January 7, 1968
Power For Abundant Living teaching
SNT – 302
Publication Date: 01-07-1968
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 10:10; 3:16
Excerpts from SNT 0302 John 10:10
“Every class has to start someplace and this class on Power for Abundant Living begins with a subject dealing with the greatest secret in the world today.”
“There is a great secret in this world, and the reason it is a secret is because people don’t know it. Once something is known it is no longer a secret… The greatest secret in the world today is that the bible is the revealed Word and will of God. That’s the greatest secret: That the bible is the revealed Word and will of God. That is the greatest secret in the world, because nobody believes it.”
“We believe in this class on Power for Abundant Living that the Word of God is the will of God.”
“In the Gospel of John, in the 10th chapter, in the 10th verse, we read the following, ‘The thief [the thief] cometh not but for to [What?] steal, and to kill, and to destroy.’ Jesus then says the rest of it, ‘I am come that they might have life and that they might have it [What?] more abundantly.’”
“Because, if you can’t trust God in John 10:10, if you can’t trust His Word there in John 10:10, how can you and I trust His Word in John 3:16?”
“People this verse is the foundational scripture of this class on Power for Abundant Living because it is this verse where you start making up your mind. Either Jesus Christ told the truth or he lied. It is as simple as all that. That’s right. It is as simple as all that. Either that’s the truth or it’s a lie. If it is a lie you know what we ought to do? Be honest, give it up, chuck the whole thing and have it over. But if it’s the truth, if it is the truth, then somewhere, someplace, somehow, He must be able to tell us how we can receive this life which is abundant.”
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: God, life, word, abundant, pray, greatest, world, abundant living, mind
Take your Bibles now and turn to the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John Chapter 10.
Every cloud has to start someplace. And that's class on power for the gut for abundant living begin with a subject dealing with the greatest secret in the world today. There is a great secret in this world. And it's such a secret. The reason it's a secret because people don't know it. If a line something is known, it's no longer a secret. What you women have in your purses is a secret. But if we take those purses and sort of turn them upside down and put them out here on the floor of this auditorium, the secret would be revealed the mystery be made known. Now the greatest secret is not in the woman's purse, I guarantee you. The greatest secret in the world today is that the Bible is the revealed word and will of God. That's the greatest. That's a Bible is a revealed Word, and will of God. That is the greatest secret in the world, because nobody believes. And that means just Nope. Not even the fundamentalists who say they believe the Bible believe that statement. When they first hear me make it, they sit in the auditorium that times and I hear them say amen. But I know all the time. They don't mean it. Because you're the reason I know, they don't mean it. It's because later on when I get in the class, and all I do is read the Word of God, then they stand up and say, Oh, that's not for us. We've been in this class on power for abundant living. That's the word of God is the will of God. Anybody's welcome to the class, even if they don't believe this. That's right. I'm always glad to have people, especially high school, college students. And frustrated adults who have the adults who have fossilized, you know, they've come to the place, they're absolutely convinced that the Word of God is full of air, that there are many divergent opinions regarding the word that nobody can really say that says the Lord, that no one can put it together and that the rules are contradictions in the Bible. They're welcome. I'm glad to have you. You know why? Because you have a right to be in this class. For this is a class, this is not a church service, where you have to believe what I say. That's surprising. Ah, that's right, because I don't give a hoot watch. That's surprising to me. Because I'm not responsible for what you believe. You're responsible for what you believe. But I do believe and for this, I've dedicated my life that I believe that every man, every woman has a right once again, to hear what I have researched, and what I do, then you have a right to make up your own mind. Without my shoving it