April 18, 1971
Publication Date: 04-26-2014
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.
2Co 5:14-18; Luk 24:27-29
2Co 5:14; Heb 9:24-26; 1Pe 3:18; Rom 6:6-11; 1Th 5:9, 10; Col 3:3; Eph 2:6
Col 3:1; Eph 4:8; Heb 9:24; 1Th 4:14; 2Co 5:14-16
2Co 5:16, 17; Col 2:16; Rom 15:8
Eph 4:4, 5, 13; Act 2:38, 39; Col 1:14-20; 2:9-13, 20, 21; 3:1; 1Co 12:13; 2Co 5:18
1Jo 3:1; Rom 8:17, 30; (Eph 1:6; Col 1:12); 2Co 5:18; 1Jo 1:7, 3:2, 3, 7; 4:17
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: Christ, died, flesh, dead, Jesus Christ, resurrection, suffered, spirit, Jesus
I'd like for you to take your Bibles tonight. Because I want to teach something that I think everyone here and all the white grads should have understood for centuries and haven't, at least that don't apply it in their lives. And that's the subject of our resurrection position. And our resurrection position is the subject I want to deal with from Second Corinthians chapter five tonight. Here in this chapter five, we have a statement of truth, seldom knowledgeable, and therefore having little, if any acceptance among Christian believers, beginning with verse 14, for the love of Christ constrained with us, because we don't judge, that if one died for all, then we're all dead, and that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him, which died for them and rose again. Wherefore, henceforth, no way, no man after the flesh, yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth No, we him no more. After the flesh 70 therefore, if any man be in Christ is a new creature, the margin says new creation. Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new. And all things are up God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. This smart people is the word of God. And as such, it is our duty as well as our responsibility to understand it, and to act upon it. And it should be our joy, above all, to allow it to act upon us. So as to align our thinking, our believing our speech, with the integrity and the inherent accuracy of the word. Verses 14 and 15 of this particular chapter have set right after them that's very 16, which sets like a diamond in between 17 and 18. These verses 14 and 1517, and 18. Set the basic Cardinal truth, which I want to explore with you this evening. In all of its great depths. Look at verse 16. Again, Wherefore henceforth know we know man after the lot, yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth, no, we him no more. Knowing no man after the flesh, especially the man Christ Jesus is not to be known according to the flesh. Now, what is it in verse 16? That sets between 14 and 15 and 17 and 18? Like the hub like the pivot like the diamond, what is it about knowing man in the flesh at one time, but not now, knowing the man Christ Jesus in the flesh, at one time, but not now. Not knowing any man or the man Christ Jesus, now with a capital N, capital O capital W, what is the word saying to us? Regarding this, everything is woven around that 16th Verse. In order to fathom this greatness, you have to again be at the point Where you allow the Word to speak for itself, in all of its preeminence and all of its integrity, in all of its greatness, so that the word has sole preeminence in our thinking, as well as in our walk our testimony, verse 14, it says, For the love of Christ constrains us because we don't judge that if one died for all, then we're all dead. The word IP, in this verse, that if one died, the word IP must be stricken from the text. There is no critical Greek text in extent, that has this word. For the love of Christ, constrain us. If you love Christ, for the love of Christ constraint with us, if you're really love Christ, He says, I constrain you. You are constrained? Well, what does that mean? If you'll flip back over to the Gospel of Luke, the 24th chapter you will find that on the day of the resurrection appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ that he was on the road to Emmaus. And he walked by the side of these men. And it says in verse 27, and beginning at Moses, and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the scriptures, that things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whether they went and he Jesus made us though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, abide with us for its toward evening, the day as far as spent, and he went in to tarry with them. It said that the love of Christ regarding this subject that I'm dealing with that it's the love of Christ constrains us. Now what does it mean to have this constraining? It's an Orientalism. And the Arielle, the Oriental background are the word constrained is that it is a request that has a request with it, which makes it an in depth request. If you invite me to dinner, I will refuse to come even though I'm hungry as all get out. Maybe I haven't eaten all day long. But you invite me and I just say, Well, I'm sorry. I just can't come to dinner this evening. Because, really, I just had a late lunch. I haven't eaten all day. And the average person's would say, You're lying. See, it isn't lying. It's an oriental culture. You've got to give three reasons why. You can't come before you accept. In America, the moment they start talking about dinner, you say, Yeah, I'm ready. Let's go. But in