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July 17, 2010

DOCTRINE OF GRACE

A.  Introduction.
1.  There are seven propositions with regard to the subject of grace.
a.  God exists.
b.  God reveals Himself through the Canon of Scripture.
c.  God has a plan for your life.  If God reveals Himself, He also reveals a plan for Church Age believers specifically.  Your life was designed for invisible impact in five categories.  Nothing is more significant than your life as a believer.
d.  God’s plan is based on God’s policy.  God’s policy is always called grace.  Grace is the system for the administration of God’s plan for the Church.
e.  The grace of God for the human race is divided into three categories.
(1)  Pre-salvation grace.  This is the work of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, being judged for our sins as our substitute.  This includes three things.
(a)  Common grace.  This is the work of God the Holy Spirit taking the spiritual phenomena of the gospel and presenting it to the mind of man as a reality.  The unbeliever is spiritually brain dead, so God the Holy Spirit must make spiritual information understandable to spiritually dead mankind.  The unbeliever cannot understand the things of God, 1 Cor 2:9-16.
(b)  The divine call.  Having understood the issue of the gospel, to believe in the person and work of Christ, God now invites the unbeliever to believe what he has heard and understood.
(c)  Efficacious grace.  This is the work of God the Holy Spirit taking that faith alone in Christ alone and making it effective for salvation.
(2)  Salvation grace.  This includes the forty things that God gives us at the moment of salvation.
(3)  Post-salvation grace.  This is the more or greater grace of Jam 4:6.  Post-salvation grace is found in 1 Pet 5:12, “I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God.  Stand fast in it.”  There are distortions of grace.  2 Tim 2:1, “You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”  Grace is the means of conveying the power of God to the life of the ordinary believer.  1 Pet 5:5-6, “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.  ‘God makes war against the arrogant believer but gives grace to the humble believer.’  Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may promote you at the proper time.”  1 Cor 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”  Eph 1:6, “To the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”  God always operates within some sphere.  In the plan of God for the Church Age believer, the sphere in which grace operates is union with Christ.  In Eph 2:7, this grace will continue in the eternal state, “That He might show us in the coming ages the surpassing riches of His grace in generosity toward us in Christ.”  Eph 6:24, “Grace be with all believers who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptibility.”  Loving the Lord with incorruptibility is a reference to occupation with Christ.  2 Thes 2:16, “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father who has loved us and given to us for our benefit eternal comfort and good confidence in the sphere of grace, comfort your hearts and strengthen you in all production and good doctrine.”
f.  The consistency of grace.  Consistent grace is the Church Age believer, saved by grace and living by grace.  God is consistent.  There is no legalism in salvation; therefore, there is no legalism in the Christian way of life.  Sooner or later, God takes every believer and brings them to the end of their human resources, making them totally dependent upon divine provision.  Acts 13:43, “Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who began speaking to them and were urging them to continue in the grace of God.”
g.  Every believer owes both the salvation plan of God and the grace of God a hearing.  2 Pet 1:2, “Grace and tranquility be multiplied to you in the [epignosis] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
2.  Under the divine policy of grace, all of our blessings come from God.  Under the function of our own volition, all of our failures come from ourselves through the law of volitional responsibility, which means that we must take full responsibility for our own bad decisions.
a.  The grace of God means that none of us can earn or deserve even one blessing from God.  God does all the work; we do not earn or deserve anything from God.  We are not blessed because we do something.  We are blessed because God has done and continues to do something for us.
b.  We never earn or deserve anything from God except condemnation.
3.  Because of who and what God is, His grace is greater than our failures, our sins, our flaws, our self-righteous legalism, our human good, and our dead works.
B.  Definition and Description.
1.  Grace is all that God is free to do for mankind without compromising His divine essence.  Grace means favor, kindness, and mercy.
2.  Grace is free, unmerited favor and love from God alone, not from our works or because we are attractive to God.  God’s love comes in two categories for us.
a.  God has impersonal love for the unbeliever in the status of spiritual death.  Jesus Christ had impersonal love for all mankind, when He went to the Cross and received the imputation of our sins.  God the Father had impersonal love when He imputed all of our sins to Christ and judged them.
b.  God has personal love for the believer because the believer receives the imputed righteousness of God.
3.  Grace means that all things from God, including salvation by grace through faith, are received from God as a free gift totally apart from any form of human merit or any system of human works.  They are never merited or earned by mankind.  They never compromise divine essence or divine effort in bestowing blessing on mankind.  Jn 1:12.
a.  Grace is benefit from God totally a part of the work of God and totally apart from the works of mankind.  No one has ever been blessed by God because they tithe or because they are moral.  The Christian way of life is infinitely greater than morality.  Morality is a function of the energy of the flesh; it is for the human race.  Morality is the result of self-determination; grace is the result of God’s determination.
b.  The virtue mandated of the believer is infinitely greater than morality.  The inner life of virtue is not something we can do in ourselves; it is something that God has provided for us in grace.  He has given us the mystery doctrine of the Church Age, thoughts that have to be metabolized in the soul for motivation, and a life far greater than the function of the energy of the flesh.
c.  Anything an unbeliever can do is not the Christian way of life, and morality can be accomplished by the unbeliever.  Morality is necessary for freedom in the human race.  The purpose of Codex three of the Mosaic Law was to protect freedom, privacy, property, and life.
4.  Grace is the manifestation of God’s holiness, power, virtue, efficacy, mercy, compassion, indulgence, forbearance, pardon; unmerited favor based on the exclusive work of God.  Grace includes three categories of divine blessing from God.  Grace is unmerited favor and divine provision for mankind before, during, and after salvation.  Three categories of God’s grace include:
a.  Pre-salvation grace which includes all that God is free to do for the spiritually dead person, that is, common grace, the divine call, and efficacious grace.
b.  Salvation grace which includes all that God has accomplished to save spiritually dead mankind, that is, the saving work of Christ on the Cross, the judgment of God the Son by God the Father, the revelation of this message by God the Holy Spirit, and the forty things God does for us at salvation.
c.  Post-salvation grace includes total divine provision of God for the fulfillment of His plan, His will, and His purpose for our lives.  Post-salvation grace includes all that God does for the believer totally apart from any human merit on the part of any Christian.
(1)  Post-salvation grace is described in Jam 4:6, “He keeps on giving greater grace.  Therefore, it says, ‘God makes war against the arrogant believer but gives grace to the humble believer.’”  Greater grace means greater than pre-salvation grace, greater than salvation grace.  It is the greatest grace of all.  Post-salvation grace includes more grace than anything else in life.  Jn 1:16, “From His fullness, we have all received even grace in exchange for grace.”  We have exchanged salvation grace for post-salvation grace.  If we are saved by grace, then we should live by grace.  Jn 1:17, “The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
(2)  The phrase “Grace for your benefit and peace from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ” occurs many times in Scripture: 2 Cor 1:2; Gal 1:3; Eph 1:2; Phil 1:2; Col 1:2; 1 Thes 1:2; 2 Thes 1:2.
(3)  2 Cor 6:1, “We also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.”
(4)  Gal 2:21, “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law (and it does not), then Christ died in vain.”
(5)  Eph 3:2, “Since you have heard about the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for your benefit.”
(6)  2 Thes 1:12, “In order that the person of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified by you and you by Him, on the basis of the grace of God and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(7)  2 Tim 2:1, “You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
(8)  1 Pet 5:5-6, “…clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God makes war against the arrogant believer, but gives grace to the humble believer.  Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may promote you at the proper time.”
(9)  1 Pet 5:12, “I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God.  Stand fast in it.”
(10)  Eph 1:6, “to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”
(11)  Eph 2:7, “that He might show you in the coming ages [millennium and eternal state] the surpassing riches of His grace in generosity toward us in Christ Jesus.”
(12)  Eph 6:24, “Grace be with you all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptibility.”
(13)  2 Thes 2:16-17, “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and has given to us eternal comfort and good of intrinsic value confidence in the sphere of grace, comfort your right lobes and strengthen yourselves in all production and good of intrinsic value doctrine.”
(14)  2 Pet 3:18, “But keep on growing in the sphere of grace and in the sphere of knowledge about our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.  Glory to Him both now and to the day of eternity.  Amen.”
5.  Grace is undeserved blessing and suffering from God to mankind.   Grace is free and unmerited love and favor toward us.  Grace is unmerited divine provision for mankind before, during, and after salvation.  Therefore, grace depends on who and what God is.  Six principles emerge from this description of the grace of God.
a.  In grace, God works and man benefits.  In grace, God provides and mankind receives apart from any form of personal merit.
b.  Grace is the policy of God in establishing a relationship with mankind both in time and for the eternal state.
c.  Grace is the policy of God in providing everything man needs in two categories.
(1)  Relationship with God in time and in eternity.
(2)  Fellowship with God in time only.
d.  Grace provision for relationship with God forever includes not only salvation the instant we believe in Christ but also eternal security.
e.  Grace provision for fellowship with God in time includes your very own portfolio of invisible assets which God prepared for each one of us in eternity past.  Our portfolio includes our very own spiritual life.
f.  Included in the portfolio of invisible assets are the spiritual skills and the problem solving devices.  With these problem solving devices circulating in your soul, there is no problem too great.  They have capacity for everything.
6.  Grace implies that all things, including salvation, never compromise the essence of God or the divine effort in bestowing blessing and favor on mankind.
7.  In grace, God works and mankind benefits.  In grace, God provides and mankind receives.  It is not “God benefits when we work” as is suggested by so many pastors and Christian organizations.  They give the impression that God cannot get along without you; that is evil.  Grace means that God knows best.  That is why we have so many divine mandates that run counter to our desires in life.
8.  Relationship with God must precede fellowship with God.  Grace is the policy of God in establishing a relationship with mankind.  Grace is the policy of God in providing and maintaining fellowship with God.  In grace, God provides everything necessary to bring us into relationship with Himself–pre-salvation grace of common and efficacious grace.
a.  Grace is the policy of God in providing both relationship and fellowship with all three persons of the Trinity.
(1)  Relationship with God, which is the grace policy for eternal salvation of the unbeliever, because we are spiritually dead.
(2)  Fellowship with God, which is the grace policy for all Church Age believers to execute the protocol plan.
b.  Therefore, the grace policy of God covers three categories.
(1)  Grace is extended to mankind in spiritual death.
(2)  Grace is extended to mankind at the point of salvation.
(3)  Grace is extended to mankind as a believer in Christ under the grace policy of God under the protocol plan of God.
c.  Grace is the policy of God in providing everything necessary for the believer to execute God’s plan, purpose, and will.  God is the aggressor in establishing a relationship with man.  When man is the aggressor, that is works.  God provides the means for eternal relationship with Himself.
(1)  Grace is the policy of God in blessing mankind totally apart from any creature merit or ability.
(2)  The grace policy of God provides blessings for believers and provided these blessings in eternity past before man was created.  What God provided for man in grace in eternity past cannot be earned, merited, or deserved.  That includes our portfolio of invisible assets, our escrow blessings for time and eternity, the ten problem solving devices for each believer in the Church Age, the blessings of dying grace, the blessings of resurrection, and the blessings of the eternal state.
(3)  Under the grace policy of God, every believer has equal privilege and equal opportunity to execute the protocol plan of God.
(4)  Grace is the divine policy of creating a new spiritual species for the utilization of divine power.
(5)  Grace is the divine policy of keeping both winners and losers alive through logistical grace support.  Grace is the divine policy of blessing winners and losers through this logistical grace system.
(6)  Grace is the divine policy of providing divine revelation in writing.  Grace is the divine policy and provision of a spiritual I.Q. for post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.
(7)  We cannot squeeze grace into the narrow confines of human viewpoint, but we can and should live by grace through the wide expanse of God’s thinking.  We must not and cannot distort grace to comply with the lust pattern of our sin natures, but we expand our grace horizon through spiritual skills–the filling of the Holy Spirit, cognition and inculcation of Bible doctrine, and execution of God’s plan.
(8)  Grace does not give us what we want, but grace gives us what God wants, which is far better for each one of us.
d.  You cannot have fellowship with God until you have a permanent, eternal, and secure relationship with God.  Since grace is the provision and policy of God, God takes the initiative in providing the means for eternal relationship with Himself.  Through His policy of grace, God has solved the problem of fellowship in time, just as He has solved the problem of relationship with Himself for eternity.
e.  The unbeliever is spiritually dead and in a hopeless, helpless situation to have a relationship with God.  Spiritual death emphasizes the importance of God’s policy of grace.  Knowing our failures when the fetus emerged from the womb, God still imputed human life to our souls; that’s grace.  We often do not realize how helpless we are until we foul up our lives.  After salvation, the most important thing we can do is learn about who and what God is.  There is no more hopeless situation than spiritual death.  Spiritual death is the dichotomous state of mankind at birth under three categories of condemnation from God.
(1)  Total separation from God through the imputation of Adam’s original sin.
(2)  Total depravity resulting from personal sins.
(3)  Total inability to do anything to gain the approbation of God.
f.  All of us are weak.  To the extent we try to be strong in the energy of the flesh, we fail and create flaws after salvation.  We often create flaws by giving up this or giving up that and calling it Christianity.  The only Christian service that counts is based upon our total helplessness to do it and what God has provided in grace to execute it.
g.  When we stop using the power of God which is given to us in grace and substitute our own power, we are the most useless creatures in the world.
h.  Each person of the Godhead functions under the grace policy to provide eternal salvation for mankind.
(1)  The grace of God the Father in eternity past used His divine omniscience to program one prom chip of the computer of divine decrees with all personal sins, sent our Lord into the world, imputed our sins to Christ on the Cross and judged those sins.   God the Father planned salvation.  This is taught in the doctrines of unlimited atonement, redemption, reconciliation, propitiation, imputation, and justification.
(2)  The grace of God the Son received the judgment of our sins on the Cross.  God the Son was willing to become true humanity in order to be judged for our sins, Heb 10:4-10.  He became true humanity and received the imputation and judgment of our sins.  He provided eternal salvation through His substitutionary unlimited atonement.
(3)  The grace of God the Holy Spirit takes the gospel and makes it a reality to spiritual brain death as a part of common grace.  The Holy Spirit makes the divine call to believe in Christ by making the gospel understandable.  The Holy Spirit makes our faith effective for salvation as a part of efficacious grace.  God the Holy Spirit reveals Christ’s work of salvation under the doctrine of common grace.  We are spiritually brain dead and cannot understand the Gospel, because it is spiritual phenomena.  Then God the Holy Spirit calls us, a divine invitation to believe in Christ.  Finally, under efficacious grace, God the Holy Spirit takes the faith of a spiritually dead person and makes it effective for salvation.
9.  There are many problems with regard to our temporal fellowship with God.
a.  The problem of post-salvation sinning.  This problem is solved by the rebound technique taught in 1 Jn 1:9.  Emotions are not the issue in our relationship with God or our fellowship with God.  Your relationship with God is not based upon how you feel.  Your relationship with God is far more important than your relationship with people.  How you feel about your sin has nothing to do with your fellowship with God.  Grace means divine mercy and divine forgiveness.  We are forgiven on the basis of what God has done for us, never on the basis of what we have done for God.  There is nothing we can do for forgiveness.  Forgiveness is provided for us on the basis of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
b.  The problem of ignorance of Bible doctrine.
c.  The problem of failure to make the correct application of doctrine.  You have to accumulate an inventory of metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness in order to have the divine viewpoint, and the divine viewpoint is the basis for making right applications.  No decision is good unless you have the facts; and the facts are Bible doctrine.  The thinking of Bible doctrine under every circumstance of life is the only viewpoint by which you can live with contentment and tranquility in the Devil’s world.
d.  Three things are necessary as part of the grace process of problem solving.
(1)  Learning–we have a spiritual I.Q. provided in grace.
(2)  Thinking–thinking is the application of the facts you have learned.
(3)  Solving–this is the utilization of those facts.
e.  Without understanding the principle that God solves problems through His grace policy and grace provision, the believer will never advance in the protocol plan of God, because you have to be grace oriented, and grace orientation depends on metabolized doctrine.
f.  Grace orientation is a problem solving device.  It is the modus vivendi of the Christian way of life.  It is the only means of execution of the protocol plan of God.  It is the way of discernment.  It is the basis for establishing right standards about everything–about people, about things, about life in general.
g.  There is a great conflict between grace and legalism.  If grace orientation wins, the believer will become a winner in the spiritual life and have the most fantastic invisible impact on history.  If legalism wins, the believer will become a loser in the spiritual life.
10.  The believer who is negative to doctrine suffers from grace disorientation.  He comes short of the grace of God, Heb 12:15.  He receives the grace of God in vain, 2 Cor 6:1.  He nullifies the grace of God, Gal 2:21.  The believer who is consistent in positive volition has the following attitude toward Bible doctrine.
a.  Bible doctrine is number one priority in his life.
b.  He listens to Bible doctrine under the power and concentration which comes from the filling of the Holy Spirit.
c.  He metabolizes doctrine so that it circulates in the stream of consciousness of his right lobe.
d.  He develops the pattern of utilization of Bible doctrine in his life, namely, the foundation of humility on which is built professionalism (the cognition of mechanics) and integrity (the spiritual strength to execute those grace mechanics).
e.  The positive believer fulfills 1 Pet 5:12, “I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God.  Stand fast in it.”
11.  When it comes to sin, we are never helpless.  When it comes to grace, we are totally helpless.  There is no limit to God’s grace.  God’s grace is not limited by human reason.
a.  The believer who is full of himself is quite empty, but the believer who is grace oriented from Bible doctrine is quite powerful.
b.  Grace is the fruit of the Spirit, but do not expect the fruit of the Spirit apart from the seed and the roots of Bible doctrine.  The Bible is less in need of apologetics than appropriation; it is less in danger from criticism than from neglect.
c.  Without grace, we never live because we are always in the expectation of living.   For this reason, believers live lives of convenience rather than lives of conviction.
d.  Grace is the helplessness of man and the helpfulness of God.  In grace, God sows and we reap blessing.

