Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s talk: ‘Discover Yourself In God’s Mirror – Who Am I? (Part 1)’.
Notable quote from this teaching:
“The spirit gives life, the soul receives life. The spirit is self-existent, the soul depends on the spirit.”
Listen to the MP3 Audio here:
Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
Welcome to the first in a series of four sessions of teaching on a theme of which the title is: “Who Am I?” The subtitle gives you a hint of where we’re going to go for an answer, “Discover Yourself In God’s Mirror.” So, the aim of this teaching will be, as it were, to hold up a mirror to you in which you can see yourself. But you’ll not be seeing your outward visible form, you’ll be seeing something you cannot see in any other mirror, which is what you’re really like inside.
Before I get into this subject, I think I need to say a little about my personal background, because it’s relevant to this.
Before I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ personally — and I met Him one midnight in an army barrack room of the British Army, late in July in l941, from which time there are two things I’ve never doubted. First of all, that Jesus is alive; and second, that the Bible is true. I came to both those conclusions in one night.
But let me tell you how I came to them. Before that happened to me, I was a professional philosopher. You probably don’t meet many, there aren’t many — which is probably a good thing. When I say a professional philosopher, I mean I earned my living by it. It wasn’t a very substantial living, at least it kept me alive. I actually held a fellowship in philosophy at Kings College in Cambridge in Britain. We won’t go into the relative merits of British universities, we’ll leave that on one side.
I was a philosopher, because I was looking for an answer. I think I was one of those people, I was born with a question inside me. The question was: “What’s the purpose of life? What are we here for? What is worth doing and what is not worth doing?”
I had grown up in the nominal church in Britain, but I didn’t think that I would find an answer there. So when I went to Cambridge at the age of 18, I decided that I would look in philosophy for an answer. Philosophy means the love of the search for wisdom. I have that kind of mind that’s very much at home in the abstract and doesn’t like to get bogged down in practical details.
There are only two things I know about a car. One is when it goes, and the other is when it stops. And my system in life has always been to know somebody who knew more than I did about cars!
But when it comes to the abstract and to the logical realm, I think God gave me a natural gift in that area.
So, for seven years at Cambridge I pursued the study of philosophy, and I can say objectively I was successful. I held the most prized research studentship at the University for two years in succession, and was one of the youngest people ever to be elected as a fellow of King’s College Cambridge.