Transitive Relationship


In Mathematics, there is this principle called transitive relations, which notes that when one element is in relation to a second element and the second is in relation to a third element, then it is implied that the first element is in relation to the third element, as the relation “less than or equal to.” In layman’s terms, this principle simply states that if A<=B and B<=C, then A<=C. Of course, during my college days, jokes such as the following used to abound in the campus when learning this principle. If the Mathematics Professor loves his daughter and His student loves the Professor, then does it not mean that the student loves the Professor’s daughter, by virtue of transitive relations. Levity aside, I was reminded of this principle when reading the Bible.

It is believed that the etymology of the word ‘transitive’ is from Late Latin transitivus; from Latin transitus, which literally means “that may pass over (to another person)“. The scripture avers that “And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s” (1 Corinthians 3:23). Transitively, God has passed over to us, because of Jesus Christ, the passover Agnus Dei, the Lamb of God. Jesus Christ has made a transitive relationship with God possibly and no wonder He affirmed, no man comes to God, the Father, but by Him (and Him alone). There is no other way, for Jesus is the ONLY way. What a wonder it is to realize that we are in a relationship with God the Father when we believe in the name of Jesus. And you and I are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.

John 14:5-7 (KJV)
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Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
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Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
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If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

4 thoughts on “Transitive Relationship

  1. Hi Mano
    You are now using words from Latin/Greek. How is it?
    Lately you are remembering your college days and childhood days. This is good.
    Keep going. The Lord is with you. Miss you all.
    LPK
    Amma

    • The Latin words surfaced when I was finding out the real meaning of the word ‘Transitive’ and that is all. Thank you for your encouraging words and we miss you too, Amma. God bless, LPK. Mano

  2. Encouraging meeting you today at The Salvation Army. Thank you for pushing back the darkness and being a light.

    • Thank you Travis for your kind and encouraging words. It was a pleasure meeting you and I am so glad you asked Zane what his tattoo meant, which gave us an opportunity to connect. I consider myself to be a mere beacon that points all whom I encounter and get acquainted with to see Jesus Christ, THE LIGHT of the world, who is the only ONE capable of dispelling the darkness of self and sin, in our lives. God bless you and yours richly. I believe, our appointment today was not an accident but foreordained.

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