The 3:16 Series
Monday, June 5 2017
I was thinking about Colossians 3:16 the other day: about letting the word of Christ dwell in us in all its richness and all its wisdom.
And then my mind jumped to John 3:16, the most well-known and well-loved of Bible verses.
And then, continuing on my mental tangent, I recalled that 1 John 3:16 is a powerful verse as well.
And then it ocurred to me that maybe there were other "3:16"s in the Scriptures that were also significant – and how fascinating that would be!
So I went through most of the 66 books of the Bible - and discovered that, in the New Testament alone, 15 of the 27 books have profound "3:16" statements.
And so, here is my “Reflections Project” for the next weeks: looking at all those deep and meaningful New Testament “3:16” verses – not examining them in any great depth – but acknowledging them and reflecting on them – and if possible, memorizing them as well.
THE 3:16 SERIES here in Reflections For Living: 15 Bible verses that, as Max Lucado wrote in his 2007 book entitled 3:16 – The Numbers of Hope, are numbers and words of hope for a world that is losing all hope.
Join me in the next weeks. Let’s allow THE 3:16 SERIES of Bible verses to dwell in all richness and in all wisdom in our hearts.
I am completely confident that we will be deeply rewarded if we do so: our lives will be ignited with hope, filled with courage, and overflowing with thankfulness and joy!
- Conrad Grebel: The Radical Reformer (c.1498-1526)
- Heinrich Bullinger: The Majestic Beard of Zurich (1504-1575)
- Hellen Stirke: The Ordinary Virgin Mary (died 1543)
- Hans Gooseflesh: The Accidental Reformer (c.1400-1468)
- Ulrich Zwingli: The Swiss Giant (1484-1531)
- Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley: The British Candle (martyred in 1555)
- Guillaume Farel: The French Firebrand (1489-1565)
- Thomas Cranmer: The Gospel Lobbyist (1489-1556)
- Johannes Oecolampadius: The Monasterys Lost Houselamp (1482-1531)
- Marie Dentiere: The First Lady in France (c.1495-1561)
- Martin Bucer: The Protestant Melting Pot (1491-1551)
- William Tyndale: The Underground Translator (c.1494-1536)
- Thomas Becon: The Monday Morning Protestant (c.1512-1567)
- Peter Martyr Vermigli: The Phoenix of Florence (1499-1562)
- Menno Simons: The Fearless Pacifist (1496-1561)
- Wolfgang Capito: The Protestant Peacemaker (c.1478-1541)
- Wibrandis Rosenblatt: The Bride of the Reformation (1504-1564)
- Philip Melanchthon: The Gentle Lutheran (1497-1560)
- Girolamo Savonarola: The Florentine Forerunner (1452-1498)
- Jan Hus: The Goosefather (1369-1415)