June 21, 2018

What About The Godhead?

First, let us understand that the only thing we can know about the deity we serve is by what is revealed. The heavens reveal the existence of God, the Word reveals will of God (Psalm 19). Creation gives us the former, the Holy Spirit the latter (1 Cor. 2:10-13). Other than this, we cannot know God.

Second, it is a big task for finite man to explain an infinite God.

Third, we can understand and explain what is revealed (Jn. 8:32; Eph. 3:3, 4; 2 Tim. 2:2). To rely on our own thoughts, feelings, and think-sos would be no better than pagans and idolaters (Prov. 14:12). So, where does this leave us?

The Bible teaches that deity is possessed by three united, but distinct beings. The first evidence of this is in the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible. It says, “In the beginning God…” (Gen. 1:1). The Hebrew word for God in this verse is plural. At the end of the chapter when man is created, it says, “Let Us make man in Our image” (Gen. 1:26). The “us” is not God and angels. We are not made in the image of angels. We are made in the image of God. So there must be at least two in the Godhead.

The New Testament gives testimony that there are three in the Godhead. When Jesus was baptized by John, the Spirit descended and the Father spoke (Matt. 3:16, 17). Since Jesus is God (Heb. 1:8), the Spirit is God (Acts 5:3, 4), and the Father is God (Jn. 6:27); then we know there are three persons in the Godhead. There is one Spirit, one Lord, one God (Eph. 4:4-6). 1 + 1 + 1 = 3.

How can we understand or explain this better? Maybe this will help.

Some get confused about there being one God, but three beings. In fact, oneness Pentecostals will say that to believe in three beings in the Godhead is to be idolatrous or paganistic. They will quote Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” Remember, though, this was in contrast to the gods of the heathen. Their gods had different personalities and powers. The God of Israel is not so. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share the same nature, power, will, etc. In other words, the Bible teaches there is one nature of deity with three beings who possess it.

Think of it this way. There is one humanity or manhood. Yet, there are billions of humans. Humans are distinct from monkeys and fish; they are not alternate or lesser humans (evolutionists to the contrary notwithstanding). One manhood, many humans. There is one Godhood or Godhead with only three beings that share in its nature, qualities, and characteristics.