down your throat, you make up your own mind, as to the reality of that which I teach whether it's right or whether it's wrong. But are the people the critics on the outside who never sit and listen to the class? They have no right to make a decision whether it's right or wrong? For instance, you're serving on a jury? Do you have a right to make up your mind whether that man is innocent or guilty? Until you've heard all the testimony or all the facts concerning the case? I think the attorneys would disqualify you and I'm sure the judge would kick you out, would you have to wait until all the facts concerning the case have been assembled, taught presented, both from the witnesses from the defense and all the rest of them. Then finally the judge instructs the jury and he says now go out and deliberate. And then you come in with a very, you be as honest with me, in this class on power for abundant living as you would have to be if you set sat in a secular court, on a jury, and we're going to have a tremendous time you withhold Your decision on the integrity and accuracy of God's word until all the facts concerning the case have been presented, when I have finally wound it all up,
then you make your decision whether the Bible is the revealed word and will of God, whether this is the greatest secret in the world today or whether it is in the Gospel of John, in the 10th chapter, and in the 10th verse, we read the following the thief, the thief, cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. Jesus then says the rest of it, I am come, that they might have life, and that they might have it what more abundantly. That's the verse of scripture that shook my life many, many years ago. That one just racked did ruin all of my theology overnight. When I finally sobered up to me, it was Jesus Christ Himself who said that he came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Now, it struck me at two places. Number one, that we might have life abundantly, that show because I was brought up in the background of my life, I'm old enough to have been brought up this way. Some of you are not old enough. But I was brought up that if you were a minister, especially if you were a minister, my background is not this way anymore in the ministry, you know that they're the most overpaid people I noted it. But it was taught that if you were a minister, you were always supposed to have less than anybody else in the congregation, so that I have no time would you be their superior materially, for instance. And so I learned just to be poverty stricken. We started out this way, we continue this way. I happen to go to a church where they paid the last Minister they had I think, 800 No, they paid him $1,200 a year, and they owe him 850, some from the last year they hadn't paid you. I stepped into that situation. And you can imagine how rosy and glorious it was. It was in that congregation where I heard the story of the deacon who had prayed, Lord, you keep our minister humble, we'll keep him poor. That's why I love deacons who don't do that usually right. Elders who don't l deacons who don't do what anyway. So we went along. And within our heart was built this thing that you can't ever have anything. Then I I learned that God made people sick. So I was praying, Lord, if this is the key, I want to get sick. Well, I manifested. And you know what happened? Within six to seven months of the first ministry that we had, we were getting less and less and less, day by day, week by week. And one time I read John 1010. G, Jesus said, He came that we might have life and have it worse and worse, and worse and worse. No, he said, he came that we might have life and have it hell, more abundant. I missed the word more. I missed that for years. But he said he came here we might have life and have it abundantly. And I said to myself one other something wrong someplace. Either God's alive. Or he told the truth. Now, if God's a liar, then why should I be a minister? Why should I try to tell people that God's word is true when I know he's alive? I don't know if your minds ever function this way. But if you ever get little logical, they're going to have to come to this conclusion. They cause if you can't trust God in John 1010, if you can't trust these words, they are in John 1010. How can you and I trust His Word in John 316? I'm on. And I hear people all the time quoting John 316. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life that they believe well how can you believe that, and deny John 1010. Why? First of all, it's in the same book, just to skip and a jump away from it.
