We developed and applied the methods of what we called “Biblical Mathematics” to answer two questions pertaining to Ephesians 2:8-9:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.”
We asked two questions:
- What is precisely the “faith” referred to in Ephesians 2: 8 – 9?
- Given that one’s deed is not required to receive God’s gift of grace, how then does one say or proclaim this faith and to whom should one proclaim this faith?
The stunning result is that it is the Lord’s Prayer itself – taught by no sinful mortal but by Jesus himself – that is the proclamation of faith, and the faith is the belief in the fulfillment of the will of the Father in His Son.
But the most unexpected discovery is there is a prayer pattern of the Lord’s Prayer. If we pray the Lord’s Prayer 8 times per day, then the grace and peace of God is multiplied unto us by the power of the Holy Spirit. In other words, we will experience peace in our lives, and the power of God in our lives – doors will be opened, and obstacles removed, and problems solved.
The times are 10.35am, 10.53am, 1.35pm, 1.53pm, 3.15pm, 3.51pm, 5.13pm, and 5.31pm, which include the permutations of the digits of the number 153 that appears in John 21:11.
In the book, we showed that these times represent the last 7 hours of Jesus’ life on the Cross at Calvary. And that Jesus died at 3.15pm and His side was pierced at 5.31pm – results never known before in the Christian world.
So the Lord’s Prayer is not only a continual reminder of the Cross of Jesus Christ and the saving power of His blood, but it is also a means to partake in sanctification.
The final result though is totally unanticipated: the Lord’s Prayer is a covenant that Jesus Christ makes with those who believe in Him – it is the covenant of the Redeemer of Isaiah 59.