the Bible, you refuse three times. So you say, Well, I'm sorry, I can't come for dinner this evening. But then you say to me about, oh, we just want you to come so badly. You plead with me? Then I say all but I'm really sorry. I'd love to come but I just cannot do it. Then you just hit me again the third time and you say, Oh, you just got to come. And finally after the third time, I'll say to you, well, if really this is how you feel outcome. Jesus was walking on the road to him as he expounded in the scriptures to them everything regarding himself all through the Scriptures, and they constrained him. Just stay with them and to have lunch with them. Later on in the word it says that he was known in the breaking of bread. Now here is this great truth in Corinthians. And hardly anybody ever pays any attention to it for the law have Christ constrain at us that something, if you love Christ, you are constrained. He pleads with you 2345 times he constrains us, but you constrain us about. Well, let's see what it says. Because we thus judge, and the word judge used care literally means pronounced the distinction and the final judgment, not tremendous. Boy, oh, boy, the love of Christ, Christ, love constrains us. Because we, we thus, pronounce the distinction, the distinction. And the final judgment, while bless God, if we're going to pronounce a distinction, then there must be something to distinguish between. And if we're going to pronounce a final judgment, then there is no higher court to which it can go because it's a final one. That story that's used here. For the love of Christ constrains us, because we have pronounced the final distinction and the final judgment that one died for all. The words, then we're all dead, literally are translated and by the way, they're translated this way in the American Standard Version.
Arby's. And this is how it ought to be in your Bible. That one died for all their for all died, parentheses, in him and two parentheses. That's that tremendous. He constrains us, the love, the love, were with Christ, love, that great love.
He constrains us, because one died for all, therefore, all died in him. Therefore all what? Well, all born again believers, of the Church of the body died in Him. The word all is limited by the pronoun we and us in verse 14. And both of these pronouns are in in the emphatic usage thereof. Therefore, all we, oh, not W E. All of us have all died in parentheses, because the pronoun control the word all. That is why class when Jesus Christ suffered all of his people suffered with him. When Jesus Christ died, all of his people died with him. When Jesus Christ arose again from the dead, all of his people arose really. When Jesus Christ ascended up into heaven, and was seated at the right hand of the Father, all his people ascended with him and were seated. And when Christ returns to rain upon the earth, all of his People will reign with Him. You know, it's an accomplished reality for each and every believer in spite of themselves but because God so love, Christ laid down his life. He was the payment, the propitiation, the payment. Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of the law, as Galatians says, Christ is the end, and the word and means a lot and of the law to every believer, not the one who believes that he's the end of the law, but he's the handle the law, to a born again, person belief that, you know, his stupid brain cells may never get around to that, because he doesn't know God's word big enough. You can almost get saved by knowing nothing about God's word. About as least as you can get away with they still get saved. Sure, never have read the book and get saved. But boy, if you want to really know where your head is, and where you're going, you got to come back to the rules, regulations, the word. And that's why class. When Christ suffered, we suffered with him. When he died, we died with him. When he arose, we arose with Him. When He ascended, we ascended with him when he was seated, we are seated with Him. And when Christ returns, we've got the guarantee of returning with him. Literally, we already stand on resurrection ground. Take a look at Hebrews chapter nine. Verse 24, let's do this. For Christ, verse 24, of nine, is not entered into the holy place, made with hands,
the fingers of the true but is entered into what Heaven itself now to appear in the presence of God for us, nor yet that he should offer himself often as the high priest entered in the holy place every year with blood of others. For them must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world, but now once once and once only, but now once in the end of this age, world have he appeared, suffered? hath he suffered to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself? It see when Christ suffered who suffered with him, we did in his suffering. In First Peter chapter one, chapter three verse 18, For Christ also have one suffered for what sins that just for a lot, the unjust, that he might bring us to God. That's why he suffered, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit by spirit. When Christ suffered, we suffered with a. When Christ died, we died with him. Look at Romans chapter six, verse six, knowing this, that our old man was crucified is the text with him.
