Christ Mathematics

2 Peter 1:5-8

(5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

(6) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

(7) And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

(8) For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

At Life Freedom Dominion Ministry we’ve begun two new study series.

1) The Kingdom of God (Sundays)

2) Spiritual Growth (mid-week Bible Study – lead by my wife)

From the second study, on Spiritual Growth, a few things have begun to really stand out, one of which is the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the above scriptures it talks about several things that lead us into the knowledge of Christ. Paul also wrote “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection” so there must be something about this knowledge of Christ. Paul knew the scriptures, having been raised a Pharisee, so I don’t think he meant knowing about Christ as many people do. I also did a word study and this word “know” is a very intimate word. May I remind you of the scripture that says “Adam knew his wife and she conceived” and that God knows every hair on our head.

Today, let us do some mathematics so that we may know our Jesus more intimately so that we will bear fruit and ‘conceive’ spiritual offspring. Let us…

  • ADD VIRTUE to our faith – in Wikipedia virtue is described as moral excellence
  • ADD KNOWLEDGE to virtue – knowledge of His Word – to know and not do is still not to know
  • ADD TEMPERANCE to knowledge – means personal restraint or personal moderation and there’s even a movement (Google it)
  • ADD PATIENCE to temperance – patience requires grace and love
  • ADD GODLINESS to patience – godliness is allowing your will to be conformed into God’s will and thinking eternally not carnally – what I can get from this world, but rather what I can give of God to this world
  • ADD KINDNESS to patience – I’m sure we’ve all experienced someone being unkind to us…so let us do the opposite – I like how it comes after patience – it will take patience to show kindness
  • ADD CHARITY (LOVE) to kindness –  sometimes we can go through the motions in being kind, but doing something out of love or charity (true compassion) is the goal

Prayer: Lord Jesus grant every saint, believer, Christian the grace to live today with a mathematical mindset and to ADD to their faith. Father, as we add, I know that you will multiply your blessings upon us and change the circumstances around us, as Paul wrote to the Corinthians – “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” Amen.

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