Vol. 15 No. 23
The Doctrine of the Super-Grace Life, (continued).
Supergrace is the objective of the believer after salvation, Eph 3:16‑19, and top priority in the believer’s scale of values, Phil 3:4‑8. All human achievement and good must be considered as piles of dung. Human celebrityship is loss compared with reaching maturity.
God is waiting to provide supergrace blessings, Isa 30:18, “The Lord longs to be gracious to you, because he is a God of justice.”
The command to advance to supergrace is found in, Heb 12:1‑3. The importance of Bible doctrine in reaching supergrace and executing that command is found in Heb 11:1‑3.
The importance of retaining the objective of supergrace and continuing to advance in the spiritual life is noted in, Phil 3:12‑14.
The issue of God’s love related to supergrace, Rom 8:28; Eph 3:19; 1 John 4:19.
- God loves every believer with maximum love regardless of the believer’s spiritual status based on propitiation and imputation.
- 1 John 4:19, teaches that the believer can love God with maximum love in time. However, no believer loves God until he first of all knows God, and no believer knows God until he has maximum Bible doctrine in the soul and attains Spiritual Self‑Esteem. Therefore, the supergrace or mature believer has maximum love for God because he has maximum metabolized doctrine in his soul, which produces Spiritual Self‑Esteem, which is characterized by personal love for God, Rom 8:28; Eph 3:19.
- God expresses His love to the believer in time under different categories:
- To the supergrace believer His love is expressed by blessing and reward.
- To the reversionist it is expressed by Divine discipline and the sin unto death.
Some historical illustrations of supergrace.
- Abraham had sexual prosperity resulting in a new race, Gen 17; Rom 4.
- Joseph had great power and authority. He delivered his people.
- David had promotion, prosperity, leadership, wealth, and military success.
- Isaiah had fantastic Bible teaching.
- Daniel had great promotion and leadership outside of the land of Israel.
- Moses had intense blessing in national leadership wrapped up in the mantle of great pressure and persecution from Satan and demons, believers and unbelievers, and even his family.
- Jeremiah had intense blessing in old age while the nation was going out under the fifth cycle of discipline. He was a stabilizer for future generations.
- Paul had maximum pressure from Satan as the greatest Bible teacher of all time, Acts 9:15. The demons put Paul on a par with Christ.
The promotion principle of supergrace, Psa 84. When God promotes you, you are promoted, but if God does not promote you, and you promote yourself, you are not promoted. When God provides something it is worth having, but if God is not the provider of it, it is not worth having.
The intensity of blessing in supergrace is taught in 2 Tim 3; Lam 3:21‑25. In ultra-supergrace, you have constant opposition, pressure, and persecution.
The role of happiness in the supergrace life. The key to supergrace is sharing the perfect happiness (+H) of God. The supergrace life is characterized by the total +H spectrum, which ranges from tranquility to ecstatics (not the emotional ecstatics of the tongues crowd). The same Bible doctrine that provides supergrace blessings, also provides +H from God. The +H of God is attained by the believer when he reaches the top floor of the Edification Complex of the Soul (ECS), Phil 4:4; 1 Thes 5:16. Fulfillment of +H through the accumulation of Bible doctrine in the soul is the entrance into the supergrace life, 1 John 4:4.
Supergrace is part of the road to glory. There is a relationship between the supergrace blessings for time and the eternal rewards and blessings at the judgment seat of Christ. Dying grace is the link between the two. It bridges the gap. From saving grace, we go to logistical grace, then to supergrace, through dying grace, to surpassing grace. All types of grace are related. You are in God’s grace plan and cannot get out.
Attitude toward Bible doctrine in time determines all grace blessings in time and eternity, 1 Cor 3:10-15. In eternity past God designed supergrace blessings for time and surpassing grace blessings for eternity. The believer cannot lose his salvation or eternal life in heaven, but he can lose his supergrace blessings for time and surpassing grace blessings. He can lose supergrace blessings through negative volition to Bible doctrine and subsequent reversionism. Loss of supergrace blessings in time means loss of surpassing grace blessings in eternity. Therefore, attitude toward Bible doctrine on a daily basis is the determining factor in the Angelic Conflict, and for the Royal Family Bible doctrine is the means of glorifying God. Yet, negative volition means loss of blessing in time and eternity, thus the importance of seizing and holding the high ground of supergrace.
