Sir Godfrey Gregg OHPM

Grand Commanding Officer

The Number 3

The number 3 seems to represent triads of completeness in the Bible. Sometimes of good and sometimes of evil. For example:

  1. The Triune God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. The trinity of evil- The dragon, antichrist, and false prophet.
  3. The trinity of blessing- grace, mercy, and peace.
  4. The trinity of wickedness- The world, the flesh, & the devil.
  5. Heaven, earth, and the underworld.
  6. Beginning, middle, and end.
  7. Notice in Thessalonians all the three-fold statements.
  8. The trinity of the Scriptures- The law, prophets, and writings.
  9. Jesus rose on the third day.

Notice what Paul mentions about Salvation:

2 Corinthians 1:10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us,

Man is body, soul, and spirit.

Time is past, present, and future.

Space is 3-dimensional: length, width, and height.

The universe is space, time, and matter.

Similarly, in the Bible, many rituals are carried out in threes-daily prayers and yearly fasts. Three is also associated with sacrifices-animals often had to be three years old (Genesis 15:9); the fruit was not to be harvested until three years after the tree was planted (Leviticus 19:23).

Author: Godfrey Gregg

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