You see, when Jesus Christ died, we died with him, that the body of sin might be done away. That henceforth we should not be in bondage to sin. By 740 He that is dead. Well, who did we die with? With Christ? He that's dead is freed from now if we be dead With what that plaintiff we believe that we shall Oh, so what? Live with him right? Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead die of no more. Death has no more dominion over him. For him that he died, he died on to sin once, but in that he lived, he lived unto God. Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead? Indeed, unto sin, but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ are what? You've got directed yourself dead. The old man won't let you he'll try to kick you know, while you just kicking back or do something, it says, You got to reckon it, you've got to know it, you've got accepted that that old man is dead because Christ died. And when he died, you died with him. In First Thessalonians chapter five verse nine, For God hath not appointed us derive, but to obtain salvation wholeness by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, who did what died for us while he died for us than in Iraq. That's the end of it. It doesn't say he's going to.
He said, he did it. He died for us in Colossians. Chapter Three Listen, device three, for ye are dead. And your life is hid with Christ in home. That's right.
Not only did when Christ suffer for us, not only did he die for us, but he also arose again from the dead for us, he patients chapter two. To verse six, and hath raised us up. together what? With him, I mean he patients to six has raised us up together with him. When he arose, we arose with him and made us sit together in the heavenlies and Christ Jesus. Remember the latter part? Because we're going to have the ascension pre Su. Sure, bless your heart. You know that Colossians chapter three, verse one. If he then be what? Risen with her, when he arose, we did want a rose worthy him. seek those things which are above where Christ did upon the right hand of God. You know any patience chapter four when Christ ascended, we ascended with him. Look at verse eight. Wherefore he said, When He ascended upon high, he led what captivity, what? We who had been taken captive by Satan, he led us the captive ones, He led captivity off guard. That's part of the meaning of that tremendous verse eight. When He ascended, we ascended with Him because He led captivity captive. In the ascension, in Hebrews chapter nine verse 24, For Christ is not locked, entered into the holy place by the Amazon finger, but he is entered into what Heaven itself now to appear in the presence of her, God for us. Not beautiful. You see that one in Ephesians two Lord goes seated in the wire heavenlies. When Christ was seated, we ascended with him. When he was seated, the word says we were seated with Him in First Thessalonians chapter four when Christ returns, we are guaranteed to return with a man always glue right after the gathering together. For 14, For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep by or by means of our through Jesus. Well, God bring rock with him.
While I'm here on verse 14, it will come up later in the text of the teaching tonight. But the word in is entirely an error. If it was translated in it would have to be the Greek word N E, N, it is not. It is the Greek word dia dia, meaning by means of R through. Later on, I'll explain to you why this has to be so important because this is the only place in the Bible it has that beautiful layer, back to Corinthians chapter five.
Once more, let me reiterate 14 Before we get into 15, for the love of Christ constrain with us, because we then we does make the distinction and the final judgment that one died for all Christ died for all, therefore all died in him. Then verse 15, class is simply an exhortation for believers in their walk in life, to manifest their resurrection position in him. Let's read it. And he died for all. That day which live should no longer not henceforth, no longer, no longer henceforth you understand it, it means no longer that day which live should no longer live on to what what our clarion call to Christians today? Rings a bell loud long doesn't that he died for all that day which live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and what? Rose? Ray something. You see, where are we seeing that we died at a rose in him. Our gathering together with him and our coming in power and glory upon the earth with him is a short because of His resurrection. This is why we now live on resurrection ground. Even though the word says that in the work of what Christ accomplished for us when God raised Him from the dead, we suffered with him. We arose where they we ascended with him. We're seated with him. He's coming back and we're coming back with him. But we're still in the here and now some But, and in this here and now, we do no longer live unto our sales, but unto Him who died for us that's why we're living on resurrection Graham 36 days. Wherefore henceforth, knowing no man after the flesh yea though we have known Christ after the flesh yet now henceforth, no wheat him no more parentheses after the flesh. This word, we the pronoun we, it's carried over here in verse 16. Wherefore we henceforth no longer wherefore wheat it's a very emphatically emphatic pronoun. Wherefore no longer No, man, any man after thoughts. In other words, from now on, whatever time this was, when all this is done, from now on, from here on out, no man after the flesh we know no man, of the prophets of old who gave to us the Word and the revelation in the Word. We no no one of those men of old including the final prophet, John the Baptist, after the flesh, whatever they did whatever they said, whatever was done, has no efficacy. For the body of the barn again believers are the day of Pentecost. That's why it says,
