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Logistical Grace Defined

 

As saving grace places us in union with Christ, logistical grace provides for us God’s support and sustenance while we are alive on this earth.  The basis for logistical grace is God’s imputed righteousness in us and is seen in 2 Corinthians 9:8:

 

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:”( KJV 2 Cor. 9:8)

 

This verse reassures us that God provides everything so that every believer has an equal privilege and equal opportunity to execute God’s plan in their life. 

 

God’s logistical supports will involve several things.  First of all, the Lord has to keep us alive while we are on this earth.  None of us can depart from this life apart from God’s will.  By implication, Satan cannot remove us apart from the Lord’s permission. As a result, if we are to continue to live on this earth means that the Lord will provide all our temporal provisions, which include food, shelter, and clothing.  Of course, the basis for food, shelter, and clothing would require that we have a source of income which would necessitate employment.  Obviously, having a job would require having a means of transportation to get back and forth from that job, all of which fall under God’s logistical grace provision, which is further taught in Philippians 4:19:

 

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (KJV Phil. 4:19)

 

Notice the verse tells us that God will supply all our needs and not necessarily all our wants. 

         

In addition, God provides an environment where we can have the freedom to advance to maturity.  The environment God provides would begin with the laws of His four divine establishments.  God’s divine establishments include the individual, marriage, the family and government, and are for both believers and unbelievers alike. 

 

Each one of God’s establishments has a system of authority.  The authority for each individual would be their volition.  Volition is the decision-maker in the soul of every individual.  Through our volition or will we can decide to be negative or positive to anything in life.  Our volition is responsible for all the choices that we make, regardless of whether they are good or bad.  There have been many Christian martyrs throughout the Church Age that have had to choose whether to deny Christ or be killed.  They each chose death rather than to deny their Lord.  These martyrs did not say, “I did not have a choice.”

 

In the institution of marriage the husband has the authority or is responsible for the wife.  In like manner, in the family, the parents have the authority or responsibility for the children. In any particular national entity, the government has the authority or responsibility for the nation that it governs. 

 

God uses the laws of these four establishments to perpetuate the human race by allowing for freedom, civilization, authority, evangelism and spiritual growth.  Thus, establishment laws are extremely important.  As a matter of fact, they are as important to each one of us as is the law of gravity.  If you can imagine not having the law of gravity you would conclude that it would make for a very chaotic environment.  In like manner, not having laws of divine establishment would also make for chaos.

 

The laws of God’s divine establishments define freedom in such terms as privacy, property and authority.   There is no such thing as the enjoyment of life or freedom without any authority.  A society without authority at any level would make for a very chaotic society and we can see how rapidly the chaos emerges as the rampant disregard for authority grows.

 

In addition, for believers only, God also provides a collection of priceless spiritual riches such as a portfolio of invisible assets.  The assets that God has available are at the disposal of both positive and negative believers alike. 

 

We have available to us such things as the ten-problem solving methods of the spiritual life.  In progressive order, these methods begin with the confession technique of First John 1:9.  Through confession we are moved to the stage of being filled with Spirit, which is the basis for spirituality.  Being in fellowship allows for the third method to function, which is called the faith-rest drill.  It is here that the Christian claims and applies the promises of God to their experience.  These first three methods are for spiritual childhood.  The fourth and fifth methods are for spiritual adolescence and are utilized by being oriented to God’s grace and His Word.  The next stages are in the realm of spiritual maturity, which would include having love for God the Father and in turn impersonal love for all mankind.  Maximizing our love for God will result in us sharing His happiness, having a personal destiny and complete occupation with Jesus Christ. 

 

The Christian also has available the privacy of his own royal priesthood.  This means that every believer in Jesus Christ is appointed a royal priest at the moment of salvation (1 Pet. 2:9).  Our priesthood means that we can now represent ourselves before God.

 

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”(KJV 1 Pet. 2:9)

 

Also available to every believer is the completed Bible, the local Church and the gift of Pastor/Teacher.  All three of these provisions are vital to our spiritual progression since in the completed Bible is found God’s complete policy on all matters.  The local Church is the place to learn God’s policy and the Pastor/Teacher clarifies this policy. 

 

In addition, the Lord even provides the assignment of guardian angels in His logistical grace to us.  There are actually three categories of guardian angels, which would include those assigned to children, believers and client nations. 

 

In Hebrews 1:13-14 we see the angels that are guardians of Church Age Believers.  In Hebrews 1:14 these guardian angels are called “ministering spirits sent forth to minister” to those who are “heirs of  salvation.”  In Acts 12:13-15, we know that the early Church understood and believed in the concept of guardian angels being assigned to believers.  The example in Acts has the Apostle Peter miraculously escaping prison by the aid of an angel and afterwards knocking on the door of John Mark’s mother’s house.  We are told that Rhoda ran to tell the others of Peter being at the front door only to be told by them that she was “mad” and that it was “his angel,” referring to Peter’s guardian angel. 

 

“13) But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14) Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (KJV Heb. 1:13-14)

 

“13) And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. 14) And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. 15) And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.” (KJV Acts 12:13-15)

 

Matthew 18:10 also lets us know that children have a guardian angel to protect them during their childhood.  There, the Lord talked about the children and “their angels,” referring to their guardian angels

 

“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” (KJV Mt. 18:10)

 

Also, in Daniel 10:13, 20 teaches us that there are angels that guard client nations.  Daniel 10:13 speaks of Michael the Archangel, who is the angel responsible for defending all Jewish client nations.  Michael will be a busy angel during the Tribulation period that is found in the book of Revelation (Rev. 12:7).

 

“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” (KJV Dan. 10:13)

 

“Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.” (KJV Dan. 10:20)

 

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,” (KJV Rev. 12:7)

 

Therefore, in logistical grace God sustains our life on this planet in spite of satanic opposition, or opposition from others.  The Lord even sustains us in spite of our own tendencies for self-destruction as we do have that propensity.  Yet, God keeps us alive in spite of ourselves and others.  In First Peter 1:5 we see God’s logistical grace when he tells us that we are “kept by God’s power.”

 

“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (KJV 1 Pet. 1:5)

 

God provides all these things in His logistical grace for us, regardless of our spiritual status, whether a winner or a loser as pertaining to our spiritual life.  Logistical grace is spoken of by the Lord in Matthew 6:25-34. It is in the Gospel of Matthew that the Lord teaches not to worry about food and clothing, since our father in heaven feeds the birds.  Our Lord questions, are we not more important?

 

“25) Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  26) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27) Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28) And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of        the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29) And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30) Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31) Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (KJV Mt. 6:25-34)

 

When we worry, are fearful or have anxiety and apprehension, it simply means that we have either rejected or we are ignorant of God’s logistical grace in our lives.  In spite of our disregard, the Lord still continues to support us even when we worry.

 

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