burton College in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Dr. Wierwille was the author of numerous books in the field of Biblical research, including Are the Dead Alive Now?; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today; Jesus Christ Our Passover; and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed. Additionally, he developed and taught several comprehensive classes directed toward helping people to understand the Bible and to increase the power of God in their lives, such as the Power For Abundant Living series, Living Victoriously, and the University of Life courses. Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille was the founder and president of a world-wide Biblical research, teaching, and fellowship ministry for forty years; as well as the founder and president of several Biblical research centers, colleges, leadership training, and Christian outreach programs associated with it.
Victor Paul Wierwille served the Lord with unending joy all the days of his life as he travelled continuously throughout the world to hold forth the Word of God. He reached thousands of people during his lifetime through his live presentations, numerous radio and television broadcasts, film and video classes, and recorded teachings. And countless others continue to enjoy and be enriched by his books and hundreds of hours of recorded works, many of which are available in the public domain. A detailed listing of his work, as well as more information about his life and teachings can be found at Eternally Blessed (www.eternallyblessed.org).
Excerpt from expository teaching on Colossians 1 (09/24/67)
And we’ll go to the Word of God tonight here at the Way headquarters in the book of Colossians. Sometimes in the teaching ministry that God has set within our midst, you (just wonder) when you are ever going to have enough time to take this Word of God and to let it jell in the fullest and the greatness of its abundant in the hearts of all are people. One of the reasons that we have to reiterate the great principles of God’s Word from time to time, is not only for those of us who know it well to learn it better, but for those who are more or less neophytes, fledglings, beginners in the greatness of God’s Word, that they have the privilege and the opportunity of growing up with the rest of us, to get a greater perception in the accuracy of God’s Word.
I never have any difficulty finding what to teach from God’s Word. The difficulty I have is finding enough time and enough opportunities where the time is available to teach. This is why when I hear ministers talk at times that they are running out of sermon material, it just shocks me. The reason, the only reason you run out of sermon material is because you fail to read the Word of God. But in the reading of that Word of God and in the study of that Word of God, there is always plenty of material the read.
And here tonight again I’d like to take you into that great book of Colossians. To some of you, some of these scriptures are well known, but to others it will just help you to build the greatness of the wonderful presence of God into your life in a greater abundance and greater manifestation.
In the first verse, of the first chapter, we read, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother.” Paul was an apostle, and an apostle is one sent. The word apostle means, “to be sent”. He is one sent of God who bears new light. It may be old light but it’s new to the generation to whom he speaks. He is a man called of God. Paul, an apostle, of Jesus Christ. We are apostles, as men of God who are apostles, they are apostles of Jesus Christ, the one who was humiliated, and yet the one who was resurrected who is our Messiah, our Lord, our King. This is why is written in this fashion.
“By the will of God.”
As you so well know, they are only five ministries in the body of the Church; apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These are set forth in the book of Ephesians, is it the fourth chapter, I believe. Now of these five ministries, Paul speaks here, that these ministries are by the will of God. These ministries are not by attending a certain school or a certain class on Power for Abundant Living. These are ministries that are God given in a perpendicular way, where God knows the heart of a man or the heart of a woman, and He, God, gives than that ministry they may minister as God’s representative on earth to God’s people. And this is why it is by the will of God.
Verse two says, “To the saints.” To the saints. And this book of Colossians is the address to the church, the Saints, the born again believers, and “the faithful brethren in Christ”—not the faithful in Jesus, but the faithful in Christ.
We are ministers for Jesus Christ on an horizontal level, but we minister to the faithful, the believers, the ones who are born again who are in Christ. The Word of God never said that when you’re a Christian you’re in Jesus. It always says that you’re in Christ, because the word “Jesus” is always associated with his humility, his degradation, his suffering. They could put a crown of thorns on his head. They could spit in his face. They could nail him to the cross. This was Jesus, the man. But the Christ is the Anointed One, the Savior, the Redeemer. And you and I are not in his humiliation. We are in his messianic greatness as Christ. This is why these usages become very dynamically important in the greatness of God’s Word.
“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father.” The words, “and the Lord Jesus Christ,” are omitted in the best critical Greek texts. “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father.”
I enjoyed so much what Nancy Bowen said about these young people who had gotten this freedom when they understood what salvation was. How they got saved and filled with the power of God. How they lost that, what do you call it, the hardness with which man have to ordinary keep themselves saved and struggle and strain to stay in alignment, harmony. How simple this thing becomes, when we realized that our salvation is of grace, and then our walk of the renewed mind.
And here he says, “Grace [grace] be unto you, and peace, from God our Father.”
Isn’t that wonderful?