December 21, 1969
Publication Date: 12-21-1969
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.
Luk 1:26-35, 42; 2:5; Gen 4:1, 25
Luk 1:36-38; (Gen 1:21); Mat 1:18-23
Mat 1:23-25; Luk 2:1-11
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: God, angel, word, shepherds, Bethlehem, swaddling, born, Mary, savior, son, wife, lord, Joseph, Jehovah, field, salted, sheep
In the Gospel of Luke tonight, please. I've been teaching Luke chapter one verses 26 to 38, Matthew 118 to 25. Across the areas this week, but there are some of you here in the auditorium this night who were not with us in any of the meetings this week, and I just want to get the high point of these two particular records that I want to go on to loop the second justice. But as Dr. Wade earlier gave you all of the scriptures that relate to the birth of Christ, I want to just take this one from Luke one, beginning with verse 26, male and then a six month, which is a six month as a pregnancy of Elizabeth whom was born John. In the six months, the angel Gabriel Gabriel was originally one of the three archangels, Michael Gabriel Lucifer. The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth. The word Nazareth means branch. And it really is sort of interesting if you know these things, because out of out of Jesse was to come a branch or something. Jesus Christ is the branch. I literally this word, Nazareth means branch town, the our emch branch town, literally, the city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin, a spouse. And the word espouse also includes life. Because if you will note, in Luke chapter two in verse five. He said, he went to be touched with marry his wife, a spouse, wife.
Does it mean engagement? Like many of us have been taught in the past, to a virgin, a spouse, to a man, whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in on to her and said, Hail, highly favored. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women. Those words, Blessed art thou among women, are deleted in most of the critical Greek texts. Although in verse 42, of the same chapter, they are in every critical Greek text, and I believe they must have just been brought up from the later part of the manuscript to the earlier part. As far as truth is concerned, it could stay in verse 28. But as far as accuracy of text is concerned, it is not there. The Lord is with the verse 29. And when she saw him, the words when she saw him, are not in any critical Greek text. And they must be deleted. Verse 29, highly favored the Lord is with thee, and she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind, cast in her mind. She just rotated the wheels. He shoved through the IBM cards, data processing or something, just in her mind, she kept in her mind, what manner is salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her fear not marry, or thou has found favor, divine grace with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in the womb, and bring forth a son, in shall call His name, Jesus. The significance of conceiving in the womb the womb represents for the total pregnancy represents a word that means the total pregnancy I believe that the word teaches that God created sperm life within the fallopian tube at the proper moment of ovulation so that the pregnancy occurred just like it does in any other type of pregnancy. Only in this particular instance, God had to create and he created sperm, and inside of that sperm, one portion of it is soul life which is in the blood which comes from the male side that soul life. And this is the divine conception. And He shall be great, verse 32, and shall be called the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall ring over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom, there shall be no him. Then said Mary, under the angel, How shall this be seeing I know not a man? Whenever the Bible uses the word to know, in relationship to a husband and wife, it does not just mean intercourse. It means intercourse to the end of pregnancy. Mary said, I don't know a man, no man has had intercourse with me to be pregnant. I don't know a man. In chapter four of Genesis in verse one, it says, and Adam knew Eve, his Lot's wife, and she conceived, and bear who came for one to know, for a husband to know his wife, for a man to know a woman is not just pregnant is not just intercourse in the Bible, it is cohabitation to the end of the production of an offspring. And here it says, Adam knew Eve his life. And she conceived and Lord Cain.
