PFAL Opening Session
Teaching from first session of Power for Abundant Living.
SNT – 484
January 10, 1970
Publication Date: 01-10-1971
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.
Tonight in the opening session of this Foundational Class, we are at the headquarters of The Way, I turn to my syllabus, which every person in the class will have tomorrow night, with all the collateral readings plus everything that goes with the class. We always begin this class with the same basic script from God’s Word, and that is found in John 10.
And I trust if you people here in the auditorium have not registered for this class, I trust you shall tonight. Give yourself an opportunity to listen to almost 30 years of my life in research and the accuracy of God’s Word. I have nothing to sell. I have nothing to argue about. I don’t want to take anybody away from anything that they like to hold on to. But I think you’ve got to give yourself the opportunity to listen to the research in the integrity and accuracy of God’s Word. And so for the next 13 sessions, 13 nights, so to speak, we’re just going to be working the integrity and the accuracy of God’s Word.
I will not bring into this teaching platform a commentary. I will not bring into this auditorium a book that I want to read to you because of what somebody else says. But I’m going to bring in here the very book that has set men and women free down through the centuries. This book, and you’re going to read it with me and I’m going to read it with you, and we are going to read it with an alacrity of mind, with a great spiritual understanding, that once again you can know God’s Word as God’s will.
John 10:10 is what turned me on. It is what set my life free. It is what changed my whole approach to life. Jesus said in verse 10, “The thief [the thief] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and [to what?] to destroy: I am come [Jesus said, I am come] that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Now that is fantastic.
Where in the world have you seen Christian believers really manifesting an abundant life? According to statistics the Christians by as many sedatives, or whatever it is to go to sleep on, as the non-Christian. They buy as many pills to get awake on in the morning. They buy as many pills to stay up on all day long. They’re just as full of fear, worry, anxiety and frustration, as the unbeliever.
Now, that cannot be right if God’s Word is right. Someplace, somewhere, Class, somebody musta missed the boat. Because even back in the Old Testament when the children of Israel came out of Egypt, after approximately 400 years of slavery, they came out of that nation and they were about two and a half million. And they marched for 20 years in the wilderness, under the most adverse conditions without any Carter’s little liver pills, without any Anacin, without any what you brush with for 34% less. What is…, called? Crest? They ought to pay me for publicizing their products, or somethin. They wandered for 20 years and the Psalmist said there was not one feeble knee among them. Not one. Two and a half million.
Today, you can take the Church of two and a half people and three of them are sick, let alone millions. When you have a congregation and you’re the pastor that congregation, you spend a tremendous amount of time doing nothing but visiting the sick and burying the dead. Someplace, somewhere, People, somebody musta lost something. Either that or God has changed, and the Bible says, God has not changed. He is unchangeable.
Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. The least that man could believe for is an abundant life. And if the average Christian today manifested an abundant life, I believe he would be real thankful. But Jesus Christ did not come to give an abundant life, as good as that is. It says he came that we might have life, and have it how? More, more, more! I didn’t write the book and I didn’t die for ya. I didn’t come for ya, but God sent His only begotten Son, and Jesus Christ said he came that we might have life and have it, how? More abundantly.
Well, what does he mean? Does he mean abundant? No. He means a life that is more than abundant.