The attainment of supergrace reaches the objective and immediately establishes a new objective. In Phil 3:12‑14, you not only attain supergrace, but press on to hold it through periods of undeserved suffering. Saving grace, attained by faith in Christ, advances us into the Royal Family forever. Logistical grace keeps us alive in phase two of the plan of God (time) for the attainment of blessing or discipline. Supergrace is the provision of maximum blessing for the mature believer. Dying grace is the bridge between supergrace blessings for time and surpassing grace blessings for eternity. Surpassing grace is the rewards and decorations of the mature believer at the judgment seat of Christ.
Eph 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”
In this passage we are given the 2nd stage of the supergrace life, which we call the “Life Beyond Dreams.”
The Life Beyond GNOSIS, Vs. 19.
The Life Beyond Dreams, Vs. 20.
The Life of Glory, Vs. 21.
Here we see Paul breaking out into a doxology because of the possibility of always reaching out for more of the ability of the Holy Spirit, expressed in the fact that God does “exceeding or superabundantly more than we can request or even imagine, according to His power that works within us.”
This, including vs. 21, is both a doxology and conclusion to Paul’s benediction prayer which he began in vs. 14, that is clearly the climax of the first half of Ephesians. It is a fitting conclusion to his prayer, as well as to the previous section in which the Mystery Doctrine for the Church Age was revealed, Eph 2:11-3:13. It also concludes the first main division of this Epistle and can be regarded as the climax of the whole letter, which rises to a spiritual peak of the “Life Beyond GNOSIS, Dreams, and of Glory,” and then goes forward to concentrate on practical out workings of the supergrace life in the rest of the letter.
In this doxology, Paul reminds us of several themes already touched upon; The abundance of God’s gift, Eph 1:18-19; 2:7; 3:19; The power made available to the believer, Eph 1:19; 3:7, 16, 18; and the unbreakable link between Christ and the Church, Eph 1:22-23; 3:10.
We begin with “now to Him,” which is the connective Conjunction DE that begins the doxology and conclusion of the prayer. With it is the Dative Article of HO used as a pronoun translated “Him” that refers to God the Father. God the Father is the one who is able to provide for us beyond our dreams.
“Who is able” is the Present, Middle, Participle in the Dative case of the Verb DUNAMIA that means, “be able, have power to do, or have capacity for.” It expresses the ability and capacity to accomplish something. Here it refers to the inherent power and authority that God has to bless the supergrace believer far beyond what he thinks God can do. From His omnipotence and sovereignty, God has the ability and all of the assets necessary to provide supergrace blessings, without limitation, to any and every believer.
This is reinforced with “to do,” which is the Verb POIEO in the Aorist, Active, Infinitive that means, “to do, create, produce, work, accomplish, etc.” What God is able “to do” is bless the supergrace believer in any of the six categories of blessings we noted above. Notice the Aorist Tense here that views the entirety of the action of God’s blessings to the supergrace believer with a focus on its finished results. It speaks of what God is able to do for us in time, but alludes to escrow blessings He has designed from eternity past. The Infinitive tells us of God’s purpose; to provide supergrace blessings to each of us.
Then comes, “exceeding abundantly,” HUPEREKPERISSOU, ὑπερεκπερισσοῦ, which is a late and rare double compound word from HUPER, EK, and PERISSOS. Interestingly, PERISSOS and HUPER both can mean, “above, beyond, abundance, or abundantly.” So we have a double emphasis with EK in the middle for “beyond from beyond,” “abundance from abundance,” or even “over from above.” Putting them together it means, “superabundantly, exceeding abundantly, beyond all measure, or exceedingly above and beyond all measure.” “This heightened form of comparative almost defies any single, simple English translation,” (Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary). It gives us the sense of infinite capacity and ability by God to bless the supergrace believer. This word is only used by Paul and only here and in 1 Thes 3:10; 5:13.
Then we have “beyond all,” which is the Preposition HUPER that can mean, as noted above, “over, above, more than, or beyond,” and the Adjective PAS for “all.” In the Accusative, Plural, Neuter gender it means, “beyond all things.”
