Class Notes: 10/23/2016
Heb 12:2; Rev 2:7; The doctrine of the winner part 17
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 in order to become a winner or victor in God's grace system that provides for believers while they are physically alive in the devil's world as members of God's royal family.
We have noted that logistical grace is completely compatible with God's integrity because it does not compromise His perfect essence and last time we saw David's description of logistical grace support in Psa 23:1-4;
In verse 4 David notes the shepherd's tools. The rod was used for discipline. The staff was used to deliver sheep from danger. Both discipline and deliverance are a comfort to the believer who understands the logistical grace system that God has created and revealed in His Word of truth.
They understand that God's grace pursues them for their entire lifetime so they wait expectantly on God for His grace to catch up with them.
Paul's testimony regarding logistical grace is found in Phil 4:19. "My God shall supply all your needs (logistical grace support) according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." God will never run out of riches to support you. "Riches" refer to God's virtue.
Our Lord is addressed the apostle Paul regarding logistical grace in 2Cor 12:9. "Then He assured me, `My grace (logistical grace) has been and still is sufficient for you. For power is achieved in weakness.' Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses in order that the power of Christ may reside in me."
"Weakness" refers to the problem-solving device of grace orientation. It refers to the humility that is created from orientation to God's Word of truth while undergoing providential preventative suffering, momentum testing, and evidence testing during the believer's advance.
Under God's policy of grace; our part is weakness; God's part is strength. In our inability (weakness) God provides ability (strength) because he is completely aware of our inability.
Humility enables us to recognize our inability, arrogance blinds us to it.
The principle is that God does not help those who in arrogance deceive themselves into trusting in themselves. God helps those who wait on Him in humility because they recognize the doctrinal truth that they are actually helpless because only God's logistical grace provision is sufficient. Eccles 9:11; James 4:6: Zech 4:6;
2Cor 12:9c; The Greek word "kauchaomai" that is translated "boast" in most translations, means to "glory on the account of something" In other passages it is translated "glory" or "rejoice."
Believers glory, rejoice or boast when they recognize that God provides for them in their weakness so they wait silently on Him.
The believers "glory" is not an expression of arrogance. It is an expression of the esprit-de-corps as members of God's Royal family that is developed from the PMA of God's Word of truth.
The "glory" comes from cognitive self-confidence in spiritual self-esteem, cognitive independence in spiritual autonomy, and cognitive invincibility in spiritual maturity.
"That the power of Christ may reside in me" is a reference to the fact that Jesus Christ indwells his body and his thoughts are occupied with the thinking of Christ, the ultimate problem-solving device.
It is also a reference to spiritual growth that occurs in the pattern that Jesus pioneered in his unglorified humanity during His life in the devil's world in the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union. Heb 12:2; NET
Jesus established the pattern for spiritual growth in the Church Age.
Spiritual self-esteem plus providential preventative suffering resulted in spiritual autonomy. Spiritual autonomy plus momentum testing resulted in spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity plus evidence testing resulted in our Lord's strategic victory in His unglorified humanity.
His strategic victory included His impeccability (non pose picarre and pose non picarre), His saving work on the cross by means of His spiritual death, followed by His physical death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and session at the right hand of God the Father.
We have noted the testimony of the prophet Jeremiah that he wrote as the fifth cycle of discipline was being administered to Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel. Lam 3:20-26;
v20 "Surely my soul remembers and is humbled within me (Jeremiah's grace orientation).
v21This I recall to mind; therefore I have hope (faith under pressure).
v22 The Lord's gracious functions never cease (perpetuation of logistical grace even to believers who are being marched off into slavery); His compassions never fail.
v23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
v24`The Lord is my portion,' says my soul (logistical grace rations); `therefore, I have hope in Him (when under pressure from adversity).
v25 The Lord is good to those who trust on Him, to the one who seeks Him."
v26 It is good to wait patiently for deliverance from the Lord.
Jeremiah has confidence while he is under pressure because he applies a logistical grace rationale to the situation of the nation being defeated in battle and hauled off into captivity by the Chaldeans.
He understands God's integrity not the believer's worthiness is the basis for God's logistical grace support, blessing, protection and deliverance.
Even as they were being marched off into Babylon and enslaved under the fifth cycle of discipline for 70 years, God's Word reminded them that every morning that they woke up that God was providing logistical grace for them.
They are still alive so God still has a purpose for their lives.
The Jews rejected God so God permitted the natural consequences of their rejection to occur. The client nation fell but God's immutable faithfulness never changes. His logistical grace support continued to provide for them in the midst of the national disaster that they had caused by their negative volition to truth.
If God permits our nation to be taken down because most of the believers in our nation have rejected God's Word of truth just like the Jews did we will continue to be the recipients of God's logistical grace support just like they were because God's faithfulness never fails.
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