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And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

In the Lord’s Prayer, we read in Matthew 6:13,

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

What is this “evil”?

In Romans 1: 24 – 32,  we have an answer (Easy-to-Read Version):

24 People wanted only to do evil. So God left them and let them go their sinful way. And so they became completely immoral and used their bodies in shameful ways with each other. 25 They traded the truth of God for a lie. They bowed down and worshiped the things God made instead of worshiping the God who made those things. He is the one who should be praised forever. Amen.

26 Because people did those things, God left them and let them do the shameful things they wanted to do. Women stopped having natural sex with men and started having sex with other women. 27 In the same way, men stopped having natural sex with women and began wanting each other all the time. Men did shameful things with other men, and in their bodies they received the punishment for those wrongs.

28 People did not think it was important to have a true knowledge of God. So God left them and allowed them to have their own worthless thinking. And so they do what they should not do. 29 They are filled with every kind of sin, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of jealousy, murder, fighting, lying, and thinking the worst things about each other. They gossip 30 and say evil things about each other. They hate God. They are rude, proud, and brag about themselves. They invent ways of doing evil. They don’t obey their parents, 31 they are foolish, they don’t keep their promises, and they show no kindness or mercy to others. 32 They know God’s law says that anyone who lives like that should die. But they not only continue to do these things themselves, but they also encourage others who do them.

In the book, we proposed a method of identifying a verse. It is called the Method of Verse Identification.

METHOD OF VERSE IDENTIFICATION (MVI) Let Q be a set of verses in the Bible. An identifier I of Q is either (i) the total of the sum of book numbers, the sum of chapter numbers and the sum of verse numbers of all the verses in the set Q, or (ii) the total gematria (Hebrew and/or Greek) of the verses in Q.

Applying the MVI to Romans 1: 24 – 32, we have an astounding result: all the traits of the anti-Christ 666 are listed in the verses!

Book # Chapter# Verse# Sum
45 1 24 70
45 1 25 71
45 1 26 72
45 1 27 73
45 1 28 74
45 1 29 75
45 1 30 76
45 1 31 77
45 1 32 78
666 GRAND TOTAL

 

The Secret of The Narrow Door

One of the results established in the book via Biblical Mathematics is the following:

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are led by the Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus Christ.

This result establishes that praying the Lord’s Prayer is an act of acquiring holiness with the help of the Holy Spirit. Praying the Lord’s Prayer is how we can partake in sanctification.

Therefore it is the Holy Spirit that will guide us  through the Narrow Door of the Kingdom of God.

Indeed, we shall show here that we must have the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in order to enter the Narrow Door of the Kingdom of God.   In Galatians 5:22-23, the set of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit is S = {LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, BELIEF, MEEKNESS, SELF-CONTROL}.  Having these 9 elements of set S as Christian attributes will allow one to enter the Narrow Door, which is described in Luke 13:22 – 27 (ERV):

22 Jesus was teaching in every town and village. He continued to travel toward Jerusalem. 23 Someone said to him, “Lord, how many people will be saved? Only a few?”

Jesus said, 24 “The door to heaven is narrow. Try hard to enter it. Many people will want to enter there, but they will not be able to go in. 25 If a man locks the door of his house, you can stand outside and knock on the door, but he won’t open it. You can say, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you. Where did you come from?’ 26 Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you. You taught in the streets of our town.’ 27 Then he will say to you, ‘I don’t know you. Where did you come from? Get away from me! You are all people who do wrong!’

To have a sense of how difficult for sinful people to enter the Kingdom of God, in Luke 13:27, we read: “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’”.  The Greek gematria of Luke 13:27 can be shown to be 6,929. Interestingly, this corresponds to the verse Matthew 9:21, one of only two verses with the same gematria.   Matthew 9:21 refers to the woman who touched Jesus’ gown and got healed in the process: “For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

In another interesting twist, the gematria of the set S, taken from the original Greek texts of Galatians 5:22-23.  is also 6,929.

Gal5_22_23

In conclusion therefore, with the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, we can be made “whole” – like the woman who touched Jesus’ garment in Matthew 9:21 – and avoid being rejected at the gate as depicted in Luke 13:27.

The Secret of the Narrow Door is the Fruit of the Holy Spirit!

About the Book

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.