Next we have the “measure” by which God exceeds, “what we ask or think,” which is the Relative Pronoun HOS for, “what, that, or that which,” with the Verb AITEO in the Present, Middle, Indicative, that means, “ask, request, or demand,” and is one of the main words used in the NT for “prayer.” It expresses both the humble petition and the urgent demand. Therefore, AITEO stands for our petition and intercessory prayers.
Then we have the comparative Conjunction E, ἤ, for “or,” and the Present, Active, Indicative of the Verb NOEO, νοέω that means, “Perceive, understand, realize, consider, take note of, perceive with the eyes, or think over.” Its origin included learning through the eye gate, but that died off and later the word just emphasized perception and understanding. BDAG translates it, “to form an idea about something, think, or imagine,” and specifically in our verse as “far beyond what we imagine,” (A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature). So it means that the highest aspirations we have are not beyond God’s “power” to bestow on us.
As such, God is able to bless the supergrace believer beyond what he asks for in his prayers, and also above and beyond what he is capable of learning and knowing. God’s capacity to meet your spiritual needs far exceeds anything you can either request in prayer or conceive by way of anticipation, Phil 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Therefore, when you think God can do something for you, because you have learned that He can from His Word, Eph 3:4, or through prior experience, remember that He can easily exceed that too, and He will, as His plan of supergrace blessings calls for it.
Mat 21:22, tells us, “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” This reminds us of the Faith-Rest life we must possess for our prayers to be answered, yet we also have to understand and believe whole heartedly that God will exceed what we ask for or can imagine, as the situation calls for.
Now, in the last portion of vs. 20, we understand how God is able to meet and exceed our wildest imaginations, “according to the power that works within us,” which is KATA HO DUNAMIS HO ENERGEO EN HEMEIS.
ENERGEO is a Verb in the Present, Middle, Participle, that means, “works or operates.” Notice first that the power of God that works is already “in us,” EN HUMEIS, when we are living the supergrace life. This “power in us” is a combination of the Word of God / Bible Doctrine resident in your soul, plus the filling of God the Holy Spirit. This is what we call the “Balance of Residency,” which is Maximum Bible doctrine in the soul ready for application, plus the filling of God the Holy Spirit, (M.B.D. / S. R.4A. + F.G.H.S.).
So the power of God to bless us beyond our wildest dreams is inherent to the supergrace believer, which reminds us of Eph 1:19, “And what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.”
However, with KATA that means, “according to,” it makes this great promise conditional. That is, the degree to which we allow God’s power, (Word and Spirit), to work in us, determines the extent of what He can do for us. In other words, the more of the word of God that we have in our souls and apply in our lives, the more God is able to bless us. The potential is how much Doctrine you are receiving and applying determines how much God is able to bless you with exceeding abundance.
McGee noted, “We are not able to so much as touch the hem of the garment of the spiritual gifts that God is prepared to give to His own. How wonderful this is! He wants to give to us super-abundantly. How good He is, and how small we are. We cannot even contain all of His blessings,” (Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee).
In view of this passage are the doctrines of Prayer, the Faith-Rest Life, the Sovereignty of God, the Omnipotence of God, the Essence of God, etc., as well as, the doctrine of the Life Beyond Dreams which we will note below.
In conclusion, Paul’s words focus our attention on the power of God which is at work in us. God’s power is the means by which His glory is achieved. It is He from whom, through whom, and to whom are all things, Rom 11:36. The power of God is infinite. The power of God is at work in us. The infinite power of God is at work in us to bring glory to Him. To God be the glory! This should be the theme of our lives, as it was with the Apostle Paul.
Doctrine of the Life Beyond Dreams
Eph 3:20 describes the Life Beyond Dreams, which is a life beyond our most fervent prayers, beyond the scenarios of our imagination, and our most extravagant expectations. The life beyond expectation is a result of the four spiritual dimensions, (breadth, length, height, depth), of Bible Doctrine in your soul that leads to spiritual adulthood and teaches you what the love of Christ truly is, Eph 3:18-19.