eople this verse is the foundational scripture of this class on power for abundant living, because it is this verse where you start making up your mind. Either Jesus Christ told the truth, or he lied. It's as simple as all that. Attract. It's as simple as all that. Either that's the truth, or it's a lie. If it's a lie, you know what we ought to do? Be honest, give it up, Chuck the whole thing and have it Oh. But if it's the truth, if it's the truth, then somewhere someplace somehow he must be able to tell us how we can receive this life which is abundant. Well, not only is this true, but he said he came that we might have life and have it more than abundant. I did not see in my ministry. And I would venture to say none of you basically have seen a life which is abundant is the denomination or churches to which you belong. When you're honest. Now of course, I know what you're going to do immediately gonna put your hands up because you want to fight. I don't want to fighting I don't fight about but I believe in the integrity and accuracy of God's Word. We never fight in this class, we just teach God's word get the fight out of you get you to believe God's word. How many Christians have you seen in your immediate environment who are manifesting in abundant life? How many? Very few and you know it. Many times the sickest people in your community physically are the Christians. Many times the people who are most defeated in your community are the Christians. Those who manifest the greatest amount of poverty are the Christian. Javaris look at their faces as they come out of the church doors at 12 noon on Sunday. Do they come out with a great smile on their face? A great radiation Sick Boy I'm going in the world today with the power of God I've just received there and I tell you there's nothing that can stop the power of God today. Know why the average man coming out the quarter salute looks 10 times as happy he's involved in a better spirit or something. At least he's got some meaning and got him up and I tried. This is why sometimes you see the Christians they bearing all these burdens, you know, they got a you we got characters in the class. You'll learn them as we go along. We've got Maggie muggins and Johnny jump up and Henry bolo CO and the other ones I can think of it snowball Pete, that's a good one. Sometime I'll tell you who all these fellows are. But you see people go along, you've heard them go they're always praying for somebody. And they're always bearing somebody's burden. And they're so overburdened because Oh, Maggie Margarita just been out there in a world sin and like crazy. And we got to pray for Maggie and we got to carry all those burdens, ever. Yeah. And we got to be sure to stay humble, because we got to bare our sicknesses ever heard that? Ever heard? We've got to bear the cross of Christ. Don't forget you got to take up your cross and follow Him. And therefore you've got the cross on the shoulder you've got Maggie muggins and all our sins night tell you she's loaded on this. Yeah. And old Johnny jump up hasn't been jumping so good lately because he's all burdened down to. And here we come out. Mile mind, we got to pray today. Just all burden. Let's have a big old prayer me. And so we gather around and we pray and we keep on bearing trust. And we walk come out of the churches are in a Christian Fellowship, walking around like you know, all be all defeated. You call that an abundant live. guy that comes out of the quarter saloon, spent the last days God hasn't got a penny in his pocket, comes out there, pulls up, he's frozen, buttons up his shirt, throws on his chest, takes a breath and he starts down the street. He says I'm the best man in town and I can look at your body today. The average Christian, don't to smile. You might break your jaw Have you ever don't you ever think that you can have an abundant life?
Why? Because it's God's word. He not only said he came that we might have abundant life, and people for years, I think many of us would have been thankful if we then manifested an abundant life, right? He didn't say. He said he came that we might have life and have it out more than have been boiled bowl. He said, I didn't. He said I did. And he said, God's a liar. He told the truth. He said, that he came Jesus Christ case that we might have life and have more more than abundant. Well bless God, that's what. That's why. How can you know God's will? Only one way you can know God's will read the Reader's Digest, life look or time Saturday Evening Post play girl or something else? No. You never you never get to knowing God's Will by reading, Reader's Digest. You're going to know God's will, you're going to have to read God's love. That's right. You can never know God's will until after you know His Word. Now, if a person thinks he knows God's word, but he doesn't know God's word, he still doesn't know God's will. Rufus used to say, if you think you've got it, and you haven't, you're not going to go look. For people who think they know the answers, but they don't know it, they're not going to look for the answers. If you're convinced you know it, but you don't know what you're not going to go up in the knowing. If you're convinced tonight that you have tapped in to all the resources you're ever going to tap into, that your life is exactly as far as it can go, you're never going to go any further. Because you cannot go beyond what you can