Wherefore we no longer know man, any man after the flesh? Yea, though we have walked, known Christ after the flesh yet now. No longer henceforth from now on out no longer we do not know him after the lot. That's right. No man after the flesh, and not even the man who is the Son of God, Jesus Christ is to be known after the flesh. We know him no more after the flesh. Why? With 17 question marks behind it boy, and yet that's just about all anybody knows today. You want to talk to people and the first things Christians want to do is take you back to Jesus Christ, the Gospels, that sermon on the mount, all the rest of the stuff. Everything he did in the flesh, they bring us back to the Word says, and I didn't write the book. We know that don't we? That we are not the love of Christ constrains us that we are not to know Christ after the flesh. Oh, boy, people somebody's gonna have seen this someday. And believe it. It's God's word, that stack word that he magnified above all his name. You see, the name of Jesus is always associated with its flesh. Is flesh days. You and I are not is born again believers in Jesus. That's why that First Thessalonians record in 414 Lola go asleep in rock. Jesus, boy, oh boy, if that was true, we wouldn't have a Bible left. That thing nobody could put it together. It's not the word in. It's the word dia by means of by way of Jesus Christ. Because you and I are not in Jesus. Even if we fall asleep. We're not in Jesus. We are in the resurrected Christ. We stand on resurrection. Round, not in his humiliation, his suffering when he suffered we did want we already went through it with him because God so loved in Jesus Christ laid down his life for us that's why yea though we have known Christ as the Messiah really something isn't it? After the flesh we no longer want know the Messiah after all. Because the Messiah is not to us the Messiah was to Israel Glory hallelujah. Now I'm not is Ron better news we ever got to dream about? I'm a burn again Son of God called out from both Jew and Gentile. Neither do nor Gentile, neither bond nor free, but a new creation in Christ Jesus. That's why verse 17 said, therefore, if any man be in home, not in Jesus, not in home. That's what it says. That's what it means. And at the moment a man confesses with his mouth, the Lord Jesus Christ in him the hope of glory, but at that moment, it is oh, so what? The man in Christ and he is a new creation. The in Christ are very 17 is not the Messiah in his flesh. Because verse 16, has just told us that even though we have known that Messiah in the flesh, we no longer know the Messiah in the flesh. But if any man be in Christ, not the Messiah in the flesh, but the one whom God did was raised from the dead, don't just say it. Oh, glow Ray. People that's it, one whom God raised, not the Messiah to Israel, but the one whom God raised from the dead. That's the Christ we're in. You see what God accomplished in Christ, by the resurrection, in that God raised Him from the dead is what we are in. Look at that. 16th writes again. Wherefore we henceforth know from now on, no longer no we know man after the flesh, yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, known Christ after, yet now from now on, we no longer know him. Therefore, therefore, if any man be in Christ, any believer born again believer, any in Christ, he is a lot new creation by God, what God wrought in him. Now watch it, verse 17, all things are a lot. Right? The Christ of the flesh, whom we have known after the flesh, who speaks to us in our day and time via the Gospels, via records in the Old Testament. All things are what? What it science? The Christ of the flesh is the old things that has passed away. flesh has no part. It has no place in true Christianity. Christ is no more known actor that place in true Christianity. The flesh prophets, nothing. There are no ordinances the Word of God sounds you do not judge yourself, nor do you allow anyone to judge you in meat, drink, respect of a holiday you want to keep Colossians 216 says so all things are passed away. He has just told us in verse 16, that is Christ after the flesh was one thing but in verse 17, he says that the old things are passed away, and he's already told us in 16, we're no longer to know Christ after the flesh.
Class there is no keeping of the law of baptism there is no keeping of the law of circumcision or a footwashing or any other so called sacrament. Is any evidence or indication of any one's being a Christian? Because Oh, things a lot. And all of those things relate in culmination to the point of Christ in the flesh period. And were to no longer know Christ. According are after the lot old things are passed away to those who are new creation.