C.  Pre-Salvation and Salvation Grace.
1.  Introduction.
a.  There are two categories of mankind who are the recipients of God’s grace policy.
(1)  God’s grace is extended to the unbeliever who is spiritually dead.  The unbeliever is under total depravity, total separation from God, and total helplessness to do anything to gain the approbation of God.
(a)  See the Doctrine of Common and Efficacious Grace.  Salvation by faith alone is the major issue in grace.  Faith is the non-meritorious response to grace.  See the Doctrine of Salvation.
(b)  God gives each Church Age believer forty things at the very moment he believes in Jesus Christ.  These forty things are all a part of salvation.  See the doctrine of the Forty Things.
(c)  Salvation is the exclusive work of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This work is classified as grace, because the work of God excludes all human works and human cooperation.
(2)  God’s grace is extended to believers in this dispensation through the protocol plan of God.
b.  Under the first category, grace is all that God is free to do for mankind on the basis of the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
(1)  God is free to do certain things for the spiritually dead, because they are helpless and can do nothing to gain God’s approbation.
(2)  Salvation is the work of God en toto.  Mankind and his works are totally excluded.
c.  Under the second category, post-salvation grace is extended to every believer in Jesus Christ.  Under this category, grace is all that God is free to do for each Church Age believer without compromising His essence.
(1)  God’s grace, which began at salvation, extends to the believer through the protocol plan for the Church Age.  The extension has a link between pre and post-salvation grace.  The link are the forty things provided at salvation.
(2)  Post-salvation grace is the genius of God directed toward the Church Age believer, while the mystery doctrine of the Church is the manifestation of that infinite and eternal genius of God.  God has found a way to bless each one of us without compromising His essence.
(3)  Post-salvation grace is totally divorced from any system of human works, merit, power, ability, behavior, talent, or human emotion.  That means that most Christian activity, such as emotion and repentance, is blasphemous.  Under grace everything depends on the ability of God.
(4)  God has done more for you as a Church Age believer than He will ever do for any other group of believers.  Therefore, we will have to answer to God as to what we have done with all these assets.
d.  Under the divine policy of grace, only the ability and power of God counts and meets the needs of helpless mankind in two categories:  spiritual death and as believers in Jesus Christ.
e.  God has found a way to save us, to give us eternal life; and God has found a way in His grace policy to help us in our helplessness as believers.  We never lose our helplessness.
f.  Under His grace policy, God does more than help us; He blesses us, He provides for our needs, He provides life support, and He gives blessing to us whether we are winners or losers.
(1)  The same justice of God that judged our sins on the cross also sends blessing to righteousness of God indwelling the believer, because he receives God’s righteousness at the moment he believes in Christ.
(2)  So the justice of God, one-half of divine integrity, sends blessing to the indwelling righteousness of God, the other half of divine integrity.
(3)  This is entirely grace; we do not earn or deserve any of it.
2.  Scripture.
a.  Rom 5:8, “God demonstrates His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died as a substitute for us.”  The Greek preposition HUPER plus the genitive plural of advantage indicates that it is to our advantage that Christ became a substitute for us.  The greatest advantage we have ever had in life is that Jesus Christ became a substitute for us.
b.  1 Pet 3:18, “Christ also died once for our sins, the Righteous one as a substitute for the unrighteous ones, that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh but made alive by means of the Spirit.”  Even as unrighteous ones we have an advantage because we have a substitute–Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ brings us to God, not our commitment, baptism, works, or giving up anything.
c.  1 Pet 2:24, “He [Jesus Christ] Himself carried our sins in His own body on the wood [Cross].”
d.  2 Cor 5:21, “He who did not sin was made sin as a substitute for us.”
e.  Gal 3:13, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law by means of becoming a curse as a substitute for us; for it stands written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on the wood [Cross].’”
3.  The solution to pre-salvation sin is mentioned many times in Scripture.
a.  Gal 2:16, “Knowing that a person is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus that we might be justified by faith in Christ Jesus and not by the works of the Law; for by the works of the Law no flesh shall be justified.”  Faith is the only thing that does not contradict the grace of God.
b.  Jn 3:16, 18, “For God loved the world so much that He gave His unique Son, in order that any one who believes in Him shall never perish but have eternal life.  …He who believes in Him is not judged, but he who does not believe has been judged already, because He has not believed in the person of the unique Son of God.”
c.  Jn 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.”
d.  1 Jn 5:11-12, “This is the deposition that God has given to us eternal life and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has eternal life; he who does not have the Son does not have eternal life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the person of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.”
4.  There are three reasons for faith alone in Christ alone for eternal salvation:  efficacious grace, the Greek word TETELESTAI, the direct statement of Scripture.
a.  Efficacious Grace.
(1)  When the spiritually dead person responds to the divine call (or invitation to eternal salvation), he simply believes in Jesus Christ.  This is a spiritual thought in the soul of a spiritually dead person.  We are spiritually brain dead and are helpless to have a spiritual thought.  When you respond with faith in Christ to the divine call to believe in Christ, the grace of God the Holy Spirit takes faith in Christ and makes it effective for eternal salvation.
(2)  If you add anything to non-meritorious faith alone, then the Holy Spirit cannot make that faith effective for salvation.  If you add anything, it cancels your faith; you have contradicted the grace of God completely.  Many people are not saved because they have added some work to their faith.  If you add anything, you have rejected Christ as Savior.  God the Holy Spirit cannot make human works effective for salvation.  He cannot make your making Christ Lord or making a commitment for Christ or giving up something or any legalistic function effective for salvation.  We are not cooperating with God for our salvation; God provides it all by Himself.
(3)  The only thing we have that is compatible with the grace policy of God is faith alone in Christ alone.  The faith of the spiritually dead person indicates positive volition and non-meritorious function compatible with grace.
(4)  The Holy Spirit, in common grace, makes the gospel understandable to the spiritually dead person.  Then God the Father invites the spiritually dead person to believe in Christ.  Then the spiritually dead person believes in Christ for salvation.  Then God the Holy Spirit makes the spiritually dead person’s faith in Christ effective for salvation.  When works are added, the omnipotence of the Spirit does not cause faith to be effective for salvation, because divine omnipotence and human power are mutually exclusive.  Consequently, human works added to faith in Christ cancel faith; for human works is human power, which is rejected by grace.
(5)  The legalist tries to fit all believers into his own pattern and mode of thinking.  When the professed believer does not comply with the legalist’s erroneous ideas, the legalist is shocked, frustrated, and proclaims that the professed believer was really not saved in the first place.  The legalist says that the professed believer really was not saved because all he did was believe in Christ.  From this legalistic thinking comes the heresy and blasphemy that you have to believe and make a commitment, that you have to believe and feel sorry for your sins, that you have to make Christ Lord of all, that you have to believe and be baptized, that you have to believe and live a good moral life, that you have to believe and have an emotional experience, that you must feel saved, that you must come forward and make a public profession of your faith, or that you must invite Christ into your heart.
(6)  Eph 2:8-9, “For you have been saved [with the result that you remain saved forever] by means of grace through faith; and this [concept of salvation by grace alone through faith is] not from yourselves, [it is] the gift from God; not by works, that no one may boast.”  This verse is very elliptical because of Paul’s excitement.
(a)  The pattern of what God does for us in spiritual death before salvation indicates the pattern by which the whole Christian life functions.  This is a dogmatic, absolute statement concerning our salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.  This also indicates that our salvation is forever and cannot change.
(b)  Both grace and faith depend entirely upon God.  All of the merit belongs to God.  Grace is the function of the sovereignty of God.  Faith is the function of human volition, totally dependent upon the work of God.  Therefore, the sovereignty of God and the free will of man meet at the moment of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.  Grace is the divine side of salvation.  Faith is the human side of salvation.  Faith is the only non-meritorious system of perception and decision.  It is the only system of perception and decision compatible with grace.  Faith is the only source of salvation.  This excludes Lordship salvation, commitment salvation, morality salvation, baptismal regeneration, or inviting Christ into your heart or life.  Gal 3:26, “For you are the sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” cf. Gal 2:16; Jn 6:47, 20:31.  Out of the virtue of God comes His policy of grace.
(c)  We do not produce the action of the verb “to be saved” but receive the action.  God produces the action of saving us; we produce the action of believing in Christ.  Grace is God’s side of salvation; faith is our side of salvation.
(d)  “This [salvation is] not from yourselves.”  Ellipsis here shows that God does it all.  We are helpless to save ourselves.  We are helpless to do anything for salvation.  We must recognize that God has done everything for us.  Salvation is a gift from God.  Salvation is not by any works that we can do.  Boasting here is boasting about what you did for salvation, e.g., inviting Christ into your heart, faith plus anything else.  We are born totally helpless to have any relationship with God.  Therefore, in grace, God must do everything for us.
(7)  There are at least ten categories of salvation by works:  verbal works, commitment salvation, lordship salvation, ritual works, salvation by morality, salvation by emotion, corporate works, psychological works, Roman Catholic faith, the reverse invitation.
(a)  Verbal works includes pseudo repentance–making an issue out of sin, feeling sorry for your sins, inviting Christ into our hearts or lives.
(b)  Commitment salvation.  Commitment is defined as the act of doing or performing something, the obligation to carry out some action.  The Greek word PISTEUO (to have faith in) has no commitment connotation.  Receiving Christ as savior is not a commitment but a dependence.  The spiritually dead unbeliever does not have the ability to commit to anything spiritually.  No human baby ever born was able to make a commitment.  The same is true in the spiritual life.  God makes the commitment to us; we do not make a commitment to Him.  God’s commitment to us is the forty things He provides us at salvation.
(c)  Lordship salvation.  At the moment of salvation, Christ is positionally the Lord of your life.  Experientially the believer can only make Christ Lord in his life after he is in spiritual self-esteem.  God the Holy Spirit makes Christ Lord of our life by the baptism of the Holy Spirit or positional sanctification.
(d)  Ritual works include baptism, circumcision, observation of the Eucharist as a condition for salvation, observance of holy days.
(e)  Salvation by morality is salvation by keeping the Law where Judaism is concerned, or any system of morality, such as giving up something through the energy of the flesh.  Rom 3:20-22, Rom 4:4-5, 14, Rom 5:1.
(f)  Salvation by emotion.  You are not saved unless you feel saved.  Faith plus emotion cancels faith.  No one is saved by feeling saved or by having some kind of ecstatic experience.  Emotion is not a valid spiritual experience in salvation or the spiritual life.  Your feeling has nothing to do with your salvation.  You may respond emotionally to the realization that you now have eternal life, but that is not required for salvation.
(g)  Corporate salvation.  Add to salvation such things as joining the church, tithing, baptismal regeneration.
(h)  Psychological works.  This includes raising your hands during prayer, coming forward, making a public declaration of faith, weeping tears of repentance at the altar.
(i)  Roman Catholic faith.  They allege to believe in Christ, but if they adhere to the system of works such as penance, indulgences, and works by which they seek salvation, then they cancel salvation.  It all depends on whether or not the person trusts in Christ alone for salvation.
(j)  The reverse invitation.  You cannot invite Christ into your heart or into your life for salvation.  You cannot invite Christ anywhere as a spiritually dead person.  Rev 3:19-20, “Those whom I love, I reprimand [warning discipline] and I punish [intensive discipline].  Therefore, be zealous [consistent in rebound] and change your mind.  Behold, I stand at the door and I keep on knocking [warning discipline].  If anyone hears My voice and he opens the door [rebound], I will enter face to face with him and I will dine with Him and he with me [continued post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation].”  This passage has been used to say that you can invite Christ into your heart or into your life, but the context indicates that this is addressed to those who are already believers.
(8)  The only means of salvation is faith alone in Christ alone.  Faith alone in Christ alone can be proven from the Greek system of logic developed by Chrysippus, c. 280 B.C.
(a)  If Christ died for the sins of the world, then He is the only Savior.  But Christ died for the sins of the world, therefore, He is the only Savior.
(b)  If salvation is by works, then salvation must be faith plus works.  But salvation is not by works, therefore, salvation is not faith plus works.
(c)  You are not saved by both faith and works, but you are saved by faith alone, therefore, you are not saved by works.
(d)  Either you are saved by faith alone or by faith plus works, but you are saved by faith alone, therefore, you are not saved by faith plus works.
(e)  Either you are saved by works or by faith alone, but you are not saved by works, therefore, you are saved by faith alone.
(9)  Summary.
(a)  The very nature of real spiritual death at birth eliminates any system of salvation by works.  Spiritual death includes:  total depravity which eventuates in moral or immoral degeneration, total separation from God, total helplessness to attain any relationship with God, and a status quo of dichotomy which means inability to understand spiritual phenomena.
(b)  If you add anything to faith alone in Christ for salvation, then you have cancelled faith.  Volition related to faith is the one thing in your soul that is non-meritorious.  Faith is the only system of thinking that is non-meritorious.
(c)  The only exception to salvation through faith alone in Christ alone for salvation is the person who dies before reaching the age of accountability and those who have brain damage at birth.  These children are saved automatically.  Every member of the human race gets a fair decision from the justice of God.  We are born condemned because condemnation must precede salvation.
(d)  Salvation is always related to spiritual death, and a spiritually dead person cannot invite God anywhere.  A spiritually dead person can do nothing for his salvation.  We are helpless as unbelievers.  The very nature of common grace and the divine call eliminates any system of human merit.  When we hear the gospel, we are as helpless to do anything about it as we were the day we were born.
(e)  There are two acts of human volition on the part of the spiritually dead person:  hearing the gospel and the function of your volition to believe in Christ.  Both of these non-meritorious functions of human volition are helpless, impotent, incompetent, unable, and impossible to do anything for salvation.  The spiritually dead person is unable to understand what he hears–the gospel, and he is powerless to make his faith in Jesus Christ effective for salvation.
(f)  There are three grace functions of the sovereignty of God in evangelism:  the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in making the gospel understandable, the invitation of God the Father to believe in God the Son, and the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit to make your faith in Christ effective for salvation.  These are common grace, the divine call, and efficacious grace.
b.  The Greek word TETELESTAI.
(1)  This word was uttered by our Lord on the Cross while He was still alive.  His physical death had nothing to do with our salvation.  When the last sin was judged, our Lord said, “It is finished.”  He was telling us that His work of substitutionary spiritual death–being judged for our sins–was finished.  Then He died physically and dismissed His soul and spirit from His body.  Christ did not die physically for our sins.  His physical death only meant that His work on earth during the Incarnation was finished.  When our Lord said TETELESTAI, He was speaking from His humanity.
(2)  Jn 19:30, “Therefore, when Jesus had received the wine, He said, ‘Finished in the past with the result that it stands finished forever.’  He pushed His head forward and delivered over His human spirit.”  This is the intensive perfect passive indicative of the verb TELEO, which means achievement, success, complete, finish.
(a)  The intensive perfect emphasizes the existing results of a completed action; hence, a present state resulting from a past action.  It states in a strong way that a thing is.  The full translation of the perfect tense is “finished in the past with the result that it stands finished forever.”  Salvation is completely finished and it is arrogance to think you must add anything to our Lord’s completed work.
(b)  The passive voice represents our Lord as being acted upon by God the Father who imputed our sins to Christ on the Cross.  Under the passive voice, our Lord received the imputation of our sins and the judgment for those sins.
(c)  Pushing His head forward is very important because it made sure that His body was pushed forward, so that, when His chest was pierced with the spear of the Roman soldier, it would show that He did not bleed to death.
c.  The direct statement of Scripture.  Grace is a gift from God.  Since it is a gift, it cannot be earned or deserved.
(1)  Jn 16:8-9, “And when He [the Holy Spirit] comes, He will convince the world concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me.”
(a)  Personal sin is not the issue in salvation; it was judged on the Cross.  The only sin that is an issue is the sin of failure to believe in Christ as the only Savior.
(b)  This does not say that we have to add anything to believing in Christ for salvation.
(2)  Jn 3:15-16, 18, “Every one who believes in Me has eternal life.  For God loved the world so much that He gave His Son, the unique one, in order that any one who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  …He who believes in Him is not judged, but he who does not believe is judged already because he has not believed in the person of the uniquely born Son of God.”
(3)  Jn 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not believe shall not see life but the wrath of God abides on him.”
(4)  Jn 6:47, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has eternal life.”
(5)  Jn 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.”
(6)  Jn 20:31, “These things are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you might have life through His name.”
(7)  Acts 16:31, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.  And likewise, every one of your family [can do the same thing and be saved].”
(8)  Gal 3:26, “You are the sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
(9)  Gal 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law.”
(10)  Rom 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ because it is the power of God for salvation to every one who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.”
(11)  Rom 3:20-22, “Because by the works of the Law no flesh shall be justified in His sight; for through the Law is the knowledge of sin, but apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets [Old Testament], even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe.”
(12)  Rom 3:28, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law.”
(13)  Rom 4:4-5, “But to the one who works for salvation, his wages are not calculated on the basis of grace, they are calculated on the basis of debt.  But to him who does not work for salvation but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly [the spiritually dead person], his faith receives credit for righteousness.”
(14)  Rom 4:14, 16, “For if those who are by means of the Law heirs, then faith has been made void and the promises have been canceled.”  “For this reason, it is by means of faith, in order that it might be on the basis of grace.”
(15)  Rom 5:1,15,17, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we are jubilant in the hope of the glory of God.”  “But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.”  “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through that one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life through that One, Jesus Christ.”
(16)  Eph 2:8-9, “For by means of grace you have been saved [with the result that you remain saved forever] through faith; and this [concept of salvation by grace alone through faith] is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God; not from works, in order that no one may boast.”
(17)  Phil 3:9, “And that we may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ.”
(18)  2 Tim 3:15, “And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
(19)  2 Tim 2:11-13 teaches that we cannot lose our salvation, even if we deny our faith in Christ, “Faithful is the Word; for if we have died with Christ [and we have], we shall also live with Christ.  If we endure, we shall reign with Him.  If we deny Him, He will also deny us [blessing in eternity].  If we do not believe [faith-rest], He remains faithful, He cannot deny Himself.”  The Father, Son, and Spirit cannot deny us because they dwell in us as of the moment of salvation.
(20)  1 Jn 5:11-13, “This is the deposition that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has this life.  He who does not have the Son does not have this life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the person of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.”
(21)  Jn 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe in His name.”
(22)  Eph 1:6-7, “Resulting in the praise of the glory of His grace, by which [grace] He has graced us out in the Beloved.  In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, on the basis of the riches of His grace.”
(23)  2 Tim 1:8-9, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering with reference to the gospel on the basis of the power of God, who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,”
(24)  Heb 2:9, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than angels for the sake of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God might taste death as a substitute for all of us.”
5.  The substitutionary spiritual death of our Lord makes it clear that there is no human work that can stand up with what Jesus Christ did on the Cross.
a.  There are two categories of spiritual death.
(1)  Real spiritual death.  This is the spiritual death that was imputed to us at physical birth–Adam’s original sin imputed to the genetically formed old sin nature.  Rom 5:12ff.  Real spiritual death includes the following.
(a)  The status of dichotomy.
(b)  Total depravity, which means we have a tendency toward moral or immoral degeneration.
(c)  Total separation from God.
(d)  Total helplessness to do anything about our total separation from God.
(e)  The old sin nature.
(2)  Substitutionary spiritual death.  Jesus Christ came into the world without real spiritual death, without an old sin nature.  He was born as Adam was created–perfect.  He lived a sinless life, even though tempted far beyond anything we would ever know.  So He came to the Cross qualified to be a substitute for us.  Substitutionary spiritual death means that He received the imputation and judgment of our sins while hanging on the Cross.  Substitutionary spiritual death includes two things.
(a)  The imputation of all personal sins to Christ on the Cross.
(b)  The judgment of those personal sins by the justice of God the Father.
b.  The Greek genitive of advantage.
(1)  The genitive case basically means possession.  The genitive of advantage means that we possess a tremendous advantage as members of the human race who are spiritually dead and in a hopeless state.
(2)  The connotation of the genitive of advantage is found in the prepositional phrase HUPER plus the genitive of advantage.
(a)  HUPER is used after words that denote concern or care for someone; it also is used after expressions having to do with sacrifice; it also is used after expressions denoting substitution.
(b)  It can mean four things:  instead of, in place of, on behalf of, as a substitute for.
(c)  It was rarely used in the Koine Greek, except by Paul.
(d)  The Greek preposition PERI is used interchangeably
and can have the same connotation.
(3)  It is found in many passages, but some will help us understand it.
(a)  Rom 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us.”  The body of the true humanity of Christ became the substitute for us to receive the judgment of our sins.  Cf. 1 Pet 2:21; 1 Jn 4:10.
(b)  1 Pet 3:18, “Because Christ died once for our sins, the Righteous one as a substitute for the unrighteous ones that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh.”
(c)  Rom 8:31-32, “The God, who did not even spare His own Son but delivered Him over to judgment as a substitute for us, how shall He not also with Him graciously give to us the all things.”
(d)  Gal 3:13, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse as a substitute for us; for it stands written, ‘Cursed is every one who hangs on the wood.’”

