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
Publication Date: 12-06-1964
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 1:1-5; Gen 1:26
Psa 19:1ff, 4; Rom 10:18; Joh 1:1, 2
Questions and answers - Joh 1:1-18
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: God, word, born, Jesus Christ, world, father, heavens, declare, revealed, law, bosom, witness, light
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's something that you ought to be reading and working out in your life. In the first verse we read, In the beginning was the 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 anything made, that was made. In him was life. And the life was the light of men, and the light shine of the darkness, and the darkness comprehended, if not. The common teaching is that this first verse, referred 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's word St. Nick commonly read it as follows, in the beginning was Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ was with God, in the beginning, and Jesus Christ was God. This is not true. that go on during that same Jesus Christ was in the beginning with God, all things were made by Jesus Christ. And without him, Jesus Christ was not anything made that was made. Verse four, in Jesus Christ was life, and the life was the light of men, and the light, Jesus Christ, shine of the darkness and the darkness, comprehend it, if not, this is the way it is ordinarily taught, ordinarily read, and all of us who have same times in church and Sunday school, this is what we have been taught. 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, he was up there, you you've created the problem, that you're going to find an awful hard job explaining the reason they do this elbow is because one versus scripture in Genesis, you know, which one that is, you know, one says about us, what is that which verse?
Second Chapter, which verse? Let us make, you know, 126 Thank you. 126. 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 why taking now, I believe that the word up in Genesis is the same. The same faith that you have in England to this day, when the Queen of England, speaking for the entire empire, the kingdom, all those nations, she says, We the Queen of England, it's an old English using, indicating that the thing is tremendous, it's vast, it's big, and therefore, the pronoun us is used in John, one, one. In the beginning, was the word. I believe that the Bible teaches that this word in the beginning he has God The reason I believe this is because this 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 taught, because God made things known. Therefore, I believe in the beginning was God. And the word, the word that communication was luck 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's foreknowledge. God's foreknowledge, God in His foreknowledge knew that man would not believe the revelation that God would give them. So he made arrangements to send His Son Jesus Christ, even some before was the foundations of the world. And therefore, this word, this word, that communication, Jesus Christ, was God's communication on the level the sentence before that, before that, God communicated via 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 has called the word is because he was God's communication. On the level of the sentence, you understand this, 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 my new play, but unless you work this word, my new belief, 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 new, God is eternal, but in all pagan religions. They always have God born, Gods born in this farm, or that farm or another farm. And I believe that the Western world has adopted all of this teaching on John one from paganism, through came through the Roman Catholic outfit in Rome, and then through Europe, because wrong, moved throat through Europe. And then all of this came into the Protestant church via the teachings of Roman paganism and Eastern paganism. Because, Indeed, God is always born, he cohabits with somebody and then we have our birth. No, no, no, no, no. That I do not believe. I believe we have one God, and that God was in Christ that fell out there.
I just told what's her name Naomi not to handle them like this this afternoon. She and I went over and we got ourselves some Kleenex, so we wouldn't even touch these. So we'd handle them. Now I picked it up. This is the body. If there was water in here, the water would represent what I'm thinking about as God in Christ. God was in God was in Christ. This heart this body parts had to be born, had to be fashioned had to be made. This is why the Scripture teaches that of the place. Jesus Christ was born a lot, the Virgin Mary, but the spirit of the spirit, the soul life within he was born out of who conceived by the Holy goes born of the Virgin Mary. Now, God was in Christ, God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto itself. This is why man can't see God. But he could see the law, the table of stone and all the rest they could see. But finally, Jesus Christ, you still can't see God, but they could see Oh, Christ. And when they saw him, remember what Jesus said, He who has seen walk me path what? You see how that all fits, when you're what's the word? Did they see father spirit? No. But they saw this spirit which was in Jesus Christ when he was living it. They, as he lived at that to that, and they saw this was what father was. In one sense, ladies and gentlemen, it's still true today. Like if you're born again of God's Spirit, when filled with the Holy Spirit, when you walk, they who have seen you will see the father if you renew your mind and want to go for how can they know God? Except they know. It's true. You dama prayed tonight? Do you thank God? I forget now, but about a preacher. How can they hear except they have a preacher? Right? Well, she meant in that. She said, I know this, that it isn't just a preacher, but it's the truth that he represents. How can they hear the truth if the truth is there, but nobody can present it. So to this end, when you and I walked this week again, when I'm back in Columbus, then the people are to be able to see the Father. Bless God, it's up to me to work that word and make that word living to those people that they see God. You're the same. Now, in Jesus Christ, he was God's only begotten son because he was the only one in whom he ever created social life know that? He never created Soul Life and Adam, right? But in Jesus Christ, he had to create Soul Life Within Mary so that she could bring both them I thought this is why this word in the beginning was the Word. God communicate. God has never left himself without communication. As Dr. Belk said he didn't use these words but I was thinking of it is written in the stars he said something about that heaven that's like the heavens declare His glory somehow chose fourth his handiwork or something firm okay, that heavens because you see God was always remember that scripture their line is gone out what is the line is going out to the end and their voice or sound is heard. Remember number that might find their sound is borne out by them remember that when somebody better grab a big pin card in fact, if we can find it, it's got to be in man.