You see in Romans 15? One verses scripture should have settled for us centuries ago. Verse eight. Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister to the circumcision, the text rates to not up he was a minister to the circumcision, and who represents the circumcision, Israel. Jesus Christ came to Israel, his ministry was to Israel, what he sent out the 12. He sent them to Israel. When he sent out the seven he sent them to Israel. He was a minister to the circumcision, to fulfill the truth of God to confirm the promises that had been made all through the generations to the fathers. Jesus Christ never came to start the church, the way Q and I belong. That was the mystery which was hidden in God, from before the foundation or the overthrow of the world. Oh things I want. Behold, all things, oh, and the word all without any exception, becomes one. Lou, all things are become not new. The Christ of the new power due to his resurrection, the flesh prophets what? It is the spirit that quickeneth John 663 He says, now becomes knowledgeable after the day of Pentecost and comes into concretion in reality the connection, the linking the key in this moving power of God on resurrection ground is in the indwelling Spirit with a man double lever all things have become new. The old old has passed away. We're not in the flesh and what was accomplished in that place, we are not back there. Behold, all things are become new. Literally our bond with him is in the one spirit. Not in any thing man has done. Man cannot establish the church. The church is not what man does. The church is what God wrought in Christ Jesus. And the church is not something that you can unite, you know, get everybody together and say, why don't we all want to sing Yankee Doodle or something? Then we're all belong to the new Rockefeller church or something with the rock music, I don't know. They can't do it. It is a church of aligned spirit, the bond, the cohesiveness, that which God gave, when the old passed away and all things are become new is that there is only one Spirit. That is our linkage. That is our key. That is our connection. In Ephesians, chapter four.
varies for There is one body. And one what, even as you're called in one hope of dry, one Lord, one faith. One, what? Not water, keep it dry. Had God wanted water he isn't stupid, he got it his vocabulary to said so. It is the baptism with the Spirit, which is the new birth, which is Christ did you the hope ago reacts to 3839 says verse 13, until we all come in the unity of the lot of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the major of that stature of the fullness of who, right? It is this one Spirit, which makes the one body which is the One Lord, one faith, one baptism which is ours. And this is until we all come into unity, the oneness of the faith, and have the knowledge and ladies and gentlemen, it is not going to be while you're here upon Earth, it will only be when he returns for then only will we reach the perfect man onto the major that stature of the fullness of God. Amen. And there is no church unity that you can institute through the National console or the world console or any other stupid console that will ever bring to pass what God brought to pass in Christ Jesus on resurrection ground. And that is, we are one in the spirit because there is only one spirit in Colossians chapter one listen to various fifth game. In Home 14 we have redemption, the remission of sin, who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
For by God, were all things created that are in heaven and earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions principalities or powers. All things were created by God, and for him. And he God is before all things, and by him by God, all things cohere is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things, he might become the prominent one. For it please God, that in him the prominent one should all fullness what? And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by Him, Jesus Christ to reconcile all things unto himself by him, whether they be things in earth, or things in what, in Colossians, chapter two, verse nine, for enhanced him, in this resurrected Christ, in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead. What doesn't say Trinity, says Godhead. Well keep your head and you won't have any trouble. There's only one watt. That's right. If the people want to Trinity, let them have one. Let them explain the complication, they made the problem. Let them figure their head out of it. It just means in pouring Christ dwells all the fullness of the head, the head, God had God God had only one head, that's God. And verse 10, says, and he are what? complete in Him, who is the head? of all what? Right? In whom also you are or where as the tech says, circumcised with a circumcision made without hands. Verse 12, says, You were buried with Him. And when he was buried, you got baptized in His burial. And it is in that circumcision, that burial, that baptism, that he quickened us together with him, and has forgiven you all your trespasses, according to very stoke team. Look at verse 20. Wherefore if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments, the word rudiments, his outward ordinances of the world, lie has no living in the world, or yet subject to ordinances touch not taste not at all not to. It says in chapter three, verse one, if he then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are were above not in the ordinances, but seek the things which are above because we're already seated in the habit links. So we ought to be looking up there to see how to operate down here you know, in First Corinthians chapter 12, should be a little familiar to you. The marvelous various 13 We ought to just bring back to our memory tonight far with one spirit, where we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond are free, and we're made. And we're all made to drink into one watt. Try it see, the connecting link is the one Spirit. All things that passed away all things have become new, because of that indwelling Spirit which is God in Christ. in you the hope bungalow right in second Corinthians chapter five verse 18, sales and all things are of God all things watt, well all things are passed away, very 17 all things are become lot. Therefore all new things. And all things new of God, who has past tense, reconciled past tense us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of odd, right, he has reconciled us, while if he is reconciled us, then we are what we live on, on resurrection ground, all things are passed away. You're no longer to know Christ after the place. You no longer go by the record of the Gospels, as far as the church or the body is concerned, because the church and the Gospels was the Church of the bride. Jesus Christ was the bridegroom that called out of Israel was the bride. They crucified the bride groom. But God did something. He raised Him from the dead and in that resurrection. When He ascended, He led captivity captive, and then he gave something on the day of Pentecost, which is His indwelling Spirit which is Christ in you, the hope for glow right? Behold, all things are become new. Because we are a new creation in Christ Jesus, that slide. The Epistle of First John says, Beloved, now are we want sons of God by identification with him. The Book of Romans declares that we are joint heirs with Him by identification. Furthermore, the eighth chapter Roman says that whom God called he also justified and who made justified those he was I'm glorified. They don't look like it but looks our other place in that place profits wha Ha ha, you ought to see the light inside. See, he justified he go replied, according to Ephesians, it says that He has made us except that in the Belov.
