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Today we look at the number three which, as you already know, is the number of our Triune God. There is so much more that could be written in this study, as with the other studies regarding numbers in Scripture, so hopefully, it will inspire you to dig further and deeper into God’s Word and expand the studies for yourself.

1 John 5: 7  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 9  If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

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Study for March 25, 2017

Three is the number of Divine Perfection. It takes three lines to form a plane figure, three dimensions of length, width, and height to form a solid; three is the symbol of a cube or solid contents. Three stands for that which is solid, real, substantial, complete and entire. Thought, word, and deed complete the sum of man’s capability. Three kingdoms deal with matter – animal, mineral, and vegetable.

Three represents the Godhead: There are three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God’s attributes are three: Omnipotent, Omniscience, and Omnipresent. In Revelation, Jesus is described in the three aspects of time, past, present and future, Revelation 1: 8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. The serphims cried in Isaiah 6:3 which is reiterated in Revelation 4: 8 …, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. These three great divisions complete time – past, present, and future yet God is in all.

In Scripture, three points us to what is real, essential, perfect, substantial, complete and Divine. Three times is the blessing given in Numbers 6: 24  The LORD (the Father) bless thee, and keep thee: 25  The LORD (the Son) make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26  The LORD (the Holy Spirit) lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

In Genesis 18:1  And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 2  And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, This is the first part of the story regarding the visitation which Abraham had with the Triune God. In verse 1, LORD =Jehovah appears to him, and in verse 2, Abraham sees three men. Three men are referenced in verses 5,8,9,16, yet one is referenced in 10,15, and 17. Then to end the story, verse 33  And the LORD went His way, as soon as He had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.  (Singular reference to God).

In number One we have the sovereignty of the one God; in two we have “another” in the second person of the Godhead – Jesus the Deliverer, Son of God; in three, we have the Holy Spirit completing the fullness of the Godhead. Only three times is the word “fullness” mentioned in the New Covenant in relation to the three Persons of the Trinity.  1) Ephesians 3: 19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 2) Ephesians 4: 13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: and 3) Colossians 2: 9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. The “fulness” was manifested visibly in Christ and is communicated by the Holy Spirit; it is the fullness of which we receive by His mighty power. John 1: 16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

In the Old Covenant, only three ministry positions were anointed – prophet, priest and king. In the New Covenant, Jesus Christ fulfilled all three: He came as a prophet, He serves now as our High Priest at the right hand of the Father, and in the future He will preside over His kingdom as King of kings. Revelation 1: 5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Number three is the number of Divine fullness which means it represents the Holy Spirit Who takes that of the Lord Jesus Christ and makes it real and valid to us in our experience. It is only by the Holy Spirit that we can understand spiritual things. 1 Corinthians 1: 18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved (and thereby have the Holy Spirit) it is the power of God. And 23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;. Those in the world have not the Spirit of Christ and therefore cannot understand spiritual things.

The Bible books: first we saw that Genesis described the sovereignty of God in giving life to the beginning of all things; in the second book, Exodus, we saw the oppression of God’s people, but yet “another” came in as Deliverer and Redeemer. Now in Leviticus, book three of the Torah, the true worship of God is laid out; John 4: 23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him (Jesus). 24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The Father seeks true worshippers, the Son is the object of all worship, and the Spirit qualifies and endues the worshippers with the only power in which they can worship. Book three, Leviticus is where the Spirit prescribes, orders, and empowers the people for true worship which is Divine worship.

First occurrence is always noteworthy in the Word of God. Genesis 1:13 notes the third day; on which occurred Genesis 1: 9  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. It was the third day that Jesus arose from the dead = Divine in operation. Resurrection is thus Divine in origin whether the earth from the waters at creation or Jesus from the dead; other resurrections are likewise Divine – Lazarus on the third day, the Rapture on the “third day”, etc.

Other “threes” which we will soon celebrate in Passover week: it was the third day on which Jesus was “perfected” (Luke 13:32), He was crucified at the third hour and it was for three hours that darkness covered our suffering Lord and Redeemer.  When the light returned after the third hour, three words were spoken by our Savior – “it is finished” – perfection in Divine completeness. The major Feasts of the Lord are three: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles – the first and third contain three within. The Old Covenant – the Tenahk contains three – the Torah (law), the Nevi’im (prophets) and the Ketuvim (writings). Three is indeed God’s number of Divine Perfection and Completeness.