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Romans 5 vs 12 - 21 - Corps Notes - 7a

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Publication Date: 1973

 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.

Romans 5:12-21

Lesson 7a


Now tonight, we’re going to begin with 5:12, because we terminated with 5:11 the last
time. And the reason we did is because chapter 3:21 to 5:11 I told you sets forth the power
of God and the righteousness of God. And imputing this righteousness on believing
principles, that’s the key to the whole section. It basically deals with what God did for us.
For – with the emphasis on f-o-r what he did for us. Tonight, we begin with Romans 5:12
and through 8:39, we’re not going to cover that far, but through 8:39. It deals with what
God did in us, with the emphasis on the word “in.” Also, up until chapter 5, the book of
Romans deals with sins, plural. And I showed you in the Word that the plurality of sins
indicates fruit only – the fruit of sins or sin’s fruit. Whenever Romans deals with the
singular sin, it deals with the root causing the sins that produced the fruit. And 5:12-8:39
deals with s-i-n, singular. It deals with the root of sin, understand?
All right, now, I want you to cover three words tonight, I think I’ll cover this before
we get started in the reading of Romans here, so that when we get to it, maybe we can
understand it a little better. And then our Walter is going to teach some things with me
tonight that come up here in Romans that he knows the best of anybody in the Ministry.
But I’ve worked on these words for sin that I think you ought to have them.
[SPEAKS OFF MIC]
You put these words down – hamartia, that’s sin, okay? This is number one; I want
you to put a two down and this is the word, hamartēma, that’s number two. And the third
one is the word paraptōma, those are three words that every time you get involved in sin,
or sins you got to check out, this is the noun form. See? These are all nouns. Now, the first
one harmartia – write this behind it, I’ll give you the definition that I think is the best that I
know: failing to hit the mark; [repeats] failing to hit the mark, (bull’s-eye). Now, does that
bull’s-eye register with any of you women? Do you know what we men mean by hitting
the bull’s-eye? It’s a shooting term, where you hit write in the center of the thing you’re
shooting at. Failing to hit the mark, the bull’s eye. Underneath that put omission or
commission; [REPEATS] omission or commission – either by sins of omission or
commission. When I first began understanding Romans, I began to understand a lot of
things regarding the sins of omission, or what caused a sin, the root of omission or
commissions. And it is in this section where I first began to understand that we as mankind
are bound together, whether we like it or whether we don’t like it, you’re bound together.
And therefore the man who carries the gun, for instance (this is where I learned Romans);
the man who carries the gun for instance that shoots somebody else, like in a war, is no
more guilty before God than I am who paid the tax to help make the gun. And therefore, all
of this draft card burning and all of this cop out that people yell about is just a bunch of
crap, because we are tied together as a people. If you even bought a potato and lived on
straight potatoes, you would most likely pay tax on it, right? And the government uses part
of that tax to manufacture guns and bullets that kill people so you’re involved. You can’t
get out of it. So, God has to have some way or other whereby sins of omission, as well as
sins of commission, are covered. And boy, Romans sets it; sets it down in this great section
here, it will blow your mind. Because, its so fantastically big that for most of you in the
class, if you really work the Word of God it would take you another three years to really
believe it. Because, you know, that mind is so obstructed and upset by the truth of God’s
word it just can’t believe the greatness of what God wrought in Christ Jesus. If we get to it
tonight and we will if we have to stay till midnight, I’m going to show you tonight from
Romans where that abundant life of John 10 comes in, it’s written here in Romans 5 from
here on. You know, why? He came that we might have life and have it how?
[Students:] More abundantly.
Right and you’ll see it tonight. It’s in here, now, this omission or commission maybe
in thought, word or deed. Now, the second usage, number two hamartēma, that one, that’s
the sin act or the deed. Now, the third one, the paraptōma, this one is sort of neat. Outside
the Way Ministry, I’ve never seen a definition like I’m going to give you, but this is the
only thing that registers and makes sense in my head and that I see patterned through the
book of Romans. It means: a leaning fall, sideways. You ever seen the picture of the
leaning Tower of Pisa? That’s what I’m thinking about, a leaning fall. The Tower of Pisa is
leaning but it’s leaning sideways. Or it could mean a falling down flat; where you really
blew it that you went right on your nose, falling flat. That’s what the word means. Now,
every concordance and every theological concordance and stuff, Young’s I think does this,
Strongs, Cruden’s, all of those will give you the definition of meaning “falling down.” But
you see, you’re already partially – (I'll read this in Roman’s to you later.) You’re already
partially off over here even though you haven’t yet, what?
