8 Signifies New Beginning
Thursday, September 7th, 2017
……….while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 1 Peter 3:20
Number 8 in the Bible represents a new beginning. a new order or new creation. As the number 7 means completion, 8 stands for new in contrast with old.
As we celebrate NCCkl’s 8th anniversary, it is my hope and prayer that we will be drawn closer to God. Furthermore, our faith in the Righteousness of God will increase as we realize that only God can give us fullness and satisfaction. 8 is found 193 times in the Bible. It is the first day of the new week that unfolds new opportunities and possibilities.
I would like to list down a few thoughts pertaining to the number 8 even as we celebrate our 8th anniversary. The spiritual significance of the number 8 is immense. Numerology is the study of dates and numbers. Throughout history whether it was biblical, cultural or historical, numbers hold great significance. The number 8 is a special number that depicts “New Beginning!”
- New Life 2 Cor 5:17; Eph 2:10
In Gen chap 1 & 2, God created Heaven and earth in 6 days. The Bible then says that on the 7th day, God said it is now complete and He blessed the day and sanctified it. However, the 8th day was the brand new beginning for Adam in the garden and was given authority to rule over the material world. Today, we who are in Christ have been given the authority to rule over the spiritual world through the victory attained for us by Christ baptism, death and resurrection.
- New Heart Gen 17:12; Col 2:11-12; Rom 2:28-29
In the NT our Savior of the world was born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes. However it took 8 days for it to be officially recorded that His Name was Jesus and it was on the same 8th day that He was circumcised which created a brand new beginning for Christianity and the world. If we are baptized into Christ our Savior, we can die to our old life and be born again to an ever living hope and life in Christ. The number 8 symbolizes circumcision of the heart through Christ and the receiving of the Holy Spirit for empowerment and abundant life.
- New Virtues Exo 34:22, Deut 16:10
Between the holidays of Passover and ‘Shavout’ we count 7 weeks. During these weeks the Jews endeavor to work by perfecting their 7 emotions namely love, fear, compassion, ambition, humility, bonding and receptiveness that has been undermined due to their fallen nature. One emotion per week. At the completion of these 7 weeks they are supposed to be sufficiently perfected to be worthy of receiving the Torah on ‘Shavout’. This ritualistic endeavor never truly brought perfection to their virtues until Christ absolute finished work through His baptism, death and resurrection. In the New Covenant, after the 7th week, on the 50th day (Pentecost) the Holy Spirit was poured upon all flesh. The believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection receive the Holy Spirit to bring true meaning of the 7 emotions in Christ.
- New Perfection 1 Sam 16:1-12; Lev 8:31-36; Lev 9:1-2
7 symbolizes perfection – that is achievable via natural means. 8 symbolizes that which is beyond nature and its perfection. Likewise, God created the world and its natural order in 7 days. 8, on the other hand is symbolic of an entity that is one step above the natural order, higher than nature and its limitations. David was the 8th son of Jesse. Aaron and his sons were consecrated 7 days and then their ministry began on the 8th day. Consecration means the act of setting apart or dedicating something or someone for God’s use. NCCkl is ripe for such perfection in Christ for His glory.
- New Celebration Lev 23:36; John 4:
The Feast of Tabernacle lasted for 7 days but on the 8th day “Holy Convocation” was to be held. Holy Convocation is a sacred assembly of calling together the people of Israel for rest and worship. NCCkl celebrates Holy Communion, the love feast among the family of God by breaking bread to attain true rest in Christ.
In conclusion, NCCkl’s 8th anniversary prepares us for a great outpouring of blessings. I believe it is going to be a year of “New Beginnings” for us to achieve what we thought was unachievable, to believe what we thought was unbelievable and to conquer what we thought was unconquerable in Christ !!
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