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Doctrine of Supergrace (Christian maturity)

July 23, 2010

DOCTRINE OF SUPER-GRACE
1. Definition.
a. “Super-grace” (term derived from James 4:6 – “more grace,” literally, “greater
grace”) is a synonym for Christian maturity. It defines the adult and initial stage of
spiritual maturity beyond the edification complex of the soul. It is the sphere of the
normal life and function of the Royal Priesthood; hence, the objective of the believer
in Phase Two (in time) (Eph. 3:16-19).
b. Super-grace status is the place of maximum utilization of grace, either in adversity
or prosperity; that area of life in which the believer reaps what God sows; i.e., the
fulfillment of Romans 8:28.
c. Super-grace status and blessings are attainable by believers in every dispensation.
2. Description of super-grace.
a. From the viewpoint of divine essence, super-grace is said to be “the surpassing
magnitude of His omnipotence upon us, the believing ones” (expanded trans.,
Eph. 1:19).
b. From the viewpoint of the mature believer, the attendant blessings of supergrace
status are termed “pursuing grace” (Eph. 1:6).
c. By means of the distribution of super-grace blessings to the Church in every
generation, God is said to be glorified (Eph. 3:20, 21).
3. Characteristics of the super-grace life.
a. The overflowing cup of Psalm 23:5, 6 constitutes both super-grace capacity for life
and resultant super-grace blessings.
b. These blessings fall into two separate categories: spiritual and temporal.
c. Spiritual blessings include occupation with Christ, inner resources to cope with
either prosperity or disaster in life, and dying grace.
d. Temporal blessings include promotion, success, wealth, prosperity (social,
economic, sexual, material, technical, professional); stability and dynamics of
living, which b. These blessings fall into two separate categories: spiritual and
temporal.
c. Spiritual blessings include occupation with Christ, inner resources to cope with
either prosperity or disaster in life, and dying grace.
d. Temporal blessings include promotion, success, wealth, prosperity (social,
economic, sexual, material, technical, professional); stability and dynamics of
living, which produce great leadership.
e. God is waiting to provide super-grace blessings (Isa. 30:18).
4. Importance of Bible doctrine in relation to attainment of super-grace status
(Heb. 11:1-3).
5. Perspective of super-grace (Phil. 3:4-8).
6. Command to advance to super-grace (Heb. 12:1-3).
7. Importance of retaining the objective (Phil. 3:12-14).
8. The Issue of Phase Two (believer in time).
a. God in justice maintains His relationship with every believer regardless of that
believer’s temporal status; viz., carnality or spirituality.
b. This permanent relationship is based on propitiation, the Godward work of
Jesus Christ on the Cross.
c. God expresses His justice in one of two ways:
(1) In blessing to the super-grace believer;
(2) In discipline to the reversionistic believer (Heb. 12:6).
d. According to 1 John 4:19, it is possible for the believer to love God in time. This
love begins with the recognition of and respect for God’s justice.
e. Blessing from God’s justice and love toward God are potential. They can be
realized only when the believer comes to know God through the daily function of
GAP.
f, The super-grace believer is capable of loving God to the maximum because
maximum doctrine is resident in his soul (Rom. 8:28; Eph. 3:19; 1 John 4:19).
9. Role of happiness in super-grace.
a. The key to super-grace is happiness. The same doctrine which provides supergrace
also provides Plus-H or the sharing of God’s perfect happiness. Therefore, the
super-grace life is characterized by the total happiness spectrum, which ranges from
tranquility on one end of the spectrum to ecstatic on the other.
b. The top floor or penthouse of the edification complex of the soul is the beginning
of the super-grace life (cf. Phil. 4:4; 1 Thess. 5:16).
c. The accumulation of doctrine resident in the soul results in the fulfillment of Plus-
H and signals the entrance into the super-grace status (1 John 1:4).
10. Relationship of super-grace to other categories of grace.
a. Category Involvement
(1) SALVATION GRACE –
all that the Trinity did to save man;
based on the strategic victory of
the
Cross (Phase One of grace).
Non-meritorious volition –
expressed by faith in Christ,
the Living Word.
(2) LIVING GRACE – divine
provision to keep the believer alive
in Phase Two for either blessing or
discipline.
No volition is involved on the part
of the believer – a matter of the
Sovereignty of God and the Plan of
God.
(3) SUPER-GRACE: – the tactical
victory of the Royal Family of
God; includes maximum growth
and blessing, also DYING
GRACE.
Non-meritorious volition –
expressed by positive volition
toward Bible doctrine, the written
Word.
