PFAL Opening Session
Teaching from first session of Power for Abundant Living.
SNT – 484
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.
Victor Paul Wierwille served the Lord with unending joy all the days of his life as he travelled continuously throughout the world to hold forth the Word of God. He reached thousands of people during his lifetime through his live presentations, numerous radio and television broadcasts, film and video classes, and recorded teachings. And countless others continue to enjoy and be enriched by his books and hundreds of hours of recorded works, many of which are available in the public domain. A detailed listing of his work, as well as more information about his life and teachings can be found at Eternally Blessed (www.eternallyblessed.org).
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.