Number Three – March 1, 2016
Matthew 28:19, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
People often ask me about numbers in the Bible. Numbers in the Bible do mean or represent certain things. It should also be noted that over the years, many people have tried to make too much out of every number in the Bible. Sometimes in the Bible, numbers are just numbers or historical facts. However, there are a few numbers in the Bible that have significant meaning.
Yesterday, we looked at the Biblical significance of the number one; today, we will examine the number three. The number three in the Bible indicates perfect unity. It specifically refers to the three-ness and oneness of God. We call that the Trinity or a Tri-Unity.
The trinity includes, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They are three and one at the same time. In our human and limited minds, we can’t comprehend the idea of something being both three and one at the same time, but that is how the Bible speaks of God. The trinity is even spoken of in the Great Commission. Read these words Jesus shared with the disciples and ultimately the church. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Did you read that? The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, perfect three-ness and oneness. God the Father offered His son for us. Jesus Christ, the son, willingly laid down His life for us, and the Holy Spirit seals us until the day of redemption. So, if or when you see, hear or say the number three today, remember the Trinity or God’s Tri-Unity.
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D