And of course, she also had Abel. And later on, Cain slew Abel. And after that period of time, after Abel and Cain were grown, and Cain slew Abel, after all of that period of time. It says in verse 25, with the fourth chapter, that Adam knew his life, what? Again, the important word you got to see is the word again does not mean that Adam never had intercourse with Eve after Cain and Abel story, because there's 30 or 40 years involved their view more or less, maybe 29. So they get you on it. But it says in my Bible is a does in every one of yours, and in all the texts, and Adam knew his wife again. And she bears son and called his name set back to the Gospel of Luke. Mary said on the angel, How shall this be seeing I know not a lot, man? And the angel answered and said unto her, the Panama hoggy own Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is that the giver or his gift? It's the giver. It is God who is holy and God who is Spirit, the Holy Spirit shall come upon thee. And the power that determines the inherent power of the Highest, who is the highest god. Whenever anything is given double, it is always sealed. It's always sure, it's always established is the word perhaps I am looking for in my mind. It is established, it is sealed, it is done for like when something is signified to you by revelation twice the same thing, it's always established. Like in the old testament, regarding the seven years of famine and the seven years of abundance of plenty, the Scripture says because it is doubled. It is what establish what the Word says. Here you've got God, use twice in the same verse, it is what that's why it use that way. The holy spiritual come upon thee and the power of the highest shelf overshadow, the to overshadow is to cover. That's the word the the power of the Highest shall cover thee. This word is used today, in the fields of animal husbandry and any other fields that relate to reproduction. We talk about About the male animal covering the female, like the bull covering the cow. And that's the same word used here. overshadowing means to cover. He has just told us, the Holy Ghost God shall come upon thee, and the power the inherent adenomas. The potential of the highest God shall cover thee. Now God being spirit cannot go habit with something that is flesh. But God can do one thing in the flesh round in a woman like Mary, he can create. And what he did was to create sperm, and inside of that one little old sperm, he didn't need 250 million of them inside of it was that soul life. And that is how he covered her. Cards if I were taking all the time necessary, as I did this week, as an adult among our people, to show them all of these things from a biblical point of view as to how God farms makes creates how he does all of this, no problem with it, he had promised he'd have only one begotten Son, only begotten Son. And God made all women the same way. Even to this day, just like Mary was made. Every woman could have been brought forth the Christ child, they all had the potential. But only one woman really got to the place that she believed and this is why she brought forth the Messiah shall overshadow the therefore also, that holy one thing, that holy thing, which shall be born to the shall be called God. They'll be what? The son of who has a lot of difference between God and the Son of God. And behold, thy cousin Elizabeth. She has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is a six month reverb, who was called barren. For with God, nothing shall be what? Impossible. Now there is something impossible with God. But here we're talking about a pregnancy. Both for Elizabeth for Mary. Elizabeth was a natural cohabitation between Zacharias and Elizabeth, while with Mary, it was a creation on God's part. And God said, Nothing was impossible. The impossibility is related to the possible within the confines of his word. God cannot do that, which would break his word you understand. In other words, God can't create a bigger stone than he can live. God cannot do anything which would contradict his word. Now God can go beyond his word. And whenever he goes beyond his word, it is always phenomenon or phenomena. But when he goes beyond the word, why he does beyond still has to agree with lapthorne says. Though with God, nothing is impossible, in the sense of the total revelation of that to which God is committed. Understand. Almost everybody rest this, arrest this scripture out of its context. And anytime you run up against something out side, there are some situation you say, with God's nothing's impossible. Well, I get pregnant the next time it's relation than relationship to pregnancy, we're talking. The principle, however, is true. If it's in God's Word in God's providence, God can still create devil camp, but God can. And on this particular instance, he did exactly that. This is the only time he creates soul alive since the record in genesis of the time of the animals, remember, Genesis 121. Nail, this is tremendous in here. But that's enough for that. Verse 38. And Mary said, behold the handmaid of the Lord be onto me, according to Thy what word. The reason Mary brought forth the Christ Child, God had to wait some two 3000 years is because she was the first woman that really believed God's word. That's why she brought forth the Christ. And of course, I've never said this too often. So I'd say it perhaps tonight. Also, it was the first time that a woman believed God, and she was married to a man who equally believed, because had she only believed and Oh, Joseph hadn't believed we'd still been in the soup, because it had to be both that cause the lines of the believers converge in both Mary and Joseph. This is why the records, the genealogical records in both Matthew and Luke are given. Now the next record I want to read to you is from Matthew 118. Matthew 118. Now the birth of Jesus Christ. Before they came together, before they came together, literally and simply means before they had sexual relationship as husband and wife. It certainly cannot mean before they came together at the corner drugstore to have a soda. You got to be stupider than stupid to believe that. Well, most people well, they just stay stupid if they want to stay stupid. But you don't get me any. If you read with any alacrity of mine, or any sharpness whatsoever,
you would know what you meant if you said your son, and that little gal he's married to came together. They were married and you'd say they came together. You know what you mean? Right? Okay, you just get as honest with God's word, you know something to now, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit, who is God, and I've just explained to you how that occurred. Them. Joseph, her husband, being a just man, being a just man literally means wanting to obey the law. And not willing. The word and should be the word yet. Yet not willing to make her a public example, which would have been to expose her to shame.
