January 26, 1964
Expository teaching on the first chapter of John.
SNT – 295
Publication Date: 01-26-1964
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.
Joh 4:24; 1:1; (Gen 1:26); Gen 1:1
Joh 1:2-5; 5:36-38
Joh 1:5-13; Heb 2:14
Joh 1:13, 14, 18; Col 1:14-18; Heb 1:1, 2;
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: God, Jesus Christ, born, revealed, written, bosom, preposition, prophets, world, spoke
All right, take your Bibles and turn to the Gospel of John. The Bible teaches that there is only one God. The Bible teaches that this God was in Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that God was from the beginning. If God was from the beginning, and if God is what the Bible says, He is Spirit, God is spirit, John 424. Then God cannot be born. God cannot be born. The Bible says God was in who? Christ, that's a lot different. But the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was born. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, of Judea, in a stable, laid in a manger. Jesus Christ was born, God can not be born God is eternal. Now, of course, the argument has always been in every commentary, and among all the church groups, denomination Lee speaking, basically, large church roots, National Council outfitted spatially that Jesus Christ was co existed with God, that Jesus Christ was with God in the beginning. Now they teach this, and use as their scripture, that wanting Genesis, Let us make man in our image, and let them have dominion and so forth. Now, this is no proof of Jesus as being back there, because the US is simply used in the plural form, to speak of the greatness of the the incident to which God related himself, like the Queen of England, the Queen of England, who is supposed to represent the British Empire, which is getting smaller and smaller. But she, when she speaks for all the British Empire, she says, We, that Queen of England, and she isn't we strive, but you see, it's in the plural, she says, The Queen of England, us. This is the same sense, grammatically, and English wise, that the King James men use, when they say, Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, and so forth in Genesis. So the first thing you must understand is that God is eternal. Jesus Christ was born. Now, if you set this right, then you have to work the word to fit in it, don't have to the word has to fit in it. Let's put it that way. They have all read Gen. Ed John one, one, as follows. In the beginning was Jesus Christ is what they bring. And Jesus Christ was with God, and Jesus Christ was God. That is not what it says. It says, In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God, I will need a set of my foundational notes to teach. Now the problem in John one one is naturally who is the word or what is the word right? That's the problem. In Genesis one one, what does it say in the first line? In the beginning, God, God, God. Now, it does not say in the beginning God and Jesus Christ. It says, In the beginning, God, only one God and that God was in the beginning and God is Spirit. And it is God. Who is the word with a capital W, a capital O, a capital R and a capital D.
The reason the word “word”. Now I also know that Jesus Christ is the word which we'll get to so just don't go jumping yet. The reason God is the word is because God is Spirit. And spirit cannot communicate with your brain cells with your mind with your reason. Everything has to stay in its category, Spirit to spirit things the census world can be no this week, you people just been in the class have learned all this recently. Word is communication. Communication. word means communication. God's communication to man is why the word word is used in the Bible. The word love is it's, it's this word, logos. That is the Greek word translated word. And there are two elements in here that we really must notice, in the beginning was the word God, this agrees with Genesis, one one, and many other places. And the Word was with God. Now, here is now our first problem. And God was with God is how you would you would say, No, no, no, no, no, no. There are only two basic manifestations in the sentence world of God. One is the written word. Here, this written word, you know what I mean? Not the King James, but the word when it's rightly divided, so on and so forth. This written word is as much God as God is God. It's just as genuine as God. This written word is God's manifestation of himself in the reveal order, because God is spirit for God, to manifest himself in the senses were in writing. So that it could be understood. It had to be in form of words who are ds. This is why the Bible is referred to as the word number one. Had we placed before in the in that phrase, before the word word revealed? It would make sense and be biblically accurate. It would read them as follows. In the beginning was the word God, and the revealed word was with oh, God, all right, now let's talk. How was How was this word with God? Alright, is God omniscient? All Wise? All right. Did he know from the far the foundations of the world, that when man was far made and created, that man would sit? Did he know before the foundation of the world that Christ would have to come to ready? If you don't admit that, that you will have to admit that God is not all alive? Because then you contradict yourself in the Bible do because the Bible says He is. He knew from before the foundation of the world even that you would be born again. He knows your end even before you're beginning. To this, this is exactly what it means. And if I can use a phrase without being misunderstood, this is what I would say that in the mind of God, in the mind of God, this whole revealed Word, the Bible was already with him in the beginning.
