The Doctrine of Supergrace. Part 12.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Whether you make it or not, whether you grow in grace and knowledge, whether you understand that the road to glory is from saving grace at the cross, to living grace, to supergrace, to ultra-supergrace, to dying grace, and then to surpassing grace, is not going to change reality.

In the Church-age, Satan loves to attack the messenger and discredit the message.

J. Vernon McGee -
1TI 5:20 Those [members of the congregation] who continue in the sin of receiving or making accusations, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also may be fearful.

Paul mentioned Peter needing to be rebuked in GAL 2:11-14.
He mentioned Euodia and Syntyche, two women who were fighting in the church at Philippi in PHI 4:2.
He mentioned Archippus who was not doing his job as a pastor in COL 4:17.

3JO 1:9 I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say.

Esteem the office, respect the man, and love him impersonally and unconditionally or else you will end up deceived.

Not only have they demonstrated from his own personal observation that consistent positive volition is necessary, but as you grow spiritually and stick with the plan of God, you literally get out into no man’s land.

You become more and more isolated as you grow spiritually.

You become segregated from others as you are becoming integrated with those who have positive volition toward doctrine.

PSA 119:63 I am a companion of all those who fear Thee, And of those who keep Thy precepts.

But you kept going -
and there will be a time in your life when not only your scale of values about people will change, but you are going to undergo one of the greatest changes of friends that you have ever noticed.

Out on that battlefield in no man’s land, there are not as many as there were at the start.
There are people who become casualties along the way.

The battlefield of no man’s land definitely thins out the ranks and definitely reveals the difference between those who have a pseudo positive volition and those who have a genuine positive volition toward doctrine.

2CO 12:15 “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved. (NKJ)”

You will discover the more you love people with impersonal love and honor their privacy, the more the majority of them will misinterpret this treatment.

(1) a. Fear is met and destroyed with courage.
(2) b. When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all.
(3) c. Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

(4) d. Most of our problems would be totally solved if, instead of fearing to face them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
(5) e. Whenever we are afraid, it is because we don’t know enough -
if we understood enough, we would never be afraid.

(6) f. Whenever we fear something, we give that which we fear power over us.
(7) g. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
(8) h. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

The answer: adversaries or opponents.

You will never reach spiritual maturity unless you face a certain amount of undeserved suffering and do not complain about it.

As you go forward to spiritual maturity and you start getting into no man’s land, you are going to realize that sometimes you have to make sacrifices and suffer seeming losses if you are going to fulfill God’s plan.

ACT 14:22 “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

You will discover that the worst people you will ever encounter in life are certain believers, pious types, the great con-artists, the unforgiving types, the liars and deceivers.

PSA 55:12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, Then I could hide myself from him.

PSA 55:13-14 But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend. We who had sweet fellowship together, Walked in the house of God in the midst of the congregation.

1. The Lord is “near” from the standpoint of the omnipresence of His essence, which means that He sees and hears everything we do, ISA 41:10; HEB 4:13.

HEB 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

2. The Lord is also near in the enlargement and the amplification of living grace which makes it possible for the believer to reach supergrace and understand fully the reality of the grace provision given by God.

MAT 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”

JOH 6:27 “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give to you, for on Him the Father, {even} God, has set His seal.”

3. The intimacy and the nearness of the Lord or near grace makes it possible for the supergrace believer also to advance to ultra-supergrace.

2CO 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

PRO 21:30 There is no wisdom and no understanding and no counsel against the Lord.

ROM 8:28 And we know that God, to those who love God, He works all things together for good,

4. PHI 4:5 - “The Lord is near” = You went from saving grace to supergrace by way of living grace; now because you have grown spiritually you will experience near grace, or greater grace, or more grace.

You had food, shelter, clothing, transportation.

You had the preservation of divine thought in a sacred book, the Canon of scripture.

You had a pastor-teacher.

You had the academic discipline of a classroom, the local church.

The grace provision which took you from salvation to supergrace will also carry you from supergrace to ultra-supergrace.

Living grace keeps the believer alive in the devil’s world.
Living grace provides every need and every blessing for the advance.

Near grace is a supercharger performing the same function as living grace except that the provision is intensified in the advance.

Saving grace - when you believe in Jesus Christ.

Living grace - takes you all the way through the maturity barrier to supergrace.

“Near grace” or “greater grace” - takes you from supergrace to the next objective, ultra-supergrace.

Saving grace, living grace, supergrace, near grace, ultra-supergrace leading all the way to dying grace and then surpassing grace.

Saving grace - you believe in Jesus Christ.
Living grace - takes you to supergrace.
“Near grace” or “greater grace” - takes you from supergrace to ultra-supergrace.