In Eph 3:20, when it says, “God is able,” it means God’s sovereignty and omnipotence that is functioning within your life is able to bless you in any of the six categories of supergrace blessing. It also reminds us of pertinent doctrine which tells us:
- God can do all He wills to do, but He may not will to do all He can do.
- God’s decisions (judgments) are perfect, and He knows what we need better than we do.
- Divine omnipotence is always compatible with doing a right thing in a right way.
Therefore, in the function of His Divine power, God is able to do anything compatible with His perfect Divine essence; however, He will never do anything that is incompatible with His Divine essence. The end never justifies the means, nor do the means justify the end.
As such, the Life Beyond Dreams is the function of the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God from day one of spiritual maturity to the point of physical death or the Rapture, whichever occurs first. It is defined as the normal mode of operation for the mature believer, as he is both a winner and an invisible hero in the great power experiment of the Church Age. His Life Beyond Dreams is a continuation of his perception and application of Bible doctrine. It is a maximum use of the Ten Problem Solving Devices, and receiving maximum blessing from the distribution of escrow blessings for time, as well as, maximum invisible impact in human history.
The Life Beyond Dreams is God’s fantastic grace provision which is far beyond:
- Your most fervent prayers. You have never prayed for anything that even comes close to the Life Beyond Dreams.
- Things for which you have asked from others. You ask parents, people, friends, spouses, and children for things throughout your lifetime. But the Life Beyond Dreams is far beyond anything for which you have ever asked from anyone.
- Your fondest dreams. No matter how wild and seemingly impossible your dreams, God has provided something far greater than any thinking or imagination in any dream you have ever had. What God has provided for the mature believer in the Life Beyond Dreams staggers the imagination.
Therefore, in the Life Beyond Dreams, God does infinitely more than two things stated in Eph 3:20. He does infinitely more than all we ask, i.e., in prayer to God and in request to people. He does infinitely more than all we think or imagine, i.e., our personal desires, expectations, and our thoughts associated with happiness symbols.
The Life Beyond Dreams is the direct result of fulfilling the Faith-Rest life of the Life Beyond GNOSIS. The Life Beyond GNOSIS is the means of executing the Plan, and the Life Beyond Dreams is the result of executing His Plan.
Dreams represent what we want to be, what we want to have, with whom we desire to associate, to what we want to be promoted, where we desire approbation, and whom we desire to marry. Dreams carry us to the farthest extent of our imagination.
Yet, for the Church Age believer, for every member of the Royal Family of God, as a member of the body of Christ, there is a life which goes beyond anything for which we can ask of anyone, whether God or man, or our dreams and imaginations. It is a fantastic life. This is the ultimate, and is what God expects from every believer. For this goal God has made complete and total provision.
But, dreams can often be a simple lust and desire to escape from reality, yet there is nothing but reality and indescribable blessing in the Life Beyond Dreams. In other words, the Life Beyond Dreams does not escape from reality, but it is fantastic, indescribable reality.
We do not even have the imagination to dream or the power to ask for the things which God has prepared for us in the Life Beyond Dreams, 1 Cor 2:9-10; Isa 55:8-9, Psa 103:11-18.
1 Cor 2:9, “But just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him’.”Note: The change to pitch (12) and font (1) must be converted manually.
- Paul quoting Isa 64:4 and 65:17, tells us that God’s thoughts, plans, intentions and ways are not only different from ours, they are infinitely higher.
- “Eyes and ears,” is a reference to wonder beyond the senses, perception, or imagination of men.
- “Heart,” does not refer to the emotions, but to the right lobe of the soul. Therefore, it tells us that this revelation was beyond the ability of man to discover.
- “Those who love Him,” refers to mature believers who have been consistent with the intake and application of His Word, and through the Holy Spirit we can learn and know these things.
1 Cor 2:10, “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.”
- God has prepared these supergrace blessings for us today! So, how does God reveal these blessings to us? Through His Spirit.
- Just as a man’s spirit within him understands what outsiders never know, so the Spirit of God understands the heart and mind of God and reveals these truths to us through the Word.
- What we cannot get through the eye-gate or the ear-gate, the Spirit of God can teach us.
