The Number 1

The number 1 is only divisible by itself. It is independent of any other numerals yet composes them all. It symbolizes in the Bible the unity and primacy, and the oneness of the Godhead. What is known as the Shema (or Shema Yisrael), a quote of verse four in Deuteronomy 6:4 that is often used in Jewish prayer services, attests to this fact.

The number 1 also represents the unity between God the Father and His Son Jesus (John 10:30). Jesus, by his singular sacrifice, has made possible the forgiveness of ALL our sins. He is the one Mediator and Shepherd (1Timothy 2:5; John 10:16) in the life of a Christian.

The Old and New Testaments have an incredible unity between them. More than 1/3rd of the New Testament is composed of Old Testament quotes. Many writings from the prophets and Psalms could not be understood without the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament.

Prophecies in places like Isaiah 53 would not be correctly understood as referring to the Messiah if the Gospels did not exist. Such examples are a testament to the unified nature of the Scriptures and offer proof of its direct inspiration by God.

Of the ten shortest books 2John, 3John, Philemon, Jude and Obadiah are the shortest with only one chapter.

Words that show up only once in the King James Version translation of Scripture include Reverend (Psalms 111:9), Grandmother (2Timothy 1:5) and Eternity (Isaiah 57:15). Other words such as Forgetfulness (Psalm 88:12) and Lukewarm (Revelation 3:16) also appear only once.

The first English translation of Scripture was in 1382 A.D. by John Wycliffe. The first printed Bible using movable type was produced by Johann Gutenberg in 1456. William Tyndale (1494-1536) was the first person to translate the Bible into English from its original Greek and Hebrew.

The first thing designated as Holy is God’s Sabbath Day (Genesis 2:1 – 3). The first person called a prophet is Abraham (Genesis 20:7).

The first of the ten commandments, on which all others are founded and without which is chaos, destruction and death, is “Worship no god but me” (Exodus 20:3).

Between his birth and the beginning of his ministry at age 30, the scriptures record only one sentence Christ spoke. He spoke it at the age of twelve right after he and his parents kept the Passover in Jerusalem. When asked why his parents could not find him after the Feast he said “Didn’t you know that I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49).

What was Jesus’ very first public message? Did he chastise the religious leaders of his day for hypocrisy? Did he rail against sin and how people were disobeying the great Eternal God? Did he promise torture for all eternity to those who did not listen to his words? Did he condemn the Romans for their cruel occupation of the Holy Land? No, Jesus’ first sermon had nothing to do with these subjects. He began his ministry in 27 A.D. with a reading of Isaiah 61:1 – 2, which proclaimed a message of hope and a brighter future!

Jesus is called the firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15) and the firstborn not only of the dead (1:18) but also among many brethren (Romans 8:29). He is also called the “first of the firstfruits” (1Corinthians 15:20, 23), meaning that he is the first of many to be resurrected to eternal life (especially those in the first resurrection, see Revelation 20:6).

Christ referred to himself as the first or Alpha (the first letter of the Greek language) several times in the book of Revelation (1:11, 17, 22:13).

The apostle Peter tells us bluntly that it is through the name of Jesus Christ and him alone that a person can receive salvation and live forever (Acts 4:10 – 12). There is no other name in all creation, in spite of the sincerity of countless billions who believe in other paths to salvation, eternal life and so on, by which mankind can connect to the true God and fulfill their destiny.

The apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Ephesus, emphasized the uniqueness of the Christian calling when he stated there was only ONE true spiritual body of believers where all share in one spirit (the Holy Spirit). True Christianity entails one hope, one faith, one baptism, one Lord and Savior and one Father (Ephesians 4:4 – 6).

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