You remember what I'm talking about? It's Old Testament now is that also the Old Testament? Boy, I thought it was a no okay, Romans 1018 I'll look at that a minute here
where is it? That's the one I was thinking of, like your heart. Thank you, lady. Now, read me Psalms 19 for Jan All right, that line is locked through all the earth. And there was word until the end of what? We're now in the, in the King James, and I'm glad you saw this enrollment. The line the word line is the word sound. Yes, barely their sound went into all the earth, and their word onto the end of what? Amen. Amen. It's in the opening part, very poor. How many verses in this? Yes
14 verses. I haven't worked this thing for many years in my mind, but I think it's the first six verses or seven, I don't know how many deal with the heavens, and then the rest of the verses deal with the Earth was write the law right? First, second, and third, then there is a trend. Moving on. And then the last verses, deal with a given loss. In other words, God in the beginning, before Jesus Christ manifested Himself basically, via two great media, one the heavens, the other the law. Now the heavens declare the glory of God. And this is the sound, the sound, the line, the sound went into all the earth, and their words, the words about their sound, when and all their and their words under the end the Lord, that the line that the stars the heavens have to declare the word, this communication don't understand God communicating to man before it was written. Before it was written, this is why John wanted says In the beginning was the Word. And this word in the beginning was God God communicating commands via the star. And later Viola, the law, then the next phrase, and the Word, the Word, Jesus Christ was one with God with is the key to it. The word is proof P R. O S. Mean identification with yet distinctly independent. Jesus Christ was in our for knowledge of God and he was with him. Look, were you with Jesus Christ at any time? That's right. That is why I wanted you to say that scripture says that he knew you. And so you before that foundations of us, then that's a long time before you're born. So he must have known you from the beginning. Well, then you were with. That's exactly the key you, you were with him, just like Jesus Christ was with you. Yet none of you have ever been physically up there. Jesus Christ was not physically up there. But there is a difference between you and Jesus Christ. I know that. But I wanted you to see the point that we have been reading. Now, this particular Jesus Christ, who was with him, is the word post being identified. I forget to use a I have this is a foundational class No, but it means to be identified in God's foreknowledge with him, but yet distinctly independent, when Jesus Christ came was easy, simply independent. Thinkers, he was Jesus Christ. You can see him you could talk to him like I can talk to Mr. Sharp or anyone else. We could he could talk with him. He was distinctly independent, and yet he was one with God. And this is tremendous because the Scripture teaches he always did the Father's will. I end up Father are One, one. See, all this will fit together. Now the third one in the first verse And the Word, the Word, the Word, the revealed word. The Bible was God.
If you take this verse apart and put it together accurately in your Bible said all the way through from Genesis to Revelation, this is like, in the beginning, you have God, who, from the beginning, communicated on demand via heaven. And then via the law. Then Jesus Christ, the creative words, this is the greatness of it. Then the written words, I know what you're going to say, well, how come you didn't put the written word first? Well, if you'd like it much better you can. The reason I put it in this site, is because in the greatness with which I can see it biblically, God stands for his son, his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. And then the greatness of his written, revealed word right in the words. That's why I put it whether this order is correct. I do not know. I had greater light, I'd say more. But if maybe the revealed word was before the creative word of that verse, I do not know. But I know this is hard. Well, I've taught it before. And I've said you can put it either way. I don't know. But the reason I've said this again, tonight, the way I've said it, because this is the way I feel regarding it, that the greatest thing is God. And then the second is his creative word, which is Christ Jesus, and then the revealed word. But I know that the revealed word came before the creative word, in part, the Old Testament was given. The Old Testament was given, and other things before the coming of Jesus. But the Old Testament was simply given to lead us up to Christ. And therefore, I'd like to put it in the third place, instead of second. Then in verse two, I think you'll have a tremendous verse of scripture, recapturing all three of those things which are written in verse one,
that say, that say, that God, Jesus Christ, revealed a word that was in the beginning with pro pro identified yet these simply independent with God. Well, it's all I know about those tubers. Virtually all things were made by Him by Oh, God, God, and without God, him was not anything made. That was what made. Now the reason this is true is that God Genesis said, so in the beginning what God created the heavens and the earth. And then in Genesis God, this God, that God, one God, and this is talking about, all things were made by God. And without God was not anything made that was made. So I don't give a hoot. What the biologists say, and the anthropologist and all. That Scripture declares, as plain as a, that, in the beginning, all things were made by Him. And without God was not anything made. That is me. So whatever there has been made, in the beginning was made by God. And this will stand the test. Versus in God in God was light. And the light this light that was in God, this light was the light of what? That's right. God has always been the light and the light of me and the light, God. China in one darkness, and the darkness did what? It never got dark enough to ever comprehend the light and the light shone in darkness in a three fold way, according to the heavens, below the the Christ, the reveal works, this is how it shows. This is how God shows this is how the light, the light God showed in the darkness of this whole world