- God wants His children to be “in the know” about the Life Beyond GNOSIS, the Life Beyond Dreams, and the Life of Glory, and not be in the dark. This is why He has given us the Word of God and the Spirit to teach us.
Isa 55:8, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD.”
- This means God has done some thinking way beyond our thinking. His thinking becomes a reality for us once we enter the Life Beyond Dreams.
- The ways of God are way beyond our understanding. But once we reach the Life Beyond Dreams, we begin to comprehend God’s ways in a way which gives worship an entirely new meaning.
Isa 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”Note: The change to pitch (12) and font (1) must be converted manually.
- Those ways of God, though higher, are not beyond our grasp. Because in the Life Beyond Dreams, we learn about and have some of those ways that are higher than our ways.
- You cannot even begin to think, imagine, or dream of the fantastic things that God has for you in the Life Beyond Dreams.
- God, however, has bridged the gap between us and Him through a new and living “resurrected” Way, Jesus who is “the Way,” Heb 10:19f; John 14:6.
The Application of the Life Beyond Dreams.
In the Life Beyond GNOSIS, the Church glorifies God through the attainment of spiritual maturity. In the Life Beyond Dreams, the Church glorifies God through receiving their escrow blessings for time. The poor attempt of the Pastor to teach about your escrow blessings does not even begin to describe what God has for you personally in the Life Beyond Dreams.
Escrow blessings for time are infinitely more than all we can ask or imagine. They are the Life Beyond our Dreams. If you are normal, you want things in life. People dream about what they want or desire in life. These dreams are associated with happiness symbols, including.
- Greatness or success.
- Approbation from people; dreaming about being respected and receiving approbation.
- Money and security.
- Social life and romance.
- The possession of materialistic things which are coveted for pleasure or which are desired as a status symbol.
- Achievement in some field in which they are interested.
- Possessing beauty, strength, attractiveness, and/or health.
- Being married to the ideal person, etc.
These dreams express what we want, what we desire, what we think, and what we imagine. Yet, dreams can express arrogance, lust, desire, insecurity, covetousness, inordinate ambition, or inordinate competition. But above all, these dreams represent what we want, what we want to have or possess, and what we want to be to the extent that our imagination can project.
Every believer has a choice as he begins his Christian life. He can choose his own plans, his own dreams, his own desires, the subject of his fervent prayers, and the extension of his imagination, or he can choose the Plan of God, which is the Life Beyond GNOSIS and the Life Beyond Dreams.
The moment you believed in Jesus Christ, God did forty things for you; some were done by God the Father, some by the Son, and some by the Spirit. In addition, the wisdom of God has provided something far greater than the desires expressed in our prayers or petitions to others, or in the dreams of our imagination.
To choose the Plan of God results in a Life Beyond our fondest dreams and imaginations. But to choose our own plan is blasphemy. We imply, by choosing our own plan, that we have a better plan than God’s, and that we can do more for ourselves to make us happy than God can do for us to make us happy.
The believer who chooses his own plan inevitably becomes a loser. He does not lose his salvation, but he loses his escrow blessings for time. Does he have the life beyond GNOSIS? No, because of no doctrine. Does he receive the Life Beyond Dreams? No, that is out of the question. He has chosen his own plan and his own life. He has chosen to reject doctrine, to be casual about doctrine, or to be haphazard about doctrine, to take it in only when he feels like it, or when he is in serious trouble and is looking for a one-shot solution to bail him out.
In choosing your own plans remember, there are no excuses at the BEMA (judgment) Seat of Christ for not understanding or executing what was expected of you as a believer. You will take responsibility for your failures, but not for your sins, which were judged on the Cross. The biggest failure you could ever commit is to have your Portfolio of Invisible Assets and reject it.
Yet, the believer who chooses God’s plan is a winner, for God, “Is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine.”
Therefore, God has provided for the believer a better and greater life and for the mature believer a Life Beyond Dreams, beyond imagination, and beyond our greatest solicitation to self-interest. For dreams, imagination, prayers, and asking favors of others all add up to solicitation to self-interest. Yet, God provides for the mature believer the Life Beyond Dreams, which is beyond all of that. There is nothing like the Life Beyond Dreams.
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.
To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!