That's what the word the revealed word was with God. This revealed Word is manifested in the Bible, in writing in the Bible.
And the Word was with God last phrase. And the Word was with God. If you put the word creative before word, you'll have its true meaning. And the creative word, which is Jesus Christ was with God. Now, how was Jesus Christ with God in the beginning, the same way, the revealed word was with you, in the mind of God, later on, and we're going to read, he was in the bosom of the Father. Because God knew, God knew that Jesus Christ would have to come and redeem man because man would sin. Therefore, God from the beginning, had this, Jesus Christ, with him, the same as the revealed word was in God's later on, the prophets made it no holy men of God, speakers are removed by the Holy Spirit. And when the fullness of time came, Jesus Christ was full. This is what that verse says. And this is what it means, with great spiritual understanding. But now, even without great spiritual understanding, I can prove logically, and for every segment of the way to go, for that are in order to manifest yourself, if you're spirit to manifest yourself in concretion, it must be via word, Locus, this. And there are only two ways. There are only two ways that God has done this, if survival is right. He has done this, basically, all through the years, through His revealed Word, which is the Bible manifested in writing in the Bible, and secondly, manifested creatively in His Son, Jesus Christ. Provided that is why I know that what we believe and teach on this verse is accurate. Because it's backed up Bob with all the rest of the Word of God. Now, verse two, the same. The same was that same revealed Word and created word, creative word, was with God, that same was in the beginning way of law. Now, this is a repetition of what we just read verse one, right? Why is it twice? Grads? Come on, who said? A man Eddie, why did I teach you in the advanced class, if anything is given twice? It's thicker, but it's bigger. It's a figure of speech, but it's established. Whenever God whenever God puts anything, double, whenever it's doubled, in the word, it's always established. And this is so great. This is so magnificent, so wonderful, that God wrote the holy men are gods. They wrote it. And God said, writer right over so that when the people at the way headquarters read it, say, oh, no, it's established. Well, I don't know anybody else read and write why the commentaries don't know what they're talking about. That's why I put it in here. It's established. Now, there is one word in here that really puts the clincher on this thing, and that's the preposition with wi th. And the Word was with God and the Word was God. That same was in the beginning with God, those two widths wi th. The Greek word used is the word pros. Pros PRRS. There are, I don't know 1520 different prepositions. Five or six. I'm all translated with but there's only one that fits here. If this particular one was not here, your Bible would fall to pieces. It's not important. This word throws you Hear this preposition with, if any of the other prepositions John were used, you wouldn't have a leg to stand on. But this one says it like a bite. It just puts you there and squeezes the life on it. Because the word post means
to gather together, this is supposed to be an IE. Our brother Harry said, after the television day even I was learning to write. Now that's a compliment from him. Because I was going to send a letter to someone a while back or do something. And he was supposed to sign it and he said, Boy, he said, I never signed my name does that because I'd written it. I wrote it Oh, probs. It means to gather with. This is what its basic meaning is to gather with, and yet distinct. Independence that's something that's the word proofs with. Together with, and yet distinct, Li, independent, are right. Now look, the revealed word, the written word. Was to Ghana when was to gather with God? And yet this is distinctly one. Knowledge tasting. That's something right? How about about Jesus Christ in that wonderful, Oh, praise the Lord, because that doesn't turn your heart you're hopeless. God. This just just just takes it out of the category of guesswork and puts it into semantics, logical sequence in order with a great accuracy of, of law that used in language, the word proofs. Always, whenever it's used in the Bible, this word proofs always means to gather with. But yes, it is distinct. And independent, distinct independence. That's why in the beginning was God, and the revealed word was with God, with him, yet independent. And the Word was God, the same was in the beginning. With God, that's why choose. Okay. Now wonderful. You know, birds too, literally could read the same written word Bible was the same written word, Bible and created word Christ was in the beginning with God. It's good read verse three. Perhaps, before we get to various three, we ought to turn to John five.
