Biblical Mathematics (4)

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If addition is good, multiplication is better. Add 8 to 32 and you get 40; multiply 8 times 32 and you get 256. We’re blessed when God adds to our lives, but when He multiplies, we’re overwhelmed.

By definition, multiply means to increase in number especially greatly or in multiples. With that in mind, let’s look at three aspects of Biblical multiplication.

A relationship with God multiplies our grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2). A look at the synonyms for multiplication informs us that this means our grace and peace are increased, enlarged, augmented—they reproduce. Who wouldn’t like more grace and peace? I told you, God’s multiplication is overwhelming!

On top of that, our connection with Jesus enables us to do our own multiplication. He wants us to bear fruit, more fruit, much fruit—and He empowers us to do so.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener … every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful … If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” John 15:1-5

Lastly, the words God spoke at creation, “Be fruitful and multiply” (Gen. 1:28), were not that different from Jesus’ final words before ascending into Heaven. He told His followers, then and now, to go and make disciples of all nations—to multiply (Matt. 28:19). He desires all people to live with Him in heaven, eternally.

There is only one way to multiply and that is by being attached to the Master Multiplier. He is the One who multiplies our grace and peace, enables our fruit to reproduce, and increases our love for others.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  2 Peter 1:2 NKJV

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