Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, July 29, 2007

1. "Logistical" = "to support."
Logistical grace = divine provision for the believer between salvation and spiritual maturity.

The Doctrine of the Faithfulness of God.

Point 1. Definition.

Divine faithfulness is God’s grace expression to the believer using His perfect character as the basis for expression.

Propitiation is the God-ward side of the work of Christ in salvation.

Propitiation is the work of Christ on the cross which deals with the integrity of God.

Propitiation = our Lord satisfied the justice and righteousness of God the Father.

Propitiation frees the justice of God to immediately give anyone who believes in Christ one-half of divine integrity, the righteousness of God.

God’s faithfulness does not depend upon your spiritual status.

Divine faithfulness manifests itself in divine discipline to the apostate believer and in blessing to the mature believer.

All faithfulness in the human realm resides, first of all, in the soul.

Point 2. God Is Faithful to Us in Rebound and Recovery.

God is justified to forgive us because He has been propitiated by the sacrifice of His perfect Son.

There is no merit in naming a sin.

A. Name it, 1JO 1:9
B. Isolate it, HEB 12:15
C. Forget it, PHI 3:13
D. Keep moving, PHI 3:14

The basis of God’s faithfulness is His grace, JAM 1:17.

Point 3. God’s Faithfulness is Manifest in His Perfect Plan.

Knowing every sin, human good deed, and evil thing we would ever do, God still selected us to have human life at birth, and elected us to equal privilege and equal opportunity at salvation.

Point 4. God’s Faithfulness is Manifest in Logistical Grace Provision and Supergrace Blessing,
1TH 5:24.

JOB 23:14 "For He performs what is appointed for me, and many such decrees are with Him."

If He could do the most for us at salvation, it follows, the principle of a fortiori, that He can provide the lesser blessing of logistical grace support in time.

A fortiori - Latin phrase = "with stronger reason" = a system of logic using comparison. It is a conclusion compared with some other conclusion or recognized fact, as inferred to be even more certain or inescapable than the two conclusions it combines.

Point 5. God’s Faithfulness in Testing, 1CO 10:13; 2CO 4:17; ROM 8:18.

ROM 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Not only are we tested with regard to logistical grace support from God but we are also tested concerning our love for Bible doctrine as well as our social life, loved ones, our failures, other distractions, and our families.

Even in spiritual maturity, we face testing, as did Abraham when he was commanded to offer his only son, Isaac, as a sacrifice.

As a part of God’s faithfulness, He always provides the doctrine or the opportunity to get the doctrine necessary to pass each test before it comes.

Point 6. God is faithful to the Royal Family of God, HEB 10:23.

Point 7. God is faithful to the Apostate Believer, 2TI 2:13.

God is faithful in keeping the degenerate believer alive for discipline.

Point 8. God is Faithful to the Believer in the Realm of the Angelic Conflict.

Point 9. God’s Faithfulness Becomes a Reality as You Advance to and Reach Spiritual Maturity.

Point 10. Conclusion.

MAL 3:6 "For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed."

LAM 3:22 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.

2CO 1:20 For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.

NUM 23:19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?"

Titus 1:2 - it is impossible for Him to lie.

HEB 10:23 - He who promised is faithful.

1PE 4:19 - to those who were going through some measure of suffering, Peter says to "entrust your soul to the faithful Creator who will do what is right!"

He is faithful in what He withholds just like in what He gives.

He is faithful in sending sorrow as well as in giving joy.

HOS 5:15 I will go away {and} return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.

God the Father is faithful,
JAM 1:17.
The Lord Jesus Christ is faithful and the same yesterday, and today, and forever, HEB 13:8.
The Holy Spirit is faithful to indwell us, JOH 14:16, and to teach Bible doctrine to the believer, 1CO 12:13.

In GEN 12:13-19, Abraham willfully lies to deceive the Pharaoh and protect his own life. Sarah was very beautiful and Abraham was afraid that the king would kill him to take Sarah as his wife.

The Lord struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

The point is that Abraham willfully lied, and yet God was faithful to him.

In GEN 26:7, he committed the same sin as his father Abraham; he lived in fear of losing his life, so he willfully lied and told the men of Gerah that Rebekah was not his wife but his sister.

So Isaac lived in Gerar. However, when the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," for he was afraid to say, "My wife," thinking, "The men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful."

Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold, and the Lord blessed him and he became rich and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy.

Then we have Jacob!
In Genesis 25:31-33, he was naturally crafty and sly and stole the birthright from Esau.

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