Saving grace, living grace, supergrace, near grace, ultra-supergrace leading all the way to dying grace and then surpassing grace.

1. Near grace is a supercharger which performs the same function in no man’s land that living grace performed in the advance to spiritual maturity.

2. Near grace recognizes the tremendous opposition which develops in the life of any believer advancing through no man’s land between supergrace and ultra-supergrace.

JOH 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

3. The increased opposition from the satanic forces of evil calls for the intensified provision of grace; therefore another category of grace is “near grace” = the Lord is near.

“So that” is a result clause and the result is that “Christ may be dwell or be at home in your hearts.”

“To dwell” - aor-act-inf - katoikesai = to dwell, to live, to be at home.

“Through faith” - preposition dia + definite article tes +genitive singular feminine noun pisteos = through the means of doctrine.

MAT 5:44 - it is a love that loves your enemies, and prays for those who persecute you!

JOH 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commands.”

1CO 13:4 - it is the type of love that is patient, gracious, not jealous; does not brag and is not arrogant.

1CO 13:5 - it is the type of love that does not act improperly, is never selfish, is not resentful, does not think evil.

1CO 13:6 - it is the type of love that does not gloat over other men’s sins, but rejoices with doctrine.

1CO 13:7 - it is the type of love that overlooks faults, believes the best, hopes all things, endures all things.

1PE 4:8 - it is the type of love that covers a multitude of sins.

1JO 2:5 - it is the type of love that can only be developed from the intake of doctrine, But whoever keeps His doctrine, in that believer the love of God has truly been matured.

1JO 4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

1JO 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His doctrines.

2JO 1:6 And this is virtue-love that we walk according to His doctrines. This is the command, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it [PPOG].

4. In near grace, the Lord makes special provision for the supergrace believer advancing to the next objective where the going gets tough and the Lord’s provision is greater than the stiffness of the opposition.

1JO 4:4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

5. PHI 4:5 “Let your supergrace mental attitude be known to all men” =
this spiritual attitude is to be revealed before all men, the saved, as well as the unsaved.

6. A supergrace mental attitude manifested by a forbearing spirit or a gentleness which is a part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit runs contrary to the normal attitude of the “flesh.”

7. A supergrace mental attitude is manifested by a mild disposition, mental strength under control, and obedience to the Word of God.

8. PHI 4:5 - epieikes “forbearing spirit” = mildness, patience, gentleness, moderation, unwillingness to litigate or contend; meekness under provocation, readiness to forgive injuries and judging the character and actions of others.

PHI 4:5 Let your supergrace mental attitude be known to all men. The Lord is near.

JER 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

HEB 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

PRO 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all things.

Once God begins to touch those who seek Him, He gives that believer an instinct to be united with Him as never before.

**101** 2TI 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;”

**102** REV 2:2-4 “I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot endure evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;”

**103** REV 2:3-4 “and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

**104** 2PE 2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

**105** The other is to instinctively know that the dryness is from the Lord and therefore, continue to follow after Him, even in the dry places.

**106** PHI 4:5 Let your supergrace mental attitude be known to all men. The Lord is near.

**107** PHI 4:5 Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
- ASV

**108** PHI 4:5 Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do.
- TLB

**109** PHI 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
- NIV

**110** The type of person in this verse has an extraordinary relationship with divine providence.

**111** PSA 19:12 Who can understand his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

**112** 1CO 4:4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.

**113** 2CH 14:7 King Asa said, “The land is still ours, because we have sought the Lord our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.

**114** PHI 4:5 Let your supergrace mental attitude be known to all men. The Lord is near.

**101** **115** JER 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

**102** **116** HEB 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

**101** **103** **117** PRO 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all things.

**102** **104** **118** Once God is allowed to touch those who diligently seek Him, He gives those believers an instinct to be united with Him as never before.

**103** **105** **119** 2PE 2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

**104** **106** **120** The other is to instinctively know that the dryness can be from the Lord and therefore, continue to follow after Him, even in the dry places.

**105** **107** **121** PHI 4:5 Let your supergrace mental attitude be known to all men. The Lord is near.

**106** **108** **122** PHI 4:5 Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
- ASV

**101** **107** **109** **123** PHI 4:5 Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do.
- TLB

**102** **108** **110** **124** PHI 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
- NIV

**103** **109** **111** **125** The type of individual I am describing in this passage has an extraordinary relationship with divine providence.

**104** **110** **112** **126** PSA 19:12 Who can understand his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

**105** **111** **113** **127** This type of believer who has an intimacy and nearness with the Lord, has capacity without limitations.

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