(4) SURPASSING GRACE (the
“exceeding riches of His grace”;
Eph. 2:7) – all that God will do for
the believer in Phase Three or
eternity
No volition involved. At that time,
the angelic conflict has been
terminated.
b. God has designed for every believer both super-grace blessings for time, and
surpassing-grace blessings for eternity.
c. Illustration: Abraham.
(1) Super-grace blessings for time (Heb. 11:11,12; cf. Rom.4:17-21).
(2) Surpassing-grace blessings for eternity (Heb. 11:9,10).
11. Categories of super-grace, represented by Jewish heroes..
a. ABRAHAM – sexual super-grace prosperity; the foundation of a new race.
b. JOSEPH – super-grace promotion and prosperity in a Gentile periphery.
c. MOSES – super-grace leadership; the father of the Jewish nation.
d. DAVID – super-grace leadership in both military and national setting.
e. ISAIAH – super-grace leadership in communication of doctrine; the greatest
prophet and Bible teacher in the period of the Southern Kingdom.
f. JEREMIAH – super-grace blessings in time of national disaster; a monument to the
sufficiency of super-grace resources under maximum pressure.
g. DANIEL – super-grace promotion, leadership and blessing in a foreign land.
h. PAUL – super-grace blessing to a Jew in time of Israel’s dispersion under the last
administration of the fifth cycle of discipline in A.D. 70. The Jewish Age is
interrupted, but Abraham’s progeny, Paul, holds the all time record for doctrinal
blessing and communication of divinely revealed truths.
12. Promotion of super-grace.
a. The super-grace believer is God’s man for the crisis (1 Sam. 17).
b. Unless God promotes the believer, he is not promoted (Ps. 75:6, 7)!
13. Areas of super-grace capacity.
a. Freedom (Rom. 8:21; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:1).
b. Life (1 Sam.17:47;18:5,14).
c. Love.
(1) Love toward God (Deut. 6:5;30:20; Josh. 23:10, 11; 1 John 2:5; 4:19).
(2) Category Two – love toward RM or RW(Song of Sol.8:6, 7).
(3) Category Three – friendship (2 Sam. 1:26).
d. Happiness (Ps. 9:1, 2; 21:1; 31:7; 43:4; 97:12; John 17:13; 1 John 1:4).
e. Suffering (2 Cor. 12:7-10).
14. Reality of the celebrityship of Christ.
a. There are many super-grace heroes; but there is only one Celebrity in the Royal
Family of God – the Lord Jesus Christ.
b. In super-grace status, the believer becomes occupied with Christ; he has maximum
love for and appreciation of the Person of the Savior. The communion table
constitutes a test of Category One love based on resident doctrine in the soul.
c. This attitude is expressed in Lamentations 3:21-25.
15. Super-grace and the road to glory.
a. There is a relationship between the super-grace blessings of time and the
surpassing-grace blessings of eternity.
b. The link between super-grace and surpassing grace is dying grace. Dying grace
bridges the gap between super-grace status in time and surpassing-grace status in
eternity. Thus the believer goes from grace to grace; from saving grace to supergrace;
from super-grace to dying grace (Rapture generation excepted); from dying
grace to surpassing grace.
c. Illustration: Abraham.
(1) Salvation grace (Gen. 15:6).
(2) Super-grace (Rom. 4:17-21); sign – circumcision (Heb. 11:11, 12).
(3) Surpassing grace (Heb. 10:9, 10; Rev. 21:2, 10); sign – life in a tent.
(4) Link (Heb. 11:13).
d. Summary principle on the road to glory: in time, it takes doctrine to see the
invisible God; but once we cross the bridge of dying grace, we shall see Him
face to face!
16. Summary.
a. In eternity past, as a part of the divine decrees, omniscient God provided for every
believer two special blessing paragraphs – one for time; the other for eternity.
b. Attitude toward doctrine in time determines the realization of all grace blessings in
time or eternity. While the believer can never lose his salvation or his place in
heaven, he can lose his blessings in time and his rewards in eternity.
c. Consistent negative volition toward Bible doctrine (after salvation) results in
reversionism and its attendant losses: loss of super-grace blessing in time, loss of
dying grace, loss of surpassing grace blessings in eternity.
d. Consistent positive volition leads to super-grace status and its subsequent rewards
in time, dying grace and surpassing-grace blessings.
e. The attainment of super-grace is the attainment of the first objective – maturity. It
calls for an immediate establishment of the next objective – the seizing and holding of
the high ground of super-grace (Phil. 3:12-14).
f. Continued positive volition toward doctrine secures the believer’s position and
holds the super-grace status until death.