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(c) The threes of the Bible represent triads of completeness.

Sometimes it is a triad of good, and sometimes of evil.

- the Trinity of Heaven is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

- the trinity of evil is the devil, the antichrist and the false prophet.

- the trinity of blessing is grace, mercy and peace.

- the trinity of wickedness is the world, the flesh and the devil.

It is interesting to note that the books of first and second Thessalonians are built largely around three-fold statements.

Chapter1:3, "The work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope."

Chapter1:5, "in word . . . in power, and in the Holy Spirit."

Chapter1:9,10, "ye turned . . . to serve . . . and to wait."

Chapter2:10, "Holily, justly and unblameably."

The many triads in both of these books show how fully and completely GOD has provided for His own people for their daily living.

Man's life also consists of three elements of time - the past. the present and the future.

Our salvation is three-fold. We have been delivered, we are being delivered, and we shall be delivered. ( 2 Corinthians 1:10).

In Bible study there are three time elements as found in Revelation 1:19. John was to write the things he had already seen, and the things that are now transpiring, and the things that are still in the future and shall yet come to pass.

Joshua 1:11 (c) As Jordan was typical of death, the three days are typical of the resurrection assured to the people of Israel. They were to pass through Jordan and come out safely on the third day.

Matthew 12:40 (b) No doubt this is typical of the resurrection, for it was on the third day that JESUS rose.

Matthew 13:33 (b) Probably this is typical of life, for the meal was good food, ready to impart life to those who ate it. (See under "LEAVEN").

The thought in the number three also indicates the fact that CHRIST who was typified as meal in the Old Testament would be the living CHRIST, raised from the dead, to feed His people constantly. Some think it represents the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Others suggest it refers to prophetical, historical and doctrinal aspects of the Bible.

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Bibliography Information
Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Three'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. 1957.

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