As He Is
April 21, 1968
Reviews the significance of the Passover and the communion supper (blood and body); goes into a study of the words ‘as he is’ found in I John, concerning who a son of God is and what God has made available.
SNT – 306
Publication Date: 04-14-1968
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.
(1Co 11:23ff); 1Jo 1:5
1Jo 1:6-9; 2:6; 3:1, 2
1Jo 3:2, 3, 7
1Jo 4:17; 1Co 4:3; Act 4:23-29; 1Co 1:30, 31; Eph 1:3; 2:6; Col 1:13; 2:6, 10
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: God, world, Jesus Christ, epistle, walk, Christ Jesus, purify
Thank you Reverend Wade, those words from the Gospels, and those words from the Epistle to the Corinthians. set before us some great truths that are seldom basically understood. This is a remembrance service tonight in our remembrance, you have to go back to the record in the book of Acts Exodus regarding the first Passover, where God instructed Moses as to exactly what he wants to do, and how God would protect his people. Moses literally believed that God's word was God's will. And he carried out God's word to a letter. And God reckoned righteousness unto Israel. And he passed over them, and saved them. Those children of Israel wandered in the wilderness under the most adverse conditions, and with greater opportunities to believe, than almost any other people of any other time. And for some 20 years, the Bible says there was not one feeble knee among them. And as long as they believed, and walked on the greatness of that Revelation, there was absolutely nothing in this world that could touch them. And if you traced this down, all through the centuries, you finally come to the place of the Lord Jesus Christ presence here upon Earth. Where the Word of God says that Jesus Christ became our Passover. That year, when Jesus Christ died, he was the Passover Lamb who had been slain from the foundations of the world. He died at the exact hour. When, ordinarily the Passover lamb was playing three o'clock in the afternoon, our time. Before he died, he instituted something with the apostles, which was not the Passover, but which was the Lord's Supper. And the reason it was the Lord's Supper is because the Lord ate supper with the 12 apostles. The reason it was his last supper is because this was the last meal, he ate here upon earth. And he simply took the breads he broke it and said, Take eat, this is my body. When they celebrated the Passover, they would eat the place of the Lamb, standing up, and that slice of the lamb represented day healing in their physical bodies. And so the bread that Jesus took, represented the healing of the physical bodies of men. He took the cup and gave it to the apostles and said, this represents the blood. His blood, his sacrifice of himself, is how we get remission and forgiveness of sins. The apostle Paul received the greatness of this revelation, which Reverend Raven Wade read to you from First Corinthians. How that the Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which He was betrayed, took this bread. He gave thanks, he broke it and said, Take eat, this is my body. He took the cup, gave it to them and said, Take a drink. This is the new covenant in my blood under the remission of sins. Then he used the word This do in remembrance
This do in remembrance. Then he went on to say in the epistle that if any eat and drink unworthily they eat and drink damnation to themselves.
It is not the damnation of going to hell. It's just the damnation of not receiving the deliverance that's available to us, that's all. Because to eat and drink on words delay was to eat and drink without understanding the significance or the uniqueness of it. And he went on to say, therefore, because of this, before the days, when the Apostle Paul died, even the Church of the body had slipped back into the legalism of the old Judaism, that they had forgotten the revelation of the greatness of that which came in Christ Jesus. And he said, because they were eating and drinking unworthily there were many who had died prematurely. My what a clarion call, that recreated from God's Word gives to the heart and life of any person today, who sincerely says that he is a Christian. If we understand what we have in Christ Jesus, as by God's mercy, and by God's grace, I believe the way ministry represents, I can take you into a truth tonight. From the first epistle of John, that'll just thrill your heart. I have perhaps read this first epistle of John 1000 times. I have studied it from time to time, word by word and line by line. But I believe it's only been on one other occasion with a very small group, in my immediate presence, that I have endeavored to unfold to them, the things that I would like to unfold with you tonight, there are three words which are technically used five times in the Epistle of John. But in practice, they occur seven times in the epistles. Even these, five usages and a seven, speak loudly to those of us who understand anything about numbers used accurately in God's word. You can read this epistle 100 times and never see these words, if you're just reading, for your enjoyment, but when you read it with an A, with a keenness of mind with a sharpness of the Spirit of God, you will see these three words and they'll stand out. They'll just be like they're, they're all written in capital letters. And those three words, each have only two letters in it. As he is, as he is, now, we are what the Word of God says we are. We have what the Word of God says we have. When Jesus Christ died, the Word says, We died with him. When he was buried, we were buried with him. When he arose, we arose with Him. When He ascended, we ascended with him. When he was seated at the right hand of God, we were seated with him. And