The Imbalanced Math of Easter

Biblical Mathematics (5)

5-Easter-Image by Jo-B from PixabayThe principles of Biblical mathematics can be seen most clearly at Easter in the celebration of Jesus’ victory. He suffered the ultimate subtraction and division to add and multiply His grace to us. Think about it…

Subtraction : the act of taking something away

  • Jesus—stripped of His glory, dignity, clothing, and life
  • Us—the subtraction of guilt, shame, and debt—a zero net balance

Division : the act of separating

  • Jesus—separated from friends, from His Father, and then from the world, heaven and God when He descended into hell
  • Us—the temple curtain tore, closing our separation from God and offering us instead, separation us from sin’s curse, our failure, our debt, and our fear to approach Him

Addition : the act of joining or supplementing to cause increase

  • Jesus—added the weight of sin, human suffering and shame, to His blameless perfect life
  • Us—to our need, was added supply; to our debt, was added redemption; to our sin, was added forgiveness; to our despair was added hope

Multiplication : the act of increasing greatly

  • Jesus—bore the multiplied sin of mankind, past, present, future, and suffered pain and agony multiplied beyond comprehension for our freedom.
  • Us—multiplied, immeasurable grace, fresh mercy every morning, free and unending forgiveness

Lord Jesus, our words fall short. We cannot express the depth of our gratitude so we offer the only thing we can, our lives. Loving Spirit, grace us to walk away from temptation and subtract sinful attitudes and practices. Inspire us to live separate lives, dividing our time and treasure to serve others. Help us cultivate and produce fruit that reflects you. Multiply our love, for you and others. Amen.

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Addition—accumulation, supplementation

Biblical Mathematics (1)

Image by Andrew Martin from PixabayOf the three academic basics—reading, writing & ‘rithmetic—math is my least favorite. If I had my way, the world would be labeled with letters, not numbers. Can you imagine? “Your caramel swirl cappuccino is $M.cw.” So simple!

As much as I dislike math, I’ve become intrigued with Biblical mathematics. Today’s post is a first look at the four basic operations of math found in the Bible: addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication.

Add simply means to join or unite, to bring about an increase or improvement. Addition is anything added—creating an increase.

Increase, to make greater, more, bigger.

When we give our lives to God, that’s exactly what He does for us—He makes us bigger, better, more. Using a timeless addition process, He adds to our lives that which lasts through eternity:

  • Faith & joy, complete and free
  • Grace & peace in abundance
  • Understanding & wisdom
  • Power, love & self-discipline
  • Hope & an inheritance
  • Everything we need for life and godliness
  • Belonging, a Father-child relationship with Him

We are no longer needy, but have been made complete, full, fulfilled—we lack no good thing.

“For this very reason,” says Peter, “make every effort to add…” We’ve been added to, now we enrich the life we’ve been given by adding to it:

  • Faith
  • Goodness
  • Knowledge
  • Self-control
  • Perseverance
  • Godliness
  • Brotherly kindness
  • Love

To all of us who have been added to, let’s continue the addition process.

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Scripture references: John 15:12, 2 Peter 1:1-7, Job 32:8, James 1:5, 2 Timothy 2:7, Psalm 34:10; 84:11
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