[Students:] Fallen down.
Fallen down. Therefore, the picture I get in my mind, and maybe you can get it there,
if I’m born again of God’s spirit, I got my feet in eternal life, I’m stuck to the Lord.
Therefore, even if I fell flat on my face, I still have feet stuck. But I can also waiver side to
side like this in the Lord, still sin but I’m still fastened down. Now, that is the usage of that
third one. You see, in verse 12:
Romans 5:12:
Wherefore, as by one man sin [what?] entered into the world,...
Number one is the entry. If you just write down, number one: enter the world. Just
write that phrase down, think about it later. Number one: enter the world. Number three is
the disobedience of Adam, which you read in verse 15, 17 and 18.
Romans 5:15b:
...For if through the offence of one many... [See? Talking about Adam.]
Romans 5:17a:
For if by one man’s offence…
Romans 5:18a:
Therefore as by the offence of one [Adam]...
That’s number three trip. You’ll see it in Romans tonight. Now, write this line down:
The law came that number three which previously was error (falling sideways) might
become criminal (fall down flat). And then put down this wonderful line: After Christ
where number one abounded, grace did much more super abound. After Christ, where
number one abounded, grace did much more super abound. And you’ll see the word used
in Romans tonight. Now, I think before I read this section to you, line by line and word by
word, we ought to handle the word “gift.” You find it in verse 15, free gift and the gift by
grace of verse 15, you see those spots? Have we got the word “gift” marked in all of those
verses at all yet, underscored? Okay. Now I want Walter to set this matter of gift before the
Corps again. He’s got it written in an article, and published in a study. The Gifts of God,
see? Now, I know you’ve studied it but again it won’t hurt you to reiterate if Walter brings
this to your attention, okay. So, Walter, come up here and you handle it, you can handle it
here, you’ll take verse 15 and stuff, okay?
[SPEAKS OFF MIC]
[Walter:] There’s all the words: charisma, is the first one, dōrea, do you want me to spell
these? Can you see them back there? [SPELLS WORDS], The third one is doma and
this isn’t used in this section of Romans, but its important, so put it down. And the
fourth one is dōrēma, now these other two we don’t have to be concerned about
because they’re not in the study, but they’re in the book. They’re not in Romans,
though. Alright, charisma, is an enduement of divine favor which benefits the receiver,
that’s the definition. [REPEATS:] An enduement of divine favor which benefits the
receiver. Now, enduement, what does it mean to be endued? It’s a clothing, it’s more
than an endowment. An enduement is a clothing of divine favor, where we’re
completely clothed which is an immediate benefit to the receiver, whether you utilize
it or not, it’s still beneficial. Because, a dōrea is a gift in manifestation which benefits
the individual receiver. See up here, it’s a benefit whether or not you utilize it, but as
you utilize it and receive it in manifestation it become a benefit to the individual
receiver. A gift in manifestation which benefits the individual receiver. For example: if
I sent you a vase of flowers, you could sit them on your living room table and they
would be enjoyable, right? Without doing anything else with them. But on the other
hand you can take that vase of flowers and utilize it for something else, maybe make
another arrangement, see? And then it would become a dōrea gift, a gift which is in
manifestation benefiting the individual receiver. Take for example, while there are
seven gifts of God, right? What are they? The gift of the holy spirit, the five ministries
and gifts of healing. Take the holy spirit gift. It’s a charisma, or an enduement of
divine favor which benefits the receiver. Whether you utilize that gift or not, wouldn’t
you say it’s of benefit? Sure. Gets you into heaven. But now as you manifest that gift,
then that same gift is classified as a dōrea, because you’re manifesting it by say,
speaking in tongues. Does that benefit you then as the individual receiver? But it
benefits you in manifestation. See that? Much more full. Same way with the gift
ministries. You receive a ministry, it’s a gift, a charisma which is a benefit to you but
as you operate that ministry, utilize it, it’s much more of a benefit to you, the receiver,
okay? And the same way with gifts of healing. You just receive the gift, gifts of
healing, but when you do something with it – I'm trying to think this one through.