D.  There are forty things we receive at the moment of salvation as grace gifts from God.
1.  Efficacious grace.  The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit makes our faith in Christ effective for salvation.  Efficacious grace is not the Holy Spirit working on the will of the unbeliever, but the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit converting the faith of a spiritually dead person into an effective faith for eternal salvation.  Eph 1:13, “In Whom also, when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Whom also when you believed, you were sealed by means of the Holy Spirit.”
2.  The Sealing of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit gives a signature guarantee of your eternal life.  The signature guarantee of the Holy Spirit means at least four things.  Eph 1:13-14, 4:30; 2 Cor 1:22, “The Holy Spirit, who also sealed us and gave us the spirit in our right lobes as a guarantee.”
a.  Sealing is the Holy Spirit’s guarantee of efficacious grace.
b.  Sealing is the Holy Spirit’s guarantee of eternal salvation.
c.  Sealing is the Holy Spirit’s guarantee of eternal security of the believer.  At the moment of faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit sealed that decision, guaranteeing that nothing could ever reverse it.
d.  Sealing is the Holy Spirit’s guarantee of your portfolio of invisible assets.
3.  We are given an eternal inheritance, Eph 1:14, 18; Rom 8:17; Gal 3:29, 4:6-7; Eph 3:6; 1 Pet 1:4, 3:7.  Heb 9:15, “And for this reason, He is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of an eternal inheritance.”
4.  Regeneration.  This involves two things:  God the Holy Spirit creates the human spirit and gives it to us, so that God the Father can impute eternal life to that human spirit.  2 Cor 1:22.
5.  Eternal Life.  God the Father imputes His eternal life to us.  At the same time, God the Holy Spirit enters us into union with Christ so that we share our Lord’s eternal life.  We have double blessing of eternal life.  Jn 3:15-16, 10:28, 6:47; 1 Jn 5:11-13.
6.  The Imputed Righteousness of God.  Rom 3:22, “Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all those who believe.”
7.  Justification.
a.  Gal 2:16, “Nevertheless, knowing that a person is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; for by the works of the Law no person will be justified.”
b.  Rom 3:28, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law.”
c.  Tit 3:7, “Being justified by His grace that we might be made heirs on the basis of the confidence of eternal life.”
8.  Reconciliation.  We are reconciled to God.  Reconciliation is the work of Christ on the Cross that removes the barrier between man and God.  Reconciliation is ratified the very moment we believe in Christ.
a.  2 Cor 5:19, “That God by means of Christ was reconciling the world to Himself by not imputing their sins to them.”
b.  Rom 5:10, “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be delivered by His life.”
c.  Col 1:20, “And through Him, to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of the Cross.”
d.  Col 1:22, “Yet He has now reconciled you in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.”
9.  Propitiation.  Propitiation means that God the Father is satisfied with the work of God the Son.  While reconciliation is directed toward mankind, propitiation is directed toward God.
a.  Rom 3:24-25, “Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God has publicly displayed by His blood as the Mercy Seat through faith [in Christ] for a demonstration of His righteousness because of the passing over of previously committed sins because of the clemency of God.”
b.  1 Jn 2:2, “And He himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but for those of the entire world.”
c.  1 Jn 4:10, “In this is love, not that we love God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins.
10.  Unlimited Atonement.  Unlimited atonement means that Jesus Christ was judged on the Cross for all personal sins in history.  This means that salvation is open to anyone.  2 Cor 5:14-15, 19; 1 Tim 2:6, 4:10; Tit 2:11; Heb 2:9; 2 Pet 2:1; 1 Jn 2:2.
11.  Redemption.  Redemption views salvation from the standpoint of freedom from the slave-market of sin.  As of the moment of salvation, you are no longer a slave to the desires of your old sin nature.
12.  The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  At salvation, God the Holy Spirit takes the new believer and enters him into union with Christ.
a.  1 Cor 12:13, “By means of one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all made to drink into one Spirit.”
b.  Gal 3:26-28, “For you are all the sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For you were all baptized into Christ and have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
13.  We are created a new spiritual species.  Israel is a new racial species, and was created when Abraham was ninety-nine years old.  The new spiritual species is the Church Age believer.
a.  2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new spiritual species; the old things [human power in spiritual death] have lost their power; behold, new things have come.”  The new things include:  the baptism of the Spirit, the protocol plan of God, the unique equality factor in the protocol plan of God, our portfolio of invisible assets, our unique royal commissions, the mystery doctrine of the Church Age, the indwelling of all three members of the Trinity, the unique availability of divine power, and the dispensation of no prophecy but instead historical trends.
b.  Gal 6:15, “For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new spiritual species.”
14.  We enter into a new family–the royal family of God.
a.  Our Lord’s first royal patent is divine royalty, His royal title is Son of God, and His royal family is God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, Rom 1:3.  Our Lord’s second royal patent is human royalty, His royal title is Son of David, and His royal family is the dynasty of David.  Our Lord’s third royal patent is His strategic victory in the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, 1 Tim 6:15, 1:17; Rev 17:14, 19:16.  His royal title is “King of kings, Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star.”  His royal family is the Church, the body of Christ.
b.  Eph 1:5-6, “By means of virtue-love, He has predestined us for the purpose of adoption to Himself through Jesus Christ on the basis of the grace purpose of His will, resulting in the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has graced us out in the Beloved.”
c.  At salvation, we are adopted into the royal family.  Adoption was the Roman ceremony of recognizing the son as the heir of his father.
15.  Entrance into Equal Privilege and Opportunity Under Our Computer Assets.  The computer assets of the divine decrees are two:  election and predestination.
a.  In the royal family, no racial, social, or gender distinctions are recognized.  We all have equal privilege and opportunity to execute the plan of God.  All believers are under a state of equality.  You have the right to fail and the right to succeed.  The influence of the royal family of God can turn around the trends of history.
b.  Election is the expression of the sovereign will of God for the Church Age believer.  Our equal privilege under election is our royal priesthood, our equal opportunity is logistical grace.
c.  Under the asset of predestination, the provision of the sovereign will of God for each of us, we have the equal privilege of our positional sanctification and the equal opportunity of the provision of divine power through the divine dynasphere.
16.  Positional Sanctification.  Sanctification means set apart unto God.  Positional sanctification at salvation makes every believer positionally higher than angels, Heb 1-2.  There are three categories of sanctification.
a.  Positional sanctification is union with Christ.  Positional sanctification removes all the barriers related to arrogance, prejudice, antagonism, and discrimination.  There are nine areas that are destroyed:  racial prejudice, cultural prejudice, social distinctions, personal antagonisms, economic barriers, ideological differences, sexual discrimination, environmental subjectivity, and pre-salvation religious prejudice.
b.  Experiential sanctification is the filling of the Spirit inside the divine dynasphere.
c.  Ultimate sanctification occurs at the Rapture when the believer receives a resurrection body forever.
17.  The Computer Assets of Election, Eph 1:4.
18.  The Computer Assets of Predestination, Eph 1:5.  We share the destiny of Christ.
19.  The Universal Priesthood of the Believer, 1 Pet 1:5,9; Rev 1:6, 5:10, 20:6.  Every Church Age believer is a royal priest and represents themselves before God.
20.  The Royal Ambassadorship.  Every believers is the representative of the Lord Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.  2 Cor 5:20, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ as though God were making His appeal through us.  Therefore, we invite you [unbelievers] on behalf of Christ become reconciled to God.”  We do not appoint ourselves, we do not support ourselves, we have our instructions in written form, we do not belong to the country to which we are sent, we do not live here for our personal interest, we do not treat insults as personal, and our recall is tantamount to a declaration of war.
21.  The Indwelling of God the Father.  God the Father indwells the body of every believer, Jn 14:23; Eph 4:6; 2 Jn 9.  This indwelling is related to the glorification of His plan for the Church, Eph 1:3,6,12.  The indwelling of God the Father is a guarantee of His personal ministry to every believer in the provision of a portfolio of invisible assets and as the grantor of escrow blessings for time and eternity.
22.  The Indwelling of God the Son, Jn 14:20, 17:22-23; Rom 8:10; 2 Cor 13:5; Gal 2:20; Col 1:27; 1 Jn 2:24.
a.  The indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah glory guarantees the portfolio of our invisible assets.  Our Lord is both the depository and the escrow officer of our escrow blessings.  His indwelling is the guarantee of the irrevocability of our escrow blessings for both time and eternity.
b.  The indwelling of Christ is the guarantee of eternal life, 1 Jn 5:11-13.
c.  The indwelling of Christ is the basis for assigning number one priority to Bible doctrine in occupation with Christ and based upon the fact that Bible doctrine is the thinking of our Lord.
23.  The Indwelling of God the Holy Spirit, Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 3:16, 6:19-20; 2 Cor 6:16.  The Holy Spirit indwells the body of every believer to provide a temple for the indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah glory.  The indwelling of the Holy Spirit provides the base of operations for the utilization of divine power in the execution of the protocol plan of God inside our very own palace, which is the divine dynasphere.
24.  The Unique Availability of Divine Power.  At the moment of salvation, three categories of divine power are available to every Church Age believer.
a.  The omnipotence of God the Father is related to our portfolio of invisible assets.
b.  The omnipotence of God the Son is related to the perpetuation of the universe and the preservation of human history.
c.  The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit is related to our residence, function and momentum inside the divine dynasphere.
d.  While this divine power is available, only consistent post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation makes it usable.
25.  The Unique Protocol Plan of God for the Church.
26.  The Filling of God the Holy Spirit.  We lose the filling of the Holy Spirit the moment we sin and recover it through the use of the rebound technique.
27.  The Distribution of Spiritual Gifts.  God the Holy Spirit makes a distribution of spiritual gifts to every believer at salvation.  The gifts are different but we are all a part of the same team, 1 Cor 12:11.
28.  The believer is not subject to the Great White Throne Judgment and the Lake of Fire, Jn 3:18; Rom 8:1; Heb 9:27-28.
29.  We are delivered from the kingdom of Satan.  The believer cannot be indwelt by demons but can be influenced by demons.  Col 1:13a, “For He delivered us from the authority of darkness.”
30.  We are transferred into the kingdom of God.  Col 1:13b, “And transfers us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.”
31.  We become a gift from God the Father to God the Son, Jn 10:29, 17:2,6,9,11,24.
32.  We are delivered from the power and influence of the sin nature, Rom 7-8, 2:29; Phil 3:3; Col 2:11.
33.  We are given access to God, Rom 5:2; Eph 2:18; Heb 4:14,16, 10:19-20.
34.  All scar tissue is removed from the soul, Isa 43:25; 44:22.
35.  We become the recipients of escrow blessings.  These blessings are on deposit and are distributed at the point of spiritual maturity or they remain in escrow forever as a memorial to lost opportunity.
36.  We are on a secure, immovable foundation, 1 Cor 3:11,10:4; Eph 2:20.
37.  We are related to the Son by biblical analogy.  At the moment we believe in Christ, seven biblical analogies are fulfilled.
a.  The last Adam (Jesus Christ) and the new creation (the royal family).
b.  The head and the body.
c.  The great shepherd and the sheep.
d.  The true vine and the branches.
e.  The chief cornerstone and the stones in the building.
f.  The High Priest and the royal priesthood.
g.  The groom and the bride.
38.  We are the recipients of eternal security.  God maintains our salvation.
39.  We have the guarantee of a resurrection body, Jn 11:25.
40.  We are the beneficiaries of everything we need to solve every problem in life and make every decision in life.  We have the ten problem solving devices available to us, but we must first learn doctrine.

