Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, October 4, 2020
The spiritual life is good & beautiful, if your in the plan of God.
The first Adam was crucified and nailed to the cross and when our Lord died and was crucified in our place and so did we die of baptism and identification though our union and baptism with our Lord.
Therefore, when He was crucified, we were crucified with Him.
These all are different descriptions of the New spiritual life that we are called to learn, live, and enjoy the privileges that our Lord left behind just for us.
- The Head and the Body is another description that is used to identify the closeness and the intimacy we can all have with our God if we desire to be close to Him.
The Head = the Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice the manifestation or the indication of the gifts of the Spirit in 1CO 12:7, where each one of us are given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
“for the common good” means that all of you have been given a spiritual gift to the Church for the Church to work together with one another.
- The Shepherd and the Sheep.
As our shepherd, He promises to take care of all of us in spite of our ignorance and rejection of Bible doctrine or the Word of God which promises logistics for all of His sheep by means of logistical grace.
Logistics is a military word which refers to the military science of supply, provision, and planning of troop movement.
Logistics is the provision, movement, and maintenance of all resources and services necessary to sustain military forces.
Logistics involves the national economic capacity and the nation's capability to support its military forces.
Logistics is also defined as the military science of planning, handling, and implementation of personnel under every possible military condition.
Logistics is a technical military term for sustaining troops in every form of military activity and maneuver, i.e., in the barracks, in the field, in the battle, before the battle, and after the battle.
Logistics always plays a very important and dramatic part in warfare, but logistics plays an even greater part in your life as a believer.
Therefore, Logistical grace is defined as divine planning, divine support, divine provision, and divine blessing for the execution of the PPOG by the royal family for the fulfillment of God's will, purpose, and plan for your life.
1PE 2:25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
As our Great Shepherd, our Lord feeds us and as our Guardian, He watches and takes care of us by guarding our souls.
Whether or not you partake of the divine nature that the Lord provided for all of us in logistical grace, He does so NOT because we deserve Him to do so but because that is one of His desires for all of us as our guardian is to partake of His divine nature.
2PE 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature.
Logistical grace is defined as divine planning, divine support, divine provision, and divine blessing for the execution of the PPOG by the royal family for the fulfillment of God's will, purpose, and plan for your life.
- First of all, life support is provided for every Church--age believer.
- Secondly, logistical blessing is provided for every Church-age believer, both winners and loser.
This dramatizes the justice of God in that the justice of God sends life support and blessing to the indwelling righteousness of God in both winners and losers and time .
Now, listen to this statement: Winners utilize logistical grace, losers coast on it, but never utilize it.
- Thirdly, divine provision is provided for every Church-age believer to execute the PPOG or to live the spiritual life that God has provided for all of us.
The most important principle is: “All doctrine comes from the prepared pastor-teacher.”
And if you have persistent positive volition, you will find doctrine and your right pastor-teacher.
Therefore, it’s not “I shall not want” but, “I cannot lack for anything.”
Because the Lord is the one who keeps shepherding me or before He does so, I cannot lack for anything because the Lord is My Shepherd.
Grace depends on God's reputation, not ours, or others.
The rod was used to "spank" the sheep for discipline.
The staff was used to rescue sheep from danger.
And both discipline and deliverance are a comfort to the believer who knows doctrine.
Prin-It is impossible for anyone who has imputed divine righteousness who cannot lack anything because the justice of God sends life support and blessing to all believers, both winners and losers.
The testimony of Paul concerning this principle is found in Phi 4:19 "My God shall supply all your needs [logistical grace support] according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
The Logistical Grace Rationale is really found in Mat 6:25‑34, the "not to worry" passage.
We are commanded NOT to worry because God, in logistical grace, will provide for us, regardless of our spiritual status.
This means that you cannot measure God's grace.
John the Baptist is still teaching and in JOH 3:30, he said, "He must increase, but I must decrease.”
And that is because God provides logistical grace support for winners as well as losers.
Worry is a fear that very few believers ever overcome.
And, the more things you surrender to fear, the more things you will fear.
The more things about us which try to get us to worry, the more we need to apply the problem-solving devices to deal with the worry.
It’s just like fear, the extent to which you surrender to fear, you increase the power of fear in your life.
And to the extent to which you surrender to worry, you increase the power of worry in your life; yet God still keeps you alive.
The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the greater your capacity for arrogance and becoming a loser.
And the more you acquire the power of worry in your life, the greater your capacity for worry and becoming a loser; yet God still supports you.
Grace gives you the ability to live one day at a time, not handicapped by the past and not distracted by the future.
- The fourth title and analogy of the Church is the Vine and the Branches which we already noted in some detail.
It is based upon JOH 15:4-5, "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
JOH 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
- The Cornerstone and the building.