If I remember correctly, Rachel live, you were the one that called this to my attention that summer. John five. And she was in this class this summer when I taught this originally. And she called our attention to something here that I think we ought to be reminded of again tonight. Verse 36, John five. He says, I have greater witness than that, of whom, for the works, which the Father has given me to finish the same works that I do bear witness to me that the Father has one. Okay, the Father, in other words, the Father God sent you. And the Father Himself, verse 37, which has sent me have borne witness of Me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his walk. Yet out of the midst of the bush, the voice you got to explain has shaped God, His Spirit spirit has no form, right? Verse 38, and ye have not His word abiding in you, for whom He has sent for whom He has sent him, he believe not. The point I want to make is that God sent him it wasn't God, Jesus Christ wasn't God, it was God who did what? Then him? Sure bless your hearts. Now we're going to verse three. You understand God's communication a man in one sense was in the Bible, manifested in writing in the Bible, manifested in his only begotten Son in Jesus Christ. Now verse three, all things were made by God. That's him. And this again, agrees with Genesis one one, right? Sure. And without God was not anything made that was made in Him, verse four. In God, was what? life and the life this life that was in God was the light of man. How, how was this? Life which was in God, how was this the light of men? It was the life of man, via the revelation, which was given to the men of God, who spoke it and wrote it. How it is. In other words, it was both Bob It was both spiritual and rip. It was spiritual, light, spiritual life, given to the man of God, prophets. Stand spoken. And not everything. You you know this, don't do that not everything God's showed to the prophets was written. In the prophets, many times spoke the word of God, which was never read. I forget how I really got that settled in my heart. But some critic had taken a crack at the Bible a couple years ago, and I read what, what he said. And then I looked it up in the Bible, and it didn't say God wrote it, it said, the prophet spoke. No. So when I say it was written, that was a terrific thing for me. Well, why not? Not everything God's ever revealed to man is recorded here. But that which is needed for our salvation, and for our learning and address to us is recorded here. Know this is what verse four means when it says, and the life was the light of men? Do you understand that? Via revelation, both spiritual and spiritually, it came through men of God who speak as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they either spoke it or it was written. Now verse five, and the light shines in darkness. How did it shine in darkness, via these men who either spoken or wrote, the written word still shines in dark? Understand?
And the darkness comprehend it? It was why, because you cannot darkness cannot comprehend light. That's really something. If we let this little candle, turned out all these bright lights, would the increase of the darkness put this light out? Isn't it funny that just one little light is bigger than all the darkness. Man, if I could preach her, take a half hour off to preach or go to work now. Just imagine what you could do with that for a sermon on Sunday morning if you were a preacher. Couldn't you just thrilled the hearts of the people with that as long as there's one little person in that congregation who is a light all the darkness of that community couldn't put that light out? Well bless God there ought to be some light in Dayton and Xenia new Knoxville, New Bremen. Right. And all hell can't put that all the darkness in order that we can't put it up. Wonderful, not preaching so we'll get along. Now verse six there was a man sent from God whose name was John The same came for a witness to bear witness of the light who's the light? God. We get to Jesus knowledge. No, we haven't arrived yet. Fine. Yeah, you already know all these answers. I don't know why you come on Sunday night. Hey, we're going to get to you after because the word Salma is used in this text. Do you haven't I thought of that this afternoon when I was working on this I had never told you about Salma. What do you know what the word Salma means? You know what the name Tao means?
Alright, right, verse seven. The same came for a witness to bear witness of the light, who is God, that all through him through God might do us? He was not that light. He was not that God, but sent was sent to bear witness of God. That was the true light. God was the true light, which lighteth every man that come into the world how does it like every man that comes into the world, by the revealed word of God, Old Testament? That's how it lightened every man that came in the world. Do you know that the true life the Word of God still lights every man even the unbeliever without the true light of the Word of God, there would be total darkness. That's why it's still like, even for the unbeliever. He was in the world. Every verse nine, yes, he was in the world firsthand. How was he in the world? God, how is God in the world? By the revealed word, by the reveal word. And the world was made by Oh, my God, this again agrees with Genesis does. And the world knew him was not very 11 he got he thought came onto what his own who are he is? Israel, right. And his own Israel receive him plus not. Verse 12, but as many as received him, how? Via the revealed word and the prophets, as many as received God, via the revealed word and the prophets, to them, gave he power to become the sons of God. to them that believe on his name now here we have to go to work. But as many as received him via the revealed word in the prophets, to them gave he power the word power is the word authority. It is not that word venomous or InterGen Matan so forth that I teach in the class entirely different words to them gave me the authority the right the right ri ght
to become to become children of God to them that continue believing on his knee. That's the tech boy oh boy, you better get that down because that's really something here we go a try it again, I Okay.
