Scriptures Reference to the Number 3
Number three in The Bible represents the "Godhead/Trinity."
Three in The Bible is divine fullness and completion, as in the Godhead of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19) NKJ
His divine attributes are three fold: God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. This concept is known as the trinity, even though the word trinity is not written in The Bible. Two examples of the number three being the number of spiritual fullness are: Jonah was in the belly of the big fish three days and Jesus was in the grave three days. Three days were enough to prove that Jesus had conquered sin, death and the grave.
The number three bear witness to the Son of God, which is the Spirit, the Water and the Blood. And Jesus Christ was revealed as God's Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross —not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony. So we have these three witnesses — the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree. (1 John 5:6-8) NLT
Christ is three Shepherds:
The Good Shepherd which is speaking of His death (John 10:14-15)
The Great Shepherd which is speaking of His resurrection (Hebrew 13:20)
The Chief Shepherd which is speaking of His Glory (1 Pet. 5:4)
The three appearances of Christ are:
Past, in which Jesus appeared to put away sin (Hebrew 9:26)
Present, in which Jesus is appearing in the presence of God (Hebrew 9:24)
Future, in which Jesus will appear to those who await Him (Hebrew 9:28)
The Father spoke from Heaven three times:
Matthew 3:17, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Matthew 17:5, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him."
John 12:28, "I have both glorified it [the Father's name], and will glorify it again."
Both the Tabernacle and the Temple consisted of three parts:
The Court The Holy Place The Sanctuary
In regards to the Tabernacle:
The Holy of Holies was a cube (10 cubits x 10 cubits x 10 cubits)
In regards to the Temple:
The Holy of Holies was a cube (20 cubits x 20 cubits x 20 cubits)
The number three speaks of totality, sufficiency and the complete work of God. Man is a threefold being, which consist of the body, spirit, and soul. Man's ability is threefold, which are thoughts, words, and deeds. Another threefold concept that The Bible and pastors teach is faith, hope, and love; grace, peace, and mercy; morning, noon, and night; Peter, James, and John; Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and "Holy, Holy, Holy" etc.
The three-part benediction is:
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
Three is the minimum number necessary to establish a pattern. Something can happen once by chance; twice by coincidence; but three consecutive times usually indicate a pattern. For example, Samuel heard his name called three times before Eli confirmed that it was God calling Samuel. (1 Samuel 3:8)
When we are expecting confirmation concerning a certain act, it is good news to know that when something happens three times it points to greater fulfilment yet to unfold. When something happens three times it gains emphasis; such as when Peter denied Jesus three times. Three times Pilate wanted to release Jesus and three times the chief priests and rulers rejected Him. This repetition represents the emphasis placed on the rejection. (Luke 23:13-25)
There are three qualities of the universe which are time, space, and matter. Each quality consists of three elements. Time consist of the past, the present and the future. Space consist of height, width, and depth. Matter consists of solid, liquid and gas. The three qualities of the universe are each three.
We live in a trinity of trinities. Romans 1:20 says, For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. NLT