Please read the following passages which tell us about “The Godhead.” Acts 17:29; Rom. 1:20; Col. 2:9 Intro: Why such a study?
A study of the Godhead, a most basic study. Many may be surprised to know controversy has been and continues to exist over the subject. Prominent groups teaching error on this: "Jehovah's Witnesses," Many "Oneness" or Pentecostals, and Unitarians.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in three distinct persons of the Godhead. “In what position does belief in the Trinity put those who cling to it? - It puts them in a very dangerous position. The evidence is indisputable that the dogma of the Trinity is not found in the Bible, nor is it in harmony with what the Bible teaches.”
The United Pentecostal Church is a strong opponent of the divine three persons of the Godhead. “We believe in the one everliving, eternal God: infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His Son, in redemption; and as the Holy Spirit, by emanation.” - United Pentecostal Church Manual, 1952 edition, p. 17.
Those who deny the separate and divine beings making up the Godhead are in serious error. They follow the path blazed by heretics of the past.
John Lawrence Von Mosheim:
“The numerous evils and discords which arose from combining oriental and Egyptian philosophy with the Christian religion began to be increased about the middle of this (2nd) century by those who brought Grecian philosophy with them into the Christian church. As the doctrines held by the Christians respecting the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and respecting the twofold nature of the Saviour, were least of all in agreement with the precepts of this philosophy, they first endeavored so to explain these doctrines that they could be comprehended by reason. This was attempted by one Prazeas, a very distinguished man and a confessor at Rome. Discarding all real distinction between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, he taught that the whole Father of all things joined, himself to the human nature of Christ ... They denominated the Man Christ, the Son of God, and held that to this Son the Father of the universe of God so joined himself as to be crucified and endure pangs along with the Son." -Eccl. History, Ancient & Modern, Vol. I, p. 149.
The heresy called Sabellianism, later embellished as Arianism also denied any real distinction of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
“Sabellius, . . . referred to all the three names of the Trinity to relations wholly coordinate. The names Father, Logos, and Holy Ghost would, according to him, be in like manner designations of three different phases under which the one divine essence reveals itself.” - Vol, 2, page 318.
What Saith the Scriptures?
We confidently affirm that the Bible teaches three divine and distinct persons make up the Godhead. The term Godhead is translated from two Greek terms. (1) Qeotes -- the state of being God. 2. Qeiotes -- divinity, divine nature. The terms describe the state of being. They imply personality. The Greek term for man is anqropos and is defined as “a human being, individual without regard to gender.”
Godhood is used in the same way humanhood would be used, describing man in general.
God is the Father - Eph. 1:3
God is the Son - 2 Pet. 1:1; Rom. 9:5; John 1:1-3,14,18
God is the Holy Spirit - Acts 5:3-4
The divine three are called God because they possess all qualities and characteristics of God.
The Bible teaches there are three separate and distinct divine persons of God in the Godhead. One word for God is “Elohim” - God. It is a plural term. If there is only one person of God the use of the plural “Elohim” - God - cannot sensibly be explained.
Please consider the plural pronouns used with reference to God. Gen. 1:26 -- “Let us make man in our image”
Gen. 3:22 -- “the man has become like one of us"
Isa. 6:8 -- "who will go for us?"
A fundamental rule of grammar is that “The pronoun agrees with its antecedent in person, number and gender." -- The English Sentence.
Only one God
There is no more established teaching than that there is one God, and only one. However, in all the passages mentioning the one God there is nothing that says that God is only one person. One, as used in our Bibles is not always limited to a single thing. Jesus emphatically declared, “I and my Father are one . . .” John 10:30. -- Men will add the word “person” to his words. But the Father and the Son are not one person.
Jesus made a clear comparison on how he and the Father are one. “Neither for these only do I pray, but for them also that believe on me through their word; that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us: that the world may believe that thou didst send me” (John 17:20-21). Jesus prayed for all believers to be one -- one what? Person? Hardly! One as He and the Father are on. Believers are obviously not the same person when they are one as the Father and Son are one.
The denial of the three persons of God in the Godhead is with no scriptural support at all. It is a denial of the plain and unequivocal teaching that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one Godhead made up of the three divine beings. Like all false doctrines it will condemn those who believe and teach it - 2 Pet. 2:1. All error must be refuted - Eph. 5:10; 1 John 4:1-2; 1 Thess. 5:21; Col. 3:17.
If there is a question or any idea that we are wrong, we stand to be corrected by any honorable person.
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