Now, but as many as received Him, then comes the explanation, which is via the reveal word and profits that's not in the text, you know, that's the explanation to them gave he authority or right to become children, or sons of God, whichever one you'd like to use, the Greek word is the word wheels. To them to them. Now, in your King James, it says that Billy Wright, sons of God to them that believe on his name, the texts literally should be translated to them who continue believing on is the word ice. He is a preposition ice. onto, onto. Euclid, the mathematician uses this word constantly. Matter of fact, he's a real brain in the usage of preposition. Because all prepositions are mathematically accurate is the Bible. And Euclid, you got to Euclid Avenue up there someplace in Cleveland got one over in Dayton, I believe. Here is a point you want to go to. Here's the point you want to arrive at Euclid use this mathematical thing as this would be starting points it go all the way through till it reach that to them, who continue believing unto his name, do you get this? He had Israel, right. And Israel only stayed saved as long as they kept on one, believing.
That's what it's talking about. That's why it's so important. They were not sons of God by birth. They were sons of God, by what adoption, and God adopted is real when they believe when they believe he reckoned right to the sun to them, and it's unto unto it high. Right into unto way through on his name, God's name. Now this terminates with, with the name on to his name. Now, what is that name in the Scripture? His name Jesus Christ, which is above lot, every day. And Abraham saw his day back. Now you see why that verse is so important. As many as received Him, to them gave the writer authority to become the sons of God, to those who continue to believe, looking for the coming of Christ direct and righteousness looking back. After the resurrection. He gave Israel remember. Now the next verse starts with Jesus Christ. Verse 13, is where Jesus comes in. And that's why I explained this name to you now, which you all know, because his name is above every name. And that's why it's undo all the way through Bob all the way through from the original all the way through unto his name, which is Christ. Now we get to Jesus Christ, the first word, which is the Word who in the text who was born, who was born. The word Born is the same word as the word begat.
Who was begotten? In a poor light. I don't know why. I looked that up this afternoon, I believe. I, I don't know. Ricky or any of you, boys is that we're in that verse in the Singular plural. If anybody's got a critical Greek text in here, I look at it. You've got one layer next to you there, Paul. I must have worked. I can't remember now whether I really checked that word out. In the plural or did I mean it's not poro it's past tense. Was where? Well, it has to be was so just find your text. Just show me the Greek word here. I don't care about the English word underneath I want to see see that Greek word. Pass it up. What I thought it was should be was should be was Well anyways, verse 13, back again who was born, not of blood you and I are born of blood. All Israel was born of blood. Hebrews 214 The children are partakers of flesh and was the only one who did not partake of blood is Jesus Christ. Therefore this verse has to be on Jesus who was born not blood, meaning this kind of thing is gonna know or the will of the flesh, nor of the will a man, but of God, oh, here we have Christ being conceived was God again creating and when God creates, he brings into existence that which has not been before and in Mary, you had Mary over here. So one created in here was sold like he created sold. And this is exactly what it says. Now here we get to Selma. Did you didn't see your name in this first digit?
That's right. That's right. Salomon is a Greek word. It just has an extra year. That's all there is your name. And the word will in here is the word sound.