Was minded made up his mind to put her away secretly. AAA means secretly, he decided he'd give her a bill of divorcement or something.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord. And the word Lord here is interesting all through the chapters because it's always the same word. It's the word, Jehovah, Jehovah. And whenever the Bible uses Jehovah for Lord instead of Elohim, and yah, and L, those are Hebrew words. Whenever he uses the word Jehovah, it's always God in relationship to his creation. And with the coming of Jesus Christ, it was what God did in relationship to his creation. Oh, I don't know. I don't turn you on, you're hopeless. You see how great the word is? That is why Jesus Christ came God in relationship to his creation. That's why it's the word Jehovah, if it was the word Elohim Well, my theology for the pieces so I don't know what I do. I'd have to rewrite the book. God have new songs that just couldn't fit. It just wouldn't fit your Bible fall to pieces if it was Elohim it's Jehovah. Okay. Hold the angel of Jehovah appeared onto him. In a dream say goes up. I'll sign up, David. Fear not to take onto the married guy, Lot's wife that takes on disease, marry thy wife simply and plainly means to live with her in the red light. Since you're both husband and wife, it means that takes her on do EmCell sexually, and every other way that a man would take his wife
for that which is past him, John see in her is the Holy Spirit of God. And she, verse 21, shall, absolutely doesn't say and she will said that your bibles all the pieces again.
He shall put it in the absolute tense. She shall put the absolute bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus. Jesus is the same word in the Greek and in the New Testament, as Joshua is in Hebrew Yoshikawa or Hosea in the Hebrew and Aramaic Old Testament, and it literally means, God, our Savior, what Jesus literally mean or He shall save His people, and his people are Israel. It came on to Israel, his ministry was to the circumcision. For He shall save His people from there what then, while bless God he just wasn't an example. Reminds me of that. him someplace back here. Number seven, dwelt among man. Your script says lots. My example is what yet bothers my theology. So we scratch the word example we put the word savior in my copy has savior in I don't know how mine can have saviors yours can go through the same machinery and come up with examples. Okay. Jesus Christ is more than an example. He is our Savior. Not only the savior of his people, not because of what he writes, he's your savior in mind.
Boy, let's never forget talking about him being a great prophet. You know what a great example.
These are saints. Verse 22. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophecy. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and a virgin shall bring forth. No, no, no, no, no, you said that your Bible fall to pieces because your Bible just said a while ago, that God said to him, Take onto the what? thy wife well, when he took her unto himself and lived with her life, husband lives with a life she was no longer a virgin. She was a virgin when she conceived by God. But when he took her unto himself, she was not don't you go put the word virgin in there if God wanted it in there Easthope, but he had it in the hole the virgin shall be with child, and she shall or this woman that got pregnant as a virgin, she shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel. Well, which being interpreted is God with us. Now that's no problem. Who created the life within this body? Called a holy thing? Loligo. God is there for it when he was born, it was God with us because of what he created. He was not God. It was God with us. Just like your child is a Jew. But yet it is your child with us.
Okay. nail them Joseph being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bitten him and took unto him literally said he took onto him, his love life. To take on doing himself means what I've explained before. Now verse 25, the first word is the word and it should But the UT same Greek word, yet the context, and its usage always tells you whether it should be and as a conjunction that setting that which precedes and follows in correspondence or whether that's in contrast, whenever the word following is said in contrast with that which preceded, it is always the word but and took onto him his wife. But, but knew her not why these words knew her not because she was already pregnant, she had already can see by what God created. That's why when Joseph took his wife unto Himself, He knew her not, she did not become pregnant by him. That's what it says, That's what but knew her not until he didn't know her until she had brought forth her watts, firstborn son, and the word firstborn implies automatically, a later barred, otherwise, you would say, your only son, you only had one son in your family, you couldn't say he's your firstborn. You would never grammatically or any other way be able to say that, you would say he is your only son. Jesus Christ was God's only begotten Son, but he was married was firstborn, because already God says you had at least four other children for other sons and three other daughters. You brought forth her firstborn son, and he called his name lots, D. Now Luke chapter two.
Verse one, came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the Empire, the world, the Empire, the Roman Empire, this is by Roman authority.
There are in the British Museum. Copy that you could read of this type of order, which dates back I think it's 94 ad that I've seen. But just carrying out orders of the Roman government, and this tax thing was first made wrench Arrhenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed everyone on to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, the branch town into Judea, under the city of David, which is called Bethlehem and the word Bethlehem means house of bread. You know, best house. Red House, because you as up the house, and the lineage, the genealogical line of data to be taxed and rolled for taxation. They had a thing with Mary his a spouse was being great with child. Here she is, is a spouse wife, she's great with child she's just about ready to have the baby and she still has a spouse.
