Jesus and The Godhead
What Is The Godhead?
There is only one TRUE God (A Real God) and anyone else would be an imposter!
(Isa 43:10 NLT, Isa 44:6 NLT; Jer 10:10; Jer 10:10 (HCSB); John 17:3; 1Cor 8:5-6)
What the Godhead Is NOT!
The Godhead is NOT a “trinity group” of “deity members” working together “acting as” one God.
Questions & Facts
About The Godhead
Does the Bible say that there are three persons in the Godhead?
Does the devil believe in more than one God?
No. (James 2:19)
Does the Bible say that God, who is the Word, was made flesh?
Yes. (John 1:1, 14) (Ref: The Word Was Made Flesh)
For what purpose was God manifested in the flesh?
To save sinners. (Hebrews 2:9, 14)
Note: We have to be careful understanding how a scripture is worded in contrast to what it is actually signifying. (Ref: The Difference Between Manifestation And Incarnation )
Was Jesus God manifested in the flesh?
No, this belief is taken from (1 Timothy 3:16) which is a passage that is commonly misinterpreted. This passage is telling us that God was made manifest (made known/revealed) through Jesus, a man (Mark 15:39, John 8:40; Acts 2:22; Romans 5:15) having flesh and bone, who God received up to glory.
Jesus distinguishes the difference between the two and said:
(Luke 24:39) Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
(John 4:24) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him (NOT THEY THAT WORSHIP ME!) must worship him (GOD) in spirit and in truth.
Does the Bible say that there is one Lord?
Does the Bible say that Christ is the Lord?
Does the Bible say that the Lord is God?
Yes. (1 Kings 18:39; Zechariah 14:5; Acts 2:39; Revelation 19:1)
How could the church belong to Jesus (Matthew 16:18) and yet be the church of God (1 Corinthians 10:32)?
Because all things (authority) was given from God unto Christ. (Mat 28:18; Luke 1:32-33; John 3:35; 13:3, 17:2; 1Cor 15:27 NLT; Eph 1:22; Heb 2:8; 1Peter 3:22)
Will God give His glory to another?
No. (Isaiah 42:8)
Was there a God formed before YHWH (Yahweh/Jehovah), or will there be one formed after?
No. (Isaiah 43:10)
What is one thing that God does not know?
Another God. (Isaiah 44:8)
What is one thing that God Cannot do?
Lie. (Titus 1:2)
How many Gods should we know?
Only one. (Hosea 13:4)
Is God the only one who can forgive sin?
Yes. (Isaiah 43:25; Mark 2:7)
Why, then, could Jesus forgive sin in Mark 2:5-11?
Because this “Son of Man” had been given All power (authority) from God. (John 3:35; Mat 28:18, 13:3, 17:2; Acts 2:36; 1Cor 15:27 NLT; Eph 1:20-22; Php 2:9-11; Heb 2:8; 1 Peter 3:22)
Is Jesus the true God mentioned in 1John 5:20?
This passage is a poor translation of the KJV. As written Jesus is clearly spoken as the “Son of God” but the ending part of the passage can, understandably, be somewhat confusing because it is what we would call an Ellipsis statement.
This following is actually a more concise rendering of 1John 5:20.
The Book of Yahweh
“And we know that the Son of Yahweh has come, and has given us an understanding, in order that we may know Him Who is true, and we are in him who is true; and we are in His Son, Yahshua Messiah. Yahweh is the true Father, and eternal life.”
When Stephen was dying, did he call God Jesus? Acts 7:59
No. (Acts 7:59 KJV) “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
This passage, as it appears in the KJV translation, is used to support the idea that Jesus is God. The KJV has the phrase, “calling upon God,” but puts “God” in italics to show that the translators added this word (God) and that it was not in the original text.
The NIV reflects this difference correctly.
“While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” (Acts 7:59 NIV)
Scripture tells us that when we pray to (or call upon) God, referencing the name of Jesus, we are not calling God Jesus, but calling on God through the authority vested in the name of His Son (Jesus) who is our mediator between God and man. Jesus and the apostle Paul makes this perfectly clear.
(John 16:23) – “ And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”
(John 15:16) – “that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
Does the Bible say that Jesus was God with us? Matthew 1:23
No. (Matthew 1:23)
First, the name Jesus is not mentioned.
Second, It is not indicating “what” the son would be (i.e, God or a man) but rather what the interpretation of the word Emanuel “means.”
Third, it is an accurate reflection of the truth, because God was with Christ and in Christ (John 14:10-11; Acts 10:38; 2Cor 5:19) but God was certainly not the root of David as was Jesus (John 7:42; Rom 1:3; 2Tim 2:8; Rev 22:16).
Does the Bible call the Holy Ghost a second or third person in the Godhead?
No. The Holy Ghost is the one Spirit of God, the one God Himself at work in our lives (John 4:24; I Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; 12:13).
