Cross Christ Bore
Shows the difference between the wooden cross and the spiritual cross.
SNT – 260
Publication Date: 03-19-1967
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.
Excerpt from 260 Cross Christ Bore (3/19/67)
I would like for you to take your Bible tonight and turn to the Gospel of John, please. The Gospel of John, the 19th chapter. And thank you, Rhoda, and thank you, Dorothy. You have been tremendous. Wonderful.
One of the most surprising realities is the truth of God's wonderful matchless word. And those of us that are associated with The Way ministry and its research, and it is a teaching ministry, we realize increasingly the urgency and the necessity of men and women coming back to God’s Word in order to rightly understand it, and to get the full impact of his wonderful Word.
The death and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are remarkably and accurately set forth in the Word of God. There is nothing so wonderful as the great accuracy with which God has set these truths in His Word.
In the Gospel of John, in the 19th chapter, and in the 17th verse, we have one verse of scripture from which people have drawn all of their thinking, all of their actions. Even if their thinking and their actions have been contrary to the rest of the Word of God. So tonight, I'd like to handle with you the cross Jesus Christ bore.
In the 17th verse of the Gospel of John we read, “And he [talking about Jesus] bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.” According to the record here in the Gospel of John, it was Jesus who went forth bearing his cross. Bearing his cross. And I am sure that the pictures that most of the people have in their minds…Christendom in general has the picture of Jesus Christ marching up for Golgotha with the heavy wooden cross on his back. Even to the end that it has a cross bar on it, and it looks like a ‘T’ and he's carrying that up the rugged road to Golgotha. Even some people have pictures in their minds of seven different steps or progressions on the road to Calvary. And how Jesus Christ broke down under the cross. And how a woman came and whipped his face with a cloth. All of these are pictures people have in their mind.
But class, we must always judge the pictures we have in our mind by the accuracy of God’s Word: By the integrity with which the Word of God is set. You and I cannot afford to be engrossed by the pictures, or the doctrines of the commandments of men, if those pictures or those doctrines, or those commandments are contrary to the integrity and the accuracy of the inherent greatness of God’s wonderful, matchless Word.
This scripture here in John 19:17 is the one I believe that most of the people hold to themselves and believe this, never checking the rest of the Word of God to see how God’s Word really fits.
I like for you to turn to Matthew 27 tonight and let the Word, be the Word again to you. Let the Word speak authoritatively and finally in all matters of accuracy of our faith and of our believing. In Matthews 27, beginning with verse 27, now what we are after is the greatness of God's Word in the accuracy as to what cross did Jesus Christ our Savior really bare…
Colossians 2:13, 14
2 Corinthians 5:21
Matthew 8:16, 17
1 Peter 2:21-24
1 Corinthians 1:17, 18
Romans 10:9, 10