Now I want well, yeah, we get to here in a minute, we're going to talk about Selma a little bit. The words which were born not a blood nor of the Salma of the flesh. There are a number of different words used in the Bible for will. One word Selma means the word Salma means desire. Now, she'll most likely go home when I tell her the rest. It means desire, but not determination or resolve. When a person has what when, when God has determined our resolve, to carry it out, it's an entirely different wheel. When he simply desires, anticipate, so on and so forth, it's the word will, they'll tell. That's why this word is used here. And it's wonderful its usage. Look at it again, it's far beyond what just you hit with the first time and go across it with your senses mind which were born not a blood, nor have the desire of the flame nor of the desire of man because man with his Salma you know his desire he he might want this Christ you know like all the women look for the Christ but they could only will only desire they could not willing Kitt that boy Isn't that fabulous in that context. They could never have the determination and say, well, now we're going to produce jeep. According to the will of the flesh, flesh wise, every woman was made that way to bring the Christ we know that and the will of man was if they put up you know, they would have determined but the will of man could not determine it. For Jesus Christ was not born by man's will he was born by the will of God for he was conceived by the Holy Ghost born in the Virgin Mary Boyle. boilable. And they talk about the accuracy of the word. They sit around and they wonder where they're going to find something that fits. Ma'am they never studied the book that's why they don't know the greatness of God's word. Just that uses that word alone and I got some blast because this here was not on the tape. This among other things that weren't on the tape, but this is one thing was known the tape and I'd forgotten about it is apparently last summer wasn't as far detail, but just bless my heart the difference between having a will to desire something and having a will that would determine and resolve to carry it up. Verse 40, and the word was made flesh. The Word was made flesh is the conception. The Word was made flesh is the conception, and dwelt among us is the birth, nine months later, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth, we beheld his glory, because he was revealed Jesus Christ, and the only begotten other father, only begotten, and he was full of divine favor, which is true, truthfully, divine. Well, that's all there is to it. Verse 18, disagrees with what we looked up in John five, No man has seen God at lot. The only begotten Son, which is where in the bosom of the Father, He has technical life, declared, you know, made manifest him he have declared the bosom of the Father What I say earlier was Did I say that? Well, I don't know what I say. Jesus you know, but I, I brought up in the bosom of the Father and I said later on, we'll hit it in verse 18, or something. But anyways, if they got it on tape, I'll find out what I said. When I listened to it, but the bosom of the Father whenever you read it always means comfort and risk.
Now, if I said he was in the mind of God, that it meant the bosom that's perfectly all right. Because God was at rest over the whole thing. He knew what was coming anyways. Like, Lazarus was in Abraham's wasn't Lazarus. And who had Abraham's book No, the dives bird or what was his name? You know, that we could follow that? Yeah, Lazarus was up there in Abraham's bosom. Yeah. And then when this other fella gets up there Okay. Didn't make it all anyways, the bosom of the Father means comfort and risk. In other words, no man had seen the Only Begotten Son which is in the bosom. In the comfort and the rest of the father, who had all of this in mind from the beginning, this Christ has declared. Now I'll handle one or two more difficult ones for you. And then you can ask all the questions you want to maybe we'll handle Colossians chapter two first. This is the one they'll always throw at you. So we might as well get it out in the open chapter two, verse 50. Start with verse 40. In whom in Jesus Christ, we have redemption through his blood, even the fork. I'm in chapter one. Sorry. Even the forgiveness of what? Sin? Verse 15, who Jesus Christ is the image of the watt, invisible God, why is God invisible? For he is Spirit Jesus Christ was in concretion, the firstborn of every creature. Verse 16, four by him, this is how they read it, by him by Jesus Christ, no, verses 16 and 17 are a parentheses, a figure of speech, by way of explanation. It's the parentheses parentheses is put in, by via way of explanation. And you make it a parentheses, and it'll fit like a hand in a glove. Let me read it to you then. Oh, by the way, and when you put a parentheses in anytime a parentheses since you can go from the word, the last word preceding the parentheses to the next verse after it without losing anything. So we'll do that first from 15 to 18. Who is the image of the invisible God that First Born of every creature, and he is the head of the body, the church which is who is the head of the body prescribes. Now, verse 16, For by him by God, were all things created. If people say all things were created by Jesus Christ, which all commentaries say, and everybody says, then to contradict the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, in the beginning, God created, or by God, were all things created that are in heaven than an earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created by God and Thor, who a man for God, and he God is before all things and by God, all things cohere consists. The word considered consistent, the word coheres stick together. Alright, the next one is Hebrews chapter one. Verse Two is a difficult verse. By the way, verse one fits right in the context of what I've been teaching tonight, God, who had various times sundry various times, and in many different manners or ways, spake in times past, unto the fathers how, by the prophets, he has in these last days, in this last time now spoken unto us by his Son, who he, the word half is not in the text. Whom to God appointed air of all things. I forgot that preposition by look at. It here with the genitive or the accusative case once it used here. English English, right? What's it used in English, Gemini for accusative has to be accused, to be used, as in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he appointed air of all things. And in the accusative case, for whom also or for whom he made the ages, all of the ages that are still become wholesome. And that's what it means. By whom, you know, by whom you made the wordles is not true. It's for him that the ages are made for all things are made for him.