[Dr. Wierwille:] You have it to begin with as a charisma wrapped up in that spirit trip, up
there. Now when you utilize that spirit within one the gift element is the dōrea as it
benefits them it comes back to you also. Understand?
[Walter:] As it benefits them, it comes back to you.
[Dr. Wierwille:] It’s a triangle; remember that I draw for you? You’re down here on the
triangle, goes up to God, over here to the other person. Then God blesses you, you get
it back down this way, the other person blesses you, you get blessed twice, they only
get it once. That’s true. That’s why anytime you really walk this way, you get double
blessing, the fellow receiving only gets single. And that’s wrapped up in that
tremendous illustration Walter’s giving.
[Walter:] Now, I wanted to draw a picture, here. This is God, this is the pneuma hagion
(holy spirit.) It’s a gift and enduement of divine favor which benefits the receiver as
you receive it but then as you manifest by speaking in tongues, you see, how it
benefits you further. Now, as you manifest, not speaking in tongues, well it can even
be in tongues, where you stay your mind on somebody else. [Dr. Wierwille: Amen.]
And you would bless the other person, then it’s a doma. A doma is where a gift in
manifestation which benefits others horizontally as you benefit others then that same
gift is a doma, it benefits others. As I speak in tongues and stay my mind on somebody
to lift them in perfect prayer then it benefits them, as well as myself. Or if I speak in
tongues and interpret, then it benefits others, if I prophecy, it benefits others. Now, the
word dōrēma, is a combination of dōrea and doma. In otherwords, whenever that word
is used it’s talking about the gift as a benefit first of all to the individual receiver as
well as a benefit to others horizontally, puts the two together. Now, an interesting thing:
you can’t have a doma unless it’s a dōrea. You can’t benefit others unless it first
benefits you.
[Dr. Wierwille:] It can be a dōrea, but can’t be a doma without a dōrea. And can’t be a
dōrea without a charisma.
[Walter:] Right. Okay, now these two don’t pertain, should I let them go?
[Dr. Wierwille:] No, explain it to them.
[Walter:] Dosis is not a gift; it’s the act of giving. This word is used in James, where it
says: “every good gift and every perfect gift” one of those is not a gift, it’s an act of
giving. And the other word there used is dōrēma. I believe it’s every good act of
giving and every perfect gift, which benefits the individual as well as others, is of God.
Now, the last one is dōron, while this one [pointing to previous] was spelled d-o-s-i-s.
Now the last is d-ō-r-o-n and it’s not a gift, this way down or a horizontal. It’s always
in the other direction toward God, like it was used as the gifts that were given to the
temple, as in the direction of God. This word is used in the Gospels and Hebrews and
Revelation. It’s used once in the Epistles, in Ephesians.
Ephesians 2:8:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of
God.
[Walter:] Now remember the gift, the dōron, is a gift toward God. The Greek text reads:
For by grace are ye saved through faith;and this gift is not of yourselves it’s of God.
Because in the Gospels, the Old Testament,as well as Hebrews, Revelation referring to
the law and so on, it was always a gift from man to God, but here it emphasizes that
the gift to God is not of ourselves, but the gift to God is of God. The gift was Jesus
Christ.
[Dr. Wierwille:] Which is in us.
[Walter:] That’s the only place it’s used in the church epistles.
[Dr. Wierwille:] Do that translation again, because the Corps has to understand that. You
get that in your head, what he’s saying. Because they’ll dog you on this verse
sometime, and you have to have this answer. Because that’s the only one they’ll really
hit you with, all of the rest are simple.
[Walter:] And this gift, is not of yourselves it’s of God.
[Dr. Wierwille:] This gift, the dōron?
[Walter:] Dōron, right.
[Dr. Wierwille:] See this dōron, this gift is not of yourself it is of whom? {God.} It’s an
offering to or for God or his service in the temple; an offering to or for God, this gift is
who? Jesus Christ, and it’s Christ in you, which is God’s connection, God in Christ in
you. That’s why it’s an offering this way. Got it?
