The meaning of numbers: The number 1
The number 1 is only divisible by itself. It is independent of every other number and composes them all. Its meaning in the Bible focuses on the unity and primacy of the family of God, which is one. What is known as Shema (or Shema Yisrael), a quote from verse four of Deuteronomy 6:4 that is often used in Jewish prayer services, testifies to this fact.
The number 1 also represents the unity between God the Father and His Son Jesus (John 10:30). Through His unique sacrifice, Jesus made possible the forgiveness of all our sins. He is the only Mediator and Shepherd (1Timothy 2:5; John 10:16) in the life of a Christian.
The Old and New Testaments have an incredible unity of One (1) between them. More than a third of the New Testament consists of Old Testament quotations. Much of the writing of 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 properly understood as referring to the Messiah if the Gospels did not exist . Such examples are evidence of the unitary nature of Scripture and offer evidence of its direct inspiration from God.
Appearances of Number One
Of the ten shortest books 2John, 3John, Philemon, Jude, and Obadiah are the shortest, with only one chapter.
Words unique to the King James Version translation of the scriptures are “Reverend” (Psalm 111:9) , “grandmother” (2 Timothy 1:5). ) and eternity (Isaiah 57:15). Other words such as forgetfulness (Psalm 88:12) and lukewarm (Revelation 3:16) also occur once.
The first English translation of the Scriptures was by John Wycliffe in AD 1382. The first printed Bible with movable type was made by Johann Gutenberg in 1456. William Tyndale (1494-1536) was the first to translate the Scriptures from Greek and Hebrew into English.
The first thing to be called Holy is God’s Sabbath day (verses 1 through 3 of Genesis 2 ). The first person referred to as a prophet is Abraham (Genesis 20:7).
The first of the ten commandments on which all others are based and without which chaos, destruction, and death reign is: “ Worship not God, but I” (Exodus 20:3).
First Words and Message
Between his birth and the beginning of his ministry at the age of 30, the scriptures only hold a sentence that Christ spoke. He spoke it at the age of twelve, right after he and his parents celebrated Passover in Jerusalem. When asked why his parents couldn’t find him after the feast, he said, “Didn’t you know I had to be at my father’s house?” (Luke 2:49).
What was Jesus’ very first public message? Did he censure the religious leaders of his day for hypocrisy? Did he scold sin? Did he correct people for disobedience to God? Did he promise torture to sinners for all eternity? No, Jesus’ first sermon had nothing to do with these issues. He began the public portion of his ministry with a reading of verses 1 and 2 of Isaiah 61, which proclaimed a jubilee message of hope and a brighter future (see Luke 4:18-19)!
Number 1 and Jesus
Jesus is called the firstborn of all creatures (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” (1 Corinthians 15:20, 23), meaning that he is the first of many to be raised to eternal life (especially those in the first resurrection, see Revelation 20: 6).
Christ referred to Himself several times in the Book of Revelation (1:11, 17, 22:13) as the First or Alpha (the first letter of the Greek language).
The Apostle Peter tells us bluntly that a person can be saved and live forever through the one name of Jesus Christ and Him alone (Acts 4:10-12). There is no other name in all creation, despite the sincerity of untold billions who believe in other avenues of salvation, eternal life, etc., through which mankind can connect with the true God and fulfill their destiny.
More Information on the Biblical Meaning of the Number 1
The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Ephesus, emphasized the uniqueness of the Christian calling when he explained that there is but one (1) true spiritual body give from believers where all share one spirit (the Holy Spirit). True Christianity involves one hope, one faith, one baptism, one Lord, Savior and Father (Ephesians 4:4-6).