E.  Post-salvation Grace.
1.  Grace toward the Church Age Believer.
a.  Under the grace policy, all believers are mandated to grace orientation.  1 Pet 5:12, “I have written you briefly, exhorting and testifying, that this is the true grace of God.  Stand fast in it.”  We are to stand fast in grace orientation.  We are not to be confused by legalism, or impressed with our works.  We are to stand fast in grace.
b.  The believer who fails to execute the command to “stand fast in grace” is described in terms of God’s grace policy in three ways.
(1)  In Heb 12:15, such a believer “comes short of the grace of God.”
(2)  In 2 Cor 6:1, such a believer “receives the grace of God in vain.”
(3)  In Gal 2:21, such a believer “nullifies the grace of God.”
c.  The Church Age is the dispensation of the grace of God.  Eph 3:2, “Inasmuch as you have heard about the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for your benefit.”
(1)  Never before in human history has the grace policy of God provided so much for the ordinary believer.  Never has the ordinary believer been so benefitted by living in the Church Age and believing in Jesus Christ.
(2)  When executed through post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation, the protocol plan of God manufactures invisible heroes.  We were designed to have the greatest impact on history.
(3)  Invisible God plus invisible assets plus invisible power equals invisible heroes.
(4)  Every invisible hero is the product and beneficiary of the grace of God.
d.  In the Church Age, the believer cannot earn grace but he can distort grace to his own detriment.
e.  The royal family of God is the beneficiary of a firm and unchangeable policy called grace.
(1)  In eternity past, God through His grace policy, provided for every member of the royal family of God his very own portfolio of invisible assets.  The #1 asset is escrow blessings.  As the grantor, God the Father in eternity past deposited into escrow for you two categories of greater blessings, for time and for eternity.  As the very first thing God ever did for us, escrow blessings are something we could not earn or deserve, since they were provided for us billions of years before we existed.
(2)  God has also provided the unique environment of the Church Age, a dispensation of the greatest power experiment in human history.
(3)  Under the divine policy of grace, every Church Age believer has been given equal privilege and equal opportunity to execute God’s plan, purpose, and will.
(4)  The divine policy of grace is the means of creating a new spiritual species for the utilization of divine power.
(a)  The omnipotence of God the Father is related to the portfolio of invisible assets, and to the fact that God the Father is the designer of the divine dynasphere.
(b)  The omnipotence of God the Son is related to the preservation of the universe and the perpetuation of human history so that we can execute God’s plan, purpose, and will for our lives.
(c)  The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit is related to living in the operational-type divine dynasphere and executing the protocol plan of God.
(5)  Grace is the divine policy in creating a royal family of God with a protocol plan.
(6)  Grace is the divine policy in appointing every believer a royal priest and royal ambassador.  We represent ourselves before God, and represent God to the human race.  We have privacy for the perception and metabolization of Bible doctrine.
(7)  Grace is the divine policy of providing equal privilege and equal opportunity to every believer to execute the protocol plan.  God makes us all equal so that we can use our freedom to be winners or losers.
(8)  Grace is the divine policy whereby every Church Age believer is indwelt by all three persons of the Trinity for a purpose.
(9)  Grace is the divine policy of providing us with a spiritual I.Q., so that our human I.Q. is no longer an issue in the perception of doctrine.  Under post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation, grace is the means of understanding doctrine and God’s policy.
(10)  Grace is the divine policy of providing us with ten marvelous problem solving devices, so that we can resolve every problem in life from our own inventory of metabolized doctrine.
(11)  Grace is the divine policy which provides for every Church Age believer his very own escrow blessings for both time and eternity.
(12)  Grace is the divine policy for keeping both winners and losers alive through logistical grace support.
(13)  Grace is the divine policy for the manufacture of invisible heroes, who glorify God in time as well as in eternity.
(14)  Grace is the divine policy that depends on God’s wisdom rather than our desires.  Therefore, grace does not always give us what we want.  But when we stop and recognize the grace, we realize grace always provides for us what is best.  Grace gives us what God wants, which is far, far greater than any desire we could ever have, far beyond anything we could ever ask or imagine.
f.  The grace policy is the only way the believer can be strong.  2 Tim 2:1, “You therefore my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
g.  Occupation with Christ is the result of the grace policy of God.  Eph 6:24, “Grace be with all of those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an incorruptible love.”
h.  Post-salvation grace is classified as greater grace.
(1)  Jam 4:6, “He gives to us greater [more] grace; therefore it says, [Prov 3:34], ‘God makes war against the arrogant, but He gives grace to the humble.’”
(2)  1 Pet 5:5, “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.  [Prov 3:34] ‘God makes war against the arrogant, but He gives grace to the humble.’  Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may promote you at the proper time.”  A grace promotion is the only worthwhile promotion in life.
i.  The grace provision of God can only be utilized under post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.  2 Pet 3:18 therefore commands:  “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
2.  Grace and the Integrity of God.
a.  Grace is all that God is free to do for each member of the royal family of God and be consistent with His own assets and attributes.
(1)  Grace demands that God must be compatible with His own essence.  Therefore, God is only free to bless where perfect righteousness is the target or recipient.
(2)  There is perfect affinity between the grace policy of God and perfect divine righteousness.
b.  The pattern is found in logistical grace.  Divine justice can only bless perfect righteousness.
c.  The holiness of God is composed of two divine attributes:  perfect and incorruptible justice, and perfect and incorruptible righteousness.  All grace blessing travels between those two attributes.
(1)  Divine justice is the guard of the attributes of God, and therefore the point of contact for the believer.
(2)  The function of divine integrity follows the principle that  righteousness demands righteousness; justice demands justice.
(3)  To avoid compromise of divine essence, divine justice as one-half of divine holiness can only bless divine righteousness, the other half of divine holiness.
d.  Righteousness is the principle of divine integrity; justice is the function of divine integrity.
(1)  God cannot accept anything less than perfect righteousness.  God cannot bless anything less than perfect righteousness.
(2)  Therefore, there is affinity between divine justice and divine righteousness.  At the moment of salvation, divine righteousness is imputed to every believer, which means both justification and the basis for God’s grace policy.
e.  What the righteousness of God demands, the justice of God must execute.  This indicates how the grace policy of God functions without compromising divine attributes.  The righteousness of God demands life support; it comes from the justice of God.  The righteousness of God demands blessing; it comes from the justice of God.  We cannot do anything to be blessed by God after salvation; it is done for us through divine grace.
3.  Legalism is the enemy of grace.
a.  Legalism includes any system by which mankind claims blessing from God through his own merit, his own ability, his works, or his service.
b.  Legalism exists in many forms, such as salvation by works, spirituality by works, crusader arrogance, and human plans substituted for the divine plan or protocol plan of God.
c.  Grace and legalism are mutually exclusive.  They cannot and do not coexist.
d.  No system of human merit or ability is ever a part of God’s grace policy, and therefore is never a part of God’s protocol plan.
e.  Grace at salvation is the work of God.  It excludes human merit.
f.  Grace in the protocol plan is the provision of God.  It excludes any form of human ability or merit.
g.  Legalism is the intrusion of human works, thinking, opinions, and ideas on God.  We superimpose on God our stupidity.
h.  Legalism derives its name from human beings trying to be saved by keeping the Mosaic Law or by doing some other form of works as a way of salvation.  This form of legalism is refuted in both Romans and Galatians.
i.  Legalism is always finding some way of its own to superimpose on God and say “God, accept my works, my emotionalism, my experience, my humiliating selfeffacement.”  That is your way, not God’s way!
j.  Talented believers have a difficult time because they associate their talent with some sort of spiritual advance.  Believers often cling to some talent, morality, ability, some program or plan or gimmick which conflicts with the principle of grace.  This only postpones blessing.
k.  One of the major problems of the believer in time is to sort out the difference between grace and legalism, e.g., the Galatians.  Doctrine in the soul is the basis for learning to distinguish between grace and legalism.
l.  In cracking the maturity barrier, the believer eliminates legalism from his life.
m.  Legalism creates problems and excludes divine solutions.  Grace provides divine solutions and excludes legalism.
n.  In other words, we cannot squeeze grace into the narrow confines of human viewpoint and human action.  But under the protocol plan of God, we can utilize grace through the wide expansion of divine viewpoint.  We can only attain this wide expansion of divine viewpoint through perception, metabolization, and application of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
4.  Visibility Versus Invisibility.
a.  The purpose of the protocol plan of God, of which grace is the policy, is to manufacture invisible heroes.
b.  Invisible heroes are defined as believers who attain spiritual maturity through the consistent function of post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.
c.  As a result of perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, the individual believer advances through three stages of spiritual adulthood and becomes an invisible hero.
(1)  Spiritual self-esteem is characterized by cognitive self-confidence.
(2)  Spiritual autonomy is characterized by cognitive independence.
(3)  Spiritual maturity is characterized by cognitive invincibility.
d.  The invisible hero glorifies God through suffering for blessing.
(1)  Spiritual self-esteem plus providential preventative suffering equals spiritual autonomy.
(2)  Spiritual autonomy plus momentum testing equals spiritual maturity.
(3)  Spiritual maturity plus evidence testing equals glorification of God to the maximum in the Christian way of life.
e.  The invisible hero has four categories of invisible impact.
(1)  Personal impact.
(2)  National impact.
(3)  International impact.
(4)  Invisible impact in the angelic conflict.
f.  Since the believer under the protocol plan of God is designed for invisible impact, that means that often visible impact conflicts with the divine purpose.
(1)  All too often, visible impact and success in cosmos diabolicus seems to get the believer in trouble.
(2)  This is illustrated by John Calvin who ruled Geneva in one of the worst cases of rulership and legalism that history has ever seen.
(3)  There is no such thing as a “Christian nation.”  In a client nation to God, there is freedom to evangelize and respond to the gospel, freedom to teach Bible doctrine, and freedom to send out missionary support by believers only.  But to have a Christian nation with Christian laws immediately makes every unbeliever a criminal.
(4)  It is the invisible hero that saves the nation, not high visibility, fast-talking television evangelists.
(5)  This does not imply that believers cannot and do not succeed in many areas of life.  But it does suggest that deviation from God’s plan and purpose related to becoming invisible heroes with invisible impact is common today.
(6)  Many believers will be successful by simply applying the principles of doctrine to their experience, job, and profession.
(7)  Therefore, it is important to be doctrinally oriented to keep us straight, because we all have tendencies to go off in some goofy direction unless we understand doctrine well enough to handle our own lives and keep ourselves in control.
g.  Grace does manufacture heroes.  The purpose of the protocol plan of God is to manufacture invisible heroes.  Invisible heroes cannot be manufactured apart from the grace policy of God.  Only invisible heroes glorify God.
h.  Invisible heroes are defined as those believers who attain spiritual maturity through post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.  That means they function under the three R’s.
(1)  Reception of Bible doctrine.
(2)  Retention of Bible doctrine.
(3)  Recall of Bible doctrine.
i.  As a result of perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, the invisible believer-priest advances through the three stages of spiritual adulthood.
j.  The invisible hero advances through suffering for blessing, which is a part of the grace policy of God.  Only God could find a way to make our suffering a form of fantastic blessing.
5.  The Principle of Grace Promotion.
a.  Grace promotion and success is related to the execution of the protocol plan, whose policy is grace.
b.  The principle is that if God doesn’t promote you, you are not promoted.  This is classified as grace promotion.
(1)  It is also possible for a believer to be promoted and to prosper under the principle that the wicked prosper.  We should not be shocked when we see that carnal believers succeed in life with promotion, prosperity, and wealth through blessing by association.  Losers can be highly successful simply because of blessing by association.
(2)  Carnal and arrogant believers often succeed by lack of virtue and dishonesty.
(3)  The carnal and arrogant believer often succeeds by substituting energy of the flesh for divine power.  Human good is an abomination to the Lord, and it will all be destroyed at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
c.  Again, if God doesn’t promote you, you are not promoted.  Only divine promotion brings happiness and capacity for success; whereas the prosperity of the wicked unbeliever or the carnal believer brings him misery and unhappiness.
d.  God only promotes prepared people.  Prepared people are believers with maximum metabolized doctrine in the right lobe of the soul.
(1)  Under the grace policy of God, only prepared people with capacity for prosperity and success are promoted.
(2)  Self-promotion is not divine promotion.
(3)  Only those who are promoted by God through the execution of His protocol plan advance to spiritual maturity and receive fantastic blessings.  They are great in living and in dying.  They enjoy the life beyond gnosis and the life beyond dreams.
e.  When God promotes the believer, he remains in a state of grace orientation and humility.
f.  When the believer is self-promoted through arrogance or legalism, he is not promoted by God and he becomes miserable.  He dies horribly.
(1)  The believer promoted apart from grace is really not promoted at all.  The tragic flaw of arrogance will destroy that individual.
(2)  We all have areas of weakness where we sin and fail; this is not to be construed as a tragic flaw.  The tragic flaw is the believer whose arrogance is of such a nature that he cannot stand being out of center stage.  Therefore, he puts down other people; he uses his talents and ability to go in the wrong direction in his interaction with other people.
(3)  To be promoted beyond your capacity for leadership is a disaster.  Such promotion results in lack of spiritual self-esteem, and therefore a life of extreme self-induced misery.
(4)  The believer’s tragic flaw is always inevitably arrogance.
g.  Arrogance becomes the tragic flaw of every believer who sooner or later is not grace oriented.  Even if the believer is successful apart from the will and plan of God, his state of arrogance will lead to his downfall.
(1)  Prov 16:18, “Arrogance precedes destruction, and before a fall there is a lifestyle of arrogance.”  The lifestyle of arrogance includes pettiness, jealousy, vindictiveness, implacability, hatred, becoming a gossip and slanderer, having inordinate ambition and inordinate competition, and being motivated to hurt others to get even under the function of  revenge.  The lifestyle of arrogance is living out the tragic flaw.
(2)  Prov 11:2, “When arrogance comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom.”
(3)  Prov 29:23, “A person’s arrogance will bring him low, but a lifestyle of humility will attain honor.”  There are many categories of honor and promotion under God’s protocol plan, but the source of them all is always God’s policy of grace.
(4)  Jam 4:6, “God makes war against the arrogant, but He gives grace to the humble.”  This is repeated in 1 Pet 5:5.
h.  The tragic flaw of arrogance is defined as jealousy, bitterness, hatred, vindictiveness, implacability, revenge motivation and function, anger, self-pity, guilt reaction and motivation, maligning, gossiping, slandering, inordinate ambition and competition, self-righteousness, legalism, the unrealistic expectation of role model arrogance, hypersensitivity, and the demand syndrome.
i.  Doctrinal orientation becomes grace orientation.  Grace orientation accompanied by doctrinal orientation inevitably manufactures a winner and the invisible hero.
j.  The invisible hero with spiritual self-esteem and locked-in humility can handle divine promotion and his escrow blessings.
k.  The invisible hero never covets what God has provided in grace.
l.  Rom 12:2-3, “Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thought, that you may prove what the will of God is, namely, the good of intrinsic value achievement [execution of the protocol plan under the grace policy], the well-pleasing to God [advance to spiritual maturity], the mature status quo [the result of God’s grace policy].  For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you:  stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion, as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.”