[Walter:] Only he emphasizes that it’s not of yourselves like it was under the law because
God did it for us, that’s why it’s by grace.
[Dr. Wierwille:] Sure, because under the law they did it in the temple. You see it? They
brought their stuff in the temple, their sacrifices there, so forth and so on. It’s this kind
of word, you know, they use about giving your gift, using money to the Lord. A bunch
of bologna. Like I make fun of it all of the time, whose going to do the delivering? See?
Really, you got to make fun of it because people get that stupid thing in their mind that
they’re giving money to the Lord, for instance. Their not giving money to the Lord. If
they did, thieves would break through and steal. You got to hit that stuff, that’s
beautiful. Anything else there, Walter?
[Walter:] Okay now back on these others, dōrea, is the word that’s used in Acts 2:38,
where it says, repent, be baptized and you shall receive the gift (lambanō the gift)
which is of benefit in manifestation, which is a benefit to the receiver, do you see that?
The word lambanō is used with it, a gift in manifestation which benefits the individual
receiver. It’s also the word used where Simon wanted to buy the gift, the ministry,
because he saw it in manifestation. Doma is the word that used in Ephesians that talks
about the ministries which benefits others horizontally. Charisma, is used quite a bit
all the way through in 6:23 of Romans where it talks about the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life. Not talking about the gift in manifestation which is
of benefit to yourself or others, but the gift itself, which is of immediate benefit to the
receiver, charisma.
[Dr. Wierwille:] Eternal life.
[Walter:] That’s just a couple of things, a lot more.
[Dr. Wierwille:] Good. Thank you Walter. Good, wonderful. Love you.[APPLAUSE]
What are they here in Romans 4:15, charisma is the first one, in 5:15? And the second
gift is dōrea and in 16 it’s dōrēma. Where is the next one? The last one but the free
gift is charisma.
[WALTER RESPONDS OFF MIC]
Verse 15 we have two: the first one is charisma, the second is dōrea. Verse 16, we
have two: first one is dōrēma, the second one is charisma. In verse 17 we have one: it’s
dōrea. Okay? Now, let’s go back to chapter 5 and begin right with verse 12, you ready?
Romans 5:12a:
Wherefore, as by one man [Adam, sins? No!] sin...
This deals with the root of sin; the whole fabric of man’s trippin’ out, the root of it.
Roots way back in the sin of Adam.
Romans 5:12b:
...[It] entered into the world, and death by sin;...
There never was any death until after we had what? {Sin.} So the root cause of death
is what? {Sin.} Right. And if there is death, there is sickness. Therefore, all sickness is
death, either in part or in, what? {Full.} Sure, you get sick enough you’re dead. If you’re
not to sick, you don’t die but it’s still death. That’s how it fits. There was no death until
after sin came. Now, when you teach this, people at many times will get real mad at times
and they will say, “Well, then you’re telling me because I’m sick, therefore I’m a sinner.”
You maybe can’t tell them the whole truth at one time, but that’s the truth. You may have to
say, “Not necessarily,” or something. And it is true what I’m saying now, but in the least
common denominator, it isn’t – There would be no sickness if there was no, what? {Sin.}
Right, but of course most Christians think well, I really didn’t sin, or I’m not any
worse than Henry Boloko, and therefore they’ve never gotten a picture of sin. What most
people think is sin, God never even thought about. And what they don’t ever think of is
really, what’s sin. People get hung up on whether they ought to wear lipstick or how they
ought to cut their hair or how they ought to pray. How they ought to bring their money,
how the flowers ought to be arranged on the alter, you see? It really doesn’t make God one
lousy bit of difference, how you do that. You’ll see, what real sin is if you get your head
into Romans and get Romans into your head. This death came by what? Sin. Now, do you
understand that? And it never came until there was a spiritual tripping out. When Adam
and Eve tripped out spiritually and they walked by their senses, rather than the revelation
of God, which is to walk by the Word of God, that’s when they copped out; that’s when
they blew it, that’s when sin came.