That's why also in Colossians, that great record says he has made us meat for the inheritance of the saints in light all things new are of God who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. Now how can you reconcile people that God when you're always talking the flesh of Jesus Christ and what he did in the flesh and taking people back to the Gospels and saying you got to live under him? God have mercy on us is we've had the word for 2000 years.
And we are absolutely stupid. Because we have not allowed the word to take preeminence. We have believed for the most part what people have said about it, rather than to go to the Word and let the word speak for itself.
In First John the epistle it says in fiber six places I have a little booklet written on it. It says as he is. So we are it does not say as he was so are gods as he was was according to us that's right it's not that it says as he is we are not as he was well that's what he says if you want to put yourself under the woods which is no longer was I don't know how you're gonna do it go ahead you will never stand approved before God because you're not right a divided ignored and you'll never walk with power and glory all you'll have a lot of religion but I got religion up to here. Everybody I meet religion everybody's religious. Oh baloney I'm not interested or that they're religious. I want to know is that according to God's word ran into six of those people last night after the meeting guy should have gone out and got himself another pot of tea first, John, I love you bless your heart You're wonderful. Very seven chapter one approach John says, But if we walk in the light as He was, not as he was, but as he is, but but beautiful beautiful. That's the as he is. In chapter three, verse two, Beloved, now are we the sons of God.
Not beautiful. That's tremendous. That's fantastic. But it does not yet appear. We haven't even got a glimpse of what we shall be absolute 10. But we know that we know that we know that we know that when he Jesus Christ shall appear, we shall be like Him. for we shall see Him as He is and as he is we are already seated in Abaco going, that's something look at verse three. And every man that has this hope in Him, purifies himself. You he works on himself a little bit, just don't trip out off you go to work on the greatness of God's word, purifying himself, even as He is pure. And this word pure here means purity without any impure impurities in it is total purity. So only use twice the scriptures if I remember correctly. As he is, so we are as He is pure so are as he is right to Sarwat he has made unto us wisdom like to this redemption salvation.
He has made us justification. As he is seated in the heavenlies we're at the name of Jesus every knee must bow in heaven above the earth beneath the waters underneath Dr. As he is so we are not as he was. Oh things are passed away. Behold Oh things have become new.
And He led captivity captive very seven little children. Just go on being deceived a lifetime. Go see the next door neighbor tomorrow morning and say well,
I wonder what you think about lad walk? No man what are we no longer no man? No the man Christ Jesus according to the flesh. Therefore you let no man No What do you say? view he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous, not as he was, but as he is. And all the righteousness of God is in him, and who Christ is in you the hope by people want to walk, what an effervescence water glow.
That's just power for abundant living come into people, they're just no other way to say it, the word says it all. You can't add to it, all you can do is subtract from and that's what they've been doing for 2000 years. And there is one more in verse 17 and chapter four.
Here it is our love, made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of art, and according to Corinthians, who does the judging in this day, this is man's day, man's judgment. And we should have boldness to make the right decisions. For the distinction has been made Christ constrained us. That distinction has been made the ultimate judgment has been given. And you and I must judge according to the revelation given in the word so that our judgment is true. Because as he is, so Are ye are we in this word? Christ class it's all in all, from God to the believer. And he Jesus Christ is everything to God for the believer. That's why as he is, so we are. This is why we stand on resurrection ground. All things are passed away. Behold, all things have become one.
word, that word. Do you understand it? And it's meaningful to your life, then practice it. And you move into the glorious light, the wonderful truths of God's matchless word addressed to the church to the bottom.