F.  The Dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, the Precedence for Grace.
1.  God has a plan for your life which is called the protocol plan of God.  Its policy is grace.  Precedence for the Christian way of life during the Church Age originated from the modus vivendi and modus operandi of the humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ in hypostatic union.  During the First Advent, the humanity of Christ pioneered for the Church Age believer the function of the three spiritual skills.
a.  Our Lord’s humanity did not depend on His deity but upon the filling of the Spirit, Heb 9:14; Isa 11:2, 42:1; Jn 3:34; Lk 4:14; Mt 12:28.
b.  Metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness of our Lord Jesus Christ was the second spiritual skill.  Jn 1:14 says He was full of doctrine.  He pioneered such problem solving devices as grace orientation, Jn 1:14, 16; doctrinal orientation, Jn 1:14; sharing the happiness of God, Jn 15:11.  There is no problem or difficulty too great for the problem solving devices to be able to handle.
c.  Our Lord’s humanity executed God the Father’s plan for the humanity of Christ during the Incarnation by remaining totally sinless, and therefore qualified to bear the judgment for our sins, and then by going to the Cross and bearing the sins of the world as a substitute for us.
2.  The precedence for this grace policy is the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.  Jn 1:14, “The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we saw His glory as of the uniquely-born One from the Father, full of grace and truth [doctrine].”
a.  In the Old Testament, the Lord Jesus Christ as the Shekinah Glory dwelt between the cherubs in the Tabernacle, a guarantee of blessing to Israel.
b.  Now He is a guarantee of blessing to the Church as He tabernacles among us by indwelling us.  God the Holy Spirit indwells us to provide a temple for the indwelling of Christ.
c.  Only those believers with metabolized doctrine circulating in the seven compartments of the right lobe of the soul through the filling of the Spirit saw the glory of Christ during His hypostatic union.
d.  Our Lord Jesus Christ had grace orientation on the FLOT line of His soul as a problem solving device.  He also had doctrinal orientation on the FLOT line of His soul as a problem solving device.
3.  Jn 1:16, “For out from His fullness we have all received even grace [post-salvation grace] in exchange for grace [salvation grace].”
a.  The function of the spiritual skills is the fullness of Christ.  This is a direct statement of precedence for the origination and the source of the unique spiritual life of every believer of the Church Age.  The function of the humanity of Christ in hypostatic union is the source of the spiritual life for every Church Age believer.  We take our precedence for the spiritual life from the dispensation of the hypostatic union.
b.  We have all received our portfolio of invisible assets the moment we believed in Christ, and there is no exception.  If you are negative toward Bible doctrine, there is no one in the world, no counselor who can help you.
c.  The preposition ANTI plus the ablative of exchange from the Greek noun CHARIS means “grace in exchange for grace.”  The first use of the word CHARIS refers to post- salvation grace.  The second use of the word CHARIS refers to the grace we received at salvation.
d.  Our first cognition of the grace of God occurred when we understood that Jesus Christ became true humanity for the purpose of going to the cross, in order to become our substitute in being judged for our sins.  The substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the cross is where grace begins for us.  As the perfect God-man, Jesus Christ became our Savior.  This was why He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes unto the Father but by Me.”
e.  We did not earn or deserve this wonderful salvation that our Lord Jesus Christ provided for us.  In response to what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross, we believe in Jesus Christ for eternal life.  For believing is compatible with grace since it is a non-meritorious system of perception.  Eph 2:8-9, “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that [salvation] is not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”
f.  So the first grace we received was pre-salvation grace.  When we were spiritually dead, totally helpless, and unable to do anything about it, the Holy Spirit made the Gospel clear to us.  Then when we believed in Christ, the Holy Spirit made our faith effective for salvation.  At that moment, God did forty things in salvation grace.
g.  Salvation by grace through faith demands the continuation of post-salvation grace for spiritual growth, 2 Pet 3:18.
4.  The dispensation of the Hypostatic Union in which our Lord was judged for our sins on the cross, then rose again, ascended, and was seated at the right hand of the Father, was a grace dispensation.  In it, our Lord became flesh (Jn 1:14), and He went to the cross and was judged for the sins of the world, which provided the basis for our so-great salvation.

