The Doctrine of Supergrace. Part 20.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
PHI 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
PHI 4:13 I have the endowed power [maximum doctrine resident in the soul], to attain all things [ultra-supergrace and dying grace], By means of the One [God the Holy Spirit], who keeps on pouring the power [the doctrine], into me.
Ultra-supergrace is the most advanced stage of spiritual maturity related to time, history, and the angelic conflict.
a. Supergrace A is a period of rest and relaxation, receiving the basic elements of blessings for reaching spiritual maturity.
b. Supergrace B is the period of crossing no man’s land, where the believer receives the greatest attacks by reversionistic believers.
c. Ultra-supergrace is the quintessence of maturity.
In ultra-supergrace, the believer receives maximum opposition from the satanic forces of evil, which only intensifies his supergrace blessings.
1CO 2:9 “No one truly understands the things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
The most dangerous part of the spiritual life is the part of spiritual maturity which is to be out in no man’s land.
It is when there is an X amount of confusion in your life and no one understands it but they think they do.
“If” or “when” you reach spiritual maturity, you are advancing to the most difficult stage of your spiritual life.
This is the area filled with some of the greatest tests and pressures that the individual believer faces because this is the final objective that can be attained by the intake of doctrine. Dying grace is merely the reward for the whole thing.
Become conscious of what we are in order that we may move out into that “no man’s land,” between supergrace and ultra-supergrace and advance to the ultimate objective.
PHI 4:1 Therefore, my beloved brethren [members of the Royal Family of God] whom I desire to see or be with, my source of happiness and wreath of glory, so stand firm [be advancing not retreating] in the Lord, my beloved.
When Paul used the verbal adjective epipothetoi, “whom I long to see” or “whom I desire to see or be with,” he is talking about the type of people you like to be with.
1. They recognized his authority as a communicator of doctrine.
2. Paul desired to be with them because they were positive toward doctrine, and Paul’s ministry was devoted to teaching doctrine.
To desire the word of God is to desire God Himself, JOH 1:1.
“Positive” = a motion or decision that is definite, unyielding, constant or certain in its action.
“The pure milk of the word of God” - adolon [unadulterated] gala [milk] = the unadulterated, unpolluted, unspotted, untainted teaching of the Word of God.
3. They are an objective, well-mannered, poised, self-disciplined, Spirit-filled local assembly.
It means you do not gossip and speak evil of others. You are not filled with arrogance, pride, jealousy, implacability, bitterness, vindictiveness, inordinate ambition and inordinate competition. You do not malign, slander, judge, lie, and enter into verbal deception.
Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.
ROM 15:26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.
2CO 8:2 that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.
Paul said in 2CO 11:9 to the legalistic Corinthians also known as the "lovey dovey church" -
And when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia, they fully supplied my need.
PHI 4:15 And you yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone;
4. They had been faithful and consistent in the function of perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, and many of them had become spiritually mature and were breathing right on the back of Paul’s neck.