But don't tell me the word espouse means gates, to get to Duclos to have a debate to be engaged, married a long time. And so it was that while they were there, in Bethlehem, the days were complex that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her watts. Firstborn just liking Matthew, firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes. And that swaddling clothes are those little strips about two and a half, three inches wide, that they would wind around the baby from the tootsies all the way up to the top of their head. It was a custom that when a king was born, a prince was born it was to begin in a family that that baby immediately after it was born had to be salted. You'll see in the Wedding servants this coming week, we're going to do the covenant assault in the service to be sold that meant that your words meant what they said. And they said what they meant. A King's words ought to mean what they say. And he ought to say what he means. That's why every child born in a king's family was to be a ruler had to be salted. That's number one. Secondly, immediately after he had been salted and been bathed in water that had little salt in it cleaned up, immediately afterwards, they wrapped him in swaddling flows all the way up. And that was simply to indicate that as a king, he was to speak straight and upright. He was to walk for God. Right, and perfect. He was to be salted and wrapped in swaddling clothes. That's why they wrapped our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in swaddling clothes, not because they were poverty stricken, but because a King had been born and laid him in a manger in a crib in a stable, because there was no room for them in the ER C. And there were in the same country in the same region. shepherds abiding in the field. And you see in the same region is the same region where David was watching the sheep, when Samuel the prophet sent Earl David to come to an ideal King name area. He was the son of David, down the line, you're like puts it all together for you, but doesn't hurt you do a little thinking in your own. What's the word together? Every Shepherd dividing in the field. And they weren't abiding in the field on December the 24th, they'd have frozen their Tootsie. So they didn't have hand warmers, electric socks or belt boots. Therefore, we know it could not have been the season of the year. And we know something else. That the shepherds were in the field, maneuvering the sheep got paid for this. And they did this early evening, they would feed their sheep and take care of them and in the sheep fold and then immediately shortly thereafter, they would take them out to manure the field. This is going to talk to him a little bit of time about the birth of James
keeping watch over their flock by night. Verse nine. And lo, the angel of Jehovah, the Lord came upon DVI is the text, name, the AGM and the glow rate, the glow rate, the word glow rate here is the same word that's used throughout the Old Testament. Whenever God appeared, it's, it's called the Shekinah glory.
Like above the mercy seat in the Old Testament. That's the word glory. The glory of the Lord shown round about them. And they were sore afraid. And the angel said under them. The angels do not say never sing in the Bible just....Rise, the angel said unto them, fair enough for the hope I bring you good tidings. Those words bring you good tidings are the word evangelize. Literally meaning announced I evangelize you. I announced to you that was quite an Evangel that's the word that you that was quite a message wasn't it? Why don't evangelical presentation why really something I evangelize you? With Greg Joy most evangelistic services you go home beat like a rat. This one Roger great joy. Right. Right joy, which shall be to all people, which I'll be do all people watch. Very 11 For onto you is barred. Not until you will be born. Not it's your boy you talk about the word. And you talk about God getting his Benrus is up long gene or what have you. When those angels came and declared, and it was early evening they were maneuvering the sheep wire was Jesus
power that's what the word is born this day in the city of David. Savior, which is Christ followers. The Anointed of Jehovah is that, you know, Christ, the Anointed One.
Lord Jehovah are unto you is born already in this day in the city of David right now a Savior, God, always priced below that wonderful and this shall be the sign on do you shall find the baby still left in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger when you get there. He had already been born. I want you to get this picture. He had already been born in Bethlehem. The shepherds were out on the hillside maneuvering the sheep, the angels tell them you will find that baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. When you get there. I want to tell you something, somebody is gonna have to go run it. They got to do the 100 yard and nine to four something they're going to have to move if they're going to find that baby wrapped in swaddling clothes because when they swaddle them, they didn't keep them in there all night. They didn't swaddle them to keep them warm. They swaddle them because the culture demanded that when a king was born, he had to be swaddled and immediately after that, they could take the swaddling clothes off and put the pretty blues on it. Oh, isn't that worried? Five years, listen to it. And suddenly, right then booms quick. There was with the angel, a multitude of heavenly host praising God and singing No and what they see they never talk because ever seen what were they saying? very sporty. Glory to the neighbor. Glory to the prayers that have been answered No because nobody could pray through enough to bring God Do you know it's just go read it. It's like the second common all the praying in the world not going to bring when he's ready God will send first coming the same way. It says in the word when the fullness of time was come God sent His only begotten Son born of a woman so he said they said Glory to God in the highest oil boy on Earth. He's