G.  The Church Age, the Dispensation of Grace.
1.  Now in the dispensation of the Church, the dispensation of the royal family of God, grace is the policy of God.  Eph 3:2, “Inasmuch as you have heard about the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for your benefit.”
2.  The Church Age is specifically called the dispensation of grace, for grace is God’s policy in dealing with us.  Were it not for the grace of God, none of us would be here today.
a.  Eph 4:7, “Moreover, to each one of us, this grace has been given according to the measure of the gift from Christ.”
(1)  The gift from Christ is not only our spiritual gifts, but also the entire work of salvation which was accomplished entirely by our Lord on the cross; that’s grace.
(2)  Therefore, we cannot intrude upon this work which was accomplished on our behalf.  We can only accept it or reject it.
b.  Jn 1:17, “For the law was given through Moses; but grace and doctrine came through Jesus Christ.”
(1)  The Mosaic Law applied to Israel when it was a client nation during Old Testament times.  Today, the Mosaic Law does not apply to the Christian way of life.  Grace is the policy for the Christian way of life.
(2)  All precedence for the Christian way of life is taken from the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.
(3)  Gal 3:21, “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law [but it does not], then Christ died in vain.”
c.  Acts 4:33, “And with great power, the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was on all of them.”  Right from the start of the Church Age, those who used the magnificent grace of God were able to grow in grace and form the pivot necessary for client nation function.
d.  Acts 20:32 is Paul’s farewell speech to the pastors of Ephesus, in which he emphasized the grace policy of God.  “And now I commend you to God and to the doctrine of His grace which is able to build you up [edify you], and give you the inheritance among all of those who are sanctified [set apart] to God.”
e.  Rom 12:3 states the great enemy of grace, which is arrogance.  Arrogance includes bitterness, jealousy, implacability, hatred, self-pity, preoccupation with self, inordinate ambition, inordinate competition, revenge motivation and modus operandi.  “But I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you:  stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.”
(1)  Under grace, we have been given a standard of thinking from doctrine.  Grace orientation is the only way to keep your thinking straight.
(2)  Without the grace policy of God, we could not possibly live in the devil’s world without something of the cosmic system rubbing off on us.
(3)  We cannot execute the protocol plan of God or fulfill the fact that we are members of the royal family of God, nor can we glorify God apart from the policy of grace which has been extended to us before salvation, during salvation, and now after salvation.
f.  Rom 12:6, “according to the grace which was given to us.”
g.  1 Cor 16:23, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
(1)  This is impossible unless the believer understands the protocol plan of God for the Church Age and the divine grace policy by which that plan operates.
(2)  Grace is something we must learn and understand.  Grace is something we must develop through our perception of Bible doctrine, through post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.
h.  2 Cor 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always, having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”
(1)  So grace can abound toward us, but it is impossible apart from our perception of Bible doctrine.
(2)  “Every good deed” in context is defined as grace giving, not tithing.
3.  Grace Orientation.
a.  Eph 1:7-8, “By whom we have received redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins on the basis of the riches of His grace, from which (riches) He caused to abound toward us [He made us super-rich] by means of all wisdom and insight.”  Wisdom and insight describe consistent post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.
b.  Phil 1:7, “You are all partakers of grace with me.”
(1)  Paul was the great exponent of grace.  He taught it so magnificently.  His epistles are filled with the fantastic grace policy of God.
(2)  God’s grace policy must be understood in order to be appreciated.  Your very happiness and blessing, your use of the ten problem solving devices and the ten unique factors of the Church Age, all depend upon your understanding God’s policy of grace.
c.  Col 1:6, “The Gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.”  Our first understanding of the grace of God in truth came when we understood the Gospel message.  Then we responded in grace by faith in Christ.
d.  2 Tim 2:1, “You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”  Our strength comes from grace, never from legalism.
e.  Heb 12:15, “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many are defiled.”
(1)  We come short of the grace of God through arrogance, of which bitterness is one manifestation.
(2)  When we become arrogant, we nullify and cancel the grace policy of God.
f.  Heb 13:9, “Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings, for it is good for the right lobe to be strengthened by means of grace and not by ceremonial foods.”
(1)  The ceremonial foods were the foods the priests would eat as a part of the Levitical offerings.
(2)  In other words, you can never be strengthened by ritual; you can only be strengthened by Bible doctrine in your soul and understanding the grace policy of God.
g.  Jam 4:6, “He gives to us more grace; therefore, it says [Prov 3:34], ‘God makes war against the arrogant, but He gives grace to the humble.’”  Humbleness is not some false system of humility which is really arrogance.  This humility comes from grace orientation, from Bible doctrine resident in the soul.
h.  2 Pet 3:18, “Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.”  The day of eternity is the day that we die.  If we understand grace in living, we will understand grace in dying.

H.  Grace, the Policy for the Christian Life.
1.  God has a plan for your life.  Since God is perfect, His plan is perfect.  We as believers are imperfect and do not have the power or the ability to execute the perfect plan from God for the Church Age.
2.  A perfect plan can only be executed by a perfect power.  Therefore, the omnipotence of God as a part of the grace policy of God is made available to us to execute the greatest plan God has ever given to human beings.  The protocol plan of God is God’s will, plan, and purpose for the dispensation of the Church.
a.  The omnipotence of God the Father, in eternity past, provided your very own portfolio of invisible assets.  Many of these invisible assets were never given to believers in any other dispensation.  These assets are designed for your use in your own palace, the operational-type divine dynasphere, in order that you might execute God’s plan for your life.
b.  The omnipotence of God the Son guarantees the preservation of the universe.  Our Lord Jesus Christ is the creator of the universe.  Col 1:17, “For by Him were all things created that are in heaven, that are in earth, visible or invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created by Him and for Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.”  Also, Jesus Christ uses His power to perpetuate human history until the end of time.  Therefore, no sophisticated system of weaponry can destroy the earth or its population.  Jesus Christ controls history.
c.  The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit is available inside the divine dynasphere for the fulfillment of that perfect protocol plan of God.
3.  What is the protocol plan of God?  By definition, protocol is a rigid, long established code and procedure, prescribing complete deference to superior rank and authority, followed by strict adherence to due order and precedence, coupled with precisely correct procedure.
4.  Protocol is a rigid, long established code and procedure.
a.  The protocol plan of God is a rigid, long established code, and is a grace code.  As a system of procedure, it requires technical orders which are contained in the epistles of the New Testament.
b.  Grace does not mean the absence of authority, but it means a system of authority whereby perception of doctrine is possible.
c.  Grace is included in the concept of strict adherence to due order and precedence.
d.  Above all, grace has found a way to provide for us a precisely correct procedure.  The plan of God for your life calls for precisely correct procedure, which means this procedure must be learned.  You do not simply fall into the protocol plan of God and execute it.
e.  Therefore, protocol is a rigid, long established code and procedure for every Church Age believer.  We are all members of the body of Christ, members of the royal family of God.  Protocol is the modus operandi of royalty, and every Church Age believer is royal family of God.
f.  The protocol plan of God has a code and procedure based on the utilization of divine power, which power only functions inside God’s system.  Therefore, we must learn these procedures in order to use them and so glorify God.
g.  God’s system under which we function is called the divine dynasphere (or power sphere), our palace in which we operate.
(1)  Gate number one is the filling of the Spirit, the power under which we operate.
(2)  Gate number two is basic modus operandi and basic problem solving devices (rebound and the faith-rest drill).
(3)  Gate number three is enforced and genuine humility, the authority system of the protocol plan of God.  Humility provides objectivity and teachability.
(4)  Gate number four is the momentum gate from perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, causing spiritual growth.
(5)  Gate number five is the beginning of spiritual adulthood in spiritual self-esteem and cognitive self-confidence.
(6)  Gate number six is spiritual autonomy and cognitive independence.
(7)  Gate number seven is momentum testing.
(8)  Gate number eight is spiritual maturity and cognitive invincibility.
h.  Only inside the divine dynasphere can the believer execute the protocol plan of God, using divine power.  Every time we sin, we are outside the divine dynasphere.  Every time we rebound, we recover and reenter the divine dynasphere.  The more time you log in your very own palace, the operational-type divine dynasphere, the sooner you will grow up spiritually.
i.  Only inside the divine dynasphere, the Holy Spirit is the teacher of Bible doctrine, Jn 14:26, 16:12-14; 1 Cor 2:9-16.
j.  Therefore, the long established code is summarized in the believer’s day-by-day residence, function, and momentum inside the divine dynasphere.
k.  The rigid, long established code is based on the fact that God has only one way of doing a thing, which is the right way.  The right way is compatible with His divine attributes, including the delegated power of His omnipotence.
(1)  A wrong thing done in a wrong way is wrong.
(2)  A wrong thing done in a right way is wrong.
(3)  A right thing done in a wrong way is wrong.
(4)  In the protocol plan of God, a right thing has to be done in a right way.  A right thing can only be done in a right way through the utilization of God’s omnipotence inside the divine dynasphere.
l.  Under the protocol plan of God, the end does not justify the means unless the means is the function of divine power inside the divine dynasphere.
m.  Both cause and effect, antecedent and procedure, means and end must comply with the use of God’s omnipotence confined to life inside the divine dynasphere.
n.  The humanity of Christ during the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union remained inside the prototype divine dynasphere.  This was how He remained perfect in His humanity, qualifying Him to go to the cross.  He utilized every problem solving device, including +H, Heb 12:2.  He utilized the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, Heb 9;14.
o.  A right thing done in a right way is the believer’s residence, function, and momentum inside the divine dynasphere.  The procedure of utilizing divine power is the only way to fulfill the protocol plan of God.
5.  Protocol prescribes complete deference to superior rank and authority.  This introduces the concept of delegated authority.
a.  Whenever God has a plan, He delegates authority to certain human beings in order for the plan to be accomplished in the proper manner.
b.  The authority in the local church is delegated through spiritual gifts to men only.   These spiritual gifts include the gift of pastor-teacher as well as administration gifts.

I.  The Grace Policy for the Ministry.
1.  Paul is a typical illustration of God’s grace extended to those with the gift of pastor-teacher, or before the completion of the Canon, the gift of apostleship.
2.  Rom 15:15-16, “In fact, I have written you more boldly on some points so as to remind you again because of the grace which has been given to me from God.  This grace was given that I should be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the Gospel of God, that my offering to the Gentiles might become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”  Paul makes it very clear that, even though he exercised the greatest authority in the Church Age, that of apostleship, nevertheless he is a product of grace like all believers.
3.  Eph 3:8, “To me, the very least of all the saints, this grace has been given to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”
a.  To this day, he is still the greatest of all believers in the Church Age.
b.  Paul, as the apostle to the Gentiles, was the chief communicator of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.  The “unsearchable riches” or “inscrutable wealth” include the ten unique characteristics of the Church Age plus the ten problem solving devices for the protocol plan.
4.  The effectiveness of Paul’s ministry is confirmed by both his enemies and friends.  For example, even though Peter was raked over the coals for his hypocrisy and legalism by Paul in Gal 2, Peter didn’t resent Paul in any way.  Rather, he said in 2 Pet 3:15-16, “And regarding the patience of our Lord to be salvation; just as our beloved brother Paul, on the basis of the wisdom given to him, wrote to you, as also in all of his epistles, speaking in them of these things hard to understand, which the untaught and the unstable distort, as they also do the rest of the Scriptures to their own destruction.”  Peter recommended the Pauline epistles as being the ultimate in the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
5.  Therefore, the greatest of all believers is the apostle Paul.  Yet he well understood the principle of grace, which is one reason for his fantastic greatness.
6.  1 Cor 15:9-10, “I am the least of all the apostles; I am not even fit to be called an apostle because I persecuted the Church of God.  But by the grace of God, I am what I am; and His grace toward me did not prove vain, but I labored even more than all of them; yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”  As a Jewish legalist unbeliever, Paul was vigorous in his persecution of the Church.  He looked for many opportunities to kill and imprison believers.
7.  1 Tim 1:12-14, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into the ministry.  Even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a very violent man, yet I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.  And the grace of our Lord was more abundant with the doctrine and the virtue-love which are in Christ Jesus.”
a.  Mercy means grace in action.  Paul recognized the grace of God and the grace policy for the Church Age.
b.  How did Paul come to understand grace?  He learned the doctrine of grace, as we are.
8.  In every case, the gift of pastor-teacher is a matter of God’s grace policy.  It probably takes more grace to keep one man in the pulpit than it does to keep a whole congregation in a local church.
9.  No male believer earns or deserves the right to have the spiritual gift or function of pastor-teacher.
10.  See the doctrine of Pastor-Teacher.

