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Summary: The Christian's life work may be compared to the solution of a problem in mathematics

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Philippians 2:12-13

The Christian's life work may be compared to the solution of a problem in mathematics

I. Addition II Peter 1:5-6

a. Faith

b. Virtue

c. Knowledge - John 17:3

d. Temperance - A God Controlled life

e. Patience - That will enable one to continue to the end. Salvation is not worked out until it is lived out.

f. Godliness - Like Him who "Went about doing good"

g. Brotherly kindness

h. Charity – This is the sum of all; Love to God and to Man

i. Nothing is said here about temporal things

II. Subtraction

a. This is the process of elimination – getting rid of things that hinder growth. Read carefully I Peter 2:1-2, Jas 1:21, Heb 12:1, Eph 4:22,24, I Cor 13:11

b. It will be seen that the things to be subtracted are many. The natural heart is vile, wicked, unclean, utterly depraved. “In me there dwelleth no good thing” Rom 7:18

c. That the work to be done must be thorough – “Slawy utterly” “Cease from sin” “Resit the devil” “Mortify etc”

III. Multiplication

a. This is the process of increase, growth, development Read I Peter 1:2, II Cor 9:10-11, Matthew 6:20, Romans 5:20

b. There is no standing still in the Christian life

c. It is either get richer or poorer

d. Go on or go back

e. O for hundredfold Christians

IV. Division II Cor 6:14-18, Jas 4:4, Romans 12:2

a. The place of separation is the place of Power – Gideon’s 300

b. Today many so-called Christians do not believe in long division

c. There is scarcely such a thing as right or wrong

d. Church or world

Work out your OWN salvation


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