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June 11th, 2014 | Filed Under: Author, Numbers, Topical Studies, Victor Torres0 Comments | Author:

Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

This is a study of the spiritual meaning of the number three. My hope is that this study would complement a brother’s study of the same topic that he taught a few years ago. From that study, we have learned that the number three signifies the process of spiritual completion or maturity.

And the Third Day I Shall be Perfected
by Victor Torres

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Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

This is a study of the spiritual meaning of the number three. My hope is that this study would complement a brother’s study of the same topic that he taught a few years ago. From that study, we have learned that the number three signifies the process of spiritual completion or maturity.

Gen 40:10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe (mature) grapes:

Joh 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

We will once again ruminate on our Lord’s words so that we may be able to be doers and not hearers only (Jas 1:22). I will frame this study with the answer another brother gave to the question of how do we know we are mature. You can find that Q & A here

Only the LORD give you wisdom and understanding

The first sign of maturity is understanding.

1Ch 22:12 Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.

1Co 2:12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

To illustrate this point, let’s look at a verse that I am very familiar with.

Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

The reason I’m very familiar with this verse is because this is used by my former church to teach their false doctrines. The first false doctrine is that the phrase “church of God”, according to them, should be translated the “church of Christ” (they use the Lamsa translation) because they reason, God is spirit so He doesn’t have blood. This stems from their belief that Christ is not a God but only a man, so they have to twist this verse that Paul wrote to fit their own doctrine. Here is what Peter tells us about these men:

2Pe 3:15 (ESV) And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
2Pe 3:16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

The first step to understanding the word of God is to know that His words are spirit and life.

Joh 6:63 (LITV) It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh does not profit, nothing! The Words which I speak to you are spirit and are life.

Man’s wisdom teaches us to compare physical to spiritual, while the Holy Spirit teaches us to compare spiritual with spiritual.

1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

My former church knew that the flock referred to in Acts 20:28 is just a symbol of the disciples of Christ, but they were not given to know that the word blood in that verse is also a symbol. So to know what this blood is that He uses to purchase the church of God, we must look for verses where the Holy Spirit has inspired the use of this word.

Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Luk 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Luk 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

The blood in Acts 20:28 signifies the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, this is the means by which we are saved. Now there is still the matter of the word God as in church of God. Is our Lord just a man, or is He a God? Before I cite the Scriptures to prove that Christ is a God, let me say outright that the trinity is a false doctrine, so is the binity doctrine. There is only one God, the Father.

1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

The proponents of the trinity doctrine also twist Scripture verses such as Matthew 28:19 and 1John 5:7 and 8. There are various studies on both and regarding the trinity, so if you are interested in this topic, just do a search on either website.

Now some will wonder how the Scriptures can say that there is only one God and at the same time call Jesus the mighty God. The answer is another principle that the elect of God understand:

Psa 119:160 (ASV) The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.

2Pe 1:20 (LITV) knowing this first, that every prophecy of Scripture did not come into being of its own interpretation;

So we can’t just take 1Co 8:6 and conclude that Christ is not a God, neither can we take John 1:1 and interpret it as saying that Christ is the third person of a triune God. The following verses do say that Christ is a God.

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

But Christ is not co-existent or co-eternal with His Father, He was the first creation of God the Father, then He created all things, visible and invisible (Joh 1:3).

Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15 Who is the image [image, not the actual God] of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For [because, He has to be created first then…] by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

But in the consummation of the ages, after all things are subjected to Him, He will subject Himself under God the Father.

1Co 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

There is another aspect of God’s Word that most Christians are not given to see: its is, was, and will be application (Rev 1:8). To those given ears to understand, the word of God is living and active and will never pass away (Mat 24:35).

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Heb 4:12 (ESV) For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

So let’s go back to Acts 20:28.

Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

The phrase “which he has purchased with his own blood” can certainly give an impression that Christ’s suffering and death over two thousand years ago is all that is needed for our salvation. In fact, this is what the majority of Christians believe. But every elect of God understands that he must die daily (1Co 15:31) to fill up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

I have been asked, why did Christ have to die if it is not enough to save the whole world? Here’s the answer, here’s how Christ who is called God in Acts 20:28, is purchasing us with His own blood:

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Christ suffered and died for us to leave us an example to follow (1Pe 2:21).

Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Many are called, but few are chosen. That is the reason why only a few in every generation understand this truth. To the many called, suffering and being persecuted for Christ’s sake is foolishness. They want to be taken away in a secret rapture when Christ returns.

1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

To the elect, suffering for Him is the power of God working this process of completion or maturity on them.