J.  The Problem of Christian Fellowship.
1.  One of the great antagonisms to the grace policy of God is the problem of Christian fellowship.
2.  The problem of Christian fellowship originates from the trend to emphasize relationship with people over relationship with God.  Hence, people emphasis takes precedence over God emphasis.
3.  Christian fellowship is never a substitute for fellowship with God.
4.  No believer can grow spiritually or execute the protocol plan of God through Christian fellowship.  Consequently, Christian fellowship is never a substitute for post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation, which is perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.
5.  Assembling together with other believers for Bible study and doctrinal teaching must never be confused with the functions of so-called “Christian fellowship.”
6.  Heb 10:25 is correctly translated, “Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together, as is the habit of some, but for the purpose of encouragement [in doctrine].”
a.  This verse does not say we encourage each other; it says that encouragement comes only from Bible doctrine.  If in anything you are motivated by people, it is false motivation and a foundation built of sand.
b.  Good Christian fellowship is the result of growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
c.  This verse emphasizes assembling together to learn Bible doctrine, not assembling together for fellowship with other believers.
d.  Christian fellowship is never a substitute for fellowship with God.  Christian fellowship is not a substitute for learning Bible doctrine from whomever is your right pastor.
7.  The purpose of assembly worship is stated in Eph 3:18, “That you may utilize the power to grasp the idea with all the saints, what is the width, length, height, and depth.”
a.  “Width” refers to the problem solving devices.
b.  “Length” refers to executing the protocol plan of God by the use of the problem solving devices.
c.  “Height” refers to attaining spiritual maturity by the execution of the protocol plan of God, and thereby glorifying God.
d.  “Depth” refers to the grace provision for the execution of the protocol plan of God.
e.  None of the problem solving devices depend upon Christian fellowship.  In fact, many of them address the problems of people and being distracted by people from learning Bible doctrine.
8.  The priority solution clarifies the issue.
a.  Priority #1 in your life every day must be learning Bible doctrine.  You concentrate on priority number one.
b.  Then you organize your life around priority #1; your life is organized so that you can learn doctrine daily.
c.  As you begin to learn doctrine, you organize your thinking around priority number one, Bible doctrine.
d.  Therefore, you concentrate on the doctrines that cause you to grow; e.g., the problem solving devices by which you advance and gain momentum in the protocol plan of God.
e.  All this results in spiritual advance so that you can use the last problem solving device, occupation with Christ, the priority solution in life.  Now you concentrate on Jesus Christ, the living Word.  In other words, concentration on grace becomes the major advance in the spiritual life.
9.  The solution to the problem of people emphasis taking precedence over God emphasis is consistent perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, i.e., post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.  By the understanding and utilization of the problem solving devices, we advance on the broad front.
10.  The result is stated in Eph 3:19, “And to come to know the love for Christ which is beyond gnosis, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  Being filled with all the fullness of God begins the life beyond dreams of Eph 3:20.
a.  Note that this passage has no emphasis on Christian fellowship, only on doctrine.
b.  Like Christian service, Christian fellowship is a result of learning doctrine.
c.  If all you have is Christian fellowship and no doctrine, you have no spiritual growth at all, and therefore no way of coping with life.
11.  Your relationship with people is not nearly as important as your relationship with God.  To have a relationship with God, you have to think, think, think!
a.  Why is thought so important?  Because God is a spirit and invisible.  The only way you can have fellowship with God is to be able to think.
b.  But thought requires vocabulary, concentration, and doctrine.  We haven’t ever seen God.  The only way we know anything about Him at all is through thinking.  He is real to us in our thoughts because our thoughts are filled with Bible doctrine.
c.  When doctrine becomes more real than people, then God becomes more real than people.  At that point you are ready for some Christian fellowship; you can handle it.
d.  Prov 23:7, “As a person thinks in his right lobe, so he is.”  What you really are isn’t what we see in your body.  Your face is a wall of privacy and doesn’t tell you what a person really is thinking.
12.  Rom 12:2-3, “Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thought that you may prove what the will of God is, namely the good of intrinsic value achievement, the well-pleasing to God, the mature status quo.  For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you:  stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion, as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.”
a.  “To be conformed to this world” means to either have no thought or erroneous thoughts.
b.  Only by Bible doctrine can your thoughts be renovated.                   c.  You “prove what the will of God is” by thinking doctrine.
d.  When you think in terms of arrogance, you go beyond the pale of God’s intent for you.
e.  Notice how many times thinking and thought is mentioned in Rom 12:2-3.  The standard of thinking emphasizes God relationship over people relationship.
13.  Summary Principles.
a.  Christian fellowship is never a substitute for fellowship with God.
b.  Christian fellowship is never a substitute for learning doctrine.
c.  Spiritual growth, the execution of the protocol plan, and subsequent glorification of God occurs only through perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.
d.  Spiritual growth, the execution of the protocol plan, and subsequent glorification of God does not occur through Christian fellowship.
e.  God always provides a right pastor where positive volition exists.
f.  The believer’s right pastor communicates doctrine in one of two ways, or a combination thereof.
(1)  Face-to-face teaching in a local church.
(2)  Non-face-to-face teaching through the written page, or through other systems of communication such as audio or video tapes, radio, and television.
g.  God never denies doctrinal teaching to positive believers who are isolated from a proper local church.
h.  Not everyone’s right pastor is located in their same geographical periphery.
i.  Therefore, Christian fellowship with other believers in the same geographical periphery is not necessary for the execution of the protocol plan of God.
j.  Christian fellowship has become a major distraction to learning Bible doctrine.  It is weak and will not carry you anywhere.  It is only a benefit when it is a result, but it is never a means of executing God’s plan, or growing up spiritually, or glorifying God.
k.  Whatever the advantages of Christian fellowship, they do not include spiritual growth, execution of the protocol plan, advance to spiritual maturity, the manufacture of invisible heroes, or the glorification of God.
14.  The Disadvantages of Christian Fellowship.
a.  It establishes wrong priorities in the Christian life through the influence of confused people.  Some of the most confused people in the world today are Christians.  Fellowshipping with them is fellowshipping with confusion, and it will rub off on you.  Confusion breeds confusion.
b.  It is a distraction from Bible doctrine through preoccupation with friendship, romance, or marriage.
c.  The acquisition of legalism occurs through association with arrogant, legalistic Christians.  There are many such Christians.  They are very critical of others and very self-righteous.  They are always right and you are always wrong.
d.  Sometimes Christian fellowship involves anti-nomianism through association with promiscuous believers.  Anti-nomianism means to be anti-law by fornicating, raising hell, etc., all in the name of Christianity.
e.  Many use Christian fellowship as a dating pool or marriage bureau.
f.  The acquiring of erroneous views of Bible doctrine can occur.  For if ninety percent of believers today are mixed-up and you fellowship with them, you will soon share their erroneous views.
g.  This situation is described in 2 Tim 3:2-7.  This passage describes believers in Ephesus when Timothy was the pastor there.  “Men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, implacable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power; avoid such persons as these.  For among them are those who creep into households and captivate silly women laid down with sins, led on by ever changing caprice [unpredictable change of mind].  They are always learning, but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth [no metabolized doctrine].”
15.  True Christian fellowship is limited.
a.  Positive believers will always be provided with Bible doctrine, but not always provided with Christian fellowship.
b.  Christian fellowship is pleasant and nice to have if there is no detrimental influence like legalism, anti-nomianism, reversionism, apostasy, cosmic involvement, scar tissue of the soul, etc.
c.  Christian fellowship cannot advance the believer in God’s plan, purpose, and will for his life.
d.  Social life can be a very refreshing interlude, and under the right circumstances this even applies to Christian fellowship.
e.  But beware of assigning to Christian fellowship a role it can never play.
f.  Christian fellowship can never replace perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine, or the execution of the protocol plan of God.  This is the only reason why we’re still alive; God must become more real than anything else in our lives.

K.  Grace orientation is related to eternal security.  See the Doctrine of Eternal Security.
1.  Eternal security demonstrates more than anything else that God has done everything necessary at the moment of salvation so that we cannot cancel any of the forty things provided for us.  God cannot cancel the forty things He gave to us at salvation.
2.  There are three characteristics of grace involved in God’s relationship with mankind.
a.  Pre-salvation grace–God provides gospel hearing, common grace, the divine invitation to believe in Christ, and efficacious grace.
b.  Salvation grace–God provides eternal life to us at the moment of faith in Christ.  1 Jn 5:11-13, “This is the deposition that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has this life.  He who does not have the Son does not have this life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the person of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.”
(1)  We have the Father’s life imputed to us at salvation.  We share the eternal life of Christ as members of the royal family in union with Him.  We have a double portion of eternal life.
(2)  People who reject Christ and people who add anything to faith alone in Christ alone do not have eternal life.
(3)  If you know that you have eternal life, then you know that there is nothing you can ever do to lose it.  You understand that it was given to you by God in grace, and therefore, there is nothing you can do to cancel it.
c.  Post-salvation grace–God provides everything necessary to keep us alive in the Devil’s world as a part of logistical grace and provides escrow blessings for time and eternity.
3.  There is nothing you can do to change the fact that you have eternal life.  Grace is far more powerful than works.
a.  Eternal life means eternal security.  Both eternal life and eternal security are guaranteed by the virtue or integrity of God.  This is part of the integrity of God rationale.
b.  Eternal security is an unbreakable relationship with the integrity of God.  Man’s weakness cannot cancel God’s strength.  Man’s failure cannot abrogate the integrity of God.  It is blasphemy and arrogance to think you can do something to lose your salvation.  You did nothing to gain your salvation; you can do nothing to lose your salvation.
c.  The forty things that the Trinity provided for us at salvation cannot be cancelled, cannot be nullified by any failure of any kind on the part of any Christian.
d.  Eternal security is infinitely greater than human failure, human sin, human good, and human evil.  No act of renunciation of God can change what God has accomplished at the second of faith in Christ.  Therefore, the permanent possession of eternal life carries with it a guarantee of eternal security, now and forever.
4.  The virtue of God rationale is that we cannot cancel God’s faithfulness and love toward us.  The unfaithfulness of the believer does not change the faithfulness of God.  2 Tim 2:13, “If we are unfaithful [and we are], He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”
5.  The Regeneration Rationale.  Once we are born into a human family, we cannot become unborn and removed from that family.  Once we are born again, we cannot be unborn and removed from the family of God.  Gal 3:26, “You are the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
6.  Every believer possesses an eternal inheritance.  1 Pet 1:4-5, “To an inheritance imperishable and undefiled which will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you who are guarded by the power of God through faith with reference to salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.”
7.  All divine attributes demand eternal security.  Therefore, no matter how terrible the believer may become after salvation, God cannot cancel the salvation of any person.  God cannot withdraw what God gives.
a.  Jude 24, “Now to Him who is able to keep us from falling…”
b.  Rom 8:38-39, “I have confidence that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.”
8.  The Anthropomorphism of Eternal Life.  Jn 10:28, “I give to them eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”
9.  The Body Metaphor of Eternal Security.  Jesus Christ is the head, and we are members of the body.  Eph 1:22, 4:15; Col 1:18; 1 Cor 12:21.  Jesus Christ cannot say to any believer, “I do not need you.”
10.  The sealing ministry of God the Holy Spirit is a signature guarantee of eternal security.  Eph 1:13, “In Whom also, when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Whom also when you believed, you were sealed by means of the Holy Spirit.”
11.  The baptism of the Holy Spirit rationale of eternal security.  Rom 8:1, “There is, therefore, no judgment to those who are in Christ Jesus.”  The result of the baptism of the Spirit is that we are in union with Christ.  Cf. Jn 3:18.  Union with Christ means sharing what Christ is and has forever.  Jesus Christ is eternal life, we share His eternal life.  Jesus Christ is absolute righteousness, we share His righteousness.  He has a destiny, we share His destiny.  He has an election, we share His election.  He is sanctified, we share His sanctification.  He is accepted by the Father, we share His acceptance.  We cannot be separated from Christ.
12.  Believers who fail to execute the protocol plan of God are classified as losers.  They have not lost their salvation but escrow blessings for time and eternity because of failure to make Bible doctrine the number one priority in their life, and therefore, failure to execute the protocol plan of God.
13.  Eternal Security and Confidence.
a.  Eternal security is something every believer possesses, confidence is not.
b.  Eternal security occurs at salvation through faith in Christ.  Understanding of eternal security and resultant confidence is an experience which many believers do not have because of ignorance of Bible doctrine.  This ignorance deprives the believer of confidence based on eternal security and motivation from that confidence.
c.  Only believers with spiritual self-esteem possess the confidence necessary for growing in grace.
d.  Eternal security at salvation is something God does for us, while confidence in God is an experience related to cognition and inculcation of Bible doctrine.
e.  Eternal security is inherited at salvation as a part of grace, while confidence is acquired through perception of Bible doctrine.
f.  Eternal security is permanent and cannot be destroyed or cancelled through any failure on the part of the believer.
g.  Confidence in God is a temporary experience which can be destroyed or nullified through continued residence in the cosmic system of Satan.
h.  Eternal security depends upon the grace of God.  Eternal security depends on the integrity of God, confidence depends on the execution of the protocol plan of God.
i.  All believers possess eternal security, few believers possess confidence in God.  1 Jn 3:21, “Beloved, if your hearts does not condemn us, we keep on having confidence before God.”  Under grace, our blessings come from God.  Under self-determination, our failures come into function.

