Posted by: Michelle Knoll | October 30, 2012

Thirty-One Days of Hearing His Voice {Day 30} – Through Mathematics

As I was contemplating a certain passage of scripture in the New Testament this morning, the Lord said, “you know that has to do with math, don’t you?”

“Huh?”  (I don’t always see what He’s saying at first.)

“Sets.  Remember sets?”

“Oh.  Yeah.”  I sat and thought about it for a minute, and then realized.  “Oh!  Wow!”

See?  I’m not always the brightest light bulb.  I’m sure I provide the Lord with a lot of comic relief.

Do you know anything about “sets” in mathematics?  A set is a collection of things, so in math it’s usually a collection of numbers.  In statistics, it’s a collection of probabilities or outcomes.  But let’s just stick to the idea that a “set” is a group of things, or an entity.

Now, jumping away from math, let’s look at these verses:

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.  The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20-23)

What Jesus was praying in these scriptures is an example of a mathematical concept about sets.  So let me explain this.

If you have a set called A, and every thing in that set is also found in another set called B, then set A is considered to be a part of set B.  In other words, set A is “in” set B.  In math, we say that set A is a “subset” of set B.  Likewise, if set B’s things are found in set A, then set B is “in” set A.  And if all of set A is in set B, and all of set B is in set A, then set A and set B are the same.

I know, I know.  A lot of “math mumbo-jumbo.”  So let me put names on these sets, and then show how they relate to scripture.

Let’s call Set A “the Alpha and Omega” and set C we’ll call “the Creator” and set B can be “Believers.”  Now, with names on these sets, let’s go back and look at these scriptures.

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me (Set C, the Creator, is in Set A, the Alpha and Omega) and I in You (Set A, the Alpha and Omega, is in Set C, the Creator)… “

Okay, let’s look only at that part.  Do you realize, mathematically, what that means?  If the Creator is fully in the Alpha and Omega, and the Alpha and Omega is fully in the Creator, then They are ONE, which satisfies the requirement set forth by the Jews in their proclamation, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God, the Lord is ONE.”

“… that they also may be in Us (Set B, the Believers, is in the union – “oneness” – of Set A, the Alpha and Omega, and Set C, the Creator), so that the world may believe that You sent Me.  The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me (Set A in Set B, and Set C in Set A), that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20-23)

Is it making sense, or is it just about as clear as mud?  🙂  If you said, “clear as mud,” then that’s okay.  Not many people have brains that think like mine, LOL!

Let me draw a couple of diagrams that might help you see this from a mathematical perspective:

This is the Lord and Father God in complete unity (the union of Set A and Set C).  Notice how the circle is both green and red, to indicate that A is in C and C is in A.  So this is the mathematical representation of verse 21.

This next one I find interesting:

This is the mathematical representation of “I in them, and You in Me.”  Cool, isn’t it?  🙂

Of course, Jesus also said, “that they may also be in Us…” and that one would look like this:

But, since Jesus is One with the Father, when He’s in us, that means that Father God is also in us.  Right?  But we’re also “In Him.”  See where this is going?

I’ll let you ponder this for a while.  But please post your comments.  And Happy Tuesday!  If you’re anywhere near the East Coast of America, I pray you’re safe, warm, dry, and protected.  Tonight and always.  God bless.

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