the church has this message to declare. And you and I haven't been having been given the word of reconciliation and the ministry of reconciliation. It is our opportunity to declare what we have in Christ Jesus and His glorious resurrection, with all boldness, and without any hesitancy or reluctance. The first usage of these three words as he is, are in the first chapter of the Epistle of John, and in the seventh verse, but I'd like to pick up the reading with you in verse five, listen to this. This then, this then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you that God is light. And in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and we walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth. Verse seven. But listen, nothing in a contrast. But if we walk in the light, as He is the light, we have fellowship, one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all seasons. What a reality. If we walk in the light, as He is, as he is, there like you see the words in the, in verse seven, if we walk in the light as He is, in the light, is the King James, the word in the preceding the word light, those two words are not in any critical Greek text. And it says read as follows. But if we walk in the light as He is like, as he is, like, we're talking about God. Now a man cannot walk with God until after he was born again. We must be born again of God's Spirit to be sons of God. But once we are sons of God, then we have fellowship with Him, if we walk in the light, to the end, that we walked in the light. We the barn again, sons of God have fellowship with God. The Epistle of First Peter, I mean, at first John is not addressed to the unbeliever. It is specifically addressed to those who are born again of God's spirit who are believers, and who wants to know the greatness of what they have in Christ Jesus, and how to walk in that light, in fellowship with Him, to the end, that we walk in the light, as He is light. We God and I have fellowship, one with another. This is its first usage. And the first usage usually gives you all the greatness
and the uniqueness with which it is used in all subsequent places. That speaks first of God puts God first. And God is light, in humans, no darkness. Now after we are Christians, if we now walk in the light, as He God is light. Our walk will be in alignment and harmony and perfect fellowship with Him. And whatsoever we desire, we already have the power we ask for it.
Walk in the Light. If you set this verse seven, its first usage with verse nine. It becomes very knowledgeable in the sense in which I am dealing with it tonight.
It says in verse eight if we say that we have no sin, no broken fellowship. we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. Verse nine. If we confess our sins, then the two words He is faithful, He is faithful. It does not say as he is faithful, but it says He is faithful. Because faithfulness is always on God's part. And it is never completely on man's part. I may be faithful in my walk in the light as He is the light. But there will be times in my walk when I will get out of alignment and harmony out of fellowship. That's why he said if we say that we have no broken fellowship, no sin If we only deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, we're lying. But if we confess our broken fellowship, our sins, He is faithful. He is faithful, walk in the light as He is the light. This is our joyous privilege and opportunity. But even at best, as you'll see later on, there is no man that can sew up, that he will never stumble or fall, get out of fellowship with God. So he made this wonderful provision, when he said, If we confess our sins are broken fellowship, he is, he is, God is faithful, and just to forgive us of our sins, and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. The second usage of as he is, is in the second chapter. In the sixth verse, He that says, he abideth in him or himself also, so to walk, even as he walked, as he walked, again, this is its second use age with a question. It isn't its major second use age, but it is of the seven that I wanted to give you. This really is the third it's the the first is in verse seven. The second is in verse nine. The third here is in chapter two, verse six. But it doesn't use the word is, it simply says as he walked, he that said, he abideth in him, on himself also to sort of walk even as he walked. It is never possible for me to So walk, so that I always walk as Jesus Christ walk. By the way, this verse six is talking about Jesus Christ. While those other verses previously, were talking about God, because if you go back up in the earlier part of the second chapter, you'll see it's talking about Jesus Christ being the propitiation and so forth and so on. Now, he always did the Father's will remember that? I am my father, I one. He never crossed him. He never was out of alignment and harmony. This is why Jesus Christ became your savior in mind. He always did the will of God perfectly. And he walked that way. So in the light of this, listen again, he that says he abideth in him also, soda lock as key what it is our opportunity, our joy, are practicing of the presence of God that we day by day, and never to So walk as Jesus Christ walk.
Did you hear Jesus Christ? declared that there is no God. You do hear Jesus Christ declared that there is no resurrection.
You do hear Jesus Christ declared that there is no return. You do hear Jesus Christ declare that a man could not get his prayers answered, that God could not deliver. We are just so locked as what he walked. In chapter three, in verse two. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear, what we shall be, but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him it as, as he is.