believe. If we've got our minds made up, that terminates our group. It's like I say in many of my classes, it's many times what we learned after we think we know it that really counts and makes all the difference in our life. Tonight, I said let's sing him number 69. How did you know that my will was to sing number 16? Why didn't you sing 12? Why didn't you sing 17 And you're 14 and you start feeding your 11 and somebody else's outcome? You're saying 16? I'm not come on? Because my word was my one. Now let me ask you something on sheer logic, if there is a God, if there is one. And if that God is what the Word of God says He is the One Who created the heavens and the earth. If there is a guy that if you think he could be as smart as VP Well, ah, don't and it's almost hypocrisy to think about it isn't. But look at watch what we've been saying in the world. We have believed the man. But we refuse to believe God, you call that logical idol. If we can believe a man, we could certainly believe God. You believe your banker about believing God. The reason you know what you have in the bank is because of their word. They send you a statement which is their word. There you read that word, that word is their will. That's how you know it. Well. What about God's word? How you're going to know God's will without knowing his one word. If you want to know the rules of football, you read the tennis direction. No, you read the rule book relating to us. Football. If you want to know the rules and regulations of basketball, you read the rulebook of basketball. When you want to know God's Will you read and study God's word for it. Here are the rules and regulations of God's bowl game. That's why the word of God the Word of God is the greatest secret in the world today. That this word of God is the will of God that it means what it says then says what it means, and have God as a purpose for everything he says, where he says that why he says that how he says that to whom he said that when he says
Have you ever asked yourself? Why is John 316? Where it is? Why does Galatians two forward? Why is First Corinthians 1558 words? You ever asked yourself that question? The good question. The answer is, if it was any other place than where it is, it never fit. You take John 316, and put it in Galatians, two, four, and you can't put the word of God together. If you set yourself one for him. You take first Corinthians 13, and put it in first Corinthians 12. And you can't fit the word. You take the book of Revelation and put it back for the Gospel of Matthew is it doesn't work. This is remarkable. But you see what's involved is the integrity and the accuracy of God's Word. We have people that talk about the Bible. They're always saying, Well, you want to believe the Bible. You want to read the Bible to do this, how to do that. But do they really believe the word? Or do just do we just believe that part of the word which cooperates and substantiates our preconceived theology, or it is. I've got my mind made up, ma'am. So now I go to the Word and find that scripture which collaborates what I've already decided it should say. How would you like to play football in on those rules, regulations, or basketball or running track? Any other fields? No. That's why in this class, we let the word speak for itself. Because Jesus said, He came that we might have life and have it more than abundant. If we're ever going to find out whether he lied or told the truth, we're gonna have listened to it. We're going to have to read literally what he said. And understand that what he said he meant meant what he said, and not to write our own keys to the Scriptures. He is that key, the key is right in the Scripture.
It is not for us to say this is what the Bible says. But here's the key to it, this is what it means. Then it no longer says what it means the longer means, why does this verse of John 1010, is so foundational, that once you have made up your mind on if you're able to move one way or the other. And it's simply either Jesus Christ told the truth, or he was lying. If he lies, let's jump. If he told the truth, then is not two weeks, a short period of your life, to give to find out what those keys are, or at least listen to them. And then make up your own mind whether you think those are the keys and whether they will work or what or why I tell our people that this class is a class on keys. I don't expect you to change your theology, I just expect to get rid of that. This is a class on keys. I don't expect really changes. I don't care. That's why it's the easiest class in the world. Because I don't care what you think. As a matter of fact, I don't care what you've done in the past. Aren't you lucky? I don't care what you believe what you've said what you've done, because I can't help you in the past because I wasn't there. But now I can help. You're here tonight. You're in this class. That's why I'm not concerned about your past. I'm concerned about what can we do now together? What can I work with you in the Word of God to help you now so that you can manifest that more abundant life that you can grow with the greatness of the power of God within your life? That's why it's a class on key. I'm not going to teach you the Bible from Genesis to Revelation two weeks time. I'm going to teach you every key that will unlock every scripture from Genesis one one to Revelation 20 to 21 In two weeks, everything once