Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Year 2016: The Meaning of the Number 16

 Because of Jesus, we freely receive all things from our Father.

God wants to be revealed to us as more, much more than Creator.

He is our Father.

This revelation comes to us through His Son Jesus!

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." (Romans 8: 15)


"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." (Romans 8: 23)

Now, what can we learn about this year through the Biblical numerology of 16?
The number sixteen is symbolic of love and loving. Christians are to become perfected in God's love.
How true indeed!
"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4: 17)
The proper rendering of this verse reads: "Herein is love perfected among us."
God's love perfects, shapes us, makes us more like His Son, from the inside out!
In the Old Testament, 16 of the various names and titles for God specially signify His constant, never-ending love for the children of Israel.
Wow! Incredible!

It's all about His love for us!
16 features prominently in a verse which so many of us learned at a young age, and still learn about:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3: 16)
God so loved us, He gave us His beloved Son, that we would have Himself, His life and standing, within us!
"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." (John 1: 12)
There's more about our Daddy God that we can learn through the number 16:
The phrase 'the Father," appear sixteen times in Scripture.
We learn so much about the Love of God through what He has done for us through His Son!
For God is Love!
Apostle Paul, in his first book to the Corinthian church, states that there are sixteen distinct things about the quality of love that God has and that he wants us to have as well. Love is incredibly patient and very kind. It never brags about itself or does it envy others. Perfect love does not act vainly, behave in an unacceptable manner, is not selfish, is not very easily provoke and thinks no evil of others. It mourns sin but rejoices in what is the truth. Godly love is willing to bear and endure all things, and to hope for and believe the best. This greatest of all spiritual gifts will never EVER fail (1Corinthians 13:4 - 8)!

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