Does the Bible say that God, who is the Word, was made flesh?
Yes. (John 1:1, 14) Ref: ( The Word was Made Flesh )
Does the Bible speak of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?
Yes, but in the Bible, these three terminologies (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) are never listed together in conjunction with the word “Godhead.”
Do these titles as used in Matthew 28:19 mean that there are three separate and distinct persons in the Godhead?
No. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, actually identify the manner by which God’s authority (See: In the name of) has and will be given to us. It came from the Father (God, Mark 9:7), and given to us from the Son (Jesus, John 12:49-50), and will continue through the Holy Ghost (the Spirit of God). We are led by God’s Spirit (John 14:26, Romans 8:9, 14, Gal 5:18, 25, ), which is given to obedient men and women (Acts 5:32) as it was given to Christ (Acts 10:38, John 14:10) while we await the return of Christ.
Does the Bible use the word “THREE” in reference to God?
Yes, Once in 1 John 5:7, and then it is only by inference (God is being indirectly referred to as the one in heaven).
This particular passage speaks of the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and it concludes by saying, “These three are one.” It should be noted that neither the word “Son,” or the name “Jesus,” are mentioned in this listing, neither are they implied.
Many, however, will aggressively argue and attempt to force Jesus into this passage, primarily because of the phrase “the word” being used in this passage. Before addressing “the word” aspect, there are two parts of this passage no one can dispute.
Nowhere in the Bible, not once, does Jesus ever say he is “the Father” or “God” or “our Father” (heavenly or otherwise) or “the creator” of anything (let alone the creator of heaven and earth or man). To the contrary of what anyone else may tell you, Jesus said God was “HIS FATHER” and “OUR FATHER” (John 20:17).
In addition, Jesus never said or claimed to be the Holy Ghost (Spirit of God or the Comforter), but that he would send it (the comforter which is the Holy Ghost) along with other passages that say God gave Jesus the Holy Ghost and power (Acts 10:38). Without addressing the several other mistranslated passages at this time, I want to make clear that we are speaking solely of statements Jesus himself never made, which no one disputes by any translated version of the Bible.
As with this passage, their argument is usually based on these types of passages that they can say, argumentatively, “infers” that Jesus, a man, was also God or Jesus was God “incarnate,” which incarnation is another man-made and non-biblical concept. *(That is how the claim that God was also totally human was created, which clearly contradicts scripture Num 23:19 NASB)
Jesus and the angels are also said to be in Heaven with God. This passage in 1 John is speaking of the three characteristics of the one and only God ( Deut 4:35, Isa 43:10, 44:6, 45:5-6, 18, 22 ), who is in Heaven.
We have two well-established facts, which no honest Bible student can dispute.
1. This passage doesn’t say there are three gods who bear record in heaven.
2. This passage speaks of three titles, not three names.
In addition, each title is an expression of God’s character (Ref: The Expressions Of God ).
♦ the Word is God, (Ref: The Word was God)
♦ the Father is God, (Mat 6:8-9, Luke 11:2, John 20:17)
♦ the Holy Ghost is God, ( We know that God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and the Holy Ghost is a Spirit (John 7:39). Paul, in reference to God, told us that there was only One Spirit (Ephesians 4:4), not three. This understanding can be seen in various translations.(1 Corinthians 12:3-6; Acts 5:3-4)
Does the Bible use the word “ONE” in reference to God?
Yes, many times. For example, Ref: ( Zechariah 14:9; Malachi 2:10;Matthew 23:9; Mark 12:29, 32; John 8:41; 10:30; Romans 3:30; I Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 3:20; I Timothy 2:5; James 2:19 ).
Can the mystery of the Godhead be understood?
The word “Godhead” is found 3 times in the KJV Bible (Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9) and each passage uses a different Greek word ( theios, theiotēs, and theotēs ) for the same English word (Godhead). However, depending on the sentence structure, the word Godhead can have slightly different meanings.
|(Act 17:29) Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead (G2304) is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.||(Col 2:9-12) For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead (G2320) bodily.||(Rom 1:20) For the invisible things of him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his (God) eternal power and Godhead (G2305); so that they are without excuse:|
Before The Word “Godhead”
When we ascribe this word “Godhead” to a being (individual entity) we affirm all that enters into the idea of God belongs to that being. When we say “the Godhead,” we are saying “God.”
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead (G2304) is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that [God] is like unto gold, or silver, …
But you should continue reading the rest of the passage
Act 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Act 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man [Jesus] whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he [God] hath raised him [Jesus] from the dead.
(Ref. Act 17:30-31)
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead (G2320) bodily.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of [God] bodily.
Note 1: However, in this passage the words “all” and “fullness” of God certainly do not mean the complete totality of God’s substance was all confined within the dimensional limitations of the human body of Christ, it is stated in the abstract. It is a hyperbole.
