God’s Word: Your Inexhaustible Resource (Part 1): Derek Prince (Transcript)

Full text of Bible teacher Derek Prince’s teaching titled “God’s Word: Your Inexhaustible Resource (Part 1)” which was recorded in Singapore in April 1989.

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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher

Jesus uses two phrases which are an encouragement to all of us. Quoting from the book of Psalms, He says:

“If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken)…”

So in that one verse, John 10:35, Jesus chose to use the two titles for the Bible which most of His people have used ever since: the word of God and the Scripture. Now, those don’t mean exactly the same.

When Jesus calls the Bible the word of God, He means that it came from God, it’s a message direct from God. It came through many different channels, written by many different writers, but the source of everything in the Bible, the ultimate source, is God. It’s God’s word. It’s God’s message. It’s what He wants us to know.

But the word Scripture means literally that which is written. And that’s a limitation. God has spoken many, many words which are not in the Bible. But in the Bible are the words which God chose to have recorded in writing for our benefit. And we need always to remember that everything in the Bible is for the benefit of man. It contains everything we really need to know to find the best way in life and to make a safe journey through this world to eternity with God.

DEREK’S FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH THE BIBLE

So I’m going to briefly unfold to you this evening various different aspects of what God’s word will do. I don’t want to dwell on any of them because it would take too long. I just want to try to open your minds to comprehend all that God has made available to us through this word.

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This is very real to me personally because of my own background. It was announced that I had held a fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge in ancient and modern philosophy. And so, I was by profession a philosopher.

I was a philosopher because I was looking for the answer to life’s problems. I really wanted to find the meaning and the purpose of life. I don’t exactly know why but I think I was born with this question inside me, “What is the meaning of life?”

Before I was a teenager I was already looking for the answer. Well, I attended church in Britain for ten years regularly because the schools I attended demanded that we attend chapel. And I was impressed by things that I heard from the Bible but I didn’t feel that Christianity as I had seen it had the answer.

So, when I went to Cambridge University and I no longer had to go to chapel everyday, I decided that I’d done all my churchgoing in my early years and I was glad that it was all over with. And I was going to look for the meaning of life somewhere else.

And the natural place for me to look seemed to be philosophy. I became a research student and eventually a professor of philosophy.

I was very successful in my academic career but I hadn’t found the answer. And then World War II broke out and I realized I was going to be called up into the British Army and who knows where I would end up. And in the army you can’t carry a lot of baggage with you, you have to carry everything in one long, round, black bag which is called a kit bag.

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