Meaning of Numbers: The Number 316
The possible meaning of 316 is derived from the occurrence of certain words and the number's link to profound passages in God's word.
The English word "kingdom" occurs 342 times, in 316 verses, in the text of the King James Bible. It is found the most both in the book of Daniel and in the gospel of Matthew (56 times each) followed by Luke's gospel (45).
The New Testament uses "kingdom" in 150 out of the 316 verses where it is utilized in the KJV. The four gospels, out of these 150 verses, use it by far the most (119 verses).
Interestingly, the gospel of Luke uses the phrase "Kingdom of God" 33 times, the most of any New Testament writer, versus 15 times in Mark's gospel. The phrase "Kingdom of Heaven," which is equivalent to "Kingdom of God," is only found in the KJV text of Matthew. It occurs in his gospel 33 times in 32 verses.
Appearances of Number Three Hundred Sixteen
The Greek word touto, Strong's #G5124, is the only original language word used 316 times in Scripture. John's gospel records it the most (52 times) followed by Luke (37) then Matthew (32). It is a word that means "this thing" or "that thing."
The English word "him" appears 316 times, in 237 verses, in the King James book of Acts. Its first use in Acts occurs during the last discussion the apostles would collectively have with Jesus. On Thursday May 18 in 30 A.D., the day of Jesus' ascension to the right hand of God the Father, they asked him one last profound question.
When they therefore were come together (the apostles on the Mount of Olives), they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? (Acts 1:6, KJV).
The English word "work" appears 350 times, in 316 verses, in the King James Old Testament. It occurs the most in Exodus (71 times) followed by Isaiah (32). Its first use establishes when and how the seventh day Sabbath (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset) was created. It also underscores why the Sabbath is critical to humanity.
God rested on the seventh day of "creation week" not because he was tired, but because he wanted to set an example for all humans. He specially set apart (sanctified) the day by resting for the purpose of communing with humans who should also rest on this day.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made (Genesis 2:2 - 3, KJV).
Scriptural Facts and Number 316
John 3:16 (316) is one of, if not the, most utilized and quoted verses in the enter Bible. It offers humanity the ultimate comfort and hope that God's love has made possible a means through which we all can exist forever.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish, but may have everlasting life. (John 3:16, HBFV).
Jesus, in the fall of 26 A.D. turned thirty years old (Luke 3:23). Shortly after his birthday he travels to Bethabara to be baptized by John the Baptist. Number 316 records the momentous moment when God's spirit descended on him to mark him as the Messiah.
And after He was baptized, Jesus came up immediately out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him (Matthew 3:16, HBFV).
The Greek word logos (Strong's #G3056) is written 330 times in 316 King James Bible verses. It is written the most in the book of Acts (64 times) followed by the gospel of John (40) and then Luke (33).
Logos' most common translation is as "word." It is unique, especially in the gospel of John, as he uses it to represent or personify Jesus Christ. His use of logos reveals the nature of Christ and his relationship to both God (the Father) and the world.
In the beginning was the Word (logos), and the Word (logos) was with God, and the Word (logos) was God.
And the Word (logos) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John 1:1, 14, KJV)
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 316
Emperor Constantine the Great, who was considered the first Christian Emperor, ruled from 306 to 337 A.D. In 316 he issued an edict that prohibited slaves from being punished through crucifixion.
316 is the product of 2 x 2 (or 2 squared) x 79. Both 2 and 79 are prime numbers.