One God: John 1:1-18
Covers the various ways God communicated with man – Jesus Christ,
God’s communication to man in the flesh.
SNT – 296
Excerpt from 296 One God: John 1:1-18 (12/06/64)
The Gospel of John, the first chapter, is so seriously misunderstood that it’s almost impossible to teach this to anyone, unless they have, first of all, a perception of God’s Word and then a deep desire to know the intricate accuracy thereof. I handled this in part in the class this week, just far enough to not get them disturbed, and yet far enough to teach them that here in the Gospel of John we have tremendous truth.
Now to understand this, I think we ought to take our time. Go through it. If you have any questions, you ask about it. And at the close of the service, if you do not have a copy of that “One God”, I think you ought to pick it up back there, because it is something that you ought to be reading and working out in your life.
In the first verse, we read, “In the beginning was the [What?] Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” [John 1:1-4]
The common teaching is that this first verse refers to Jesus Christ, and that this whole section, this prologue they call it, the prologue to John, refers only, basically, to Jesus Christ. This is not true if the integrity of God Word stands...
Now I believe we have a right to look at the integrity of God’s Word and work it from the inside out, and let it speak for itself and that we understand it. You see, if you get Jesus Christ to be with God in the beginning, literally, you know, that he was up there, you created the problem that you’re going to find it an awful hard job of explaining.
The reason they do this is because of one verse of scripture in Genesis. You know which one that is? You know the one says about us. What is that? Which verse? … 1:26. Thank you. 1:26, “And God said, Let us [let us] make man in our image.” And they say the “us” implies that Jesus Christ was there. Who was he talking to but Jesus Christ. This is what they teach. Now I believe that the word “us” in Genesis is the same, the same usage that you have in England to this day, when the Queen of England, speaking for the entire empire or the kingdom, all those nations, she says “We, the Queen of England.” It’s an old English usage indicating that the thing is tremendous, it’s vast, it’s big, and therefore the pronoun “us” is used.
In John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word.” I believe that the Bible teaches that this word, in the beginning, is God. The reason I believe this is because it fits with all the text of scripture.
You see, God is Spirit—God is spirit. Whenever God communicates, whenever God communicates, and God has the ability to communicate, and this communication of God is called the Word. And because God communicated, because God talked, because God made things known, therefore, I believe in the beginning was God. And the words, the words, the communication was, what, with God.
Now, what is this communication that was with God? I believe that the communication that was with God was Jesus Christ. Not that Jesus Christ was with him in person, but of God, foreknowledge. God’s foreknowledge. God in His foreknowledge knew that man would not believe the revelation that God would give him. So he made arrangements to send His Son Jesus Christ even from before, what, the foundation of the world. And therefore this Word, this Word, this communication, Jesus Christ was God’s communication on the level the senses.
Before that, before that, God communicated by the law, the burning bush, many different ways. But finally, the scripture says, the communication was in Jesus Christ. And the reason Jesus Christ is called the Word, the reason he is called the Word, is because he was God’s communication on the level of the senses. You understand me? On the level of the senses. So that sense knowledge man might be able to be redeemed.
I know that this is really working the Word minutely, but unless you work this Word minutely your Word will not fit. The Bible says that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in a stable, laid in a manger. Right? Let me ask you something. Can God be born? No. God is eternal. But in all pagan religions they always have God born. God born in this form or in that form or another form. And I believe that the Western world has adopted all of this teaching on John 1 from paganism. Through, came through the Roman Catholic outfit in Rome and then through Europe. Because Rome moved through Europe. And then all of this came into the Protestant church via the teaching of Rome paganism and Eastern paganism. Because in the East, God is always born. He cohabits with somebody and then we have a birth. No, no, no, no, no. That I do not believe. I believe we have one God. And that God was IN Christ. That’s a lot different.
Psalm 19:1ff, 4
John 1:1, 2
Publication Date: 12-06-64
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.
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