Fulness, which is also an Ellipsis, signifies the full authority of God’s will and power that was manifest (revealed) to mankind through the body of Christ. (Eph 1:17, 22-23) (See Also: Act 17:30-31)
Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness (full authority) of him that filleth all in all.
(Act 10:38) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
(John 14:10) “I speak not of myself: but the father that dwelleth in me, he (God) doeth the works”
(2 Corinthians 5:19) “To wit that God was “in” Christ; < NOT > God was “incarnated as” the Christ.
This abstract type of language structure can be seen with other common phrases, “In Whom.”
(2 Peter 1:17) – “For he (Jesus) received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Even if you were to take “In whom” literally, this scripture clearly verifies several facts:
1. God was not all in Jesus literally, for the voice came from heaven; (Mat3:17, Mark 1:11)
2. God declared this man was his SON, not God himself speaking; and
3. The Father is praising his son: “he received from God the Father honor and glory…”
To claim incarnation instantly destroys these TRUTHS.
There is not one scripture indicating that Jesus was a ventriloquist. This separate voice that came from heaven (the clouds in some translations) was God and God clearly stated what His relationship was (Father and Son). This voice did not say, this is my incarnated body of flesh in whom I am well pleased with myself, or I am pleased with myself. There were witnesses to this event. Again, the phrase “in whom” did not mean the totality of God was all inside the body of Jesus literally, but that He (God) was pleased or proud of His Son. This was the ultimate “That’s my boy!” statement. (See also: In, In God, In Whom)
Before The Word “Godhead”
For the invisible things of him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his (God) eternal power and Godhead (G2305); so that they are without excuse:
The closest meaning we have to describe the word “Godhead” in this passage (Rom 1:20) would be equivalent to the word “Godhood.” As manhood is that which makes a man a man, and childhood that which makes a child a child, Godhead is that which makes God God.
But He That Is Joined Unto The Lord Is One Spirit.
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
1Co 12:13 NASB For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Eph 2:18 For through him (Christ) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father (God).
Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Php 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Has the Christian only one Heavenly Father?
Yes. Matthew 23:9
Why did Jesus say to Philip, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9)?
Because Jesus is the express image (representation) of God’s person. (Ref: Hebrews 1:3 The Express Image).
Does the Bible say that there is only one person in the Godhead?
The Bible does not define the terminology of the Godhead but scripture lets us know that the Head (the authority) of Christ is God, as Christ is the head (the authority) of man (1 Cor 11:3). Christ was the chosen lamb (the chosen body) whom God anointed with His authority to administer His plan of salvation (John 12:49-50).
Does the Bible say who the Father is?
Yes, God. (John 20:17; Galatians1:1; 2 Corinthians 11:31; Ephesians 1:3, 17; 3:14; 1 Peter 1:3; 2 John 1:3)
Did the prophet Isaiah say that Jesus would be the Father?
Jesus is not mentioned – (Ref: Isaiah 9:6; 63:16).
When God said, “Let us make man in our image” (Genesis 1:26), was He speaking to another person in the Godhead?
No. (Isaiah 44:24; Malachi 2:10)
How many of God’s qualities were in Christ?
This answer requires a qualifier for clarification.
Because Jesus was indeed truly “anointed by God” (Acts 10:38, John 3:34-35 ), Jesus indeed had many of God’s qualities or attributes made manifest through Him, but Jesus certainly did not have all of God’s qualities or attributes (Mat 24:36, John 14:28) and unlike God, Jesus died for a short period of time in his life (Acts 3:15, 4:10, 13:30, Rom 10:9, Gal 1:1, Col 2:12, 1Peter 1:21).
Colossians 2:9 (“fullness” does not mean Christ had all the attributes of God), Ref: ( Can the mystery of the Godhead be understood? )
How may we see the God who sent Jesus into the world?
(John 12:44-45; 14:9, Romans 1:20)
Does the Bible say that Jesus is the Almighty?
No. That is a man-made teaching, one which is also non-biblical. The word “Almighty” is found in 9 passages and none claim Jesus to be Almighty God!
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Rev 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
Rev 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Rev 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
Rev 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
How many persons did John see sitting on the throne in heaven?
Note: The correct answer depends on which passage we are referring to.
ONE throne is mentioned in (Revelation 4:2) which is in reference to the Lord God Almighty (Rev 4:8). However, there are TWO thrones mentioned in (Rev 3:21), “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”
The answer is self-explanatory when we read it for ourselves.
Did Jesus tell Satan that God alone should be worshipped?
Yes. Matthew 4:10
Notice: what Jesus did not say:
Jesus, when speaking to Satan, DID NOT say “and me only shalt thou serve”
Jesus told Satan “and Him (God) ONLY shalt thou serve”
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