The Math of God: Word! by Guest blogger Jeff Chen

MathJeff Chen is an ex-Marine who lived like a mercenary most of his life, but now serves with full allegiance as a soldier of Jesus Christ. He’s a mechanical engineer by profession. He’s also a husband and a father.

Spend two minutes with him and you’ll learn something else about Jeff: He’s a very bright guy. Follow the progression of Jeff’s logic and you just might find reason to be encouraged today.

The Math of God: Word!  by Jeff Chen

There are only a handful of assumptions in math; these are postulates that are assumed to be true as a starting point before any other laws of mathematics can be deduced. One such postulate is the Transitive Property of Equality, which states:

If a=b and b=c, then a=c.

Because all mathematical truth is derived from God, we should not be surprised to see the thread of the transitive property in the fabric of Scripture. For example, John 1:14 states,

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Then in John 14:6, Jesus says,

I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.

The Word is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is the Truth, so the Word is Truth. A=B and B=C, so A=C.

But how are we to find truth in this post-modern age where truth is considered to be relative and is based on what is right in one’s own eyes?

Here’s where we need to remember the postulates of the Math of God and remind ourselves that the Truth is not many things; but the truth is one thing, a Person, Jesus Christ, who is the Word. We don’t make the Truth relevant; the Truth makes us relevant. How grounded are we in the Truth, which is the Word?

By being grounded in the Word, I am not referring to reading the words of the Bible, but I am referring to the time-dependent, focus-dependent process of absorbing the words of the Bible from our heads into our hearts so that the outward expression of our lives (i.e. our actions) become transformed into the whole measure of the fullness of the Word who became flesh.

When a lawyer asked Jesus for the greatest commandment in the Law, Jesus replied,

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matt 22:37).

This is the Word (Jesus Christ) quoting from the Word (Deuteronomy) to further affirm the truth of the Word. Where the Greek verb love (agapao) is used in the New Testament, it has connotations of a personal preferment expressed in action. Love is a choice. As humans with physical limitations, we can’t choose everything. Therefore to say you love everyone is a mistake. Perhaps you have goodwill towards everyone, but you only have the capacity to love/choose a few.

So when life isn’t going my way, and I get frustrated, anxious, angry, discouraged, or depressed, I remember the words of Jesus telling us to love/choose Him, the living Word and the Truth. In other words, I remember the Word as I get into the Word!

Sanctify them in the truth, your Word is truth (John 17:17).

I hope this helps. Tell me, does this make sense to you?

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  • Angela

    Amen, preach it!

  • singing428

    The only math that has ever made sense to me. Now if only all math made that much sense, hehe

  • Michele Minger-Gutowski

    Totally makes sense! Though I had to read it a cpl times to let it sink in, now to apply! Blessed. ~ Michele

  • Brett

    Great message Jeff – thank you for sharing.