of ours all through the centuries, God has never left in South with auto with member kings and Romans talks about the 7000 who didn't bow the knee to bail. God has never left himself without a witness even know his wife and three sons he always had a witness let's Florida this week that Methuselah died the year the flood never made the boat just died before that. I figured a fellow want to live that old should have lived another year. Not a free boat ride. But thinking about this, you see? Oh no a preached 120 years any grace, righteousness 120 years? How many to get paid? He did not better than even some people who at least had the family and but outside of that he didn't Did he? And I tell you all bad things. Knowledge wise, he was miserable. I don't know what I do. Haven't been confronted with that yet. But just think of it 120 years and not not one person who at least believed and lived long enough to go on the boat. Right? Right. You may have one someone that died before the year of the flood that I don't know. But there was an anybody to go out.
This is why pious when you read things like this, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness what? comprehend it is not. That's something that all the darkness in the world can never comprehend. As long as there's one person who believes that one person will be that light in the world. Boy, that's why you can go out to the shops and factories in your homes and places of business this week and out on your farm and know that you're wonderful in God because, boy, you're a light
very thick, then there was a man sent from God whose name was what? Now the story to be the same came for a witness to bear witness of that was that all man? True that all men is an italic. Through him Mike was that he? He was not that light, but was sent in italics. To bear witness of that was like that was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world I have taught this before I have an eye to you. The same came for a witness to bear witness of the light who is like God in verse seven. Now, God, God, God came to bear witness of God, that's what I want you to see. He came to bear witness to God who is the one like George, I want you to develop that all through God through Him. Mike was he was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light. Now here you have an interesting thing. He was not that light. Not that God was sending the crease, the the creative part. But he bore witness of that light who is God which was the true light God's the true light, which lighteth every man that comets into us. Amen. I believe this word every is without exception. Not without this thing. Because I believe that if God was not in the world, there would be no life at all. And God lightened every man that cometh into words, because you could not have total negative. You have to have some way. Take for instance, even the natural law of breathing is a God given thing. The natural law of breathing for the baby that can eat, sleep and jump is gone. In that sense, the law and this is why I believe that he likened every man that cometh into the very me what in the world? God was in the world. How? By the word of God, that's how I was here. The law the heavens reveal work. And the world was made by lots. him Oh, God, you see that agree? If you get Jesus doing this, you're in the soup charts, right? Your throat. us in the world, but the world knew us knew him not. He didn't know God. Because if they did not accept the revealed words, they couldn't know he can see spirits. He came onto his own. God came onto his own who are here though, Israel right? And he has, oh, good luck. Right? Not as many as received him. Via the beat revealed word, the prophetic words that then gave God power to become the son of us, even to them that believe on his luck. He was me who? Verse 13. Were born, not a blood, nor have the will, the word will is desire, the place nor have the desire of man, but but women.
Now, very 14 Darkwood. Birth 14 starts with and the Word was made flesh is the conception. Nine months later, the next phrase, and what dwelt among us.
And the Word was made flesh a very sporty, the making of place is the conception conceived by the oligo dwelt among us is porn are blocked, loyalty are sharply the word divides itself and put this thing together how wonderful an advert The Word was made flesh and we behold His glory. No, you couldn't be hold the glory when it was made place you know that. In the conception you put it had to bring into the brought into manifestation, when it dwells a minor role and then we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only because look at that the only begotten of what Whoa, I was great grace and truth. Now verse 15, John bear witness of him him Oh, and cried, saying this was he of whom I think he's had come after me is preferred before me, for he was before me. And I've his fullest. have all we received in great for great, or the law was given by law. Moses, My grace and truth, hey, by law, amen. Verse 18. It came by Jesus Christ, no man has been God at any time with Jesus Christ, man. Right. No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten son which is in the bosom of the Father he has, he has declared him the only begotten son which was in the bosom of the Father there's how was he in the bosom of the Father for another womb God for knew He predestined being in the bosom of the Father via His foreknowledge, the word bosom as a lot more insane. I think in this one god I handle this word bosom No dice. Now, No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten son was with him from the beginning. It doesn't say that. It says the only begotten Son, which is where in the bosom of the Father doesn't say was with him from the beginning. You know, physically. He have what? declared him. Now there is the great section of John chapter one verses one through 18. I know there's a great deal more to say about it. And especially so on the word declare, remember how, in the foundational class, we take that word hexa go my through and show our people that it is to make known to declare this when Jesus Christ declared this point. Now, do you have any questions on this chapter so far, or anything you want to add to it back up? It's a nice verse, but I don't see where you're relating it to art. But you're relating. It's hard. You lost the something who was hard man, part B sounded attached in the law.
