Four Crucified And No Private Interpretation
Teaching from the Power For Abundant Living class.
SNT – 265
Publication Date: 07-02-1967
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.
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Excerpt from SNT 265 Four Crucified (07/02/67)
Take your Bibles tonight and turn to the Gospel of Matthew, the 27th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. We have been dealing with a tremendous truth in God’s Word as to how the Word interprets itself without any private interpretation. For the Word of God says that the first thing you have to know is that no prophecy, none of that which is foretold or forth told, in the Word of God, is of any, what, private interpretation. If it is of no private interpretation then I dare not interpreted. For if I interpreted it then it is private. You dare not interpret it nor anybody else or any other denomination. For if they interpret it, it is private interpretation. So the first time you hear somebody say, “Well I think this is what the Bible says,” he's already wrong. Because the Word doesn't mean what it says then nor does it say what it means. The scriptures are of no private interpretation which means that they must interpret themselves.
And this they do in a three-fold way; either in the verse, right where it's written; or in the context of that which the whole story is made up of; or it has been used before. Now we have been dealing in this class, even before tonight, with how the scripture interprets itself right in the verse where it is written. And of course tonight I want to continue on this same subject only we’re going to enlarge it so that we can understand it even better.
For instance, one place in scripture, one place in the Word of God, may not tell everything regarding a certain incident. For instance, Isaiah may say something about the coming of the Lord, the first coming of the Lord. Then another prophet like Amos may say something regarding it, or another prophet. Now, what, for instance, Amos said, cannot contradict what Isaiah said regarding the identical time or situation. Understand? Amos could say something which would add to what Isaiah said. Or Isiah could say something that would add to what Jeremiah said. But if it's regarding an identical time or situation, what any man of God spoke or wrote in the Word of God cannot be contradictory of any other section of God's Word. It could be an enlargement. Right? But it cannot be a contradiction if it's God's Word.
Now this becomes remarkable true in the study of God's Word. For one of the things that you must always observe in the scripture, where it interprets itself right in the verse, is you have to watch your time. You must watch time. You must watch place. And you must watch person or persons who are involved.
If a situation is identical, then it is identical. If it's only similar, it is never identical. Remember, I spoke to the class about two of them coming out of a certain the city that were blind. And then later on, one coming out? And all the Harmonies of Gospels say that these two are identical. Well bless God, if two is identical with one, and we can't even count to three, we're in the soup. This is why you, we, we must observe with a very mathematical exactness and scientific precision. We must observe time, place, people that are involved.
Now for instance, the gospel of Matthew talking about an identical situation can say something about which Mark speaks. But that which Mark says cannot contradict what Matthew says if it's an identical situation. Understand? But, Luke could also speak about it. Luke could say something that Matthew did not say, for instance, regarding that identical situation. It wouldn’t contradict, it would augment. It would enlarge.
So, these are the great principles now that were going to ferret out in this teaching session today. The great principles on how the word interprets itself right in the verse where it is written. But that one section of the Word may say one thing, another section may say something else which will not contradict but it will simply supplement, complement, add to. And when you finally get it all rounded out, regarding one identical situation, you will have all that can ever be known regarding that situation.
I debated with myself, spiritually, what I should use to teach this tremendous truth. Because, there are so many things in the Word of God I'd like to teach. You can’t teach them all, so as I’ve told you in the classes, I teach you simply keys, but I could teach you these keys from a number of different places and make them live for you, that you would understand the Word of God again.
For instance, I could take the two entries into Jerusalem. Every commentary, everything I have ever read has said there is only one entry into Jerusalem in Jesus’s last week. It is called, what? The Triumphal Entry. This is not true. The Bible says there were two entries into Jerusalem. That is one subject I could handle here tonight.
Another subject deals with the last week of Christ’s life, were according to common custom, and practice and teach, we were taught that there are only two suppers that were given to the Lord Jesus Christ that last week, where a woman anointed his feet and so forth. But when you work the Word of God with its minute accuracy, you see that there were three suppers. Likewise with the anointings of those times. The people say there was only one anointing. The Bible say there were two.
And then there is the subject I would like to handle sometime, I have already taught this to small groups of people, simply for research. But, how many times did Peter deny the Lord? Three. Right. We are all wrong. The Bible says six times. So, there were six denials.
It is great to have a class because we read ‘thoroughly’ instead of ‘throughly.’ We do all these things wonderfully, according to custom and design. But this is why we are in a class. You wouldn’t be in this class if you were not here to learn. And it is no disgrace to be wrong. It is a disgrace to stay that way when there is light available. That’s the only difference.
And according to the minute record of God’s Work, you will find that there were six denials of, by Peter before the cock crew the second time.
Now, how do you study these things out? That is what you want to learn. That is why you are here tonight. How do we get these? And of course the classic one that I teach in the class, Father brought me right back again. I could teach all of these, and I said, “Father, which one?” And He said, “The same old stuff to the class tonight again.” And it is the four crucified with Jesus that we are going to handle to teach the greatness of this principle.
Once again, now watch it. We watch time. We watch place. We watch people that are involved. And that one place in scripture may not tell it all, but all that is needed at that place is told. But there can be additions in other sections of the Word of God talking about an identical situation. But those other cannot conflict with that which precedes or that which follows. Cause if it is God’s Word, class, the whole Bible will have to fit like a hand in a glove. Understand?
We turn to Matthew 27 for our first record tonight. Matthew 27, verse 35…
(2 Peter 1:20)
Matthew 27:38, 44
Luke 23:32, 33, 39, 40
John 19:18, 32, 33
Luke 23:39, 40