This is basically its third usage. Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. Therefore the world doesn't know us. Because it did not know Jesus Christ either. But beloved, not a strange people.
Not people whom God is endeavoring to a flick, for in God there is no darkness. He is only like they love it now, right now. Are we the sons of God? Where do you hear people declaring this today? Instead of saying that they're a son of God, they say, Well, I hope someday, maybe I'll make it how can we walk in the light? And say that? When the Word of God says, Beloved, now are we the sons of God, right now? Are we the sons of God, and being the sons of God, even it does not yet appear what we shall me. It's good now, ladies and gentlemen. But it's still better in the future. far we know. We know capital K, capital and capital O capital W, we know, well, do you know you do if you're born again, a God's Spirit and know God's word and believe it operating the manifestations of the Spirit? We know we know we do not question we do not doubt we know that when he Jesus Christ shall a pair we shall be like Him.
for we shall see Him as He is a wonderful truth. You know, in the first record, it told us we were to walk in the light as God is light.
Secondly, we weren't to walk as Jesus Christ walked. So first you have the light God. Second, you have the walk of Jesus Christ, and we walking in that walk. And in the third place, we have the guarantee that we shall be as he is, look at the completeness of those three usages in the epistles. And in the other youth ages now. He simply reiterates what he just said, and puts it all together in life in concretion. For those of us who love the Lord Jesus Christ, verse three of this third chapter has its next usage.
And every man that has this hope, purify it himself, even as He is pure. We can't see Him as He is averse to. Talking About Jesus Christ seeing him as he is. Well, what was he like after the resurrection pray tale.
On the road to Emmaus, it conversed with people. He went into a home he broke bread. He said they recognize him in the way in which you broke bread that's significant. The doors were shut in Jerusalem that afternoon. Because of fear of the Jews, and all at once he stood in there missed. Some while later he was up in Galilee. The boys were out fishing, and he had prepared breakfast for them and invited them in. I don't know too much about this resurrection body. Because the Bible doesn't tell me very much. But it does tell us a few things. And those few things are all the can be known about it. Because you cannot know any more than what the word of God tells you. Record in the Word of God says that when we receive these new bodies fashioned like unto His glorious body that's the life of that body will be a life quickening spirit. The same life quickening spirit that God put in Jesus Christ when He raised Him from the dead. Reminds me of First Corinthians 13. But then, face to face. We shall be as he is. Now every man that has this hope, hope. The word hope is used in the Bible regarding something that you cannot have now. Anytime thing that you can have now is always believing it is never hope. Hope is always something in the future. Something you cannot have now. You have the hope of Christ's return tonight, because you haven't had the return now. But you have no hope in getting saved, because you can get saved now. If you're unsafe, for today is the day of salvation, now is the hour. It's available now. Now whoever has the hope, the hope that we shall be like Him, far we shall see Him as He is the return of Christ, the man who has this hope. Why does he do? He purifies himself, even as He is pure, talking about Jesus Christ. Not is this word pure a Fiat than pure. That so thrills my heart it's the kind of purity talking about when you want to mix water and oil does that make sense to you? You can put water and oil in the same container. But the water will never take on the oil or the oil, the water. There is another word used in the Bible, when it talks about purity that has never been mixed with contaminated stuff. That's a different kind of purity. When it speaks of God, it never uses this word pure regarding God. It only uses this word pure regarding Jesus Christ and boy that speaks to my soul. Why? Because Jesus Christ became like we are he was in the world. He was tempted in everything like we are yet without what said he was in the world like we are. You get that that just thrill your soul when you realize that every man will have the hope of Christ return. Purify as himself. Even as he is pure. He was in the world he was all mixed up with it. But the world was never seen him. You and I are in the world. We're all mixed up in it because we're part of it. But we can so up that that world is never enough. The word pure is the word luster.
Like a polished luster. Every man that has this hope in Him, purify themselves, so let his life shine, even though he lives in the world. And he's contaminated, so to speak. You know, like you try to mix water and oil and so forth. The world's trying to get in it can't get in. You just start out, purify themselves, even as he Jesus Christ is pure as he is in verse seven of the third chapter of the epistle Little children, let no man deceive you. He that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as
righteous. the doing of righteousness is the obedience to the revelation which is addressed to the church.
