Vol. 15 No. 22
Eph 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (GNOSIS), that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
“That you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” As we noted above, “fullness” is the Greek word PLEROMA that means, “that which fills, complement, fulfillment, or that which makes something complete.” The fullness we are to have is “of God,” HO THEOS in the Genitive.
This is a reference to the Super-Grace Life and blessings; the sum total of superabundant blessings, which completes the Royal Priesthood. This means that Paul’s and God’s desire is that the believer might realize the total nature and significance of what has transpired being “in Christ.” Therefore, “the fullness, (PLEROMA), of God,” means to have a relationship with Him through knowledge of who and what He is. This is also emphasized for us in Phil 3:7-10.
Phil 3:7-10, “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, (vs. 4-6), and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ, 9and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”
That leads us to understand:
“The Privilege of Knowing God.”
It is a tragedy that many people go through life without ever becoming acquainted with their Creator. To overlook that relationship is to miss the purpose of your existence and the greatest privilege available to mankind: knowing God, John 6:69; Acts 22:14; Gal 4:9; Eph 3:19; 1 John 4:16.
Many times even believers undervalue the honor of getting to know Christ more intimately. Yet, Paul’s all-consuming passion to “know God” caused him to count everything else as worthless in comparison to that tremendous blessing. This is our example!
Though believers can accept Christ as their Savior, faithfully serve Him, and anticipate being with Him in heaven, many have no hunger to know Him right now. How can we be satisfied with simply being saved and have so little interest in the most gratifying relationship available to us?
Pursuing Christ with passion requires sacrifice, something most believers do not want to hear, that means spending time with the Lord to learn His Word and then surrendering our will to His will, and knowing Him through suffering, (i.e., Thought, People, System, and Disaster testing).
Although salvation is a free gift, intimacy with God is a costly process, but the rewards are invaluable, unbelievable, and eternal.
Today our culture, (Satan’s Cosmic System), floods us with distractions that fill our minds and hearts, leaving us indifferent about developing a deeper relationship with Christ. Some people even substitute learning facts about the Lord for knowing Him relationally. That is, they know about Him, but they do not know Him, and believe that knowing about Him is all they need. Yet, knowing the facts comes up short when it comes to knowing how He thinks and operates. You are far better off to know how your Lord thinks, than to know the historical facts of his life and what He accomplished.
So you need to find out what is hindering your passion for God and truly getting to know Him and remove that from your life. Also, consider ways to carve out time each day to be alone with Him and read His Word. Then, as you go about your daily routine, seek His guidance and listen for His voice in the recollection of His Word that you have read. When you do this consistently over a short period of time, you too will eventually count everything else as rubbish compared to knowing Christ.
God’s goal for every believer, (and in fact every member of the human race), is to know experientially the love of Christ that supersedes all knowledge, Eph 3:16-19; Phil 4:7.
Phil 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The more you know about Christ, the more amazed you will be at Christ’s love for you.
And finally, the purpose for knowing Christ is that “you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God,” (NIV). With the Greek preposition EIS, which denotes a goal, this is translated, “to the measure.” As such, the fullness of the Godhead is only in Christ, and only through Him is a believer made complete, Col 2:9-10.
Col 2:9-10, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.”
Though in Christ, this Divine fullness is ideally a believer’s already, Paul prayed that it might be experientially realized in each one of us, cf. Eph 4:13.
Eph 4:13, “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”
Experiencing God’s moral excellence and perfection causes believers to love God and in turn love each other. Positionally, we are one in Christ; experientially we are to love each other as one in Him, Luke 10:27; John 15:13; Rom 13:9; Gal 5:14; Eph 3:19.
Eph 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
Luke 10:27, “And he answered and said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF’.”
Loving God in our human four dimensions, “heart, soul, strength, and mind,” leads to loving your neighbor and “being filled up to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
James 2:8, “If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,’ you are doing well.”
That then leads us to:
The Doctrine of the Super-Grace Life
General Definition of Grace.
Grace is all that God is free to do for man on the basis of the Cross. Grace is God’s freedom and consistency to express His love through grace to mankind without compromise of His essence. In the concept of grace, everything depends on God’s essence.
- Under the principle of grace, God provides a series of blessings for man totally apart from man’s merit, ability, planning, thinking, or energy.
- Under the policy of grace, God gives and man receives. God does all the work and providing, while man does all the receiving and benefiting.
- Under the mechanics of grace, man has a relationship with God in two categories: before the fall and after the fall. The first category is based on creation. God provided everything man would ever need in the garden. After the fall, man’s relationship with God is based on regeneration.
Under God’s plan, grace is all that God can do for man from salvation until eternity. It is the genius of God, and Bible doctrine is the revelation and manifestation of that genius.
Categories of Grace.