you have the keys to unlocking the resources, the treasure chest so to speak, the utilization the operation of those keys resides within your own free will. Suppose you have the key that you do not want to unlock the door you know what to do. You were locked in but once you have the key and you decide to unlock the door then what do you do? You unlock it you see if you have keys then you can walk in like here at the White biblical Research Center usually have lost around here the key there refining fuel the results. But suppose that main door in this auditorium was locked. Now you might get in, oh, I know what you're gonna do, you're fine Christians are going to stand out there and you're going to pray to your blue in the face. Tell you something, doors still gonna be locked. Get in that door, you're going to have to have a key. So I walk around the outside, give you the keys. Give quick prayer. You know what you do. But the key and the lock Turner walk in. It's like you see, it's much more religious ma'am, to pray. It looks so nice. Because once you you get with a certain group of people and you act prayerfully enough, they'll think you're real dynamite judo. Even if no door ever opens, I think you're least working at it. Some of us got so tired after work anatomy. We just want the door. All right. We got so tired of begging God, we just wanted to see Samantha and lady in the class. Some time ago. 63 or 64 years old said this was the first time in her life during the course of this class that she could literally say that she'd ever literally gotten a prayer answered the same night you prayed for it. And she'd been in a church 40 or 50 some years? Well, why not that she wasn't a good woman? Not that she wasn't a born again Christian it because she did not know what she had. She didn't know it. Look. If I wouldn't have this dollar bill, could I spend it?
Could I spend it if I didn't have? No. So the first thing you have to find out in tapping the resources for the more abundant life is? What have you got? What's available? That's what you got to find out. Now I got this dollar bill. How much can I spend? Well depends on the governor. Or who's doing if they're spending or if I'm spending. But literally, I imagine there's about 100 cents in here if we're right, honest right? Now, can I then spend 110 cents out of this $1? No, why not? It's not available. So not only must I learn exactly what I have, but I've got to learn what to do with it. Could I spend 50 cents of it? Could I spend one setup. Now you've gone. And in the Christian walk we've been let's say we had the dollar, we've been very fortunate if we've even spent a penny of it. Why? Because we didn't know we had the other 99 cents. And if you do not know you've got it, you can't spend. That's why the greatest thing any man can do for you. Or for me is not to teach us all the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation, but to teach us keys that unlock every word of God from Genesis to Revelation. Then once we have the key, we can utilize those keys we can unlock the doors and walk in. And some of us came to the place in our lives, that as Christians, we were not satisfied or just sitting on the periphery, on the outside of the circle and looking in. We want it to get on the inside to experience the abundance of the greatness of the presence of the power and the reality of God. And to do that you got to have key. I know once you're saved and you're inside of the house, your tootsies are warm and you'll stay there. I know. But you see it's like in the Bible Research Center here. If you just came in the back door you haven't seen this place. You want to see the back room. That's something but there's Yeah, I don't want to see the printing department. That's terrific back here. Especially when 17 of my working back there it's just bad. You know, love each other staying close have to can't get around. While your sense of humor is threatening must be all frozen up. We're going to have to get some prestone in your pressure to do something so you could be in stone But the point is, if you want to see this whole place, you have to look in the back room, you go downstairs, you go in the kitchen, you go into the student lounge. Why, then you've been a part of the whole biblical Research Building Center. But what about God's word? Are you just satisfied being saved? Most people in the fundamental churches all they are just satisfied to know their sight. Well, now that's one lie, thank God for it. But boy, you can be saved 40 years be miserable going to heaven. You can really be miserable. Why? Because you are not having any success in getting prayers answered. You do not know how to believe to receive, you do not know how to pray to get those prayers answered. You do not know how to receive them or been a life. This is why we not only need to know what salvation is, we need to know what we have in Christ Jesus. That's why this is the class on key keys that will unlock the doors. The way you'll find out if the door is on lock is put the key in it. Got the wrong key stand outside and pray that won't change it and he gets the right key. Right. Once you have the right key, all you need to do having that right key is put it in there. Turn it a lot. That's what I want this class to do just for you. And it'll do just that. Because Jesus Christ came that we might have life and have it house more than abundant.