Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Wed., June 24, 2009     


2 Pet 3:18. Principles on grace:  1) God commands every believer to continue to increase in extent, size, and state of God’s grace (αὐξάνω).  2)   There are two broad categories of grace:  logistical grace for winner and loser believers, and greater grace which is only for growing/winner believers. 3)   To grow in grace is to advance beyond common and logistical grace. 4)   Only through consistent and persistent growth in grace can the believer become a winner believer (νικῶν , Rev 3:21) and avoid becoming a loser believer ( 2 Pt 3:17). 5)   A common practice among many loser (persistently carnal) believers is to blasphemously use God’s “grace” to reject advancement into greater grace. 6) Any believer who does not grow in God’s grace will remain a baby/loser believer (characterized by human good, weakness, whining, self-absorption and various forms of self-justification). 7)   In any generation very few believers have really understood grace and the need to grow in the greater grace blessings. 8)  It is impossible for any believer to move into the greater grace blessings apart from growing in grace. 9)   Growing in grace only comes by BD – which alone provides the required mechanics and means (BD + HS).  10)   To reject persistent growth and thus miss out on the greater grace blessings is one of the easiest things to do. 






 (Messiah & A.C. #229)


A.  The Hypostatic Union and Suffering, Heb 5:8.  

            1.   Heb 5:8, “Son thou He was, He learned obedience…”

            2.  God, the Eternal Second Member of the Trinity, suffered as He lived and functioned through the limited human nature of Jesus Christ, Philip 2:5-8; Heb 5:8.

            3.  All false views of the HU destroy the integrity of the humanity or deity of JC.

            4.   All false views of the HU result in making Christ too distant (deity) to really understand or too limited (humanity) to help or too vague to make much of a difference

            5.   The power and blessings of OWC require understanding Christ on a functional as well as on an ontological level. 

            6.   It is the hypostatic union that makes our so great salvation possible. 

            7.   All false views of Christ are a result of rejection of BD:

Ebionism - Rejection of passages/BD on deity of JC 

Gnosticism  - Rejection of passages/BD on humanity of JC

Modalism – Rejection of passages/BD on the Triune God.

Arianism – Rejection of passages/BD on the full deity of JC. 

Apollinarianism – rejection of passages/BD on Christ’s soul.           

Nestorianism – rejection of passages/BD on the single identity/SC of JC.

Eutychianism  - rejection of passages /BD on the integrity of human & deity in JC.

Monophysitism  - rejection of passages on two separate natures of Christ.

Diothelitism – rejection of passages on one volition/SC of Christ.                           

Adoptionism – rejection of passages on eternality of JC                                          

Kenoticism – rejection of passages on the immutability of JC                                              

Existential “Christology” – rejection of BD for personal experience

Liberation “Christology  - rejection of BD because of economical exploitation 

Black “Christology” – rejection of BD because of “black” oppression

Feminist “Christology” – rejection of BD because of male oppression         

Functional “Christology  - rejection of BD because of self-centered “pragmatism”

Process “Christology” – rejection of BD because of changing nature/views of reality

Universalist’s “Christology” – rejection of BD because of anthropocentricism

Postmodern “Christology” – rejection of BD because of rejection of truth and logic

Contemporary/Laodecian “Christology”         - rejection of BD because of the SCL.


B.   The 5 categories of Suffering:   2 are punitive and are deserved; 3 are for greater blessings and are undeserved.

            #1 – Deserved/punitive suffering:   Law of volitional responsibility, Gal 6:7.

            #2   - Deserved/punitive suffering of divine discipline, Heb 12:5-11; 1 Cor 11:30-31.

            #3  - Undeserved:  General suffering designed to refine and advance the believer to maturity with its blessings of epignosis, + H, contentment, mental stability, composure, grace orientation, DV thoughts,  a personal sense of destiny in all areas of life, self-regulation, new perspective on life with a new love for God and new attitude toward suffering and difficulties in life, advancement in the unique CA life, et al.  

            #4.    Undeserved:  Suffering designed for the blessings of victory over the various categories of testing, 2 Cor 12:7-10.

            #5     Undeserved:  special honor as an invisible hero.


C.    Undeserved suffering enables the believer to move into the fantastic blessings associated with the victories over the 5 major tests of life,  2 Cor 12:7-10.

            1.   #1:  Victory over helpless situations, “weaknesses.”

            2.   #2:  Victory over all people testing, “slanders.”

            3.   #3:   Victory over thought testing, “distresses.”

            4.   #4:  Victory over unfair treatment, “persecutions.”

            5.   #5:  Victory over disaster testing, “difficulties.”


D.  More on Christian Suffering.

            1.  Suffering in Christianity is actually an asset and not a liability.      

            2.   Suffering warns, trains, teaches and motivates us to live and grow in the WOG and reflect the glory of God.

            3.   All suffering in life must be related to the Plan of God – no exceptions.

            4.   All suffering is designed to remove arrogance from our lives.

            5.    Undeserved suffering is designed to bring the fantastic blessings of  power, focus, and a closer relationship with JC, 2 Cor 12:7-10.

            6.   All suffering is designed to get our focus back on the grace of God.

            7.   Solutions to suffering require far more than prayers.

            8.  In undeserved suffering God’s power is perfected in our weaknesses.