goodwill toward men. Well ladies and gentlemen, who is the peace Jesus Christ who has the goodwill toward men Jesus Christ no man's ever any good willed any other man you'll beat every other man every time you can do knows that look at your people that you've met look at the nation all we put it up on a sign goodwill demand. You know why we put it up hoping that you have the goodwill and somebody else can get it from you man never had any goodwill he's had nothing but deal will. Not That's right. Nobody is as cruel as man. That's why somebody wants wrote about the inhumanity of man to man. A dog wouldn't treat another dog like most people such right. Can you imagine a dog pound pounded splinters under the fingernails of another dog? Can you imagine a dog deliberately getting an iron and putting out the eyeballs of another dog? They've always taken the scripture out of its context like they do to barbarian anything else. And they talk about man having that peace in his heart so that everybody in the world get speed. He is the king of peace, Jesus Christ, he is the peace. He is the goodwill toward faith. You know what it means without him you and I couldn't get saved. He's the Savior. That's the goodwill Charlie, that you and I could get saved for it again, are God's Spirit. And then if a man wants to go to hell let him do That's right. Because you got freedom a wheel, the peace is here, the princes peace, people can get saved if they want to. But they don't want to they just go down. Don't shake me and maybe shake you but don't shake me. Why? Because the Prince of Peace is here. Anybody wants to eat God gave His only begotten Son. They choose to not accept him. They could accept him, but they think they modern God. People either come by way of the word or we don't arrive. He sets a trade at the timetable. Okay, we just keep the record straight. I like you. And I promised Vivian Wait, I'd finish at quarter after and it came to pass, candle forming as the angels were going away from them into heaven. Now, Shepherd said one to another. Let us now go even under New York. Now just got the wrong city. They said let's go where? Why Bethlehem? Because the angels had said that's where it was happening. That's trying to happen and invest Bethlehem. Boy, oh, boy. You talk about the Word of God being the will of God. How about to the shepherd? The average person reading the Word of God? And he says yes. But go to New York. Shepherd got the answer. Because to them the word of God was the Word of God. He meant what he said and said what I what it meant when the angel said go to Bethlehem Shepherd said, Bethlehem we go and see this thing which is, has it already done his path. He's born the very thing the angels had said, Right? He's born, come see this thing which has come to pass which the Lord has made known unto us. And they came with how they took their heavy shoes off and moved like once they were moving. They came with a hat do because they had to find that baby still wrapped in swaddling. I know something else. They just weren't 10 miles from Bethlehem. Angel never quite made the game with hate and found Mary and Joseph and the pain. And I think all the critical Greek texts won't have an article before the Mary de Joseph and deepfake lying in the middle. When they have seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all day that heard it wondered at concerning those things which were told them by the shepherds. They thought the shepherds were a little bit out in left field off their rocker. They just been out a little too late. Once you to remember this is the time when the savior of the Son of God when the Savior sent by Jehovah was born. Just a little handful of shepherds knew where were the politicians? Where's the governor? The president? Where's the top banker in the community? The man that we all look up to with prestige and say oh my They've never been around when God really moved. Even to this, when God moves, it takes a humble person. It takes a believer, someone that's willing to hear. That night when Jesus Christ said early evening when Jesus Christ was born, a little a handful of shepherds out on the Judean hills were the only one who knew about Herod was as stupid as stupid could be. The man at the heads of the temple in Jerusalem, were absolutely up there. Messiah, the unborn. Did they have the word in the temple in Jerusalem? Definitely. They could have read it. They did read it, but they didn't believe it. That's why the shepherds came with it. And they found exactly what the angels had said. And boy, they hightail it out, went all over and they said, We haven't seen it that much. I have been born and all the people scratch their head and they wonder well, we send them up on the hill. It goes it says in all days at hurted wondered, but Mary, but Mary UT, kept all these things and pondered weights, w e, IG H, weigh these things in her heart, and the innermost part of her mental ability. And the shepherds returned their sheep glorifying and praising God for all the things which they had heard and seen, as it was, hold on to the Dutch shepherds return, glorify and praising God for the things that hurt him. What a tremendous Savior we have. And what a tremendous reality the greatness of these words. There was no star visible that night over the Lone Ranger in Bethlehem. And angel or angels had come down and spoken to the shepherds. They heard the west they literally believe they went to Bethlehem they found out in some distant land many many miles away there was a star. By the time those fellows followed that star, it took them a year and a half to get up into the area. And this time, they didn't come to Bethlehem in Judea, they went to the northern Bethlehem headed towards the northern Bethlehem and ended up in Nazareth of Galilee where Jesus was in a house. Why? Well, this is directly from the Gospel of Luke one, Matthew one and Luke to regarding the birth of our Lord and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
That we thank God for the greatness of these words. And the truth of it again.