- Saving Grace, (phase one); Eph 2:8‑9, everything the Trinity has done to save man. There is non-meritorious involvement by the believer, faith in Jesus Christ, which is the way of salvation. Salvation grace involves the strategic victory in the Angelic Conflict as well, Heb 2:14; Col 2:14-15.
- Logistical Grace, (phase two); This is all that the Trinity provides by way of power, security, and provision to keep the believer alive in the devil’s world, so that the Divine objective in the Angelic Conflict can be achieved by the believer. This includes both spiritual provisions such as the Bible, local church, Pastor‑Teacher, and temporal provisions such as food, shelter, clothing, and money.
- Supergrace is maximum growth resulting in Occupation with Christ and God providing certain blessings. It is the tactical victory of the Angelic Conflict, or spiritual maturity.
- Ultra‑Supergrace is the sphere of the Angelic Conflict between the unfairness of the devil’s world and the total fairness of God to mature believers, whom God places under maximum testing and pressure. The blessings of Supergrace are intensified and protected by God even under undeserved suffering; the most intense pressure, persecution, and attack from Satan, 2 Tim 2:10, 3:8‑12.
- Dying Grace is the greatest blessing for passing from time to eternity. This blessing is even greater than the greatest blessings of time.
- Surpassing Grace (phase three); is the blessing, awards, and decorations for the mature believer for all eternity, Eph 2:7. This is all that God will do for us in eternity.
The Nomenclature for the Term “Super-Grace” is Taken from James 4:6, where we have the term “greater grace,” which is MEIZON CHARIS in the Greek. In fact, James 3:13-18, tells us how to achieve the Supergrace life, while James 4-5 tells us how to live in the Supergrace life with examples of both what not to do, (in others words, do the opposite of what it says), and positive examples, (that is, to do what it says to do).
Definition of Supergrace.
Super-Grace is the realization of spiritual growth in the Christian life to spiritual adulthood. It is the stage beyond the construction of the Edification Complex of the Soul (ECS). It is the ultimate in spiritual achievement and it is the normal area for the function of the Royal Priesthood. It is characterized by the analogy of a cup running over, Psa 23:5-6; 16:5. The cup represents Supergrace capacity to receive blessings from God that is built within your soul through maximum intake and application of Bible doctrine. There are actually three basic characteristics:
- Occupation with the Person of Christ, which comes from the construction of the ECS via GAP.
- The Super-Grace capacity, which is doctrine in the soul.
- The pouring of Super-Grace blessing onto the believer.
It is the believer reaping through positive volition of Bible doctrine that which God sowed in eternity past.
Therefore, Supergrace is the condition of spiritual maturity. It is related to God’s power, Eph 1:19 and is also described as pursuing grace, Psa 23:5-6; Eph 1:6. The blessings are beyond human imagination, Eph 3:20f, and 1 Tim 1:14 describes it as “abundant grace.” As such, by definition, Supergrace is the highest adult stage of the spiritual life in the Royal Family of God. It is maximum glorification of Jesus Christ, and where the normal function of the Royal Priesthood and maximum production of Divine good resides.
Areas of Super-Grace Capacity that Provide for God’s Grace Blessings.
- Capacity for freedom. This comes from Bible doctrine, Rom 8:21; 2 Cor 3:17; Gal 5:1; James 1:25-2:12.
Gal 5:1, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
- Capacity for life, 1 Sam 17:47.
1 Sam 17:47, “And that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into our hands.”
- Capacity for love: Category #1, toward God, Deut 6:5; 30:20; Category #2, toward right man/woman, Song of Solomon 8:7; Category #3, toward all mankind, 2 Sam 1:26.
- Capacity for happiness, Psa 9:1-2; 21:1; 31:7; 43:4; 97:12; John 17:13; 1 John 1:4.
- Capacity for suffering. This means we are always on top of any suffering that comes our way, when we are in the Super-Grace life, 2 Cor 12:7-10.
Synonyms of Supergrace.
The Hebrew word CHAKMAH and Greek SOPHIA mean, “wisdom,” the nomenclature for maximum Bible doctrine in the soul that results in the supergrace life. The following are various synonymous terms for the “Supergrace” life.
- Theological: “Greater grace,” James 4:6.
- Priestly: “The altar of the soul,” Heb 13:10.
- Building: “The Edification Complex of the Soul,” Eph 4:12, 16.
- Sanctification: “Godliness,” 1 Tim 6:3‑6; 2 Tim 3:12; 2 Peter 1:3.
- Chemical: “Salt,” Mat 5:13.
- Crucifixion: “Take up your Cross,” Mat 10:38; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23, 14:27.
- Military: “Put on the full armor of God,” Eph 6:11‑18.
- Athletic: “Run the race,” Heb 12:1‑2.
- Central command and control system: “Be strong in the Lord,” Eph 6:10; “Good discipline and stability,” Col 2:5-8. Bible doctrine is the command and control center in the soul of the mature believer.