The doing of righteousness for the unbeliever is for that unbeliever to confess with his mouth the Lord Jesus believed God raised Him from the dead. That's the doing of righteous. He that doeth righteousness. He that confesses with his mouth the Lord Jesus believe God raised Him from the dead. He is right to it even as he is as Jesus Christ is righteous.
And its final use a generous, great epistle is in the Fourth Chapter. And in the 17th verse, listen to this hearing is our love made perfect that we may have boldness in the day out judgement. Because
almost hate to read it to you, it's so good. Because whenever you read this, most people want to pack up their bags and go home. They just can't believe it. This can only be talked to people like you perhaps here in the auditorium tonight and a few others who sincerely believe that what God wrought in Christ is absolute. The rest of the people couldn't stand it, it's too big a truth.
Listen to it, and just believe God's word that you may have boldness, because, as so are we in this world? Ladies and gentlemen, what a reality as he is, so are we, in this world lot of spring that puts in a man so what a joy it puts into life.
When you realize that we are what the Word of God says we are that we have what the Word of God says we have. That we can have boldness, in the Day of Judgment.
Because as he is, as Jesus Christ is, so are we in this world? The Word of God says that He ascended up into heaven, and he sat down at the right hand of God.
Now as he is and we have already been translated in the kingdom of God by the work of His dear Son, as he is so our way right now, and boiled in which was, you know, there's our record in First Corinthians, I'd like to just read again for you. And listen to this. First Corinthians, verse four, chapter four. Verse three, but with me, it's a very small thing, that I could be judged a view on a man's judgment. man's judgment. The word judgment is the word date. Today, it's man's date. That's why they translated a judgment because today's man does the judging. And this is the judgment. It's talking about in verse 17, of verse John, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment, that we may have boldness in the day of man, man's day, that we may have boldness, when, right now, in this day in which we live, that we may have bones because as he is, so are we, in this day, a man's judgment, you wouldn't believe that something to be what the Word says. Listen to our record, enact very familiar all of these are familiar to you people
listening and being let go, talking about Peter and John. They've been severely persecuted and hamstrung, and tried to be made fearful by the leaders of Judaism of that day. Verse 23, and being let go, they went to their own company reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them, and when they heard that they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and they said, Lord, our God, who has made heaven and earth and sea and all that in this, go by the mouth of thy servant David has said, why did the he's enraging the people imagine painting. The kings of the earth stood up and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against his price. For the truth against thy holy child, Jesus, who now is denied to both Herod and Pontius Pilate with the Gentiles, the people of Israel began Other to gather for to do a watch robber die handed by console determined before to be done knowledge diverse 29. And now, Lord, behold that threatening, they knew that they were in this world, not of it, but in it. They purified themselves even as he USBR they knew all this. And they knew that with boldness they would ask to speak in man's day of judgment, or if they didn't speak the word of God, boldly, men and women would not hear the words, heart, you and I have been given the word and the ministry of reconciliation. They knew that. And they knew they were more than conquerors through him who loved them and gave them gave Himself for these, Peter, men, Peter and John and the rest, the early church they knew that Jesus Christ came that they might have life and having more than abundant. Listen to First Corinthians Chapter One. Verse 30, not on him, are you in Christ Jesus, who are God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption, not according as it is written, He that glorious, let Him glory in Watts, the Lord as He is, so are we in this world lesson to Ephesians chapter one. Chapter One, be patient. Lesson A verse three, bless it be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who have passed pants blessed us with all spiritual blessings. In the heavenlies. In Christ, Jesus listened to chapter two of the visions, verse six, and has raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Listen to Colossians chapter one, verse 13, who has delivered us from the power of darkness and s translated us into it. He has his own kingdom by the work of His dear Son. And in Colossians, chapter two verse six, as he have there far received Christ Jesus the Lord, so workI and him and in verse 10, and he are complete in him. My My people, hearing is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in man's day in the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in that corner. This is why we walk in the light. We want to Jesus Christ walked, we shall see Him as He is. And as He is pure, so we are purified, as he is righteous, so are we. And as he is, so are we now in this word, shall we pray? Our Father in our guts, and to whom every heart is open, and unto whom each and every desire is known. We thank thee for thy wonderful presence in power and glue. We thank You for Your word and the greatness of Your Word, and the wonderful love with which you're loved. And that we have what the Word of God says we have and will be what's the word of God says will be. Therefore we truly praise thee and thank thee for thy goodness unto us through Christ Jesus our Lord.