JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “what is the significance of the number 3 in Scripture?”
The number 3 refers to completeness. We are made in three parts, “Body, Soul, and Spirit.” The Trinity consists of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Human capability has three dimensions “Thought, Word, and Deed.” According to First Corinthians 13, there are three enduring virtues: Faith, Hope, and Love. Eternity can be put into one of three categories-past, present and future.
These are some examples of how three represents completeness. It is not a coincidence then that Jesus would rise from the dead on the third day.
In Acts 10:39 and 40, Peter was referring to Jesus when he said, “They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.”
The death and resurrection of Jesus marked the complete fulfillment of God’s plan to redeem us. Because of what Jesus accomplished, we can experience new life and be made complete in Christ in the Year of Exploration.