L.  Logistical Grace.  See the Doctrine of Logistical Grace.
1.  Jn 1:16-17, “For from His fullness we have all received, and grace in exchange for grace.  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth through Jesus Christ.”  We all receive salvation grace.  We exchange God’s grace policy of salvation for God’s grace policy for the protocol plan of God–logistical grace.
2.  2 Cor 6:1, “We also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.”  This means that at some point we get into a state of arrogance.  Therefore, we are not aware of the grace we are receiving; we have no appreciation for the grace we are receiving; we have no capacity for the grace we are receiving.  We are far worse than we were before we were saved because we have received the grace of God in vain.  Without the consistency of perception of doctrine, we will never have appreciation for anything in life.
3.  2 Thes 1:12, “In order that the person of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified by you and you by Him on the basis of the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
4.  Jam 4:6, “But He gives a greater grace.  Therefore, it says, ‘God makes war against the arrogant, but gives grace to the humble.’”  When you do not appreciate grace, God makes war against you and you receive nothing but misery.  In arrogance, the soul is ripped apart–fragmentation.
5.  2 Tim 2:1, “You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”  True strength is in grace orientation.  Grace orientation is recognition of our helplessness.  To be strong in grace, you have to know Bible doctrine; it has to be metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness of your right lobe.
6.  1 Pet 5:12, “This is the true grace of God; stand fast in it.”
7.  Principles.
a.  It is the objective of the protocol plan of God for the Church to manufacture winners and invisible heroes, but this can only be done in grace.
b.  This objective requires logistical grace from God, without which none of us could ever make it in life.
c.  Logistical grace support comes from headquarters in heaven; it is not a human support system.
d.  Without logistical grace support, no believer could survive in the Devil’s world.
e.  Therefore, it is imperative that every Church Age believer understand the nature of grace logistics.
f.  Without logistical grace, there are no invisible heroes.  This is the only dispensation in which the ordinary believer is emphasized and can be an invisible hero.
g.  Without invisible heroes, there can be no client nation to God.  The pivot is made up of invisible heroes.  The pivot is the basis for blessing to the client nation.
h.  Logistical grace is the key to a personal sense of destiny for every believer.
8.  2 Cor 9:8 defines logistical grace for us.  “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always, having all sufficiency in everything [logistical grace support and blessing], you may have an abundance for every good of intrinsic value production.”
a.  God has the ability under all circumstances to make all grace abound to you.  You never earned or deserved abundance from God.
b.  Logistical grace is available for both winners and losers, both positive and negative believers.
c.  Every good of intrinsic value production is learning doctrine so you can execute God’s plan.  This is your primary Christian service.
9.  The indwelling righteousness of God is the recipient of all life support and blessing you will ever receive from God.
a.  What we do after salvation is not the basis for our blessing.  Blessing is based on what the justice of God gives to the righteousness of God in every believer as a matter of grace.
b.  Between His two divine attributes of justice and righteousness, God has found a way to provide blessing to believers.  In this way, logistical grace is compatible with the integrity of God and avoids compromise with divine essence.

M.  Dying Grace.
1.  Categorically, the protocol plan of God for the Church Age can be regarded from the viewpoint of spiritual growth and from the viewpoint of spiritual experience.
2.  From the viewpoint of spiritual growth, there is the life beyond gnosis, Eph 3:19, and the life beyond dreams, Eph 3:20.
a.  The life beyond gnosis begins on day one of salvation and continues to spiritual maturity when the believer becomes a winner and invisible hero.
b.  The life beyond dreams begins with spiritual maturity and continues to death or the Rapture, whichever comes first.
3.  From the viewpoint of spiritual experience, there are two stages:  the living stage, Phil 1:21a, and the dying stage, Phil 1:21b.  Phil 1:21, “For me living is Christ and dying is profit.”
a.  The living stage of the Christian life begins one second after faith in Jesus Christ and continues to the point of dying.
b.  The dying stage of the Christian life may be short or prolonged, but it begins with cognition of being in a state of dying and terminates with physical death or the Rapture, whichever occurs first.
4.  See the Doctrine of Life and Death.

N.  Resurrection Grace.  See the Doctrine of Resurrection.
O.  Grace and the New Contract for the Church.
1.  Glorification of Jesus Christ by the resurrection, ascension, and session is the strategic victory of the angelic conflict.
2.  This dramatic victory resulted in the battlefield royalty of Jesus Christ, His title being “King of kings and Lord of lords.”
3.  However, Jesus Christ didn’t possess a royal family to complement this appointment.  Therefore the Jewish age is interrupted and the dispensation of the Church is inserted into the Jewish age, in order that a royal family can be formed.  The Church Age is the age of the formation of the Royal Family of God.
4.  The royal family is formed by means of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which enters us into union with Christ.
5.  The royal family is given a new contract.  Grace found a way to take the royal family, which was created inferior to angels, and make them superior to angels, as a demonstration of the wisdom and power of God.  Our Lord is superior to all angels, Heb 1.  If we are to be His royal family, then we too must become superior.  This contract is related to the Church Age doctrine of sanctification.  There are three paragraphs of the contract related to the three phases of sanctification:
a.  Positional sanctification, 1 Cor 1:2, 30.  The greatest thing God can do for any member of the royal family is to make him exactly like His Son Jesus Christ, Rom 8:2930.  This is accomplished positionally at salvation by the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who takes us and enters us into union with Christ, Eph 2:6.  We are exactly like Christ positionally.  We share His eternal life, 1 Jn 5:1112; perfect righteousness, 2 Cor 5:21; election, Eph 1:4; destiny, Eph 1:5; sonship, Gal 3:26; heirship, Rom 8:1617; kingship, Col 1:13; priesthood, 1 Pet 2:5,9.  This is a grace contract.  We are positionally higher than angels.
b.  Experiential sanctification.  This is the filling of the Holy Spirit plus maximum doctrine in the soul resulting in maturity adjustment to the justice of God.  This calls for tactical victory which will glorify the Lord.  Logistical grace and the divine dynasphere are the provision of God along with Bible doctrine and our very own right pastorteacher to give us all the assets necessary to reach maturity.
c.  Ultimate sanctification, 1 Thes 4:1618; 1 Cor 15:5158; Phil 3:21; 1 Jn 3:13.  God guarantees us a resurrection body exactly like His own, plus special blessings for those who reach maturity and ultra supergrace.  These blessings are above and beyond our wildest imagination.

P.  The Stages of Grace.
1.  Saving grace.  God provides the means whereby we are saved totally apart from our works.  Capacity for grace depends on maximum doctrine in the soul.  Every believer has tasted grace at least once, Heb 6:4; 1 Pet 2:3.  God was not obligated to save us.  Because of propitiation, every believer comes under the maximum love of God, 1 Jn 2:2.  You were saved because you were a nothing.  You don’t earn or deserve it, Rom 3:2324, 4:4, 5:20; Eph 2:89.
2.  Logistical grace.  Logistics is a military term for the science of supply, provision, and planning of troop maneuver.  Logistical grace is the principle of God’s support and provision once we believe in Christ.  There are no accidents in your life.  Everything happens for a purpose and is designed to fulfill objectives designed by God in eternity past.  Logistical grace provides for the believer in his advance to maturity.
a.  Alpha grace is logistical grace while going from salvation to maturity.
b.  Bravo grace is logistical support in the advance across no man’s land to ultra supergrace.  Ultra supergrace combines both alpha and bravo logistical grace support.
c.  Charlie grace is divine discipline for those in reversionism, a life of misery.
3.  Alpha grace.  This is logistical support of the believer advancing from salvation to maturity.  In Scripture it is called “living grace.”  Its purpose is to protect, provide, support, and sustain the believer’s advance to supergrace status.  This includes keeping the believer alive in Satan’s world, protecting the believer from Satan, and providing him security in life from any danger.  It also includes temporal provision of food, shelter, clothing, transportation, environment; the spiritual provisions of a local church, right pastor, and the Canon; security provision of guardian angels, your own reflexes, and divine intervention against other people who would seek to harm you.
4.  Bravo grace.  This takes everything you have in alpha grace and adds to it.  Everyone gets a period of rest and relaxation in the perimeter of no man’s land.  Some rest longer than others, it depends on how long you have before the Lord is going to take you home.  This period of rest is when you begin to enjoy your supergrace two blessings.  You take your supergrace blessings with you when you go into no man’s land.  This is called “near grace” in the Bible, Phil 4:5.  The Greek word EGGUS means: near as to place, Lk 19:11; near as to time Mt 24:3233; near as being in the covenant, Eph 2:13; near to God, Eph 2:17; near in the sense of grace interposition, Phil 4:5.
5.  Charlie grace.  The world becomes a prison for punishment and discipline for the reversionist.  God uses the reversionist to teach and test advancing believers.  Those who attack the ultra supergrace believer or the believer in no man’s land are kept alive to add blessing to these believers.
6.  Supergrace A, 1 Tim 1:14; Jam 4:6; Eph 4:1617, 1:6, 3:2021.  This is the first stage of maturity.  This is when you have your R & R in the Christian life.  This is the tactical victory which glorifies Christ.  You reap what God has sown for you.
7.  In supergrace B, the mature believer is in no man’s land, the place of intensified testing to see if the believer is qualified for ultra supergrace.
8.  Ultra supergrace is the place of maximum opposition from Satan plus the greatest possible blessings and happiness in life.
9.  Dying grace is greater blessing than anything in life, Phil 1:2021; Ps 33:1819, 116:15.  The believer has maximum happiness with a minimum of pain while dying.  It may last for a short or long time, but the blessing is greater than anything you experienced in life, Heb 11:13.
10.  Surpassing grace rewards (Eph 2:7) are eternal rewards for believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  They include the alpha cross for the supergrace A believer; the bravo cross for the supergrace B believer; the pastor gets an oak leaf cluster for anyone he leads to supergrace A or B plus the alpha and bravo cross; and all ultra supergrace believers get the ultra cross.  These decorations mean the believer will rule certain planets in the universe for all eternity which will glorify Christ.  The reversionist gets only a resurrection body.
Q.  Fellowship with God is based on grace.
1.  Only believers can have fellowship with God under the principle that relationship must precede fellowship.  You must have a relationship with God through faith in Christ before you can have fellowship with God.
2.  Through the policy of grace God has solved the problem of how man can have fellowship with God in time, just as He has the solved the problem of relationship with Himself for eternity.
3.  There are three major problems regarding our temporal fellowship with God.
a.  Post-salvation sinning.
b.  Ignorance of doctrine.
c.  Failure of application of doctrine to our experience.
4.  The problem of post-salvation sinning is solved by grace.  In post-salvation sinning there is the problem of cosmic involvement, and the implosion, explosion and reversion of Christian degeneracy.  God handles this problem by judging sins in our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and then providing the rebound technique as the means of restoring us to fellowship when we sin.  Restraint on sins come from the problem solving devices.
5.  The problem of ignorance of doctrine is solved by the provision of the grace system of perception.  This is synonymous with Operation Z, the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit, Jn 14:26, 16:12-14; 1 Cor 2:12-16.
a.  Bible doctrine is taught by the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher to the human spirit of the believer.
b.  God the Holy Spirit teaches the human spirit.  The information is then transferred by the Holy Spirit to the left lobe of the soul.
c.  Through positive volition to the information taught, God the Holy Spirit transfers that doctrine to the right lobe of the soul for application.
6.  The problem of application of doctrine is solved by grace.
a.  The accumulation of an inventory of metabolized doctrine in the soul is the basis for the application of doctrine.
b.  Under the principle of wisdom, the thinking of Bible doctrine under every circumstance of life becomes the basis of application.
(1)  Learning is metabolizing doctrine in the right lobe of the soul.
(2)  Thinking is application of doctrine to experience.
(3)  Solving is understanding and using the problem solving devices of the protocol plan of God.
7.  Rom 5:8, Jn 3:16, 1 Jn 4:10, 1 Pet 3:18, 2 Cor 5:21, Gal 3:13, Eph 2:8-9 teach that our Lord loved us from His impersonal love, and so went to the cross as our substitute.  All the merit is with God, therefore all the grace comes from God.  Salvation is a gift from God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Legalism adds to salvation which has already been accomplished.
8.  If God can solve the greater problem of relationship with Himself, then God can solve the lesser problem of fellowship with Himself.  If God uses grace to solve the greater problem of relationship, then He can use grace to solve the lesser problems of the Christian way of life.  If God can do the greater in grace, He can do the lesser in grace, Rom 8:32; Jam 4:6.
9.  Grace saved us; now God gives greater grace to the grace-oriented believer.  Grace orientation is a problem solving device, Jam 4:14.  “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are just a vapor trail that appears for a little while in the sky and then vanishes away.”  But the invisible hero has total grace orientation, and his vapor trail is the evidence of the grace of God.  We proceed in grace as we began in grace.