Class Notes: 10/16/2016
Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; The doctrine of the winner part 16
Lam 3:21-23; I recall this to my mind, and it gives me confidence. Because The Lord's mercy never fails; His grace provisions never cease, they are renewed every morning; Great is Your faithfulness... Therefore I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait silently on Him.
In our study of the doctrine of the winner believer. Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; We have noted that winner believers are the unknown, unsung heroes of history. 2Cor 6:9;
The winners are those who are not considered by the world to be wise or noble 1Cor 1:26-29; but they are the crisis personalities who stand in the spiritual gap and preserve the nation during the course of human history. Ezek 22:30-31; because they glorify God by learning God's Word of truth that enables them to exploit God's grace system to the maximum because they wait patiently on Him instead of trying to do it themselves. 2Pet 3:18; 2Pet 1:2;
Since the winner exploits God's grace system to the maximum we have taken up a study of grace in the context of exploiting it and becoming a winner.
We are now studying God's system of logistical grace that provides for believers while they are physically alive in the devil's world as members of God's royal family.
Last time we noted that logistical grace is completely compatible with God's integrity because it does not compromise His perfect essence.
God's perfect righteousness demands perfect righteousness; God's perfect justice demands perfect justice. What the righteousness of God demands, the justice of God executes through grace because of integrity love.
God's righteousness demands that God's justice convey blessing when the believer is "walking by means of the Spirit" and demands discipline when the believer is "walking by means of the OSN." Gal 5:16; Gal 5:18-23; Heb 12:6-8;
God's righteousness is the principle of His Holiness, and God's justice is the function of His Holiness. What God's righteousness rejects, God's justice condemns. What God's righteousness accepts, God's justice blesses.
God's perfect justice always conveys what God's perfect righteousness demands.
God's mandate for believers to exploit God's grace is found in the imperative moods of 2Pet 3:18; "But grow (present active imperative of the Greek word "auxano" by means of (logistical) grace and knowledge (of the pattern pioneered and established by) our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
The present active imperative of the Greek word "auxano" translated "grow is a mandate for every believer to exploit God's grace for the purpose of increasing, growing and advancing. This increase creates capacity to receive God's grace.
In Phil 4:5. "Near" means that the Lord is close by and is therefore always ready willing and able to supply support for us. God has it covered, which is why in the next verse we are commanded to never to be anxious about anything. Phil 4:6;
The principle that the Lord is always ready, willing and able to supply all of our needs is found throughout scripture. Deut 33:27; Isa 40:27-31; Lam 3:21-26; Phil 4:19; Psa 37:25; Eph 1:3; 2Cor 9:8;
The principle of logistical grace is revealed in God's Word of truth with different analogies. The anthropomorphic analogy is found in Deut 33:27;NET "The eternal God is a refuge, and underneath you are the everlasting arms."
The definition of logistical grace is found in 2Cor 9:8; "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having a sufficiency in everything ( through logistical grace support), you may have an abundance for every good of intrinsic value (divine good) deed."
The context for this verse is spiritual giving. Paul is explaining that God will provide resources that are necessary for believers to give in the same manner that he provides the seed that is necessary to grow food.
Believers are stewards of the money that God entrusts to them and giving does not deplete God's provision. 2Cor 9:10-11;
God able to make all grace abound to us in giving us all things because logistical grace support is compatible with his integrity.
It is important to note that the provision that God provides through logistical grace is not limited to prosperous times. This means the believers in Jesus Christ will have a sufficiency in every circumstance including conditions of maximum historical or national disaster.
There are no historical situations or circumstances that can prevent God from conveying logistical grace to believers. Rom 8:38-39; Job 5:17-27;
In his old age David wrote of the logistical grace support that he had seen during his lifetime. Psa 37:25, "I have been young but now I am old; yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken (logistical grace support conveyed to imputed righteousness) nor His children begging for food." Net note 47
This passage informs us that God provides logistical grace support for the descendants of the winner believer. This is why we have such prosperity in our nation today in spite of the rejection of God and the evil that is presently engulfing our country.
David's testimony to logistical grace as a shepherd is described in
Psa 23:1-6. "The Lord is the One shepherding me; therefore, I cannot lack for anything.
v2 He causes me to lie down in green pastures of choice food (life support); He leads me to waters of refreshment (life support).
v3 He restores my soul (rebound); He guides me in paths of righteousness (problem solving devices) because of His reputation.
Psa 23:4; Even, when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (dying grace), I cannot fear evil because You are with me. Your rod (divine discipline) and your staff (divine deliverance) comfort me.
v5 You have prepared before me a table in the presence of my enemies (logistical grace); you have anointed my head with oil (promotion); My cup (escrow blessings for time) is overflowing.
v6 Without a doubt good (prosperity of escrow blessings) and grace (logistical grace) shall pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
This passage tells us that It is impossible for anyone who has received the imputation of God's righteousness to chronically lack anything because God's justice sends life support and blessing to them on the basis of His integrity.
This is why believing in Jesus Christ is the only real remedy for the poverty that exists in the devil's world.
We also see from this that grace is a product of God's integrity, not ours. Those in dying grace can have absolutely no fear because of their absolute confidence in God's provision for them because they understand that God cannot deny himself. 2Tim 2:13;
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