Supergrace Consists of Six Categories of Special Blessings for the Mature Believer:
1) Spiritual Blessings are the inherent reward of virtue directed toward God. The virtues of confidence, worship, and personal love toward God give the believer strength and happiness, while motivating the virtues of courage, morality, and impersonal love toward man. This includes:
- Sharing the perfect happiness of God, (+H), and Occupation with Christ.
- Capacity for life, love, happiness, blessing, and total appreciation for grace.
- The ability to face undeserved suffering in life.
- The ability to correctly interpret contemporary history, to evaluate current events in the light of the word of God.
- Freedom from slavery to circumstances in life and adaptability to changing circumstances. The mature believer is the greatest innovator in time of historical disaster.
- Grace orientation, freedom orientation, authority orientation, and common sense.
- A total sense of security, whether in prosperity or disaster.
2) Temporal Blessings are designed uniquely for each mature believer. God gives the right blessings at the right time, which may include wealth, success, promotion, mental, and cultural enrichment, leadership dynamics, social life, romantic love, and improved health. For example:
- Wealth, material blessings either received or acquired.
- Professional prosperity: great influence, leadership dynamics, success, promotion, recognition in one’s sphere of life. When God promotes you, you are qualified for the job. This is the ability to assume responsibility and authority without emotional inspiration or pseudo motivation.
- Technical prosperity or mental prosperity: the ability to think and concentrate increase.
- Social prosperity, great friends.
- Cultural prosperity: maximum enjoyment of drama, art, literature, music, and history.
- Romantic love where you find your right man or right woman and enjoy that relationship, including sexual prosperity with your right man or right woman.
- Establishment prosperity: enjoyment of freedom, privacy, protection of life and property from criminals and reprisal.
- Health; physically, mentally, spiritually.
3) Blessing by association overflow to family, friends, or business acquaintances as God prospers the supergrace believer through blessing those in his periphery.
- Those around a mature believer are blessed by their association or relationship with that person. They are blessed either directly by God or indirectly from the supergrace believer as a result of the overflow of his supergrace blessings. The supergrace believer shares his blessings with others.
- There are peripheral areas of blessing by association such as loved ones, in business life, in social life, and to those in a local church.
- There are also geographical blessings to the supergrace believer’s city, state, and nation.
4) Historical impact is blessing by association extended to the believer’s community, state, and nation. The Lord Jesus Christ (TLJC) controls history for the purpose of protecting and blessing those who love Him, Lev 26:3-13; 2 Tim 1:5. The mature believer carries his generation. He stabilizes his generation and becomes a stabilizer for future historical generations. The ebb and flow of history does not disturb the tranquility or impact of the mature believer. The supergrace believer is on the right side of history; the reversionist is on the wrong side of history. The reversionist is caught up in the disasters of history and swept along with them. But the supergrace believer rides on the crest of the wave of blessing. He rises above historical disaster.
5) Undeserved suffering demands intensified application of Bible doctrine, accelerating spiritual growth, and increasing the believer’s appreciation of the Lord.
- Only in time does God have the opportunity to give us pressure, disaster, and undeserved suffering to prove to Satan and the fallen angels that Bible doctrine can handle any situation.
- God gives us the ability to handle suffering and turn suffering into blessing, Rom 8:28.
- No rebound or soul searching is involved. A mature believer knows when he is under Divine discipline or undeserved suffering. The former is unbearable suffering, the latter is bearable.
- The supergrace believer’s ability to handle undeserved suffering glorifies God and becomes evidence against Satan in his appeal trial.
- Undeserved suffering is also used by God to help you keep your eyes on God and your focus on eternity, Rev 2:10; 2 Cor 12:9‑10.
- Undeserved suffering teaches us the value of Bible doctrine, Psa 119:67‑71.
- Undeserved suffering is designed to manifest the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, 2 Cor 4:8‑11.
- Undeserved suffering is designed to put muscle on your faith and occupy the believer with eternal values, Rom 8:36-37, 5:3‑5.
6) Dying grace is the mature believer’s final, glorious experience of Divine grace on earth with supernatural tranquility and eager anticipation. The “friend of God” crosses the high golden bridge from the blessings of time to greater blessings in eternity. Every believer has a choice in time between being positive to Bible doctrine and receiving dying grace, or being negative to doctrine and dying the sin unto death. The curse of death with its fear is removed, and the pain is removed or overcome through faith. It is the greatest experience in life. It is the antithesis of the sin unto death. The perfect happiness of the supergrace believer in time is exceeded by his +H in dying grace. Therefore, the mature believer has the best of life, better in dying and better than the best for all eternity. Psa 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the lord is the death of his Godly ones.”
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If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:
#’s 16-064 through 16-066
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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!