Romans 5:12c:
...and so death passed upon all men, for that all sinned:
The word “have” is not in any text, scratch it. Doesn’t make much difference, but its
nice to get it accurate. “For that all sinned.” How have all sinned? Because, we are of one
family, Adam. And therefore in Adam (in his sin), we as a family are still involved,
whether we like it or whether we don’t like it, doesn’t make a difference. That’s like in
your earthly family, Kurt Phizer didn’t go to his dad and say, “I want to get born,” but
Kurts here. Now, Kurts apart of that family of the Phizers, whether he likes it or whether he
doesn’t, right? If his dad was a horse thief, he’s part of a horse thief family, got it? Well,
then just logically have no problem with Adam then. People get upset, well I didn’t sin,
how can I be back in there. Oh you did too. Because, you’re part of a family, in the natural
world, understand? That’s what that great verse is talking about; this is why death has been
passed unto all what? Because of the sin of Adam.
Man today is born. He’s only body and what? {Soul.} And the nature of the man of
body and soul has the seeds of physical death written into it. Spiritually he’s already dead,
because he comes from the factory without spirit. This is why some place in the Old
Testament it says: it’s appointed unto man once to die, isn’t that in the Old Testament?
Hebrews too? I know it’s in the Word. The reason that it’s stated, is because of the laws
that God instituted at the beginning. And therefore because we’re part of the family,
therefore the seeds of death are already written into the nature of reality of that man of
body and soul. And it’s appointed unto man, does not mean that God set the date, the day
or the time or the hour, but because of the nature of sin, the root. He knows that man will
die and he knows when you will quit believing, therefore, he knows the day or hour. He
did not assign you to that day or hour, then it would be fatalism. Then you would have
nothing to say about the decision as to when you’re going to die. You have a lot to say
about the decision as to when you’re going to die. A matter of fact, this thing here in
Romans is so great if you could believe big enough you’d never die until Christ comes. But
the Lord knows you’re never going to believe that big if Christ doesn’t hurry up. That
someday you’re going to have to go Samuel Butler’s way, or something, the way of all
flesh. Now, do you understand for that all sinned? That doesn’t mean that you deliberately
went out and killed somebody, but we’re all tied up in, what? The family, that’s where it is.
Where does the parenthesis stop, verse 17, doesn’t it? Okay, verse 18:
Romans 5:18 (not KJV):
Therefore as by the offence of one upon all men, condemnation; even so by one
righteous act...
That’s the way the text reads. I don’t know what your Greek reads on that, Walter, but
that’s the way that stuff works in here. I wasn’t going to give it to you yet, but I skipped the
parenthesis to show you the continuity. Really something.
Therefore, see? Verse 18, therefore you ask the “why fore.” Well the “why fore” was
given back in verse 12: sin entered the world, sin; so death passed upon all men so that all
sin. [Verse 18] Therefore as by the offence of one or by one offense a condemnation upon
all men, even so by one righteous act upon all men justification unto life.
Boy that’s fantastic. You see, in verse 12, wherefore as by one man’s sin entered death,
death, death, so death. The center of verse 12 is death. And death is due to the root of, what?
{Sin.} Therefore, as by the offense of one or by one offense, death upon all men even so by
the one righteous act, what righteous act? What is the righteous act of verse 18? No, what’s
the subject we’re talking about? Death. By the righteous act, that’s it, Christ’s death, in
verse 18. Even so by the one righteous act, what righteous act? The one righteous act of
Christ’s death, his death. He, the righteous one, died. Upon all men justification unto life.
That’s just beyond my head, but I believe it because the Word says so. And when you begin
to walk in it, you begin to effervescent it and glow in it and that makes life worth living.
That turns you on, inside.
Romans 5:19:
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience
of one shall many be made [what?] righteous.
You see, by one man’s disobedience we got death, by the obedience of somebody else
who died for us we got, what? {Life.} See how those play over each other against each
other and how they answer the question? And we are made righteous. When you are
justified you are made what? You couldn’t be made righteous without justification. Well,
we leave the last two verses set for the time being in order to do the parenthesis. Because,
the last two verses, moreover, will be a reiteration of sort of a summary of what has been
done in verse 12, 18 and 19. Now, the parenthesis. The parenthesis here is one of the most
difficult sections of scripture in the book of Romans. It’s difficult because of it’s translation
more than anything else. Its hard for us to handle out of the King James. (Okay, I think we
can split for five minutes you can go to the bathroom.)