1Pe 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jas 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jas 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

To recap, God matures His chosen few by giving them understanding that (1) His words have a spiritual meaning (2) truth is in the sum of His words and no single verse should be interpreted by itself (3) His words are applicable to them today as it was applicable to our Lord and His disciples thousands of years ago and (4) He works patience in them through the trials of their faith.

Foundation to build upon

Before we could be a mature son or daughter of God, who are able to eat strong meat, we must sincerely desire the milk of God’s word. There are also plenty of material in both websites about the milk doctrines, be sure you understand them, since they are the foundation that the strong meat of God are based upon.

Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Heb 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.

To illustrate the need to understand and believe these basic principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go back to Acts 20:28.

Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Using that phrase “to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood”, my former church pervert this verse yet in another way by claiming that it is one proof that Christ will only save the members of their church and that everyone else will burn in the lake of fire without end. But Paul never taught eternal torment, what he taught is age-abiding judgment. Eonian or age-abiding is the proper translation of the word eternal in that phrase “eternal judgment”. If you are new to the proper translation of the words aion and aionios, you can read this study.

Going back to their claim that they are the only ones who are going to be saved, they would quote verses like the one below:

Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

This illustrate the crucial need to dwell in God’s word. To study earnestly to present yourself approved to God.

2Ti 2:15 (MKJV) Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

We are admonished to abide in His words and to be mature in our thinking (1Co 14:20). Otherwise we will be like children being carried about by every false doctrine.

Eph 4:14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

If you don’t devote a significant amount of your time in studying God’s word, you will be like me back when I was first listening to their doctrines, you will not know the verse below which the very same author wrote:

1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

Those that believe refer to the elect which God through Christ is saving in this age.

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

It is totally up to God on whom He will show mercy in this age and whom He will harden. Those He hardens in this age will, in due time, be shown mercy through judgment (chastening, 1Co 11:32) in the second resurrection.

Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

Everyone will be saved and God will be all in all, this is the end that He has declared from the beginning. This is the will and pleasure of a loving God that will not be thwarted or resisted by anyone’s will (Isa 46:10, Eph 1:11). Everyone will be saved either in the first resurrection or the second resurrection. If you do not understand this milk doctrine of universal salvation (age-abiding judgment), you will never understand the meat doctrine of God’s total sovereignty. In the same token, I suggest not to start discussing God’s sovereignty to someone who is not able to accept the milk doctrine of universal salvation.

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Below is another witness from apostle Paul of universal salvation followed by another witness of God’s total sovereignty on who will He choose as His elect in every generation.

1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

2Co 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia.

Here is apostle Peter’s testimony:

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Here is apostle John’s testimony:

1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Finally, let’s listen to our Lord and Savior Himself:

Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Bearing much fruit

Maturity doesn’t stop in understanding God’s words. Our old man must continue to decrease, and Christ in us must continue to increase. But even this is by the will of God (Eze 36:30).

Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

1Co 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
1Co 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Our understanding must bear fruit, but we cannot do this unless we abide in Him. We abide in Him by meditating in His words day and night (Jos 1:8)

Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

We also abide in Him through fellowship with His body (1Jn 1:3).

Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

How can we provoke each other unto love and good works if we don’t know each other or don’t even talk to each other? How can we help each other if we don’t tell each other what we need? How can we strengthen each other if we don’t humble ourselves and tell each other where we are weak?

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

1Co 16:15 (ESV) Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints—
1Co 16:16 be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.

Knowing the members of the body of Christ and serving them is the same as knowing and serving the Lord Himself (Joh 13:20).

Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The same exhortation is also contained in Acts 20:28.

Act 20:28 Take heed (pay close attention) therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.


No matter how much we know, or how much fruit the Lord has produced through us, as long as we are in this flesh and blood which cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50), we should never think that we are already perfected.

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We are only given the down payment of the Spirit unlike Christ who has been given the Holy Spirit without measure (Joh 3:34). We still live in this corruptible body (1Co 15:53) that we need to die to daily.

Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Even our Lord recognized the weakness of the same flesh and blood that He took on (Mat 26:41, Heb 2:14) when He was walking on this earth:

Luk 18:19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

What we should keep in mind is that “everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more” (Luk 12:48). Therefore, we must not be weary in doing good to all men especially to the household of faith.

Eph 4:11 (ESV) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
Eph 4:12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
Eph 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
Eph 4:14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Eph 4:15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Growing up into Him includes the growth of our love for His body (Joh 13:34).

1Th 3:12 (GNB) May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow more and more and become as great as our love for you.
1Th 3:13 In this way he will strengthen you, and you will be perfect and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all who belong to him.

Hos 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
Hos 6:2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.

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