Death and Resurrection
Topical teaching on the death and resurrection of Jesus.
SNT – 263
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 SNT 0263 Death and Resurrection (04/11/65)
Take your Bibles, and turn to the Gospel of Matthew tonight. The Gospel of Matthew chapter 12. And while you are turning to the Gospel of Matthew, may I please remind you of something which you already know. It has been a common teaching among all Christian denominations, and that is that Jesus Christ died on Good Friday and that he arose again on Easter Sunday morning. I believe that all of us perhaps here in the auditorium, in the Bible Research Center, tonight, who are church people, and of course most of you are church people who are here. You have been in the church. You are born and raised in the church perhaps. And I think we were basically all taught the same thing, that Christ died on Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock our time, and he arose again early on Easter Sunday Morning.
Now since, everyone thinks it common teaching, therefore everybody accepts it as Bible, even though they never have studied the Bible to find out what it really says. They read the Bible, don’t misunderstand me, man may read the Bible, but there is a difference between reading it and studying it. For when you study it, it begins to unfold and you get to see something. Reading it you will just read into it your preconceived ideas, that all.
Now tonight we’re dealing with this subject, which of course, most people perhaps listening by radio simply say well, “He is just trying to pick some bones.” I am not trying to pick some bones. I don’t have to pick any bones.
I don’t owe anybody anything. They don’t owe me anything. All I have to do is to be honest with God’s Word. We are a Bible research center. We don’t approach the Bible in the way most people do; with their theological biases and their opinionated ideas. We come to the Word and do research like a scientist does in fields of science, in biology and chemistry and so forth.
Now this problem of Jesus dying on Friday at 3 o’clock and arising early on Easter Sunday morning has been contributed to our society through the organized Church of Rome, which propagated the ideas many centuries ago. And was carried on through the reformation, through Martin Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and Knox. Then later on through John Wesley, right down to our present day.
Tonight we are going into the Word of God and see what it says. And the first thing it is says, that I would like to call to your attention is that verse in Matthew 12:40. And Jack Hunt, will you stand and read it, please. “Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Right.
Now isn’t that plain? Just as plain as day. Three days AND three nights…
1 Corinthians 15:4
John 19:30, 31
(Exodus 12; Leviticus 23)
Matthew 28:5, 6
Matthew 27:45, 46
Ephesian 4:9, 10