I’ll give you an illustration: we got a stop sign up here at Route 29. The highway
comes this way, Wierwille Road into [Route] 29 stop sign, okay? If there was no stop sign,
could you commit a criminal offense? But you could still drive on the highway and get
killed. That’s what we’re talking about. Even though sin was not criminal so to speak, there
was no transgression because you couldn’t transgress that law until the stop sign is there.
There could be no transgression until there, until what came? The law. But you could still
get killed. That’s why it said death reigned from Adam all the way through, got it? Now,
read you another translation, the New English Bible, listen to this. Verse 13 of chapter 5.
Romans 5:13 (New English Bible):
For sin was already in the world before there was law. Though in the absence of
law no reckoning is kept of sin.
That’s sort of nice. I read you the American Standard Version.
Romans 5:13 (American Standard Version):
For until the law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
I thought that from a text point of view and from an understanding point of view,
perhaps this New English was the best of them. Sin was already in the world before there
was law, though in the absence of law, no reckoning. Charged, remember, to your account?
Is kept of sin. Verse 14:
Romans 5:14:
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam [until what? Remember the stop sign at
29.]...even over them that had not sinned after the [likeness] of Adam’s
transgression...
Why? Because even though you and I did not sin, let’s say we’re before the law, the
law of Moses. Put yourself before the day of the law of Moses, got it in your head, the
picture? They died even though they had not sinned after the likeness of Adam’s
transgression; they still, because they were in the family, still what? {Died.} That’s what it
says.
Romans 5:14 (continued):
...who is [Adam] the figure of him that was to come.
And the word figure is the word typhos. And here I have to stop and give you some
facts. Technically the word typhos means: a blow. And when you get a blow, then you have
a resulting mark, that’s why we call printing the setting of what? Type. Type setters or the
type of a book, what type is it? You’re not seeing the blow when you see the book, the type
in the Bible you don’t see the blow, you see the mark left by the blow. And basically the
word “figure,” that word typhos, is the blow, secondarily the mark left by it. In medicine,
you doctors, this is the word that’s used in old Greek, translated symptom. This is the word
typhos, translated symptom. Sort of interesting, isn’t it? Medically that’s interesting. In the
legal department, well, in Greek literature, legally, it’s used for the word “case.” When you
got all the facts worked out and you got your case together, ready to blow it to them, make
the imprint, that word “case” is the word typhos. Boy, oh boy, this stuff puts things in your
head when you understand that. You know, they talk about Moses being a type of Christ,
various places, they talk about being types of Christ. There may only be one item in which
it’s similar, only one item, got it? If it’s ever a type relating to a person, understand? The
type the blow that will leave its imprint may only be similar in one point. The scripture that
comes to my mind that illustrates this so beautifully is, when Christ comes back he’s
coming like a what? A thief, in the what? {Night.} Therefore Jesus is a thief – no, no, no,
no! Sure, it’s neat, right on boy. What is the one characteristic of a thief? Stealthiness,
slyness, gets in there you know, he doesn’t come around and ring the doorbell and inform
you he wants to steal your jewelry, out he goes, the blow, got it? Jesus Christ is coming
like a thief. These things are significant, because if they ever try to hang you up on this
stuff, well you say, Jesus Christ must have been a thief. Man, they back off of that baby.
But what is it that it represents? Moses for instance, is a type Christ, but only in a point like
the law giver. In the vision that Jesus Christ had before his death of Moses and Elijah, you
have the great law giver and the great prophet. So, the type was in the law giving and the
type was in the prophet. Because, Hebrew says that he is our prophet, our priest and our
king and the king of course is David after God’s own heart. When you tie that all together
that’s really fantastic. Do you know why David never made the trip on the mount of
transfiguration? The Bathsheba problem. That’s why he didn’t make it. Moses and Elijah
were the only two. I’ve battled that one for fifteen years too. Maybe longer, never knew the
answer until you get that whole word to fit. Because he’s our prophet, our priest and is king
to Israel, right?