Good day, all right, D. Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us the birth, and we be held at home held his glory, that that was grown up was born.
So it gives birth. And that's wonderful that I see. You all follow that? Well, that's wonderful. The Dory was not. No, as he and I think that if I may go a point further there D. The King James is very wise in putting this figure of speech of a parentheses in there. Because it would read on his follows. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. For whole, there's the key hole of grace and truth. The fullness of His grace and truth is his adulthood, where you see him full of grace, full of truth.
And this is exactly what he was saying. I think it's wonderful. Thank you. Alright, anyone else? All right, Phil. He was before me. In the essence, if I understand this accurately, he was before me, in the essence that God in His original work, he immediately prepared for the community.
Yeah. And that. After that came the church. After that came the church, and finally came Israel. You see these people that are always talking about the importance of Israel.
And Abraham and Isaac. They don't disturb me too much. You know why? Because the Scripture says that Israel was called in Jacob. Right? Amen. Not to worry that God says that the church was called before that foundations other words, therefore the church was called long before Israel was called in Jacob.
That's the order of events. far as I understand anyone else, well, a little difficult handling some of these things, but this makes your spiritual brain cells grow and makes you appreciate the greatness of God's Word. And I think it helps us all to see that there are many things we can learn. People, to me, those first 18 verses of John are just out of this world. But boy, when you handle them wrongly, you end up with nothing but can do. I'm not saying that we know everything that's written in those 18. I'm convinced we go. But I think God has shown us a great key to it, that it is God who is talking, and especially those first six, and then on down the line, so that we don't get Jesus up there, and so on and so forth. Because if we do, we will have three guns. And the scripture says, There's only one God. And ladies and gentlemen, if you've got three gods, then don't laugh at the Hindus for having 4000. Because if you've got three, and other one wouldn't make any difference, if you got four 4000 wouldn't make any difference right? Now someone will say to you, well, then Doctor will doesn't believe in the Trinity. Well, why do they believe in the Trinity? Somebody's been teaching them. Right? No, I don't believe in the Trinity. I believe that if you want to talk Trinity, that's a word rather for and I guess it means three, doesn't it? Three and a half. But, okay, now you see, you're talking about God, His Son, Jesus Christ. What else the Holy Spirit. Alright. Then if you're going to talk about the Trinity, you can talk about the next one, four would be what? I don't know clogged something. And then you can go to panta. Because He revealed Himself in His Word. And he says, He revealed Himself by His Prophet, then you can end up and have a lot of the why not just believe God's Word, we said, There's only one God, and then understand that Jesus Christ was born, and that God was in Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is still God. God is holy, and God is. And boy, then your bible of fit like a hand in a glove, the only thing you'll have to worry about is the treatment. And said, the word didn't praise the argument. Let them worry about it. They created their own problem as I'm explaining, I can't explain.
Because I didn't create the problem. I think the word is now you'll run into these things. And then now use illustrations like rain and snow and sleet.
Boy, what a terrific illustration of God. That sounds okay, then you can use bologna and keep on downgrading. And I don't know what, but you got three different kinds of meat, haven't you? picked three pigs eyes and pigs. And three manifestations of God. No, no, no, no. Nipples. It's a trick of the devil. To be liberal our or our God did was the word says he didn't he is what the Word says he is, and he was big enough to see. And it's for an ollie, that Jesus Christ would be born and that this Mary woman would be the first one in the history of society who would ever believe be it on me according to thy word literally. And so he created that soul life with in her which impregnated that egg which made it possible for Jesus Christ to be born to the Virgin Mary, and boy people to me that's the greatest greatest thing in the whole book. Just out of this world, and it was in it while I think that's enough for one night, isn't it and I never did get on to what you're trying to say. You're gonna have to get me behind the corner and teach me what you were headed for.
And I love you. Even if I don't understand replace your father, I love the insect because I worried here tonight. And for letting this word of God live in our midst father.
Nothing but by word and the greatness of it. We want it to live and we want it to be a blessing to our people. Father, help us to understand the word and then give us the courage the boldness and the right word. To get others to understand it too. let us walk forth with great mon father for these things we truly thank the and crazy this night and father May we again who have heard the word tonight? Go forth out of this Bible Research Center.
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